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The San Antonio Spurs have five free agents this summer

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Monday 31 May 2010 at 9:20 pm

The Spurs have five free agents coming into this summer and the team would likely not be hurt to badly if all of them left except Matt Bonner. Bonner is worth bringing back as he is a big man who can also hit the outside shot. Richard Jefferson has a early termination option in his contract but he isn’t going anywhere as he couldn’t get the same kind of money on the open market as he would get from the Spurs. Keith Bogans and Roger Mason will likely both be allowed to walk by the Spurs without them giving up a fight to keep them. Ian Mahinmi might get an offer from a team willing to give him more P.T. than the Spurs would so he’s likely gone too.

The San Antonio Spurs should say “no thanks” to the Knicks

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Sunday 23 May 2010 at 8:35 am

Rumors have been floating around that the Knicks want to trade for Tony Parker. It seems as if they are offering Danilo Galinari and Wilson Chandler up for him. Despite that being a decent return the Spurs should tell them “No Thank You”. Parker is only 28 years old and he is still a very solid basketball player. Plus, if he got traded that means his wife (Eva Longoria) wouldn’t be coming to the games anymore. Parker played in 56 games (50 starts) for the Spurs last season and he averaged 30.9 minutes, 16.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. He has now played in 668 games (655 starts) in his career with the Spurs and he has averaged 33.0 minutes, 16.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Parker is #5 all-time in Spurs’ history in games played (668), he’s #3 in assists (3,772), #10 in steals (635) and he is #4 in points scored (11,113). I think the Spurs should keep the big trio of stars they have (Parker, Duncan and Ginobili) and build the team around them.

GAME #4: Phoenix Suns 107, San Antonio Spurs 101

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 10 May 2010 at 1:49 pm

The Spurs just couldn’t keep up with the Suns last night. Tony Parker started at the point and he led the way for the Spurs with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tim Duncan stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots. George Hill was solid off the bench for the Spurs in this game with 17 points and 3 rebounds in 35 minutes on the floor. Manu Ginobili (15 points), Matt Bonner (14 points) and Richard Jefferson (12 points) all helped out a little bit on offense for the Spurs in this game. The Spurs got swept by the Suns in this series.

GAME #3: Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 96

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 8 May 2010 at 2:38 pm

The Spurs were outscored 39-24 in the fourth quarter of this game as the Suns appeared to want this game more. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs in this game with 27 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists and 3 steals. Tim Duncan filled up the stat sheet for the Spurs last night with 15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots. Antonio McDyess also did his part last night with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. The Spurs now have their backs firmly placed against the wall as they are down 3-0 in this series.

GAME #2: Phoenix Suns 110, San Antonio Spurs 102

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 6 May 2010 at 8:33 am

The Spurs shot 50.6% from the floor last night but they were outrebounded 49-37 last night which killed them in the end. Tim Duncan was awesome last night as he stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots. Tony Parker was solid again off the bench for the Spurs last night with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Richard Jefferson probably had his best game ever for the Spurs last night with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. Manu Ginobili (11 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists) and George Hill (14 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist) last night. The Spurs are now down 2-0 in this season as the series shifts to Texas for the weekend.

GAME #1: Phoenix Suns 111, San Antonio Spurs 102

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Tuesday 4 May 2010 at 7:47 pm

The Spurs didn’t play any D as the Suns shot 51.9% from the floor and that is what did them in last night. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs last night with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tony Parker came off the bench and played very well as he finished up with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in this game. Tim Duncan filled up the stat sheet for the Spurs in this game with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots. The Spurs are now down 1-0 in this series.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 3 May 2010 at 8:24 am

These two teams have played each other more than a couple times in the playoffs and the Spurs physical style usually beats out the finesse style of the Suns. But this is a new year and the Suns were the better team during the regular season…..but the Mavericks were also better than the Spurs during the regular season and they are at home now. Here is a close look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD: George Hill is a emerging player for the Spurs. He is not a traditional point guard as Hill is more of a shoot first player. He will likely be all over Steve Nash in this series. Hill played in 6 games (all starts) against the Mavs in which he averaged 34.8 minutes, 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Don’t forget that Tony Parker will be coming off the bench in this series to also harrass Nash.

Steve Nash is one of the best players in the NBA as he makes his teammates all better with his passing. But his back has been barking late this season and the Spurs will no doubt be physical with him. Nash played in 6 games (all starts) against the Blazers in which he averaged 33.0 minutes, 15.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game. Nash also shot 47.2% from 3-point range against the Blazers so his shot is intact.

