Fansided: Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Betting odds, preview, predictions
The final page of the final chapter in the legacy of the Big Three will finally be turned tonight. Tony Parker's jersey will be raised into the rafters of the AT&T Center alongside other San Antonio Spurs legends prior to tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The four-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star joins Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan as the final member of the Big Three to have his number retired.Once the jersey retirement ceremony is over the Spurs will have to focus on the task at hand, getting back to playing winning basketball.
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Fansided: San Antonio Spurs should pursue Andre Drummond in the 2020 offseason
It's been an inconsistent start to the year for the San Antonio Spurs. Currently sitting at the ninth seed in the Western Conference, this group has proven itself to have a low floor and high ceiling.When all cylinders are firing, the Spurs are able to pick apart opponents with a barrage of mid-range jumpers and cuts to the basket while raining meticulously selected triples. However, this squad leaves a lot to be desired defensively. They're allowing 50.7 points in the paint so far this season, ranking 22nd in the league in opponent-PITP.
To address their concerns and add depth at the center position, San Antonio should pursue two-way phenom Andre Drummond in the 2020 offseason.
Fansided: San Antonio Spurs: Information on Tony Parker's jersey retirement ceremony
Following Monday evening's matchup with the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs will hold an emotional ceremony as the last of the iconic Big Three has his jersey number hung in the AT&T Center rafters. After 17 winning seasons in San Antonio, franchise point guard Tony Parker will have No. 9 immortalized in Spurs history.The ceremony, which is hosted by sponsors presented by H-E-B and SWBC, will take place immediately after the game. Fans in attendance will receive commemorative shirts honoring Parker's career as well as dedicated Fanbangos.
Aside from free giveaways, the AT&T Center will be decked out with events and displays relating to Parker's Hall of Fame career.
Pounding The Rock: Game Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs laid a massive egg Saturday afternoon against the Celtics, giving up a season-worst 135 points. Gregg Popovich was extremely disappointed in the effort shown by his squad, as evidenced by his interview with reporters following the 20-point drubbing:It's never a good thing when a coach mentions noticing an un-physical effort (read: soft) from his team. As a fan, you have to hope that the team was embarrassed by their effort on the defensive end of the court, where they allowed the Celtics to shoot over 50% from the field and wallop them for 60 paints in the point.
Pounding The Rock: The San Antonio Spurs honor Tony Parker ahead of his jersey retirement
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, and Tony Parker is one of their most decorated players. The speedy point guard was a six-time All-Star, four-time champion, and one-time Finals MVP for a dynasty that lasted more than a decade.Tony came to the Spurs as an unheralded teenager and worked his way to NBA stardom. His lightning-quick first step combined with his patented teardrop devastated defenses, and the city of San Antonio fell in love with his helter-skelter style of play.
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker formed a formidable triumvirate in their time with the Spurs, and the latter was last of the "Big Three" to exit the league when he retired this summer.
Pounding The Rock: Two bright spots in the Spurs' gloomy loss to Celtics
There were very few positives to take away from the Spurs blowout loss to the Celtics. Although Boston is the hottest team in the league, there was little excuse for the Spurs' listless performance (perhaps beyond the awkward 4:00 PM starting time on a Saturday).One positive was Patty Mills, who has been on a tear that continued against Boston with 20 points on 7-12 shooting (3-6 from three) and has him sitting near the top of the league in three-point shooting.
The other bright spot was Trey Lyles, who after a slow start to the season is beginning to take and make three-pointers for the Spurs.
Fansided: San Antonio Spurs: Is it time to phase Marco Belinelli out of the rotation?
Shooting lulls are fully understandable at the start of a new season, but at a certain point, enough is enough. Over the course of his first nine games, San Antonio Spurs swingman Marco Belinelli is shooting by far the worst he ever has. It took nine games for the Italian marksman to surpass two made three-pointers in a game and has only shot above 33.3% from behind the arc in two games this year.There's no doubting that the floor spacing he provides opens up the court for his teammates. Even the threat of Belinelli heating up intimidates opposing defenders, forcing at least one wing to hover around the perimeter whenever the 33-year-old is in the game.
