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Spurs Advance to Second Round, Completing Sweep of Memphis

Apr 24, 2016 3:56 PM

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 116-95, clinching a 4-0 series win.

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points on 6/10 shooting from the field and 7/7 from the line on Sunday.

As the #2 seed in the Western Conference, the Spurs will face the winner of the Thunder/Mavericks series which Oklahoma City currently leads 3-1. Game Five of that series will take place on Monday in Oklahoma City.

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Kawhi Leonard Repeats As Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 18, 2016 10:35 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Draymond Green finished second as he did last season, while Hassan Whiteside finished third.

Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Green received 44 first-place votes and 421 total points, while Whiteside was third with 83 points.

DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap, Avery Bradley, Rudy Gobert and Tony Allen each received five or more points.

Green accepted the win by Leonard more this season.

"I felt robbed last year (because Kawhi played fewer games). I didn't feel robbed this year," said Green.

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Warriors, Pistons, Spurs Allowed Fewest Catch-And-Shoot 3's Per 100

Apr 15, 2016 10:14 AM

The Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs led the NBA in fewest catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100 possessions with fewer than 16.0.

The Warriors were first with 15.4 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100, followed by the Pistons with 15.5 and the Spurs with 15.8.

The Milwaukee Bucks ranked last in the category with 22.2 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100. The Bucks regressed badly as a defensive unit from 14-15 to 15-16.

1. Warriors: 15.4
2. Pistons: 15.5
3. Spurs: 15.8
4. 76ers: 16.3
5. Heat: 16.8
6. Clippers: 17.4
7. Blazers: 17.4
8. Knicks: 17.4
9. Celtics: 17.6
10. Bulls: 17.6
11. Cavs: 17.6
12. Thunder: 17.7
13. Wizards: 17.7
14. Jazz: 17.9
15. Suns: 18.5
16. Hawks: 18.6
17. Wolves: 18.8
18. Pelicans: 18.9
19. Lakers: 19.2
20. Pacers: 19.5
21. Raptors: 19.6
22. Nuggets: 19.8
23. Nets: 20.1
24. Rockets: 20.4
25. Grizzlies: 20.5
26. Kings: 20.5
27. Magic: 20.7
28. Mavs: 20.9
29. Hornets: 20.9
30. Bucks: 22.2

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Warriors-Spurs' Four Matchups Had Average Efficiency Diff. Of +9.5

Apr 11, 2016 11:31 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs played four times this season with the defending champions winning three of the games.

The Warriors and Spurs have been the NBA's best two teams this season and are widely expected to meet in the Western Conference Finals.

Four Regular Season 15-16 Games (Points per 100 possessions):
Date: Warriors/Spurs
Jan. 25: 116.1-87.1 (+29.0 Warriors)
Mar. 19: 90.7-99.9 (+9.2 Spurs)
Apr. 7: 118.0-106.4 (+11.6 Warriors)
Apr. 10: 102.7-96.0 (+6.7 Warriors)

On a per average game basis, the Warriors had an efficiency differential of +9.5 but most of that damage was done in the blowout in January.

The Spurs will have a better season efficiency differential than the Warriors despite having a lesser record.

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Spurs Plan On Playing Full Team Sunday Against Warriors

Apr 7, 2016 9:19 PM

The San Antonio Spurs plan on playing their full team on Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

The Spurs remain undefeated at home.

"Everyone is going to play," said Popovich.

The Spurs have strategically rested players throughout the season and will do so again on Friday at the Denver Nuggets.

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Quin Snyder: Spurs Remarkable For Adaptability

Apr 6, 2016 10:28 AM

Quin Snyder complimented the adaptability of Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.

Snyder was head coach of the Austin Spurs from 2007 until 2010 and was part of the Spurs' general ecosystem.

"I think one of the many remarkable things about Coach Pop and the Spurs is their adaptability," Snyder said. "If you think a short time ago, they set the bar on a style of play, the ball movement and the spacing and the passing and the cutting.

"The fact that Golden State's doing more of that now, to me, is indicative of Golden State's team and how good they are and the way they play. It fits their personnel. And now the way San Antonio plays is reflective of their personnel, and I just think it shows ... more evidence of how good Coach Pop is at figuring out how to use players in a way that they can be most successful.

"I think the consistent part is their defense," he said of the Spurs' success. "Their defense is good every year and looks relatively the same in that they're hard to score against. And offensively, I feel like, to me, teams adjust to what they're good at. You don't see National League (baseball) teams that play in massive ballparks getting away from pitching and defense. You're gonna reflect what your surroundings are."

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Manu Ginobili To Play In 2016 Olympics For Argentina At 38

Mar 24, 2016 9:17 PM

Manu Ginobili plans to play for the Argentine national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio at the age of 38, according to an announcement from the Argentina Basketball Federation.

Ginobili made the decision just before San Antonio's 112-88 win Wednesday night over the Miami Heat and called Argentine coach Sergio Hernandez to inform him he'd be available for the Olympic Games.

