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The Spurs select small forward Marcus Williams in the 2nd round

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, The Draft Report by alleyoop on Saturday 30 June 2007 at 7:31 am

Marcus Williams is an offensive small forward so it will be interesting to see how he fits in with the Spurs.  He’s stands at 6′7″, 205 pounds and he played his college ball at Arizona so he played against good competition in college and he was effective.  Williams played in 63 games for Arizona and he averaged 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.7 blocked shots per game.  Williams shot 47.5% from the floor, 35.6% from three point range and 71% from the free throw line.

The San Antonio Spurs select Tiago Splitter in the 1st round

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, The Draft Report by alleyoop on Saturday 30 June 2007 at 7:25 am

The Spurs have selected power forward Tiago Splitter in the 1st round of the NBA Draft.  Splitter is from Brazil which should be no surprise as the Spurs will go anywhere to find good basketball players and it’s paid off for them big time in the past.  Splitter is a 6′11″, 232 pound bruiser who excels on the defensive side of the basketball court so he should fit right in on the Spurs.  Splitter has played in 238 games in Brazil and he has averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.  Splitter shot 59.2% from the floor (mostly putbacks and dunks), 31.4% from three point range and 57.8% from the free throw line.  Look for the Spurs to bring him along slowly.

The San Antonio Spurs will be in good shape defending their title in 2007

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page by alleyoop on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at 11:51 pm

The San Antonio Spurs head into tonight’s draft with 3 picks and 3 free agents.  The free agents are Fabricio Oberto, Matt Bonner and Jacque Vaughn.  It’s possible that the Spurs could let all three walk and get their replacements in the draft later tonight.  The Spurs own the #28, #50 and #60 pick in the draft and will likely take the best athletes on the board but none of them will likely get much playing time as most of the Spurs championship team will dominate the playing time.

Fabricio Oberto has declined his player option with the Spurs and will become a free agent

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page by alleyoop on Monday 25 June 2007 at 5:06 pm

Fabricio Oberto has declined his player option for next season and he will become a restricted free agent.  It will be interesting to see what kind of offers Oberto gets as he played really well in the playoffs for the Spurs.  The Spurs should try to retain him as long as no one goes overboard and gives him a big contract.  Oberto played in 79 games (33 starts) last season for the Spurs and he averaged 17.3 minutes, 4.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  He shot an outstanding 56.2% from the floor but he will need to work on his free throw shooting as he only hit 64.7% from there.

Oberto improved a lot in his second season in the NBA as he improved his career numbers.  Oberto has played in 138 (33 starts) NBA games and he’s averaged 13.4 minutes, 3.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists.  Oberto has hit 54% from the floor and 61.5% from the free throw line.

San Antonio Spurs 83, Cleveland Cavaliers 82

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 15 June 2007 at 9:57 am

The Spurs won their 4th NBA Title in 9 years last night by playing stellar defense.  The Spurs suffocated the Cavs offense and held them to 38.1% shooting from the floor.  Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  Tony Parker won the MVP for the NBA Finals with another great effort as he scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.  Tim Duncan had an awful shooting night (4 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 10 from the free throw line) and he finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.  Fabricio Oberto made some big plays in the 4th quarter and finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds.  The Spurs are NBA CHAMPIONS by defeating the Cavs 4 games to none.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270614005

San Antonio Spurs 75, Cleveland Cavaliers 72

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Wednesday 13 June 2007 at 9:11 am

The Spurs turned on the defense last night as they held the Cavs to 36.7% shooting from the floor.  The Cavs held the Big Three on the Spurs to 34 points, but a couple of unlikely heroes stepped up to put the Spurs on the brink of their 4th NBA Title in 9 years.  Bruce Bowen and Brent Barry hurt the Cavaliers badly.  Bruce Bowen scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds as he hit all 4 of the three-point shots that he attempted.  Brent Barry only played 17 minutes last night but he hit 3 of 4 shots from three-point range and he finished up with 9 points and 2 rebounds.  Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  Tim Duncan was busy with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Manu Ginobili had an awful night as he was 0 for 7 from the floor.  He finished up with 3 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.  The Spurs are now up 3 games to none on the Cavaliers and they will look to close out the series Thursday Night in Cleveland.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270612005

