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clippers have to maintain focus against spurs


to defeat an always formidable foe like the san antonio spurs, the clippers acknowledge that it requires utmost focus for longer stretches than they are accustomed to play against other teams in the league. there is no letting up against the spurs, the clippers say. there can be no significant lulls against the spurs, the clippers say. there can be no extended inconsistent play against the spurs, the clippers say.that’s because throughout the nba, the spurs are known as a team that will push their opponents to play their best basketball, or risk losing the game in a big way.the clippers will face their test when they play the spurs saturday night in a nationally televised game at at&t center.“i think you just know going into the game, they’re not a team that’s going to beat themselves,” bl






warriors vs. spurs: five takeaways from game 2


without kawhi leonard, the spurs didn't have much of a chance and were routed accordingly.        






spurs light up grizzlies from three-point line, take 3-2 series lead


kawhi leonard and the spurs bounced back from two consecutive losses.        






spurs eliminate james harden, rockets in game 6 rout


even with kawhi leonard out, the spurs dominated and advanced to the conference finals.        






why the spurs might give the warriors a little extra trouble in the west finals


oakland — you know gregg popovich is serious about the western conference finals because he didn’t schedule any extra time for a trip to napa beforehand.i’m kidding, maybe only slightly, because obviously the san antonio spurs’ legendary coach (and wine connoisseur) is laser-focused on this match-up against the warriors, which starts sunday at oracle arena, and it’s just as obvious that popovich looms as the spurs’ greatest and most mysterious potential weapon.wouldn’t the architect of the spurs’ run of five championships over the last two decades be just the guy to bring a banged up, weary, theoretically over-matched spurs team into this series and conjure a way to flummox the warriors, who have more talent than anybody, are healthier than the spurs, just blew through the first two rounds






why the spurs might give the warriors a little extra trouble in the west finals


oakland–you know gregg popovich is serious about the western conference finals because he didn’t schedule any extra time for a trip to napa beforehand.i’m kidding, maybe only slightly, because obviously the san antonio spurs’ legendary coach (and wine connoisseur) is laser-focused on this match-up against the warriors, which starts sunday at oracle arena, and it’s just as obvious that popovich looms as the spurs’ greatest and most mysterious potential weapon.wouldn’t the architect of the spurs’ run of five championships over the last two decades be just the guy to bring a banged up, weary, theoretically over-matched spurs team into this series and conjure a way to flummox the warriors, who have more talent than anybody, are healthier than the spurs, just blew through the first two rounds o






wolves lead early but leonard and spurs win late


there is something inexorable about the san antonio spurs. the wolves know this firsthand.for the fourth time in four games vs. the spurs this season, the wolves built a first-half lead by containing the spurs’ offense. for the fourth time the spurs calmly, professionally, ground their way to victory. tuesday night at target center, san antonio scored the final eight points of the game to win 100-93, sending the wolves to their fourth consecutive loss overall and breaking the team’s four-game home winning streak.and it all seemed so inevitable. especially after the spurs — down 51-42 at the half and trailing by 11 points early in the third quarter — turned 10 wolves turnovers into 17 points in a 31-16 third quarter that put the spurs up 73-67 entering the fourth.down six with 4 minutes, 22






relive all the sights and sounds of warriors 112-92 romp over spurs


november 02, 2017, 9:22 pm san antonio – the frustration kept mounting with each passing moment. klay thompson seemingly hit any shot he attempted. kevin durant seemed unstoppable. and as the warriors built a double-digit lead, spurs coach gregg popovich became agitated over a traveling call. minutes before the warriors cemented a 112-92 victory over the spurs, popovich received an ejection. at that point, the...






will serge ibaka be the difference maker in toronto?


a night after playing at golden state, the clippers will try to move to 3-0 against a spurs team that is otherwise 43-11 this season. the spurs will be technically amid the “rodeo trip” but this will be their first game in nine days. per usual, the trip has gone well at 4-2 with only a two-game los angeles swing remaining. spurs all-star kawhi leonard has averaged 26.9 points per game with 49% shooting from the field this season on the road, where san antonio has a league-best 24 wins.






