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There was no fear of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich leaving the team while Tim Duncan is still out there hitting bank-shots, but what about when The Big Fundamental hangs up his sneakers? Danny Green feels new additions to the roster will keep Pop on the sideline for seasons to come. Which is good news for everyone other than reporters interviewing him during the middle of a game. Here’s the San Antonio Express News reporting:
Like many Spurs players and fans, Green always had presumed Popovich would depart the Spurs bench as soon as team captain Tim Duncan opted for retirement. But with the signing of free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and the new, five-year contract for teammate Kawhi Laonard signed in mid-July Green now believes Popovich will stick around past the end of 39-year-old Duncan’s career — whenever that comes.
“Without LaMarcus and Kawhi (Leonard) I think he’s out the door when Timmy leaves,” Green said on Wednesday after an appearance at the Spurs youth camp at George Gervin Academy. “Them being here I think extends his tenure just a little bit longer.
The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Jimmer Fredette.
Fredette, 6-2/195, spent last season playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He appeared in 50 games, averaging 3.6 points and 1.4 assists in 10.2 minutes.
After a celebrated college career, Fredette hasn’t made his mark in the NBA yet. Even as a reserve, he hasn’t solidified himself as a definite rotation player. In San Antonio, minutes will continue to be limited. He’ll need to make the most of every second of court time.
A four-year NBA veteran, Fredette was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was dealt to the Sacramento Kings in a draft night trade where he spent two-plus seasons. In March 2014 he signed with the Chicago Bulls where he played out the remainder of the 2013-14 season. In 229 NBA career games, Fredette is averaging 6.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 13.7 minutes while shooting .412 (514-1,248) from the field, .381 (192-504) from beyond the arc and .878 (187-213) from the foul line.
Fredette enjoyed a four-year career (2007-11) at Brigham Young University where he led all Division I players in scoring (28.9 ppg) as a senior. In his final season with the Cougars, he won nearly every National Player of the Year honor including the Naismith, Wooden and Associated Press awards. The New York native finished his career averaging 18.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 139 outings for the Cougars, and set BYU career records for points (2,599), three-pointers (296), games played (139) and total wins (112).
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed shooting guard Jonathon Simmons.
Simmons, 6-6/195, played on the Spurs 2015 Summer League team in Las Vegas where he helped lead the team to the Summer League Championship, averaging 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.71 steals in 24.6 minutes while shooting .519 (41-79) from the field and .700 (35-50) from the foul line in seven games. He was named MVP of the championship game, finishing with a team-high 23 points (7-14 FG, 9-12 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes.
The 25-year-old Simmons has spent the past two seasons playing for the Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. The Texas native made the team after attending an open tryout in Austin in 2013. Last season Simmons was named to the NBA D-League All-Defensive Third Team while appearing in all 50 games, averaging 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.00 steals in 33.8 minutes. Simmons shot .494 (277-561) from the field, .398 (51-128) from three-point range and .750 (153-204) from the charity stripe.
During his two years with Austin, Simmons appeared in 94 games, averaging 12.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.00 blocks in 28.8 minutes while shooting .506 (446-882) from the field, .352 (76-216) from beyond the arc and .736 (22-303) from the foul line.
Prior to turning pro Simmons played one season (2011-12) at the University of Houston. The former Cougar appeared in all 30 games as a redshirt junior, averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 30.1 minutes. Before transferring to Houston, Simmons played his sophomore season (2009-10) at Midland Junior College and his freshman season (2008-09) at Paris Junior College.
Spurs win 2015 summer league championship
Here’s the Arizona Republic reporting on the Spurs and Suns, who Monday in Las Vegas battled for the 2015 summer league championship:
The Suns’ Summer League rotation of hot scoring hands turned to rookie free agent Mike James on Monday night, but even his 32-point game was not enough to bring the league tournament’s championship trophy to Phoenix.
James scored 23 second-half points, but San Antonio overcame an early 10-point hole to down the Suns 93-90 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The Suns ended the 24-team tournament with their sloppiest game. They committed 18 turnovers and had three players – T.J. Warren, Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker – foul out as the Summer League’s first female head coach, Becky Hammon, led the Spurs (6-1) to a win with two roster players – league MVP Kyle Anderson and championship-game MVP Jonathan Simmons.
James, an explosive 6-foot-1 point guard, hit 10 of 18 shots with 3-of-6 shooting from the 3-point line and 9-for-11 free throw shooting. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and five turnovers.
The San Antonio Spurs have re-signed guard Manu Ginobili.