"To say that Manu's availability makes me happy personally is to put it mildly," Hernandez said. "That is not significant. His was a very brave decision and at the same time very correct, from my point of view. He will be able to end his career with the national team at an Olympic Games. This is the most important news for Argentine sport at this moment. Ginobili is a symbol. Welcome Manu. And now we shall enjoy this."

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Spurs To Lose $750,000 In Cap Space Due To Duncan's Bonus For 62-Win Season

Mar 21, 2016 1:04 PM

When the San Antonio Spurs reach 62 wins, Tim Duncan will receive a bonus of $750,000.

The bonus will be added to his current salary of $5.25 million for a cap hit of $6 million this season.

The Spurs will receive a tax bill increase from $3.8 million to $4.9 million.

For next season, Duncan’s salary will increase from $5.64 million to $6.4 million. The Spurs will lose an extra $750,000 in cap space next summer once the bonus is achieved.

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Boban Marjanovic, Jonathon Simmons Assigned To D-League

Mar 20, 2016 12:09 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have assigned Boban Marjanovic and Jonathon Simmons to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

Marjanovic will make his second appearance with Austin, where he is averaging 25.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 26.5 minutes while shooting .793 from the floor in two games.

Simmons will see his third stint in Austin and is averaging 17.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 35.4 minutes in three total games this season.

Both in their first seasons with San Antonio, Marjanovic is averaging 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes over 45 games, while Simmons is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes over 48 appearances with the Spurs.

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Warriors-Spurs: No Teams Have Ever Played Each Other With Higher Combined Records

Mar 19, 2016 12:41 PM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs meet again on Saturday with the highest combined winning percentage of any meeting at least 65 games into the season.

The Warriors and Spurs have a combined winning percentage of .882 with their records of 62-6 and 58-10 respectively.

Both the Warriors and Spurs are also undefeated at home.

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Spurs Think Duncan's Absence May Have Been Catalyst For LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge became a more aggressive and efficient scorer for the Spurs after Tim Duncan missed a stretch of time beginning in January.

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Spurs Assign Jonathon Simmons To D-League Ahead Of Warriors' Rematch
Jonathon Simmons is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes in 48 appearances this year with San Antonio.

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Spurs Expected To Explore Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
San Antonio would have to figure out how to play Kevin Durant with Kawhi Leonard despite the fact they play the same position.

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NBA Likely To Have Split In Best Eff. Diff/Record For 16th Time In Past 36 Seasons
The Spurs are unlikely to catch the Warriors in terms of regular season record, while the Warriors are unlikely to catch the Spurs on efficiency differential.

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Peter Holt Retiring As CEO Of Spurs, Julianna Hawn Holt To Replace Him
Peter Holt will remain on the organization's board of managers and continue as part of the ownership group while Julianna will become the team's Governor on the NBA's Board of Governors.

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Spurs Waive Rasual Butler To Create Kevin Martin's Roster Spot
The Spurs have waived Rasual Butler to create a roster spot for Kevin Martin.

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Kawhi Leonard On Cover Of Sports Illustrated
Kawhi Leonard is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated with a profile written by Lee Jenkins.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 26.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.33 steals.

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Gregg Popovich To Miss Next Two Games Due To Family Medical Issue
Ettore Messina will take over head coaching duties in Gregg Popovich's absence.

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Kawhi Leonard Even Felt Selfish At Times During Early Part Of Career
Kawhi Leonard found a perfect fit with the Spurs but he always had confidence in his abilities.

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Spurs Agree To Deal With Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin was playing fewer minutes this season as the Wolves continued their rebuilding phase.

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Stan Van Gundy Admires How Spurs Get Players Below Market Value
David West took an eight-figure pay cut to leave the Pacers and join the Spurs, while Tim Duncan is making just $5.25 million while Manu Ginobili is earning $2.8 million this season.

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Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin
The Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks are expected to pursue Kevin Martin.

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Kirk Goldsberry Hired By Spurs' Front Office
Kirk Goldsberry was a contributor at Grantland and FiveThirtyEight and most recently has been at Texas as a lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Spurs To Waive Ray McCallum
Ray McCallum was acquired by the Spurs in the offseason in a trade with the Kings.

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Andre Miller Agree To Sign With Spurs
Andre Miller cleared waivers on Saturday after reaching a contract buyout with the Wolves.

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Coach: Kawhi Leonard Loves The Analytics Side
Kawhi Leonard has been called The Claw for his gigantic hands but the Human Avatar is what Randy Shelton, Leonard's strength and conditioning coach at SDSU, prefers.

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Gregg Popovich Explains What Spurs Look For When Hiring
Gregg Popovich was asked what the Spurs look for when bringing someone into their franchise.

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Thunder, Spurs, Warriors Interested In Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao has averaged 10.0 minutes per game in 31 appearances this season for the Cavaliers.

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Sean Marks Hired By Nets As GM
The Nets have named Sean Marks as General Manager.

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