warriors overwhelm depleted spurs, take commanding 3-0 lead


the spurs fought, but the warriors pushed them to the brink of elimination.        






stephen curry, warriors overcome 25-point deficit for game 1 win over spurs


the spurs were in full control until kawhi leonard exited the game with an ankle injury.        






rockets vs. spurs: five takeaways from game 4


the rockets knotted up the series with the spurs on sunday night.        






ap source: spurs, aldridge agree on extension


the san antonio spurs have reached an agreement with lamarcus aldridge on an extension that will keep him under contract for an additional three years.a person with knowledge of the agreement tells the associated press that aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season. he will also get another two years and $50 million tacked on, according to the person who spoke monday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.the spurs open the regular season against minnesota on wednesday night. the agreement came as a surprise given aldridge's difficulty acclimating to the spurs since he left portland in 2015.aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds a game last season.






wolves' 97-90 loss to spurs a lost opportunity


kawhi leonard's big fourth-quarter helped push the game to overtime, in which the spurs doubled-up the wolves 14-7. "they keep doing what they're doing and in the end, they've gotcha," ricky rubio said.






nba: warriors cruise past spurs in conference finals rematch


klay thompson scored 27 points, kevin durant had 24 and the golden state warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled san antonio spurs 112-92 on thursday night.steph curry added 21 points for golden state in its first meeting against the spurs since sweeping the western conference finals en route to the nba title.the spurs played without kawhi leonard and tony parker, as they did in the conference finals. unlike those blowout victories, golden state struggled to close out san antonio.spurs forward lamarcus aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. kyle anderson added 16 points in place of leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.the warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at






who are warriors starting against spurs on saturday?


san antonio — the warriors and spurs have five combined all-stars. none of them are playing on saturday night in san antonio.so who will the national abc audience see when the ball tips off in what remains a huge game for seeding purposes?the warriors will start shaun livingston, patrick mccaw, matt barnes, kevon looney and zaza pachulia. the spurs will start patty mills, danny green, kyle anderson, david lee and dewayne dedmon.enjoy the festivities.






spurs' tony parker out for rest of nba playoffs


one of gregg popovich’s top priorities in the final weeks of the regular season was making sure the san antonio spurs got veteran point guard tony parker healthy and in rhythm for the playoff push.more than seeding or home-court advantage, popovich said, the spurs needed parker in order to stay competitive against the other heavyweights in the western conference playoffs.now that parker will miss the rest of the postseason with a leg injury, the spurs will be tested like they rarely have been before.the spurs announced thursday that parker has a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left leg. the injury will probably require surgery, meaning the spurs will have to go through the rest of the postseason without their floor leader. the injury came as the spurs are locked in a second-round battle






pau gasol giving spurs everything they expected, and more


when pau gasol was languishing in memphis early in his career, when he was winning championships in los angeles and certainly when he was on a two-year layover in chicago, there was always the feeling that he would be the perfect fit for the san antonio spurs.the spurs have long had a reputation for favoring versatile, playmaking international players, and gasol’s name belongs near the very top when discussing the most impactful europeans to come to the nba.in their first season together, gasol has been everything the spurs expected, and more. the 36-year-old spaniard’s scoring and rebounding has been there as usual.but he has also added the 3-point shot to his arsenal, adapting to the changing demands on big men in this pace-and-space era while opening things up for lamarcus aldridge in t






leonard scores 27, spurs rally to top thunder 100-95


oklahoma city — kawhi leonard scored 27 points, and the san antonio spurs rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to beat the oklahoma city thunder 100-95 on friday night.the spurs never led until the final minute. lamarcus aldridge's dunk with 20.7 seconds left put the spurs up 96-95. oklahoma city's russell westbrook drove to the hoop, but aldridge blocked his shot. leonard then drove the length of the floor, scored and was fouled. his free throw with 5.8 seconds left put the game out of reach.westbrook had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists for his 39th triple-double of the season. he needs two more to tie oscar robertson's single-season record of 41 set during the 1961-62 season.pau gasol scored 17 points for san antonio, which was coming off a 110-98 home loss to golden st






spurs' kawhi leonard plans to play game 6 despite ankle injury


leonard confirmed the news that every spurs fan wanted to hear after rolling his ankle.        