San Antonio Spurs 103, Cleveland Cavs 92

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 11 June 2007 at 12:39 pm

The Spurs toyed with the Cavs for three quarters as they built up a 89-62 lead!  But then they had to turn it back on at the end to hold off the Cavs who outscored them 30-14 in the 4th quarter.  The Spurs won this game exactly the same way as the first game of the series as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan combined to score 78 points last night.  Parker led the way with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists as the Cavs couldn’t deal with his speed on the floor.  Manu Ginobili was outstanding off of the bench again with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.  Tim Duncan was unstoppable down low as he finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.  Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Michael Finley all started the game last night but they didn’t do much as they combined to socre 9 points on 4 of 16 shooting from the floor.  Robert Horry had a huge game off of the bench as he played 26 minutes and he scored 5 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and swatted 5 shots.  The Spurs are now up 2-0 in this series as it shifts to Cleveland.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270610024

San Antonio Spurs 85, Cleveland Cavaliers 76

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 8 June 2007 at 5:46 pm

The Spurs outrebounded the Cavs 43-32 and that was a big reason for their win last night.  They raced out to a 64-49 lead after three quarters and then cruised to an easy win.  Tony Parker was unstoppable with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.  Tim Duncan was on fire also with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 blocked shots.  Manu Ginobili also had a good game off of the bench with 16 points and 8 rebounds.  Fabricio Oberto, Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley combined to score only 8 points.  The Spurs are now up 1-0 in this series.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270607024

THE NBA FINALS: THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS VS. THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 7 June 2007 at 4:28 pm

The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have both rolled through the playoffs so far.  The Cavs have a 12-4 record this post season and the Spurs are also 12-4.  This series will pit the games best player, LeBron James against a dynasty that has won multiple championships.   Here is a closer look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD:  Tony Parker is an amazing player as he’s just so darn fast that he causes matchup problems.  His signature shot is a mid range jumper which is very hard to defend.  He’s not your typical point guard as he likes to shoot first rather than pass the ball.  Still, Parker has averaged 19.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game this postseason.  He also has shot well as he’s hit 45.7% of his shots from the floor and 71.3% from the free throw line.  Larry Hughes has been banged up with a bad foot but he will try to give it a go.  Hughes is also a shoot first type of point guard.  He has averaged 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the playoffs so far.  His shooting has been a little off as he’s only hit 36% from the floor, 36.5% from 3-point range and 74.6% from the free throw line.  EDGE:  SPURS

SHOOTING GUARD:  The Cavaliers inserted  Sasha Pavlovic into their starting lineup and they started winning more often.  He might not be the best player around but he’s a tough guy that plays hard all the time.  He hasn’t shot well so far in the playoffs as he’s only hit 38.6% from the floor and 56.7% from the free throw line.  He has averaged 9.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game so far in the playoffs.  Michael Finley is an old warrior that knows all of the tricks.  He has been shooting well in the post season and that’s a big reason why the Spurs are where they are right now.  He has hit 43.2% from the floor, 46.2% from the 3-point line and 91.7% from the free throw line.  He has averaged 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in the playoffs.  EDGE: SLIGHT FOR THE SPURS

SMALL FORWARD:  This will be the most interesting matchup on the court to watch.  LeBron James vs. Bruce Bowen.  Offense vs. Defense.  LeBron James is the new face of the NBA as he is one of their brightest stars.  If he can will his team to beat the Spurs he will be on track to be considered the best player in NBA history.  LeBron James is averaging 25.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the playoffs so far.  He has shot 43.4% from the floor, 30.9% from 3-point range and 76.6% from the free throw line.  Bruce Bowen is the best defensive player in the league as many opponents say he is a dirty player.  He will have his hands full defending LeBron James who’s way more athletic than Bowen is.  He will have to dig deep into his bag of tricks to deal with James.  He has averaged 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game so far in the playoffs.  He has shot well from three point range as he’s hit 46.4% of his attempts in the playoffs.  EDGE:  GIGANTIC FOR THE CAVALIERS

