3-10-14: After having a strong 2013 postseason, Kawhi Leonard has become very important for the 2013-14 Spurs. In his 46 games played this season, San Antonio has a 37-9 record. Without Leonard, the Spurs are just 8-7. Since he returned from his hand injury in the team’s second-to-last game in February, the Spurs have not lost. On Friday, with a 92-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio clinched its 17th consecutive winning season. Then, on Sunday, Tony Parker returned from a six-game absence to put up 22 points and seven assists in the Spurs’ 112-106 victory. San Antonio finished the week by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat by a combined 45 points.
3-3-14: The Spurs had a very light week as they continue to play without starting point guard Tony Parker. Although the Spurs lost on Friday night by a large margin, they finished their lengthy road trip with a 6-3 record. Additionally, Kawhi Leonard missed that contest, but San Antonio still owns the league’s best road record. Then, the Spurs got a resting period between that game and their one on Wednesday. Leonard returned from his long absence to play on his own bobblehead night at the AT&T Center, and he filled up the stat sheet. He put up 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in the 120-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
2-24-14: On Saturday, Marco Belinelli made Spurs fans proud. He won the 3-Point Shootout with a tremendous 24-point score in the tiebreaker round to beat out Bradley Beal. Then on Sunday, Tony Parker participated in the All-Star game. However, many people are criticizing his decision to play in the exhibition contest because the point guard is now out indefinitely. Even with Parker and Kawhi Leonard sidelined, the Spurs swept their back-to-back set this past week. Patty Mills scored 25 points off the bench, including 16 in the fourth quarter in the Spurs 10-point victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Then on Wednesday, San Antonio improved its league-best road record to 22-7 with a 111-109 win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
2-18-14: The Spurs had a solid week as they continued to survive their large number of injuries heading into the All-Star break. They took on three below-.500 Eastern Conference teams and finished with a 2-1 record. On Saturday, San Antonio continued its dominance of the Charlotte Bobcats. Although Tony Parker and Tim Duncan played, neither of them scored the most points of the evening. Patty Mills came off the bench to score a season-high 32 points. Although the Spurs fell in Detroit by nine points on Monday, Cory Joseph dished off a career-high nine assists. On Wednesday, Gregg Popovich rested Tony Parker, but the Spurs were still able to beat the Boston Celtics.
2-10-14: After having a very frustrating week, the Spurs bounced back to win three consecutive games. They got Tiago Splitter back into the starting lineup, and Tim Duncan led the team with 23 points in San Antonio’s two-point victory over the Sacramento Kings. Then on Monday, Danny Green returned from a 10-game absence, and Tony Parker was happy to see him back. The point guard scored a game-high 32 points as the Spurs started their nine-game rodeo road trip with a victory. Although Parker left Wednesday’s game with an injury at halftime, Tim Duncan’s season-high 31 points led the Spurs to a double-overtime victory in Washington. On Thursday, Gregg Popovich decided to rest his stars as San Antonio fell to the Nets in Brooklyn.
2-4-14: Just about one week after the Spurs announced that Kawhi Leonard would miss a month, San Antonio encountered yet another injury. On Tuesday, Manu Ginobili suffered a left hamstring injury at Houston and is now out three to four weeks. The Spurs eventually lost that contest to the Rockets by seven points. With San Antonio also falling in Miami two days prior, the Spurs suffered consecutive losses for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Then, they made it three defeats in a row as the Chicago Bulls went into San Antonio and got the win. This past week was not all doom and gloom as the Spurs beat the Hawks by 26 points in Atlanta on January 24.
1-27-14: The Spurs had a frustrating week, as they went 1-2 in their three home games. San Antonio entered Friday’s contest on its second-longest winning streak of the season, and Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 29 points, but that performance was not enough to get the victory for the Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Spurs, 109-100, in San Antonio. Although Tony Parker sat out Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a bruised right shin, the Spurs won that contest by 28 points. Then, two days later, Parker had a season-high 37 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Spurs lost, 111-105. The news was even worse after the game: the Spurs announced that Kawhi Leonard would miss the next three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand.
