Phoenix owning this second quarter with a 19-6 scoring edge, Spurs' 15 point lead gone, as both teams are tied at 30.
Thomas starting to get inside the teeth of Spurs' defense, which is allowing him to score or find teammates for quality looks.
Spurs are one of the unique teams that passes the ball too much when the offense is out of sync.
Ooh, nice drive from Joseph. Had to corral bad pass from Ginoibli beyond arc, found a crease and attacked it. Spurs back up 9.
What is the deal with Bulls D-rebounding? This performance is akin to Spurs playing iso-ball or Warriors clanging treys
Suns on a 6-0 run to start the 2Q, cut Spurs' lead down to 7 early in the 2Q. Thomas with assist to Len by driving in and feeding for dunk.
Spurs O in the tank a little bit to start the second quarter. No points in first 2:20. Then Len dunks, lead down to 9, timeout them.
End of first quarter: Spurs 24, Suns 11. Parker with 6 points, Kawhi with 4 points, 4 rebounds.
1Q: Spurs 24, Suns 11. SA already held a 15 point lead at one time. SA shooting 40%. PHX 22%. SA starters 14 points, Bench 10 points.
10 minutes in and the Spurs have 19 points. Phoenix still in single digits.
Not like you never see this with the Spurs, but a true 5-nation army right now: Canada, Argentina, France, Italy, Australia.
10-2 Spurs run. Holding Phoenix to 22 FG%. Typical Spurs stuff.
BAYNES with the slick little reverse layup and Los Spurs are up 18-8 late in the first quarter.
LeBron will be looking to sign with the Spurs by next week.
Bulls interior passing - both tonight and vs New York - has been terrific. Almost Spurs-esque
Spurs run "Post-3" for Kawhi early, unfortunately, he got double teamed and blocked on the spin.
Spurs starters: Parker, Green, Kawhi, Duncan, Daye.
Spurs' strategy, of course, not without risks. If Kawhi pulls a Parsons and signs a short-term max, that'll put some pressure on San Antonio
Kawhi Leonard will be a max player next summer. Spurs know that's what it'll cost. There's only one reason Kawhi wasn't extended now and ...
Ricky Rubio will make more than Tony Parker over the next four years. (I realize this is specific to the Spurs, but...)
Spurs v Suns 10pm eastern...tune in
Watching the Spurs every night will spoil you. Iso ball sticks out like a sore thumb.
Is the Spurs strategy risky? Yes, of course. But there's enough upside (and little downside) to make waiting on Kawhi worth it.
Kawhi Leonard no llegó a un acuerdo con Spurs y será agente libre con Restricciones, Klay Thompson acuerda con GS contrato max (70Mx 4 temp)
Kawhi's cap hold, now that he's a restricted free agent, could give the Spurs enough resources to make a splash if Duncan or Manu retire.
The Spurs not extending Kawhi is not just about Kawhi, ironically. It's about maintaining financial stability next offseason.
Leonard changed the Spurs' fortunes completely. Why not change his with life-long security as soon as you can? He earned it.
There are other ways Spurs could have preserved max contract spot while paying Leonard now. Not fair IMO that they decided to make him wait.
Spurs save $9M in potential cap room by not extending Kawhi. Manu's cap hold=$10M. I would have renounced Manu later, paid Kawhi now myself.
I get the Spurs' reasoning for waiting to extend Kawhi, it's just that I hate to see a player who has earned a raise have to wait.
Come un po' tutti a questo punto si aspettavano Leonard ha interrotto le trattative con gli Spurs e nella offseason diventerà restricted FA
Spurs won’t give up Kawhi Leonard, but I’ll give it a 1.7 percent chance he comes to the Lakers. Because Cavaliers.