POWER FORWARD:  Tim Duncan is one of the best basketball players in the history of the NBA and he’s been awesome in the playoffs so far this season.  He will cause the Cavs some problems but the Cavs will also cause him problems as Drew Gooden, Anderson Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas will try to take away his inside game.  That is easier said than done.  Duncan has averaged 23.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.3 blocks per game.  Duncan has made 53.9% of his shots from the floor but he’s had problems at the free throw line as he’s only made 64.8% of them.  Drew Gooden is an underrated player for the Cavs that always hustles on the court.  He has a nice shot from 15 feet in and he’s a good rebounder.  He has averaged 11.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game so far in the playoffs.  He also has shot a solid 49% from the floor and 74.2% from the free throw line.   EDGE: SPURS

CENTER:  Zydrunas Ilgauskas is the most underrated player on the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The 7?3? center should have no problem getting his points and rebounds in this series.  Big Z has a nice jump shot that has extended out to 18 feet now and that causes opposing teams all kinds of problems.  But it’s his work inside that separates him from other centers.  He has averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game so far in the post season.  He has hit 52.5% of his shots from the floor and 83.9% of his free throws in the playoffs.  Fabricio Oberto started out the playoffs coming off of the bench but he played so well that he bumped Francisco Elson to the bench.  Oberto has shot an amazing 66.7% from the floor but only 61.1% from the free throw line so far in the playoffs.  He has averaged 5.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.   EDGE:  CAVS

BENCH:  The Spurs have a veteran bench and they could have a huge say as to who wins this series.  Manu Ginobili is one of the best 6th men in the NBA.  He brings a little bit of everything to the table as he’s a good offensive player and a notorious flopper on defense.  He has averaged 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.75 steals per game so far in this post season.  He hasn’t shot well from the floor (40.9%) but he’s been solid from three point range (36.8%) and the free throw line (83.7%).  Robert Horry is one of the NBA’s best clutch shooters of all time as the playoffs is when he usually takes his game to a new level.  He has only averaged 4.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.4 blocks per game during the playoffs.  But he still has shot decent as he’s hit 43.1% from the floor, 34.5% from three point range and 84.6% from the free throw line.  Francisco Elson will get some minutes at center.  When the playoffs started Elson was the starting center but Fabricio Oberto beat him out for the job.  He’s a strong rebounder and defender as he’s averaged 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in limited minutes.  Brent Barry is also a three point bomber but that’s really the only skill he has left as he’s only averaged 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in the playoffs.  Jacque Vaughn will likely give Tony Parker a couple of minutes off per game.  He averaged 2.2 points, 0.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.  Matt Bonner (0.8 avg) and Beno Udrih (0.3 avg) likely won’t see the floor unless the Spurs suffer some injuries.

The Cavaliers have not been playing their bench as much as the Spurs have, but they have a couple of good, young impact players on their bench.  Point guard Daniel Gibson was the Cavs silent assassin against the Pistons and he will have an impact in this series.  When he’s on the court the Spurs must know where he’s at or they will pay.  He has averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists.  He also is shooting well as he’s hit 42.7% from the floor, 44.7% from three point range and 88.1% from the free throw line.  Anderson Varejao will have the important role of hassling Tim Duncan when he’s on the floor.  He is a notorious flopper so the Spurs better be careful when they drive to the basket.  Varejao brings a bundle of energy to the court as he dives for loose balls and loves to rebound.  He has averaged 5.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.  He has made 48% of his shots from the floor but only 53.1% from the free throw line.  Donyell Marshall has had a rough time in the post season as he’s only averaging 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game so far in the playoffs.  Eric Snow hasn’t got much playing time in the playoffs and he’s only averaging 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Damon Jones has only played in 7 games this post season and he has only averaged 1.1 points, 0.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  EDGE: SPURS

PREDICTION:  The Spurs are battle tested and have home court advantage…..but the Cavaliers have the best player on the planet.  I think the Spurs will win this series in 7 games, but, I wouldn’t be surprised in the Cavs won it all.