1-20-14: Although two of their regular starters recently went down, the Spurs have won their last six contests. After dropping a Thursday night home game to the New York Knicks on January 2, San Antonio defeated six different Western Conference opponents. While Tiago Splitter (sprained shoulder) and Danny Green (fractured hand) remain out for at least a couple more weeks, Manu Ginobili has stepped up after recovering from a hamstring injury of his own. Kawhi Leonard, who has started the most games of any Spur this season, has filled the stat sheet almost every night, including his 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in Wednesday’s win against the Utah Jazz.
1-7-14: The Spurs only played three games this past week, all of which were at the AT&T Center. San Antonio rode Manu Ginobili’s season-high 28 points to beat the Sacramento Kings by eight on Sunday. Tony Parker also chipped in 22 points while Tim Duncan posted his 11th double-double of the season. Then on Tuesday, the Spurs continued their dominance of the Nets, as they won by 21 points. Parker led the way with a game-high 18 points in the easy victory. However, the Spurs then surprisingly fell to the New York Knicks on Thursday. Marco Belinelli scored a career-best 32 points, but it was not enough.
12-30-13: The Spurs’ December schedule has been packed: this time, they played four games over a six-day stretch. The busy weeks have finally taken a toll on San Antonio, as the team lost two of its last three games at the AT&T Center after starting the season 9-2 at home. However, the two losses were to two of the Spurs’ strongest competitors in the Western Conference this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets went into San Antonio and won by 13 points each this past week. Interestingly, the Spurs ended up beating the Toronto Raptors on Monday by 13 points as well, but the trend stopped on Thursday when San Antonio defeated the Mavericks by nine points in Dallas.
12-22-13: The Spurs had a busy week, which included five games in five different cities in seven days. They swept both of their back-to-back sets, but lost to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Tim Duncan put together a fantastic week, as he posted a double-double in the four games that he played. He then sat out along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the Thursday night contest at Golden State. The Spurs bench provided Gregg Popovich with tremendous play en route to the 104-102 San Antonio victory. Marco Belinelli, who has been shooting the lights out from 3-point distance this season, scored a career-high 28 points in the win over the Warriors.
12-13-13: How about these Spurs? They are among the best teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency this season and own a 17-4 record. San Antonio even won its last two games without starting center Tiago Splitter. After losing by 11 to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, the Spurs went on the road and defeated the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks by a combined 45 points. Tim Duncan, who has scored double-digit points in each of his last eight games, led all players with 21 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Bucks on Wednesday.
12-7-13: As always, the Spurs are quietly one of the best teams in the league this season. After beginning the season 13-2, they went to Orlando on Friday and beat the Magic by 18 points. Tim Duncan put up a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds in that contest. After defeating the Magic, San Antonio lost to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, but the Spurs recovered on Monday to beat the Atlanta Hawks. Duncan was the star of that game as well; he registered his first 20-20 game in almost a year. Even at 37 years old, he is still a very good NBA big man.
11-28-13: It turns out the Spurs are somewhat human after all, as their 11-game winning streak was finally snapped on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Despite the loss, the Spurs are 13-2 on the season and in first place in the very tough Western Conference. The Spurs are allowing the second fewest points allowed per game in the league, 90.3, and are winning despite not a single player on the team averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Amazing.
11-22-13: “Is this the year that the Spurs fall off “, said everyone ever. People are finally learning to never, ever say that again. The Spurs are tied for the best record in the league at 10-1 and are doing it the way that they always do – resting their starters and playing the Pop system. San Antonio hasn’t played a terribly difficult schedule (25th SOS), but they are dominating the teams that they’ve played. With just one game since last Friday (Wednesday night win over Boston), the Spurs continue to have the opportunity to rest their elders.
11-15-13: The Spurs appear to be merely
picking up where they left off from the NBA Finals a year ago, as their lone loss has come to a surprisingly solid Blazers team. The Spurs stand at 8-1 thanks to gritty team defense. In fact, the Spurs have been so effective on that end of the court, that no one has scored over 96 points on them in five straight games.
