The Spurventure Zone: Chapter 1

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

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 …

All you need to know to be optimistic about Spurs-Rockets Game 2

If anyone can help get LaMarcus Aldridge’s mind right, it’s this guy I didn’t see anything on Monday night that gave me reason to expect the Spurs to beat the Rockets on Wednesday night. But I just saw this: It’s from a tweet by Michael C. Wright who covers San Antonio for the whirlwide liter. I don’t know if I’d …

How Game 1 Got Away From San Antonio

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

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 …

San Antonio vs. Houston, Final Score: Rockets blow out Spurs in Game 1, 126-99

The best of the Rockets vs. the worst of the Spurs delivered predictable results. Coming into the second round series against the Rockets, the Spurs knew they had to do two things: defend the arc and score enough to keep up with Houston’s manic offense. They did neither of those things, particularly in the first half, and the result was …

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

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

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

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 …

What to expect from Spurs vs. Rockets

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

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 …