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Before the game, Coach Bud talked about how it was nice to start preseason this year with a foundation from last season.
Getting to the point where Popovich might actually get pissed over a preseason game.
Hawks have pounded them by 29 in that span.
Spurs were outscored 42-26 in the 3Q. Played some funky lineups, sure, but my Lord.
3Q: Preseason Spurs 74, Hawks 95. ATL pours in 42 points in the 3Q. ATL shot 67% in the third quarter.
Spurs gave up 42 points in the third quarter after 36 in the second.
Last season, Hawks ranked 1st in Field Goals assisted on at 67%. Tonight leading 95-74, Hawks have assisted on 24 of 32 makes.
End of 3: Atlanta 95, Spurs 74. Parker with 17 points to lead the Spurs, but Jeff Teague has 21 in 23 minutes. Spurs with 18 turnovers.
And they're calling loose ball fouls up in this building in a 22-point pretend game.
Damn, lead is now 22 points for the Hawks. Spurs up to 18 turnovers. Going to mail in my wrapup in their honor.
Bonner in the open court and damn everything he pulled it back out.
Atlanta has scored on 16 of 18 second-half possessions and leads by 20.
Yes it's preseason and nothing matters, but wouldn't you like to see the Spurs look Spurs-y for a sustained stretch before Dallas shows up?
If this were not preseason and the Spurs actually cared about winning they might want to locate Kyle Korver on the perimeter sometime soon.
Hot take: Korver can shoot. Hits his 6th 3 in 10 attempts, Hawks up 81-68.
Spurs with a lot of player movement, allows Manu to dash straight to the rim for the open made layup.
Wow, BAYNES just obliterated poor Paul Millsap trying to block his shot. Nothing malicious, but Paul needed a few secs to gather himself.
Kyle Korver's shooting form = magnificent
Spurs now trailing 76-64 after Korver's corner 3.
We've now entered the "there's a whistle on every single possession" portion of the program.
Dave on the big screen = Spurs fans going crazy. A tradition like no other.
Jumbotron shows Patty Mills on the screen, fans go nuts. But of course, they go even crazier for David Robinson.
Both teams with 16 points so far in 3Q, Hawks lead by 5. Parker and Teague battling, Parker with 17 points, Teague 18.
Corey Robinson's Dad in the house at ATT Center again ... hey, so is Corey!
Spurs get the loose ball, Parker finds Anderson in the corner, and Kyle makes his first three of the game.
Speaking of which, Atlanta is now up 64-54, 8:31 left in the third quarter.
Boris tried to pin Teague's layup to the basket, but refs called it goaltending. Good hustle there by Boris.
Boris doin' Baris things there. Just smoothly posted Millsap for the fadeaway shot from 14 feet.
BAYNES in for Duncan to start the second half.
Kyle Anderson makes his first appearance to start the second half.
Baynes and Diaw out there as the big men, Duncan's night likely done.
Kyle Anderson starting the second half, will play SF. He didn't play at all in first half so Beli could get some miles.
Spurs -- 14 turnovers leading to 22 Atlanta points; Hawks -- 6 turnovers for 6 SA points.
Spurs with 7 turnovers in the second quarter for 15 ATL points. Hawks with 10 assists on 14 makes in 2Q. Teams flipped script in 2Q.
Halftime: Atlanta 53, Spurs 48. Outscored 36-23 in the second quarter. Parker has 10 to lead the Spurs, but on 9 shots.
Kyle Korver makes the contested three to end the half. Preseason Hawks 53, Spurs 48. SA shooting 50%. Parker 10 points, Teague 14 points.
Korver three at the buzzer, and Hawk lead 53-48 at intermission.
Ginobili now 5 for 29 in the preseason. Rusty barbecue, indeed.
Spurs now up to TO No. 14. And trailing the Hawks by two, 48-46...
Spurs with 14th turnover of the game by inbounding the ball. Daye threw it too far ahead of Parker, Parker wasn't happy with the pass.
Baynes vs Antic vs Pekovic would be like the Anchorman fight
Pop trolling us all, puts Baynes in now that Antic is back on the bench.
And then two trips later we get a gruesomely lazy pass from Parker into traffic for TO No. 11.
Just had one of our first slick four-passes-in-three-seconds sequences of the preseason. Ginobili bricked the 3, but still, nice stuff.
Karl Lane with a nice save of an errant pass for Atlanta. He's the referee.
I cannot see the tattoos covering Antic's arms but I imagine they are images of unspeakable carnage.
David Robinson was thoroughly amused by the Coyote clubbing softballs into the crowd.
Give Antic a spiked club and Baynes a big ol broadsword and let them go at it. First one to remove a limb wins.
Pero Antic is even more terrifying in person, and even MORE terrifying still with a plastic face guard.
Austin Daye's shooting is on par tonight, just made his third three of the night. Last one was a release without hesitation.
Pop was serious about using tonight's game for Marco's conditioning. Beli played 9 mins in 1Q, ready to check back in soon.
Nice extra pass by Joseph on the last play of the quarter, whipping rock to Green in the corner for a wide-open 3. Textbook Spurs ball.
Spurs lead 25-17 after 1Q. It's the first time they've won the first quarter since coming back from Europe.
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.