11-8-13: Tim Duncan is already dealing with an injury and the Spurs can’t possibly get any older or slower, yet they also can’t help but keep winning. The Spurs have picked up right where they left off from their trip to the NBA Finals a year ago, playing gritty defense and team offense, as they’re off to an impressive start through their first five games with a 4-1 record.
11-1-13: Once again, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are under the radar to begin the NBA season. Although Tim Duncan has never been a part of a professional basketball team with lower than a .600 winning percentage, San Antonio continues to be overlooked. The Spurs bring a very similar roster from 2012-13 to this season, but with Marco Belinelli coming off the bench instead of Gary Neal. Starters Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard are rising stars that were essential to the Spurs’ run to the Finals last season. Manu Ginobili, who had a very solid preseason, comes off the bench as one of the league’s best sixth men.
10-31-13: It was revealed that Tim Duncan has a chest contusion after he underwent a CT scan on Thursday. He's doubtful for the Spurs game against the Lakers on Friday, but will travel with the team as they head out on their 3-game road trip.
10-18-13: The San Antonio Spurs are 2-2 in their four preseason games. Kawhi Leonard had a great game against the Denver Nuggets, despite the Spurs falling 98-94. Leonard led the team with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Duncan leads the team in scoring per game with 12.6 points in the preseason. The Spurs have three preseason games remaining:
- Oct 19 at Miami
- Oct 22 vs Orlando
- Oct 24 vs Houston
8-23-13: Another NBA Championship was within their grasp, but a Game 7 defeat left the Spurs going home empty. The goal this summer wasn’t to reload, but simply to bring back the core of a team that has made San Antonio the model franchise throughout the entire league. Manu Ginobili re-signed for 2 years, $14.5M and Tiago Splitter is also returning next to Tim Duncan after signing a 4-year, $36M deal. The Spurs also added additional bench scoring in Marco Belinelli to replace Gary Neal, who signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
San Antonio will open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Miami Heat will return to San Antonio Thursday, March 6th. The Oklahoma City Thunder, their likeliest challenge for a number one seed in the West, will come to town on Saturday, December 21st and again on Wednesday, January 22nd. The Houston Rockets will visit on Saturday, November 30th and again a month later on Christmas night.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Memphis Grizzlies
- December 21st – Oklahoma City Thunder
- December 25th – Houston Rockets
- December 31st – Brooklyn Nets
- January 4th – L.A. Clippers
Spurs 2013 Draft Summary:
- Round 1, Pick 28: F Livio Jean-Charles, France.
- Round 2, Pick 28: SF Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State.
6-24-13: If indeed it is the end of an era for the Spurs, it was a great one without a doubt. After losing in game 7 of the NBA finals many questions will swirl once the smoke clear regarding the team’s future. The Spurs won an impressive 58 games this year including a 35-6 home record. Manu Ginobili is a free agent and the Spurs will have some flexibility under the cap with only $41.8M committed to next year’s team so far. All in all it was another admirable season for the Spurs as we should all expect them to be in the race as long as Gregg Popovich remains at the helm. Tim Duncan will be under contract next year but it is uncertain how much longer he wishes to play. This off season seemingly will mark the passing of the torch as many of the older players walk into the sunset while the younger ones will take a bigger role among the league’s stars.
2-19-13: At 42-12, the machine-like Spurs have the best record in the NBA and seem to be a lock for a top 1-2 seed in the playoffs. Despite periodically resting their star players from time to time, the Spurs have continued to roll through the league thus far in the first half of the season. As of the all-star break the Spurs are on a 15-1 tear and will look to continue their steam-roll of success tonight against the Kings. Tim Duncan missed a considerable amount of time with an injury but should return to action this week. The Spurs have a winnable schedule upcoming, leading into their March 11th matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs have a reputation for being extremely successful during the regular season but then fizzling out to younger and fresher legs in the postseason.
11-26-12: The Spurs lead what many may call the NBA’s best division. With a league leading 11 wins the Spurs have protected home court and even won a signature road game in Boston. Typically the Spurs open seasons with a majority of their games on the road and this year it has had no ill-effect. With a 7-1 road record so far, the Spurs look to continue their dominance when they take on the lowly Wizards and Magic.