At this point in his career, Ginobili remains a key member of the Spurs’ supporting cast but is not counted on as a leader the way he used to be. And with the fantastic additions to the team’s frontcourt this offseason, there will be even less pressure on Manu than ever before.
The upcoming season will mark Ginobili’s 14th campaign with the Silver and Black. Over the course of his NBA career, he has appeared in 865 games, averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.39 steals in 26.7 minutes. He has shot .450 (4,015-8,925) percent from the field, .368 (1,272-3,457) from three-point range and .827 (3,093-3,739) from the charity stripe.
Ginobili, who was drafted by San Antonio with the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft, is the Spurs all-time NBA leader in three-pointers made (1,272), second in steals (1,201), fourth in games played (865) and free-throws made (3,093) and fifth in total points (12,395) and assists (3,478). He has twice been named to the All-NBA Third Team (2008, 2011). The 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and two-time All-Star (2008, 11), Ginobili currently owns the best winning percentage of any active player in the NBA (.723, 625-240).
The four-time NBA champion has appeared in 187 career playoff games, averaging 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.40 steals in 29.4 minutes. Last postseason, he passed Michael Jordan for 11th all-time in postseason wins (120). That total gives Ginobili, along with teammates Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, the most playoff victories by a trio in NBA postseason history. The trio has also set an NBA record for most regular-season games played together (730) and is second all-time in league history for its 539 shared victories.
The Argentina native is one of only eight players in NBA postseason history (Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler) with at least 2,500 points (2,836), 750 rebounds (793), 700 assists (747) and 250 steals (261) in the playoffs.
Ginobili has been a member of the Argentinian National Team since 1998. He led his home country to the Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming one of only two players to have won a Euroleague title, an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal (Bill Bradley). In 2010 he was awarded the Diamond Konex Award, given to the most important sportsman of the decade in Argentina.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed center Boban Marjanovic.
Marjanovic, 7-3/290, is from Serbia and last played for Crvena Zvezda in 2014-15. In 24 Euroleague games, he averaged 16.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 27.3 minutes. A professional since 2006, Marjanovic was named All-Euroleague First Team in 2015 and has been named Serbian Super League MVP on three occasions.
In 19 Serbian League contests last season, he averaged 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.6 minutes.
The 26-year-old’s debut on the Serbian National Team came at the EuroBasket 2011.
The San Antonio Spurs’ signing of rugged power forward David West became official today.
According to KSAT San Antonio, “West took a big paycut to join the Spurs. He was scheduled to make $12 million this season with the Indiana Pacers. West reportedly will make $1.4 million with the Spurs.”
It’s been an amazing offseason for the Spurs, who retained Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan while adding amazing frontcourt pieces in star LaMarcus Aldridge and former star West. They could use another shooter in the backcourt with Marco Belinelli gone, but their frontcourt is easily one of the best in the league.
West, 6-9/240, joins the Spurs after spending the past four seasons with the Indiana Pacers. Last season he appeared in 66 games, averaging 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.7 minutes while shooting .471 (323-686) from the field and .739 (119-161) from the foul line. In Indiana, West appeared in 285 total games, averaging 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30.6 minutes while shooting .487 (1,632-3,350) from the field and .776 (701-903) from the charity stripe.
A 12-year NBA veteran, West was originally drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He spent eight seasons (2003-11) in New Orleans where he was named an All-Star in 2007 and 2008. The New Jersey native appeared in 530 total games for the Hornets, averaging 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.4 minutes.
For his career, West has appeared in 815 NBA games, averaging 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 31.8 minutes while shooting .489 (5,108-10,441) from the field and .820 (2,405-2,933) from the foul line. The former Xavier Musketeer has seen action in 73 playoff games, averaging 15.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.2 minutes.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have re-signed forward Matt Bonner.
Bonner has spent the past nine seasons in San Antonio, the longest tenured player with the Silver and Black outside of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The 6-10 forward has appeared in 602 games with the Spurs, averaging 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.4 minutes while shooting .455 (1,264-2,781) from the field, .412 (641-1,554) from three-point range and .765 (215-281) from the foul line. Among Spurs all-time NBA leaders, Bonner ranks third in three-pointers made, sixth in three-point field goal percentage and ninth in games played. During the 2010-11 season he led the NBA in three-point shooting with a .457 (105-230) mark from beyond the arc. Bonner has appeared in 94 playoff games for the Silver and Black, averaging 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes.
