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March 22, 2015 Updates
March 21, 2015 Updates

After the play, Bonner approached Smart with some choice words and the two stood toe-to-toe for a moment. After teammates stepped in, Bonner, obviously incensed, begged the referees to review what happened on tape. They obliged and decided to toss Smart. "He approached me," Smart said of Bonner. "Like I told him, I was like, if I hit you in your nuts on purpose, err, you know, your privates, you wouldn't be in my face. I was like, it wasn't intentional. And that's what I told him. I wasn't trying to. I didn't even know I did. ... But he just kept coming to my face. And as a player, and as a man, at that point you know you're going to have to stand up for yourself. So as he got close to my face, I stayed in. I had to stand up for myself." Booth Newspapers

March 20, 2015 Updates

Jeff McDonald: Since several have asked: As a general media policy, Spurs tend to treat their players as grown ups who can decide who to talk to and when. That's not to say there aren't occasional frustrations with access, but generally we're allowed to cultivate relationships with these guys. And I think that's good for both parties. You tend to get better info from people who you sort of know, rather than a stranger and on the flip side, it's harder to completely rip an athlete who knows who you are and will see you the next day in the locker room. Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

David Bertans, Laboral Kutxa, Spain. He was drafted when he was 19 years old, four years ago, but all these years he didn’t prove that he deserved a place in an NBA team. Until his movement to Laboral Kutxa after signing a contract until the summer of 2017. The Latvian forward was a “sleeper” but he’s also a proven sharp shooter; doesn’t afraid to take responsibilities and lately Spurs watch him closely. EuroHoops.net

March 19, 2015 Updates

Gasol has indicated that he would like to re-sign in Memphis, and the Grizzlies are certainly heading into the next few months in the lead to retain his services. But if Memphis fizzles in the playoffs, Gasol would have to seriously look at other options on the free-agent market. The chances of him landing with a rebuilding outfit like the Lakers or Knicks are slim. According to sources, Gasol, who turned 30 in January, would likely only leave Memphis for a team that gave him a better championship shot. Even if Gasol remains with the Grizzlies or heads elsewhere, the Spurs will likely look for bold moves to secure their future. They’re expected to give Kawhi Leonard a new contract at the league maximum, or something close to it, and are unlikely to stand pat going forward. Sporting News

Marco Belinelli said he thought Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless, having chirped at the Italian over the previous few trips in Wednesday’s game at BMO Harris Bradley Center, was about to do something. He just wasn’t expecting an intentional foul on a 3-point shot, a brutal miscue by Bayless — both for its execution and timing — that touched off a brief scrum near midcourt as the Spurs led by 10 early in the fourth quarter. “That was a really bad foul,” Belinelli said. “This was my first time that I get fouled like that. I know competition is part of the game, but that was really bad.” San Antonio Express-News

March 18, 2015 Updates

Ohm Youngmisuk: Fisher on his relationship with Popovich: "We have a very strange relationship because we have literally cost each other a lot... A lot has been at stake when we played. Last night was probably the least meaningful game we've ever played against each other" Twitter @NotoriousOHM

 

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