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1Q: Preseason Spurs 25, Hawks 17. SA moving the ball, 8 assists on 10 made baskets. All five starters scored in 1Q
Spurs up 25-17 through one quarter despite 7 TOs. Duncan with 4/7, Parker has 6 points and Boris Diaw with 5.
Ginobili's preseason hasn't been great, but it'd look about 10 percent better if he were able to run pick and rolls with Tiago Splitter.
Austin Daye has benefited twice from Manu drawing in the defense, as Manu kicks out to him for two 3-pointers.
Cory Joseph, who sat all of Monday's game due to getting extended time vs. Heat, checks in for Parker.
Also Thabo Sefolosha in a Hawks uniform is just weird.
Solid play by Kent Bazemore. Bazmore used a pick, drove in, drew 2 defenders, then passed to Millsap for the dunk.
Oh yeah, forgot Elton Brand was a thing
Spurs lead 17-13 over the Hawks with 3:24 left in 1Q. SA with 5 assists on 7 makes. As Danny said Monday, ball movement is getting in form
Spurs lead 17-10 at first wave of subs. Probably the best the starters have looked this preseason, though still four turnovers.
Tony drives in, kicks to Marco, who kicks to Boris, who kicks back to Parker for the driving layup. So much passing in one play. SA 15-10
Duncan with 4 points, 7 rebounds in the first 7 minutes. Save some for the regular season, young fella.
Tony drives in, feeds Marco, who feeds Danny, who feeds Boris, who feeds Parker for the made 20-footer. So much passing on last play.
Rebounding-wise, it helps Duncan is the tallest dude on the floor and Atlanta has missed 9 of 12 shots
Four points, seven rebounds in the first five minutes for Old Man Duncan.
I just wish I had one good closeup picture of Leonard's crusty eye for all these blog updates.
Yes, they were ladies.
Highlight of the game already achieved: Forced to wait in courtside tunnel while Boris arranged his extracurricular activities w/ friends.
Spurs open the game with a lot of ball movement. 7-0 run, 2 assists on 3 makes.
Duncan, Beli, Parker, Danny Green, and Diaw starting for Spurs vs. Hawks tonight
Spurs: Parker, Green, Belinelli, Diaw, Duncan. Hawks: Teague, Korver, Carroll, Millsap, Horford.
What Pop hopes to gain from starting Belinelli: "I just want him to get in shape. I want him to work off the pasta he ate all summer."
Coach Bud with a lot of praise for the hard work, determination, and growth Kawhi Leonard has made in his early career. Will be up tomorrow
Jeff Teague says playing the Spurs feels like an "open practice" because each team runs similar sets & anticipates what each other will do.
Pop, on Kawhi Leonard's eye infection: "It persists. His eyes are still red, one of them's half closed. It looks ugly."
Based on gut feeling, feels like Leonard's availability for opener is in legitimate jeopardy.
Kawhi Leonard has been working out some, but Spurs still trying to keep him isolated from rest of team. Won't be at ATT Center tonight.
Pop says he'll start Marco Belinelli at SF tonight. It's the only lineup change he's sure of.
On Kawhi, Pop says he's working out in isolation. They just have to keep him away from team for contagious purposes of eye issue.
Pop on Leonard: "It persists. His eyes are still red; one is half-closed. It looks ugly." He has been working out individually, however.
Pop said he hadn't thought about who might sit tonight for rest purposes, but did say Kawhi & Tiago are still out.
Nothing new with Leonard or Splitter; both continue to be out. Everyone else will dress tonight, Popovich said he has no idea who will play.
Pop starting to Marco Belinelli tonight for more conditioning: "I just want him to work off all the pasta he had over the summer," Joked Pop
Looking ahead: Just realized the Spurs play two games in the first eight days of the regular season. So that's odd.
In four preseason games, Kyle Anderson is averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
Today's another reminder there's no shortage of people on the Internet eager to believe Texas is trying to get away with something.
But the overall payment (cost of attendance + licensing) should be in the $10K range for most schools. That's all Patterson was saying.
It took two months but I think I've gotten a handle of this sports editor gig.
The point of this is, if O'Bannon ruling holds, EVERY MAJOR PROGRAM will be paying $10K/student. It's not a Texas story.
UT has no plans to pay stipends now. People need to settle down.
Regarding the out-of-control Steve Patterson story: He said UT would pay $10K stipends ONLY IF the NCAA loses all of its court appeals.
So having Looper on in the background while working and expecting to understand anything was a bad choice.
I'll say it ... Deuce Bigalow: European Gigoglo ruins the legacy of the entire "Deuce" franchise.
Coming in Sunday's E-N: http://t.co/dO7T6dfkGt
Bedford on safeties: "I'd like to get to a situation where a receiver knows if he catches the ball between the hashes, he might not get up."
I thought it was pretty awesome Kawhi Leonard was named NBA's 2nd best perimeter defender. Spurs fans like, "Who's first? That's BS."
Best coach. Best leader. A legion of quality role players. A pretty good team, these Spurs.
Another nugget from the GM survey: Spurs had four players receive "best role player" votes -- Diaw, Ginobili, Leonard, Green.
Matt Bonner back at shootaround this morning. Missed Monday's game due to death in the family.
More GM survey results: Tim Duncan voted the NBA's best leader. Boris Diaw tied with Kenneth Faried as NBA's top role player.
Pop voted the best coach in the league, drawing 92.9%, up from 75.9% last season.
Annual GM survey is out. Only one player in the league voted a better perimeter defender than Kawhi Leonard. That'd be LeBron James.
That was regarding lottery reform...
Other misc. -- Duncan voted best leader, Diaw voted best role player. He'll drink to that... http://t.co/keCbJz6IrU
And, continuing their streak, the Spurs had nobody receive votes in "most athletic player" category. : (
In other words, people think he's pretty good at his job.
Popovich also voted best people manager, best at in-game adjustments, No. 1 offensive coach, No. 2 defense.
Parker voted third-best PG in NBA, Duncan fourth-best C with votes at PF. Leonard second-best perimeter defender. Pop best coach at 93 pct.
Tough crowd in that poll for Argentina's greatest athletes. Alfredo Di Stefano couldn't even make the top eight.
Marvel debuting the Age of Ultron trailer next Tuesday, smack in the middle of the Spurs season opener. 50/50 I call in sick...
No Bonner, though, so mandatory markdown. At any rate, you'll want to set your DVR for 8 p.m. Central if you call yourself a Spurs fan.
Finally getting a look at excerpts from Spurs special NBA TV will air next Mon. Four-way chat with Pop/Parker/Duncan/Manu; engrossing stuff.
Texas TE Geoff Swaim on the Longhorns' 3-4 record: "That doesn't mean sh*t. I'm sorry, but that doesn't mean sh*t."