An 11-year NBA veteran, Bonner was originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to the Toronto Raptors where he spent his first two NBA seasons. For his career, the New Hampshire native has appeared in 762 NBA games, averaging 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds 17.2 minutes while shooting .463 (1,720-3,711) from the field, .414 (782-1,889) from three-point territory and .780 (334-428) from the foul line. Among active players he ranks eighth in three-point field goal percentage.
The San Antonio Spurs announced yesterday that they have re-signed guard Danny Green.
According to multiple reports, the deal is for four years, $45 million.
Last season, the New York native appeared in 81 games, averaging career-bests with 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.25 steals and 1.07 blocks in 28.5 minutes while shooting .436 (322-738) from the field, .418 (191-457) from downtown and a career-best .874 (111-127) from the free throw line. Green ranked seventh in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage and eighth in makes while also leading all NBA guards in blocks per game. He was the only guard in the NBA to average at least one steal (1.25) and one block (1.07) per game. His 191 three-pointers made in 2014-15 set a Spurs franchise record for most in a single season.
A six-year NBA veteran, Green originally joined the Spurs as a free agent on March 6, 2011 and re-signed with the Silver and Black on July 11, 2012. In his five seasons with the Spurs, the former North Carolina Tar Heel has appeared in 303 total games, averaging 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.05 steals in 25.7 minutes while shooting .440 (1,065-2,418) from the field, .423 (609-1,441) from beyond the arc and .832 (307-369) from the foul line. Among Spurs all-time leaders Green ranks fourth in three-pointers made (609) and fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.423). Last season he became the fastest Spurs player to reach 500 three-pointers made in a career.
Green was originally drafted with the 46th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. For his career, he has appeared in 323 NBA games, averaging 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.00 steals in 24.4 minutes, while shooting .440 (1,080-2,457) from the field, .420 (615-1,463) from three-point territory and .829 (311-375) from the foul line. His career .420 shooting percentage from beyond the arc ranks sixth in the NBA among active players and currently ranks 12th in NBA history.
Green has seen action in 69 career playoff games, averaging 8.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.00 blocks in 24.6 minutes. During the 2013 Finals he set an NBA record for three-pointers made in an NBA Finals series of any length, connecting on 27-of-49 (.551) treys. Green is one of seven active players to have won an NCAA Championship and an NBA Championship (Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Corey Brewer, Marreese Speights, Jason Terry and Nazr Mohammad).
The San Antonio Spurs yesteday acquired guard Ray McCallum from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second round pick.
McCallum certainly looks better than the vast majority of players selected in the second round and is a very nick pickup for the Spurs.
McCallum, 6-3/190, started 30 of his 68 appearances with the Kings in 2014-15, averaging 7.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 21.1 minutes while shooting .438 (206-470) from the field and .306 (34-111) three-point range.
Originally selected by Sacramento in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, the former University of Detroit Mercy Titan has appeared in a total of 113 NBA games in his two-year career, averaging 6.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 20.6 minutes.
The San Antonio Spurs yesterday announced that they have signed forward LaMarcus Aldridge. According to the San Antonio Express-News blog, “Aldridge is expected to have signed a four-year max contract starting at roughly $20 million per season.”
This is one of the biggest signings of the summer. It helps keep the Spurs in the hunt for another NBA championship before Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s time in the league wraps up. It was also yet another huge blow to a Portland Trail Blazers team that recently saw most of their starting lineup disappear.
Aldridge, 6-11/260, joins the Silver and Black after spending his first nine NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. Last year he was named to the All-NBA Second Team, averaging a career-high 23.4 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 71 games while shooting .466 (659-1,415) from the field, .352 (37-105) from three-point range and .845 (306-362) from the foul line.
In 2014-15, Aldridge recorded 31 games with 20-or-more points and 10-or-more rebounds (third in NBA). He finished the season as one of only three players (DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis) to be ranked in the NBA’s Top-10 in both scoring (7th) and rebounding (T-8th). The Texas native led the NBA in field goals made last season (659) and his 39 double-doubles ranked ninth in the NBA. Aldridge is the only player in the league to average at least 23.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in each of the last two seasons.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Aldridge was dealt to Portland in a draft-night trade. The nine-year NBA veteran has been named to the All-NBA Team three times (Second Team in 2015, Third Team in 2011 and 2014), earned All-Rookie First Team honors in 2007 and has been selected as an All-Star four times (2012-2015).
In 648 regular season NBA games Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.02 blocks in 35.5 minutes. He departs Portland as the Trail Blazers all-time leader in rebounds (5,434), second in points (12,562) and fourth in games played (648) and blocked shots (658). His 234 double-doubles also rank first all-time in Trail Blazers history.
