Making sense of the Spurs vs. Nuggets series so far

The PtR staff takes a look at what the Spurs have done well, what they’ve struggled with and what they need to do going forward to beat the Nuggets. The Nuggets and Spurs are tied after the first four games of an unpredictable series. Both teams have had flaws exposed, but neither has cracked under the postseason pressure yet. Denver …

What to make of Derrick White’s mediocre follow up to his breakout game 3

Whether he’s the primary scorer or creator, the Spurs need to help White more. Derrick White dribbled the ball up court with his usual sense of cool purpose. The score was still knotted at zero and barely 45 seconds had run off the clock. As Denver’s defense worked to get organized, Derrick saw a momentary opening and darted underneath Jamal …

DeMar DeRozan fined for Game 4 incident, no suspension

The Spurs will field a full squad in Denver on Tuesday. The NBA returned its verdict this morning on DeMar DeRozan’s ball toss toward the vicinty of Scott Foster midway through the fourth quarter in Game 4. Official statement from NBA. DeRozan Fined. No suspension. pic.twitter.com/c1DsFy2w9K — Don Harris (@DonHarris4) April 21, 2019 DeRozan was fined $25000 for, in Kiki …

What we learned from the Spurs Game 3 loss to the Nuggets

The wheels came all the way off for the Spurs at home in Game 4. I don’t know that I expected the Spurs to win Game 4, but I didn’t expect that. Just like the Game 2 loss, in which the Spurs blew two separate 19 point leads, the manner in which this loss came about worries me significantly more …

Open Thread: DeMar DeRozan’s uncommon ‘one tech’ ejection

Perhaps an explanation is forthcoming During a frustrating 4th quarter against the Denver Nuggets, Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan drew an offensive charge foul to Jamal Murray that elevated to a technical foul and en ejection. The broadcast never stated what the official call was, but ESPN play-by-play stipulated that DeRozan was assessed one technical foul. Meanwhile, and ESPN article stated …

Spurs lose their cool and homecourt advantage in Game 4 loss to Nuggets

With a chance to seize a 3-1 edge, the Spurs’ defense and focus failed them against a locked-in Nuggets team. DeMar DeRozan bore down the middle of the court and feinted right, then spun left, making contact with Malik Beasley before — in the same fluid motion — turning back towards referee Scott Foster, standing near the sidelines at halfcourt, …

Spurs vs Nuggets Playoff Game 4 Thread

Welcome to the Game Thread. Veterans of the Game Thread know how we do things around here, but for all you newbies we have a few rules. Our community guidelines apply and basically say be cool, no personal attacks, don’t troll and don’t swear too much. Derrick White took over the game Thursday night, and the Nuggets will need to …

The more the Nuggets focus on stopping Derrick White, the better

If Denver makes it their mission to stop White from going off again, DeRozan and Aldridge could feast. Derrick White played a huge part in the Spurs’ Game 3 win, leading all scorers with a career-high 36 points to go with five assists and three steals. He was everywhere and hurt Denver in every area, but he was particularly effective …

Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 4

The Spurs will look to push Denver to the brink tonight in Game 4 from San Antonio. Admit it, you were nervous on Thursday night after what happened in Game 2 of a series that continues to feel like a battle between two rugged fighters. You were nervous when, after ending on such a high note at the end of …

There’s a lot of Manu Ginobili in Derrick White

It’s too soon to crown White as the next Manu, but there are some similarities between the two. Derrick White’s Game 3 performance was special. Only 12 other players in league history have scored 35 or more points and logged at least five rebounds and five assists in the playoffs in one of their first two seasons in the NBA. …