lakers endure spurs' stress test in 93-81 win


it’s one of the great stress tests in professional basketball – stop the san antonio spurs for 48 minutes.in their 20th-straight season of winning basketball, few, if any, teams in the nba are more committed to their principles, to a system of winning that’s withstood injuries, aging and anything else in their way.each possession can require 24 seconds worth of expert defense, the slightest break in concentration resulting in a wide-open shot at the rim or behind the three-point line.and defending the spurs is a lot like trying to beat the spurs – an incomplete effort very likely will end in defeat.but thursday, the lakers succeeded in total as much as a 14-win team can, out-playing one of the nba’s best teams for nearly the entire 48 minutes in a 93-81 win.it’s the lakers’ third-straight






lakers put up little resistance in loss to spurs


on a fast break during the fourth quarter, jordan clarkson lobbed the ball up for corey brewer, his teammate for the last four days. only brewer wasn’t expecting it, the pass didn’t connect and those around them couldn’t help but laugh.the san antonio spurs marched on, with little regard for a lakers team that’s still adjusting in more ways than one. the spurs beat the lakers 119-98, handing los angeles its 41st loss of the season. san antonio improved to 45-13, and 3-0 against the lakers.spurs star kawhi leonard made six of his first seven shots. after he made two free throws late in the first quarter, he had as many points as the lakers — 16.by the end of the first quarter, the lakers trailed by 16. at halftime they trailed by 20 points, 61-41.from there, the spurs coasted.lakers rookie






rebounds critical to staving off spurs upset


oakland — when san antonio shocked the warriors 129-100 in the season opener way back on oct. 25, the reason was as clear as the backboard glass — the spurs dominated the rebounding battle, and were particularly lethal grabbing offensive rebounds.the spurs out-rebounded the warriors 55-35 in that first meeting of the year and pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, the most achieved by any warriors opponent in any game throughout the season. they turned those boards into a 26-4 advantage in second-chance points.even though much as changed over the last six months and the warriors are a much more cohesive in all areas, including rebounding, forward kevin durant admitted that rebounding nonetheless is still a critical factor in staving off a spurs upset.     “that’s how they won this last series






what we learned in the warriors' 112-92 win over the spurs


how’s that for a reversal? the warriors, down 19 points in the first half to the spurs thursday, flipped the score on san antonio in the second half of the rivals’ first matchup of the year, opening a 21-point second-half lead — a 40-point turnaround — in what would be a 112-92 golden state win.the second half showed us the warriors at their best, but in both the first-half struggles and second half successes, there were lessons to be gleaned.here’s what we learned from the warriors’ sixth win of the year: 1. numbers don’t show draymond green’s full impact on this warriors’ team(photo by ronald cortes/getty images) green turned around thursday night’s game. yes, the warriors chipped away at the spurs’ early 19-point lead with a spurt at the end of the second quarter, but the warriors took






five observations from the warriors' game 2 win over the spurs


here are five observations from the warriors’ game 2 win over the spurs on tuesday night…1.steph’s huge, quiet playoffsbecause of their dominant 10-0 stampede to the fringe of the finals, no one’s talking much about a single warrior. the drama has been minimal and the storylines have been more about the collective. but as the remaining teams dwindle and other big names disappear, steph curry may be snaring some major headlines over the next few weeks. besides lebron’s cyborg bulldoze through the east, there may not be a better player going than curry right now, though not many people are talking about it. take a look at curry’s potency the past last three games.-game 4 closeout win in utah: 30 points on 15 shots, +33 in 35 minutes-game 1 win over the spurs: 40 points on 26 shots, +8 in 39