The 29-year-old has appeared in 34 playoff games, averaging 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.79 blocks and 1.6 assists in 40.4 minutes.
Prior to his NBA career, Aldridge spent two seasons at the University of Texas (2004-06). He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of The Year and to the All-Big 12 First Team as a sophomore and as a freshman led the country in field goal percentage (.663). In 53 career games with the Longhorns he averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.83 blocks and 1.26 steals while shooting .597 percent from the field.
The San Antonio Spurstoday announced that they have re-signed forward Tim Duncan.
Originally drafted by the Spurs as the first overall pick in 1997, Duncan has helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in 18-straight seasons and win five NBA championships. Since selecting Duncan, the Spurs have posted a 1,005-423 regular season record, giving the team a .704 winning percentage, which is the best in all of professional sports over the last 18 years.
The 39-year-old Duncan is coming off of his 15th All-NBA Team selection (tied for most all-time) and his 15th NBA All-Defensive Team honor (most all-time), marking the 15th time he has garnered both honors in the same season, the most in NBA history. The 1998 Rookie of the Year has also been named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).
Last year, Duncan became the only player in NBA history to average 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for an entire season at age 38-or-older and was one of just two players in the entire league to average 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists (DeMarcus Cousins). The 18-year veteran also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 2,500 blocks in his career (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star has appeared in a total of 1,331 games and averaged 19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.21 blocks in 34.4 minutes. He has shot .506 (10,070-19,893) percent from the floor and .696 (5,804-8,337) from the free throw line.
Duncan is the Spurs all-time NBA leader in total points (25,974), rebounds (14,644), minutes (45,830) and games played (1,331), second in blocked shots (2,942) and third in assists (4,062). In NBA history, Duncan is now fifth all-time in double-doubles (830), sixth in blocks, eighth in rebounding and 14th in scoring.
As the only player in NBA history to play 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan now ranks first all-time in postseason blocks (555) and double-doubles (164), third in rebounds (2,811) and fifth in points (5,113). For his career, the Wake Forest graduate has appeared in 241 postseason contests (third all-time) and averaged 21.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 38.0 minutes while shooting .502 (1,953-3,887) from the field. Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most postseason wins by a trio (120). The three teammates have also played the most regular season games together (730) and are second all-time in league history with 539 regular season victories, just one win shy of the NBA record.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has acquired forward/center Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the draft rights to Georgios Printezis and a future second round pick, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.
“We’re excited to bring Tiago to Atlanta. He’s played an important role in a winning environment, has a great understanding of our system and will add to our core character,” Budenholzer said. “Tiago also brings championship experience and we look forward to adding his interior presence to our team.”
Splitter, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward/center, spent his first five NBA seasons with the Spurs, averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.8 minutes (.560 FG%, .690 FT%) in 311 games (151 starts). Last season, he averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.8 minutes (.558 FG%, .750 FT%).
In 65 career postseason contests (40 starts), he has put up 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.2 minutes (.572 FG%). He won an NBA championship ring with San Antonio in 2014.
Splitter was originally selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Spurs. The native of Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil played eight years in Spain (Basket Bilbao Berri, Tau Ceramica, Caja Laboral Vitoria) prior to his arrival in San Antonio.
Splitter will wear uniform No. 11.
Printezis, 6-9/240, currently plays for Olympiacos Piraeus in Greece. Last season, he appeared in 20 games and averaged a career-high 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 25.3 minutes. In his 12 seasons as a professional, the forward has appeared in 173 contests, averaging 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20.0 minutes.
Report: Spurs will keep Kawhi Leonard
The San Antonio Spurs are built around their famous “big three” of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, but Kawhi Leonard has been just as important as all of them for several seasons now. And it appears he’s sticking around for Duncan and Ginobili to try to squeeze out another championship or two before hanging the sneakers up and calling it a career in the coming few seasons. Here’s the San Antonio Express News Blog reporting:
As expected, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have agreed to the general framework on a maximum contract extension that could pay him more than $90 million over five years, a league source told the Express-News on Tuesday.
A source close to Leonard has said for several months that the discussion on his extension would be quick. That it was, with news breaking just minutes after the NBA’s annual free agent period began at 11 p.m. CST on Tuesday.
Leonard, 24, will not immediately sign the deal to preserve his cap hold of $7.2 million, which will aide the Spurs in their pursuit of coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.
Austin Spurs exec Tim Salier wins 2015 D-League Executive of Year award
Tim Salier, Spurs Sports & Entertainment Vice President of Franchise Business Operations, was named the 2015 NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year today. NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner made the announcement.
