The Spurventure Zone: Chapter 2

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Our boys found a secret cave! Will they like what’s inside? Find out…on The Spurventure Zone! If you followed the Spurs for much of Tim Duncan’s career, you’re probably aware that he’s been into Dungeons and Dragons since almost forever. What you certainly didn’t know (since it’s completely made up) is that just after the regular season, he got Manu …

The Spurventure Zone: Chapter 1

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Tim Duncan persuades his former teammates to play D&D. The results are predictably poor. If you followed the Spurs for much of Tim Duncan’s career, you’re probably aware that he’s been into Dungeons and Dragons since almost forever. What you certainly didn’t know (since it’s completely made up) is that just after the regular season, he got Manu Ginobili, Tony …

Game 2 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

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After getting blown out on Monday night, can the Spurs make the necessary adjustments to tie this series up? Under a hail of three-point Rocket bombs, Spurs fans sought refuge in a variety of ways. Some beat the old #TradeLA drum; others called for more Dewayne Dedmon and less open misses; one embittered Millennial even did this. What matters more …

How Game 1 Got Away From San Antonio

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It wasn’t just the three-point barrage that sunk the Spurs. Game 1 of San Antonio vs. Houston was the perfect storm of the Spurs’ weaknesses (athleticism, wing depth, multiple playmakers) being exaggerated by the Rockets’ strengths (athleticism, pace, shooting). It’d be unlikely for the Rockets to keep connecting on 44% from deep while jacking 50 attempts per game. It’s not …

Rockets make statement in Game One, drub Spurs, 126-99

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The Rockets exploited the Spurs’ defensive deficiencies and the Spurs chipped in with one of their worst offensive performances of the season in the series opener. That was a good ol’ fashioned butt-whoopin’ that the Houston Rockets handed the San Antonio Spurs to get this second-round series started. Besides Kawhi Leonard’s jumper to give the Spurs a 2-0 lead in …

NBA Playoffs: 5 Keys to a Spurs Victory in the Conference Semifinals.

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After dueling with the Memphis Grizzlies for six games, the San Antonio Spurs will face their divisional rival, Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals.  As the Spurs have emerged victorious from a grueling series against the Grizzlies, a new challenge appears from the Southwest Division. The Rockets have undergone an awakening to their true […] NBA Playoffs: 5 Keys …

A Master Class in how to defend the Rockets

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This how-to guide, written specifically for Spurs fans, was compiled during the first round while OKC held James Harden to well below his regular season efficiency numbers. [Editor’s note: please welcome guest writer, Bobby Chancellor, of Welcome to Loud City, Thunder fan and defensive acolyte. – J.R. Wilco] In light of the upcoming series between the San Antonio Spurs and …

NBA Playoffs 2017: Breaking Down Tony Parker’s Playoff Resurgence

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Tony Parker’s breakout performances against the Memphis Grizzlies were in contrast to most of his play this season. Throughout the past couple of years, Parker has not been the player that he once was. Parker simply does not have the quickness and shiftiness, which enabled him to fly around the court with reckless abandonment, throwing […] NBA Playoffs 2017: Breaking …

Game 1 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets

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The Spurs and Rockets renew the long-dormant I-10 Rivalry, with a matchup poised to be as compelling as any we’ll see in these playoffs. The prize for dispensing of the Grizzlies is a journey back to the 90s and up the postseason ladder to face Houston, interstate rivals of yesteryear. The Rockets are a multi-armed offensive monster, built to force …

What the Spurs can do to stop the James Harden pick and roll

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The 2017 Rockets have perfected the pick-and-roll spread offense. Can the Spurs slow down Harden? The 2017 Houston Rockets have perfected the pick and roll. James Harden has mastered the action, and Daryl Morey has surrounded him with a repository of shooters and several big men willing to screen and dive to the rim. If you provide any help, you’re …

What to expect from Spurs vs. Rockets

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A Spurs-Rockets playoff series with a pair of MVP candidates? Seems familiar somehow… During the Spurs–Rockets series you are going to be inundated with many “flashback” clips of the 1995 Western Conference Finals, which was the last playoff meeting between these Texas rivals. You will not enjoy watching those clips. Actually, it’ll probably be the same two plays, over and …

Kawhi Leonard is having one of the best playoff performances in NBA history

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Kawhi Leonard had the league’s best first round of the postseason, and maybe of all time. Kawhi Leonard’s first-round was so brilliant, it is difficult to put into words. Spectacular, dominant, superlative, historic – none of it quite captures what the Spurs star did against the Memphis Grizzlies. That’s why I’m going to put it into numbers instead, starting with …