Player News - Spurs

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Kawhi Leonard hit just 13-of-44 shots over the Spurs' final three games of the first round vs. the Clippers.

Leonard also only had eight total steals in the seven-game series, and he didn't have one over the final four games. After struggling with a ligament injury in his hand earlier in the season, Leonard was brilliant down the stretch and it helped earn him Defensive Player of the Year honors. It would be shocking if Leonard's restricted free agency ended with anything except him earning a max deal to be the new face of the San Antonio Spurs.
May 4 - 9:33 AM

Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall.
May 4 - 9:31 AM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he has no clue whether or not he will retire after this season.

"People ask me about Tim [Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili] and myself for the last five years, what we're going to do," Popovich said. "It's all psychobabble. I have no clue. We'll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good. You think I'm lying?" Popovich is heavily regarded as one of the best coaches the NBA has ever seen, so hopefully his time in the league isn't over just yet. The next couple of months will be huge for the future of the Spurs, so we will be sure to monitor this situation closely.
May 3 - 9:35 AM

Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

"It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season.
May 3 - 9:26 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

"I'm not making any statements," Duncan said. While it's hard to imagine Duncan retiring after such a remarkable performance this series, we do have to consider that he is 39 years old. Duncan also added that he could see "the light at the end of the tunnel," but it doesn't necessarily sound like he will rush into a decision. If he does decide to return to the Spurs, he will still be worthy of a mid-round selection after averaging 17.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in the postseason. We will pass along additional updates as soon as we know more.
May 3 - 9:17 AM

Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal.
May 2 - 11:13 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point.
May 2 - 11:04 PM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

It was an amazing game to arguably the best first-round series ever. Duncan clearly has several miles left on his tires and it's hard to imagine him retiring after this season. He's 39 years old, but he might be playing until he's 45 based on how awesome he was tonight. He'll be someone to target in the middle rounds of drafts next season.
May 2 - 10:51 PM

Gregg Popovich said after Thursday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers that the Spurs should be "embarrassed" with the way they played in a close-out game.

"We should be embarrassed with the way we came out in a close-out game, in every regard," Popovich said. "We were just soft. I don’t know how we stayed in the game to be honest with you." Pop is probably looking to light a fire under his guys with these comments, and they'll need a much better all-around effort if they hope to take Game 7 in Los Angeles. Out of the 119 Game 7s that have been played in NBA history, the road team has won just 24 times. However, the Spurs are 1-1 in the Tim Duncan era in Game 7s played on the road. Saturday’s do-or-die matchup with the Clippers should be nothing short of thrilling.
May 1 - 10:54 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Spurs

Boris Diaw scored 17 points off the bench in Game 6 during a 102-96 loss on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Clippers.

Tim Duncan was not great with 12 points, 13 boards and three assists while Manu Ginobili had just three points in 14 minutes. The Spurs had one of their worst games from an offensive standpoint and just missed a ton of open shots. Game 7 will be at 8:00 EDT on Saturday.
May 1 - 12:46 AM

Kawhi Leonard had one of his worst games in a long time during a loss to the Clippers on Thursday, making 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

He's coming off a sub-par game from Tuesday night and most of his shots were not even really close. Leonard was easily the best Spur for the first four games of the series with some very efficient scoring. Now, he'll really need to get it figured out for Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday.
May 1 - 12:41 AM

Tony Parker didn't play down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

Patty Mills played down the stretch and it might have had something to do with the Spurs needing some 3-pointers to cut the Clippers' lead. Parker should get his normal playing time on Saturday in Game 7.
May 1 - 12:36 AM

Marco Belinelli scored 23 points against the Clippers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and seven 3-pointers.

He was on fire and played down the stretch as the Spurs tried to pull a comeback. Belinelli played 22 minutes tonight, which is up from 16 minutes in Game 5 and six minutes in Game 4. Assuming he doesn't shoot the ball this well again, Bello will likely play in the teens on Saturday.
May 1 - 12:30 AM
Tim Duncan - F/C - Spurs

Tim Duncan scored 21 points during Tuesday's thrilling Game 5 road win, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 39 minutes.

The game began at 10:30 ET and was just under three hours long, but anyone who stayed awake until its conclusion was treated to a magnificent playoff battle. The Spurs landed the final blow, earning a 3-2 lead as they head home for Thursday's Game 6. As for Duncan, the ageless one continues to solidify his place among the league's all-time greats. Follow the link below for his game-changing block vs. Blake Griffin.
Source: YouTube
Apr 29 - 2:46 AM

Tiago Splitter played only nine minutes on Tuesday despite starting both the first and third quarter, and he spent most of the game with a large wrap around his right calf.

Splitter is obviously struggling with lower-body injuries and the Spurs may only be using him to buy some time (and fouls) before deploying Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner at center, while rotating in Tim Duncan with smaller lineups. The Spurs owe Splitter a guaranteed $16.8 million over the next two seasons, so they wouldn't be playing him if there was a heightened risk of long-term injury.
Apr 29 - 2:35 AM


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