When Spurs headlines become a conundrum

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Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images That time I almost mistook what ended up being a great article because of the headline… Writers depend on their editors. One important thing we rely on: We need the headline writer to get the theme of the post. For instance, it would not be productive for a post about how Patty Mills …

Open Thread: Unfamiliar territory as the San Antonio Spurs currently have a losing record

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports There’s some perspective for it, but it may not make anyone comfortable with the situation. The Spurs lost Wednesday night in Minnesota, giving them a record of 5-6. This is their first losing record since about this time last season when they lost by one point to the Memphis Grizzlies which began a period of 3 …

Maybe it’s time for the Spurs to change their starting lineup

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Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports In this week’s round table, the PtR staff discusses whether Pop should consider a change to the starting unit, break down the problems with the defense, and much more. It’s been a tough week for the Spurs. After an inspired win against the Thunder they played arguably their two worst games of the season and logged …

What the Carmelo Anthony signing means for the San Antonio Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference got murkier with the Portland Trail Blazers signing of Carmelo Anthony. There’s a pretty clear dividing line between the classes in the Western Conference. The Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Rockets, and Nuggets are all viewed as locks for playoff spots. Below them, the […] What the Carmelo Anthony …

Two positives from the Spurs’ frustrating loss to the Timberwolves

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Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports DeMar DeRozan leads the charge while the young guns impress in garbage time There wasn’t much to write home about in the Spurs’ 114-129 loss to the upstart Timberwolves. Poor three-point shooting, a lack of hustle on the boards, and poor defensive effort defined their night. DeMar DeRozan was the one redeeming offensive performance that salvaged …

Open Thread: H. E. B. “Spurs Retirement” commercial has a new member

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Photos by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images No jersey unveiling is complete without joining the “Club.” In 2016, Tim Duncan retired. [Note: Duncan’s 30-second HEB Retirement Club commercial is no longer available on video-sharing sites. It is the first spot in this 2016 collection. Turn it off before “he who is not to be named” shows. Also, ignore the …

Magic Express Interest In DeMar DeRozan

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The Orlando Magic expressed interested in trading for DeMar DeRozan, league sources told Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. The Magic are “scouring the trade market for scoring help,” added O’Connor. DeRozan has a player option for next season, though The Athletic reported that DeRozan and the Spurs remain far apart on negotiating a contract extension. Magic Express Interest In DeMar …

San Antonio Spurs’ losing streak extends to three in brutal loss to Minnesota

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LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan combined for 50 points, but the San Antonio Spurs’ defensive woes continued in the 129-114 loss in Minnesota. In uncharacteristic fashion, the San Antonio Spurs have been extremely sloppy since starting off the season 3-0. They’ve given up an average of 126 points per game in their last three outings, […] San Antonio Spurs’ losing …

San Antonio at Minnesota, Final Score: Spurs can’t stop Timberwolves and lose 129-114

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Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports Spurs defensive woes continue as DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge scored, but they couldn’t stop Wiggins and Towns. Traditionally, the Spurs have been one of the best defensive teams in the league, but the story is different this year. Tonight, they let the Timberwolves run all over them, scoring 40 points in two consecutive quarters, and …