10 things about the spurs showdown on abc


1. the basicstipoff: 5:30 p.m. saturday at the at&t center. tv: abc. radio: kgmz 95.7 “the game” in oakland and san francisco, krty 95.3 in san jose, kion 1460 and 101.1 in salinas and monterey.2. the recordswarriors: 52-13, no. 1 in the western conference, 1½ games ahead of san antonio.spurs: 50-14, no. 2 in the western conference, 1½ games behind the warriors.3. what have they done lately?warriors: lost to minnesota 103-102 on friday night in minneapolis. the warriors gave up 34 points in the first quarter and trailed by as 17 points as they played from behind most of the night. but they came back and took a 102-101 lead on stephen curry’s floater with 19.7 seconds left. then the timberwolves’ andrew wiggins made two free throws with 12.8 seconds remaining to give minnesota the lead. cur






spurs need overtime to turn away wolves


san antonio now winners 10 consecutive times over the wolves, the five-time nba champion spurs did so by wiping away a 16-point second quarter to win with a determined second half driven by their defense and rebounding.the wolves ended in texas a four-game, eight-day trip that began right there in houston a week ago saturday and did so with a 2-2 record. they opened and ended it with losses but won games at sacramento and utah in between as they chase denver and others for the western conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.league mvp candidate kawhi leonard scored 20 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, when the spurs built a six-point and outscored them 14-7 in those final five minutes.once trailing by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, the spurs muscled their






how steve kerr got gregg popovich to pay for his tabs


san antonio — for a man who warriors coach steve kerr argued has presidential qualities, spurs coach gregg popovich had no interest acting like a career politician. so when popovich heard that kerr would seriously vote for him as a presidential candidate in the 2020 election, the spurs coach said something most would not say on the campaign trail.“just ask him who paid for the bill last night,” popovich said before the warriors’ victory over the spurs on thursday.kerr was asked, and it explained why popovich’s mood may have been sour for reasons besides talking to reporters.“he did,” kerr said, smiling. “that’s kind of the rule. he made the rule when we were playing. he has the rule with this team. if you end up in the same restaurant as pop, he automatically picks up the tab.”when he play






spurs rally from 28 down to beat kings in leonard's absence


san antonio — the san antonio spurs demonstrated they are perfectly capable of rallying in the final quarter to win without kawhi leonard. they trailed by 28 points in the first quarter.manu ginobili had 19 points, david lee added 18 points and 10 rebounds and the san antonio spurs rallied while leonard rested to beat the sacramento kings 114-104 on wednesday night.san antonio (50-13) won its ninth straight and extended its league record for 50-win seasons to 18 straight."we definitely (have) shown that the team has a lot of character in the last few games," spurs center pau gasol said. "i think the team realized that as much we have fought the last few games to win to close games that could have gone either way against pretty good teams. if we come out tonight and lose this one, it would






spurs forward kawhi leonard "likely" still out for game 4


san antonio — two more rest days and a daunting 3-0 series hole doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough for kawhi leonard to return to these west finals.leonard again didn’t practice on sunday for the spurs and, after practice, gregg popovich told reporters that leonard would “likely” remain out again for game 4 on monday night.“if he’s unable to play yesterday, i don’t think there’s going to be a miraculous healing by tomorrow,” popovich said.spurs reserve forward david lee will also miss game 4 with a left knee injury suffered in game 3.






klay thompson ghosts spurs' patty mills


much of the talk about klay thompson has been centered on his struggles shooting the ball. but his struggles haven’t hurt the warriors much because he has someone else struggling mightily.spurs guard patty mills has been a non-factor in this series.the spurs really needed him to bounce back in game 2. but he managed just 5 points on 2 of 6 shooting. he played just 21 minutes, his fewest since tony parker was sidelined with an injury for the remainder of the playoffs.thompson is owning this matchup, even by just scoring 11 points in game 2.no, it’s not an even matchup. thompson is supposed to win it. but you’d think it would be by thompson scoring 30 and mills’ 15.instead, thompson has taken mills almost completely out of the spurs’ offense.mills was averaging 11.1 points before this series






