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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

February 24, 2015 Updates

Jeff McDonald: Ginobili mostly optimistic Spurs can get it together but confessed: "Playing like we did today, we are not a playoff team." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

As an illustration of the depth of the Spurs' process, Buford explained how the team adjusted to the data and improved their defense after slipping to 11th in defensive rating in 2011-12: "I think we were valuing some things that weren't nearly as important as what the data showed. We learned from the Celtics on defensive rebounding. While they were really high in defensive efficiency, they weren't very high in defensive rebounding. It made us question, 'Is that really where we should be paying attention?' Those were discussions that were then brought to Pop from our coaches and from our analytics team. Some great discussions came from that that then led us to re-evaluate what's important for us." ESPN.com

February 21, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Reggie Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Williams has appeared in three games for the Spurs since being signed to the first of two 10-day contracts on Jan. 28. NBA.com

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Kyle Anderson from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In two stints with Austin this season Anderson has appeared in 10 games, averaging 22.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.10 blocks in 41.0 minutes. He was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week for the week of Feb. 2–8. Austin is 8-2 in the games Anderson has played in. NBA.com

Memphis has expressed interest in the best free-agent shooter languishing on a couch and remains interested in veteran Ray Allen. The veteran sharpshooter is expected to make a decision soon about whether he’ll return to the NBA this season. Allen has long spurned Memphis’ overtures. He isn’t short on options. Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, San Antonio, Chicago, Washington and Atlanta are among the contenders that have expressed interest in Allen. Memphis Commercial Appeal

 

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