EDGE: SUNS

SHOOTING GUARD: Manu Ginobili is the “straw that stirs the drink” for the San Antonio Spurs. The teams goes how he goes as he brings a ton of energy to the basketball court. He played in 6 games (all starts) against the Mavs in which he averaged 33.2 minutes, 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

To win this series the Suns are going to need Jason Richardson to have another great series. He played in 6 games (all starts) against the Blazers and he averaged 32.3 minutes, 23.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.2 steals per game. He shot well from everywhere in the court in the opening series of the playoffs hitting 52.7% from the floor, 51.2% from three point range and 80.8% from the free throw line. Richardson will have to use his size advantage against Ginobili in this series.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR SPURS

SMALL FORWARD: Richard Jefferson has not stepped up during the playoffs after sleepwalking during the regular season. But, he has the talent to step up at any time. Jefferson played in 6 games (all starts) against the Mavs in which he averaged 32.7 minutes, 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Grant Hill of the Suns is a warrior. A few years ago the doctors told him to quit due to injuries but he kept plugging away. He, unlike Jefferson, has a huge heart. He played in 6 games (all starts) against the Blazers in which he averaged 27.0 minutes, 8.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game on 50% shooting from the floor.

EDGE: EVEN

POWER FORWARD: This will be by far the best matchup to watch in this series. Tim Duncan’s power against Amare Stoudemire’s athletic ability. Tim Duncan is one of the most under appreciated stars in the whole NBA because he’s not flashy or selfish. Duncan played in 6 games (all starts) against the Mavs in which he averaged 37.2 minutes, 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shots per game.

Amare Stoudmire is going to have to step up against the Spurs as he seemed to be coasting in the first round of the playoffs. He will need to use his speed to get to the rim or the Suns could be in trouble in this series. Stoudemire played in 6 games (all starts) against the Blazers and he averaged 34.7 minutes, 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: EVEN

CENTER: Antonio McDyess has been playing decent basketball in the playoffs but most of his game is inside the paint. He played in 6 games (all starts) against the Mavs in which he averaged 26.3 minutes, 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. McDyess might see his minutes drop a tad in this series as the Suns will employ a outside shooter in Channing Frye quite a bit at center.

Jarron Collins is well rested as he didn’t play too much during the regular season. He started all 6 games against the Blazers in which he averaged 13.7 minutes, 1.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Don’t look for Collins to play much more than he did against the Blazers as Channing Frye will get a lot of P.T. at center in this series.

EDGE: SPURS

BENCH: The Spurs will use Tony Parker off the bench in this series. He will bring instant offense off the bench and he will be all over Steve Nash in this series making him work at both ends of the court. Parker played in 6 games (0 starts) against the Mavs and he averaged 31.5 minutes, 15.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Matt Bonner could be a huge player in this series for the Spurs because he’s athletic enough to chase Channing Frye around. DeJuan Blair will likely get most of his P.T. behind Tim Duncan based on the style the Suns play. Roger Mason and Keith Bogans have plenty of experience and they could help out the Spurs if called upon.

The Suns are using their bench a lot more than usual and it has been a good thing lately. Channing Frye is coming off the bench at center but he’s playing starters’ minutes. Frye played in 6 games (0 starts) against the Blazers and he averaged 28.5 minutes, 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game. Leandro Barbosa (8.0 points), Jared Dudley (7.3 points) and Goran Dragic (6.8 points) all will help out offensively when they get on the court for the Suns. Forward Louis Amundson could also get some P.T. and his game is rebounding and defense.

EDGE: EVEN

COACH: Gregg Popovich is a master at coaching up his team in the playoffs. He berated his team after game one and then they played the rest of the series like a team on a mission. The Spurs have a 106-65 (62%) under head coach Gregg Popovich in the post season and they have won 4 championships of the NBA under him.

Alvin Gentry is pretty new to this post season thing. He did well to beat the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs but matching X’s and O’s with Gregg Popovich is a brand new animal to deal with. The Suns are 4-2 (66.7%) under Gentry in the post season.

EDGE: SPURS

PREDICTION: The Spurs have the playoff experience, the know how and the defensive ability to beat the Suns. The Suns however are a much more athletic team. Those contrasts make this a very interesting series that I see the Spurs winning in 7 hard fought games.