The NBA Development League Team Executive of the Year is determined by peer voting and teams are not allowed to vote for themselves.
“We are very pleased to honor Tim with the Team Executive of the Year Award in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the NBA D-League, the NBA and the Austin community,” said Turner. “Under Tim’s leadership, the Austin Spurs have become a prime example of a how an NBA D-League team should be run to both benefit its NBA parent club and be independently successful.”
To forge a greater bond between Austin and its NBA affiliate – the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs – Salier oversaw the Austin’s adoption of San Antonio’s team name after being called the Toros the previous nine seasons.
Spurs need an effective Tony Parker
Here’s the San Antonio Express-News with a key health update on the Spurs:
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says perennially hobbled point guard Tony Parker will play in Game 3 tonight against the L.A. Clippers. Given Parker left Game 2 in the fourth quarter with soreness in his right Achilles tendon — to go with a rolled ankle and thigh contusion suffered in Game 1 — it is fair to wonder how effective he might be.
The matchup between a limping Parker and Clippers All-Star Chris Paul has not been a fair fight so far. Paul has outscored Parker 53-11 in two games, a gulf the Spurs have been forced to make up in other areas.
Though the Spurs have used several different defenders against Paul, including newly minted Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard, Parker has drawn the assignment to start the game.
Kawhi Leonard wins 2014-2015 NBA Defensive Player of Year
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who became only the sixth forward to lead the NBA in steals per game since the league started tracking the statistic 42 years ago, is the recipient of the 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, the NBA announced today. He becomes the first Spurs player to win the award since David Robinson in 1991-92.
Leonard garnered 37 first-place votes and 333 total points from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. He edged the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, who tallied 45 first-place votes and 317 points. The Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan finished third with 261 points (32 first-place votes).
Also in the voting, Anthony Davis (Pelicans) came in 4th, Rudy Gobert (Jazz) 5th, Andrew Bogut (Warriors) 6th, and Tony Allen (Grizzlies) 7th.
Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.
The 6-7 Leonard averaged career highs of 2.31 steals and 5.9 defensive rebounds to help anchor a Spurs defense that held opponents under 100 points per game (97.0) for the 20th consecutive season. According to NBA.com/Stats, San Antonio ranked third in the NBA in defensive rating, allowing 99.6 points per 100 possessions. The Spurs gave up only 97.1 points per 100 possessions when Leonard was on the court, a defensive rating that would have led the league over the entire season. When Leonard was off the court, though, San Antonio permitted 102.2 points per 100 possessions, a league-average defensive rating.
Clippers take Game 1 vs Spurs
The Clippers beat the Spurs 107-92 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin did big things for the home squad in the win. Here’s the Orange County Register reporting:
Paul delivered on the all-around excellence fans of his are accustomed to, scoring 32 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists, and Griffin delivered four of the game’s most emphatic points on the way to 26, 12 and 6.
“They had it going,” Doc Rivers said. “And we noticed it and kind of rode it.”
With the game yet to be decided in the third quarter, Griffin hammered home two separate merciless slam dunks on the head of San Antonio reserve Aron Baynes, sending the Staples Center crowd into a state of euphoria.
And while the defending NBA champions fought back from a 20-point lead to get within single digits in the fourth quarter, Griffin and Paul were there again to answer, leading a 7-0 run that doused any sparks of a comeback.
With four days off since their regular season finale, the Clippers had a trio of practices to go over the Spurs and their multiple offensive sets and defensive schemes.
Jarell Eddie named D-League Performer of Week
Austin Spurs forward Jarell Eddie was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 16 – Sunday, March 22. The award is the first of Eddie’s career and he joins Kyle Anderson and Bryce Cotton as Spurs to have earned the honor this season.
Eddie (6-7, 220, Virginia Tech) led Austin to a 2-0 week as his Spurs clinched a playoff spot on Friday with the 126-113 win over the Texas Legends and secured the team’s status as the Southwest Division Champion following the 115-95 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday.
For the week, Eddie averaged 26.0 points on 65 percent shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds. He connected on 63 percent (12-of-19) of shots his from behind the arc last week, securing a season-high 34 points off the bench against the Jam.
Eddie, who earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Atlanta Hawks earlier this month, has appeared in 39 games for the Spurs this season, 16 as a starter, and is averaging 12.6 points and 3.5 rebounds on the season.
Other top performers considered included Bakersfield’s Joe Jackson, Oklahoma City’s Frank Gaines, Sioux Falls’ Shawn Jones, Reno’s David Stockton and Texas’ Jarrid Famous.