San Antonio vs. Miami, Final Score: Spurs unable to keep pace, get beaten late by the Heat, 106-100

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Adebayo decimated the Spurs frontline in an impressive victory for Miami | Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Heat demonstratively show why they are a dark horse contender in the East San Antonio continued a helter skelter season of mixed results and was not able to withstand a late Miami comeback in the loss. The Spurs were led by possible All-Star DeMar …

Open Thread: DeMar DeRozan’s hot streak is putting him in elite company

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Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images #10 can tie Michael Jordan with a repeat performance this evening. DeMar DeRozan continues to shine as a San Antonio Spur. DeMar DeRozan is the first player in Spurs history to have 10 straight games with 20+ points while shooting over 50% from the floor. — Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) January 11, 2020 He’s in quite …

The NBA has changed over the last 20 years, but the Spurs are still the Spurs

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports One shot chart shows how much the NBA has changed this century, but it still looks like the Spurs. Kirk Goldsberry of ESPN and elsewhere tweeted the following fascinating graphic, which a fellow hooper forwarded to me. The game has changed. pic.twitter.com/Bqh4swKxCN — Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) January 14, 2020 This chart really tells the story of …

How (and why) the Spurs still post up

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Though the NBA has moved away from the paint, San Antonio still makes post ups work. “The post up is not a good play anymore.” Those were the words of Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle when asked to rebut the common critique of his 7’3” unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis, who spends most of his time on the perimeter. …

Open Thread: Kobe Bryant says Spurs kept the Lakers from winning ten straight titles

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Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images The future Hall of Famer says his relationship with Shaq was not the deterrent to Lakers greatness. Kobe Bryant says that he and Shaquille O’Neal could have led the Los Angeles Lakers to ten straight NBA championships had it not been for the San Antonio Spurs. View this post on Instagram How …

How the Spurs used their zone defense to upset the Raptors rhythm

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Spurs stopped the Raptors in the tracks with a zone defense in the fourth quarter, allowing them to rally. The Spurs’ defense wasn’t their biggest problem through three quarters of their Monday night comeback victory over the Raptors, but it was the solution. After 36 minutes of play, the Raptors had scored 82 points …

Josh Richardson, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Josh Richardson and DeMar DeRozan have been named the NBA’s Players of the Week for Week 12. Richardson averaged 22.7 points and 3.7 assists as the Philadelphia 76ers went 2-1. DeRozan averaged 29.3 points and 6.0 assists as the San Antonio Spurs went 3-1. Josh Richardson, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's Players Of The Week Josh Richardson, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's …