spurs: aldridge cleared to return after heart issue


san antonio (ap) — lamarcus aldridge’s latest bout with heart arrhythmia kept him out less than a week, a big relief to the five-time all-star as he and the san antonio spurs chase the golden state warriors for the top seed in the western conference.aldridge was cleared to return to full basketball activities and was expected to be in the lineup on wednesday night against portland with no restrictions, the spurs announced. he went through a bevy of tests and consulted with several experts before being cleared to return, giving the spurs a much-needed post presence.“we are thankful that lamarcus will be able to rejoin the team,” spurs gm rc buford said in a statement issued by the team. “all of us have been impressed with the professionalism and grace he has shown in dealing with this diffi






spurs' kawhi leonard re-injures left ankle, done for game 1


oakland, calif. — spurs forward kawhi leonard has re-injured his tender left ankle and won't return to game 1 of the western conference finals.the spurs announced late in the third quarter leonard had sprained his left ankle early in the period sunday and wouldn't play again. leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate's foot along the bench after taking a shot. warriors center zaza pachulia later slid beneath him as he took a shot and leonard fell into the spurs bench, grabbing his ankle.leonard scored 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. he made all 11 of his free throws.he sat out game 6 of the last round against houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on thursday, after injuring the ankle in a game 5 overtime victory.






towns celebrates birthday by helping wolves end long losing streak to spurs


so, happy birthday.what do you give a guy who seemingly has everything? how ’bout a win against the san antonio spurs?“it was nice,” karl-anthony towns said. he was smiling, wearing a smart coat, a jaunty hat, about to go out and celebrate birthday no. 22 wednesday night. “i came in and told [coach tom thibodeau] we ain’t going to lose this one. and i made sure i went out there and kept my promise.”promise. after a 98-86 victory over san antonio in front of 18,987 at target center, the wolves (9-5) continue to show it.while getting their first victory over the spurs in 13 tries — towns, andrew wiggins and backup guard tyus jones had never done it before — the wolves showed depth, persistence and a good bit of defense down the stretch.the result was minnesota’s first victory over san antoni






towns, wolves stop 12-game slide vs. spurs with 98-86 win


minneapolis — happy birthday, karl-anthony towns.here's a brand-new win over the san antonio spurs.towns had 26 points and 16 rebounds for minnesota on the night he turned 22, and the timberwolves stopped a 12-game losing streak to the spurs with a 98-86 victory on wednesday."the food will taste better tonight, and the laughter will be even more," said towns, who vowed before the game in a conversation with coach tom thibodeau that the wolves would finally stop their slide against the spurs.jeff teague pitched in 16 points and six assists, and nemanja bjelica added 11 points off the bench as the timberwolves put together one of their most complete performances with their fewest points allowed this season."they're good. they're athletic. they're skilled, from top to bottom," said spurs star






thompson: finally, warriors v. spurs


this is how it should be. a series five years in the making.the warriors and spurs were destined to meet eventually. their 2012 showdown in the western conference semifinals felt like the first installment of a new rivalry. the warriors were on the rise then. now they are the nba standard bearer.this is going to be fun. some thoughts …game 1 is a trap for the warriors.they are well rested. but they will have had five straight days off by the time they tip sunday. and the spurs come to town with two days rest, coming off a thrilling series win, and are super underdogs.no tony parker. kawhi leonard’s at whatever percentage on that sprained ankle. this is a set up, a lot like the first game of the season.you can already see the warriors jacking up dagger threes and going for highlight passes,






the view and dr. phil tick off list of trump’s narcissistic personality disorder


on thursday, the talk show host dr. phil mcgraw joined the panelists of the view for a discussion of narcissistic personality disorder (npd).after a discussion of parents and ed for kids, the discussion turned to the white house and the possibility that pres. donald trump might be mentally ill. joy behar noted that — and as fivethirtyeight.com pointed out before the election — psychiatrists and psychologists operate under ethical guidelines that prevent them from diagnosing patients who they have not personally examined. however, she said, certain professionals are speaking out and saying that trump “shows signs of narcissism,” a trait of which, she said is to be “preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power and excessive brilliance. and they question whether he has narcissistic personali