Pounding The Rock: Interviewing Gregg Popovich after Shoes That Fit
I've never been in a press pool with Gregg Popovich, but like many of you, I've seen enough to know his style.So imagine my surprise when Pop, after letting Spurs' guard Bryn Forbes field questions about the Shoes That Fit event at Washington Elementary, stepped right up and generously gave his time. More than that, the Spurs head coach was cordial and fun-loving. Obviously there is a difference between a post game scrum outside the locker room and a few moments after gracing an entire school -- students and staff included -- with gifts.
Pounding The Rock: Inconsistent Spurs no match for rock-solid Celtics
A horrific first half doomed the Spurs against the Celtics on Saturday. San Antonio looked sloppy early and paid for it against an opponent that pounced on the opportunity to create separation and cruise to a 135-115 win on the road.There's not a lot to say about the Spurs' problems against Boston that hasn't been explored before. Turnovers have been a headache all season and have exacerbated the already obvious issues with transition defense. The offense gets stagnant fast, especially when the starters are in, and LaMarcus Aldridge disappears too often.
Pounding The Rock: San Antonio vs. Boston, Final Score: Spurs routed by Celtics, 135-115
Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker had a big night as the good guys struggled to keep up with the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 22 while Patty Mills led the bench with 20 on an evening the Spurs shot well from deep but could not keep the Celtics' frenetic offense at bay.Observations Gordon Hayward looked like his old self, which was great to see until he unfortunately fractured his hand when running into LaMarcus Aldridge in the first half. Here's hoping his recovery goes well and he gets back soon as Hayward's early season success was good for the Celtics and the NBA.
Pounding The Rock: Game Thread: San Antonio Spurs vs Boston Celtics
Welcome to the Game Thread. Veterans of the Game Thread know how we do things around here, but for all you newbies we have a few rules. Our community guidelines apply and basically say be cool, no personal attacks, don't troll and don't swear too much.The Spurs face the Celtics, who currently are tied for the best record in the league at 6-1. Gordon Hayward, two years after a gruesome leg injury that almost ended his Celtics career before it got really started, looks to be playing as well as he ever has, and with Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown in the backcourt, this will be a tough test for the Silver and Black.
Pounding The Rock: Gregg Popovich loves to give shoes away
There aren't many places in San Antonio where Gregg Popovich can hang out practically undetected, but Friday's was a special kind of event.Since 2016, Coach Pop has been working with Shoes That Fit, whose mission "is to tackle one of the most visible signs of poverty in America by giving children in need new athletic shoes to attend school with dignity and joy, prepared to learn, play, and thrive."
He and Patty Mills outfitted Hirsch Elementary School's 200 students that first year.
Pounding The Rock: The Spurs are betting on Dejounte Murray
Midway through the second quarter of the Spurs' 121-112 win over Oklahoma City, Dejounte Murray was beaten on a backdoor cut by Hamidou Diallo, leading to an easy two points for the Thunder. While it's the kind of mental lapse any NBA player will have from time to time, it was reason enough for Gregg Popovich to gesture over to Derrick White, warming up on the stationary bike some 20 feet away, to check in and allow him to have a word with Murray, who listened attentively, as he always does, before being subbed back in 30 seconds later.
Fansided: Spurs: Two college prospects to watch as the season starts
With an interesting combination of youth and veteran experience, the San Antonio Spurs find themselves in an interesting position. With established young players like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker they're well-positioned for the future. Add in some promising rookies such as Luka Samanic and Keldon Johnson and the Spurs have one of the more promising young cores in the league.San Antonio has filled out their roster with young talent who can help them win down the road but their off-season moves from this past summer make it clear that this team has no intention of tanking.
- There are no injuries listed at this time.