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March 5, 2015 Updates

It may not seem like it because of all the injuries that San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard has sustained, but he is averaging career highs in points per game at 15 and 7.4 rebounds per game. However, he’s also averaging career lows in shooting percentages at 32 percent from deep and 44 percent overall. And those kind of stats aren’t lost on head coach Gregg Popovich. “He has improved every year. He has had a strange year this year with all the injuries, but he is a sponge,” said Popovich. ProjectSpurs.com

The notion of lengthening the NBA season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and the occasional four games-in-five nights scenarios was mulled by commissioner Adam Silver during his All-Star Weekend news conference. Included in the discussion: a pledge to consider all possibilities, even playing into July. The Spurs coach wants none of it. “I think the season is long enough,” Popovich said before the Spurs played the Kings on Wednesday at the AT&T Center. “I will not come to work in July. If there’s a game in July, count me out?” San Antonio Express-News

“Nobody knows where (injuries) come from,” Popovich said. “Everybody makes their choices in the offseason. It’s hard for people not to play for their country, whether foreign or domestic. It’s tough (not) to do because it’s quite an honor. Secondly, most of those guys would be playing anyway, in some gym some place, working out. Better to be under the guidance of something that’s organized.” San Antonio Express-News

March 4, 2015 Updates

This actually happened a couple of weeks back, a distinction lost in the whirlwind shuffle of the NBA season. (Translation: The Spurs had it in their voluminous game notes, and yours truly only noticed it just recently.) But your Spurs, the little engine that couldn’t quite for so many years before embarking on one of the most consistent runs of success in all of professional sports, now have the best winning percentage in NBA history. San Antonio Express-News

March 3, 2015 Updates

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has stated during his French radio show that he will play for Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2015 to help the team qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. “I am not thinking about that for now since I’m focused on the Spurs, and making a good season to finish in style. Then I will focus on the Blues. But I have said… I will be with team France this summer, ” he has assured on Monday night on RMC, his show TP Show . ProjectSpurs.com

Parker brought a Spurs trainer with him during his vacation to Mexico during the NBA All-Star break to help him with his daily rehab. He appeared rejuvenated as he scored 21 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first game after the break, but averaged just three points the following three. He responded with a team-high 19 against the Kings on Friday but missed 10-of-13 shots in the Spurs' rout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. "He has lots of miles over the last two years and he is one of the guys that only rests if he is hurt," one NBA advance scout told Yahoo Sports. "…He has not been making a lot of the layups and in-the-paint shots that he has in the past at a higher percentage. "I don't think there is anything too dramatic in a drop-off of skills. I just think they are going big picture. His assists are down, too. His team is not shooting as well as we are used to." Yahoo! Sports

March 2, 2015 Updates

But your Spurs, the little engine that couldn’t quite for so many years before embarking on one of the most consistent runs of success in all of professional sports, now have the best winning percentage in NBA history. Their winning record combined with one of the worst seasons in Los Angeles Lakers annals slipped them past their long-time rivals by mere percentage points, 61.4 (1920-1207) to 61.1 (3213-2050). Among those still in action, Boston (58.8), Phoenix (55.3) and the franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics, AKA the Oklahoma City Thunder (53.6), round out the top five. San Antonio Express-News

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Actually, the Spurs are “almost all-in except one man”–Gregg Popovich, the coach and team president, who’s only part-way in, according to GM R.C. Buford. Buford, one of the most popular speakers at Sloan, described their process for me last week: He gets the numbers that his analytic people develop. The ones he sees merit in, he passes along to Pop, who, he notes, is “old school.” This, of course, is a polite phrase for someone who looks like a T-Rex to sideline reporters. In other words, the Spurs use analytics judiciously. Of course, I’m dying for one of the sideline guys to ask about their use of advanced stats and see if Pop devours him on the spot. Forbes.com

February 26, 2015 Updates

You guys held a players-only meeting in Utah, and Danny Green talked a little about the communication in the locker room. What’s the vibe in the room to you right now? Tony Parker: “On our team, when we win it’s us and when we lose it’s us. We’re not going to pinpoint anybody individually. It’s us as a team. Obviously, I have a big part of that. I have to do my part. I know it. I’ve struggled before, but never like that. I think it’s my worst three-game stretch, but hopefully I’ll get it back. The last 10 games was great for me. I was looking great and making some positive strides in the right direction up to the All-Star break. Those three games (since) just … weird.” San Antonio Express-News

Are you still dealing with the hamstring issue? Tony Parker: “I don’t even want to use that as an excuse. I don’t feel great. Everybody knows it. Coaches know it. But hey, that’s everybody. Everybody’s got nagging stuff. It’s been a tough year for me since I got back from the nagging injury. I have not been the same since my injury. But I’m not going to use that as an excuse. Everybody knows me better than that. I just have to find a solution, even if I’m not feeling great.” San Antonio Express-News

February 25, 2015 Updates

Parker's erratic play has been a big reason for San Antonio's regression on offense this season. The Spurs' offensive rating sits at just 103.6 this season, which is a pedestrian 12th in the league, per NBA.com. That mark is down from 108.2 in last year's regular season and a whopping 112.7 in the postseason, when Parker was excellent. SB Nation

Whether he was delirious from the loss or his recent string of inconsistency, Parker thought the Spurs could still get to the top half of the playoff bracket! Excuse the rough translation, but it’s from his French website and Google Translate might have been used rather heavily. Every game is important. We still have four games on the road before a good home series in March. If we manage these away games, we can expect to be up to 4th place. ProjectSpurs.com

 

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