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After starting the game 4/4 shooting, Kawhi Leonard has mised his last three shots. Previous one was wide-open.
Spurs will consider themselves hugely fortunate if they win this one. Opp with more talent than injury-depleted Pacers would be up 10 plus.
Probably not the best idea to dribble behind his back in traffic.
Fan behind me right now: "Did they kick Pop out?" Usual reaction if you don't follow Twitter.
Danny Green tried to get fancy with the behind the back dribble, he lost it and Hill nailed a three. Indy 65-62.
Rodney Stuckey matches Parker with 18 points now in the game as well.
Spurs finally putting together some sort of run - up 8-3 on Pacers to start 3Q. SA largest deficit tonight has been 9.
More like 18 points for Tony Parker, who just got another layup, this time in the open court. Spurs tie Pacers at 58, 8:05 left in 3Q.
Parker with six unanswered, including his steal-layup combo, to tie the game at 58s, 8:05 left in the third.
16 points for Tony Parker now. Just scored with a layup.
High-low sequence from Boris to Duncan to start the second half. SA down 3.
Spurs went cold in second quarter - 40% shooting, 0/5 from three (mostly open), outscored 10-2 in fast break points.
Half: Spurs 50, Pacers 55. Indy took 2Q 28-25. Stuckey 16 points, Parker 12 points, Kawhi 11 points. IND 11-4 in 2nd chance points.
Halftime: Pacers 55, Spurs 50. Stuckey has 16, Parker with 12. Shooting is just about even, but 8 TOs, 1-9 on 3s for Spurs has been hurtful.
Spurs only manage on field goal in final 3:50. Under the circumstances, guess being down 55-50 at the break isn't so bad?
24.7 seconds left until half, Pacers with back-to-back 27 point quarters vs. Spurs' defense. SA with 23 points in 2Q, shooting 47%.
Indiana pummeling Spurs on the glass for 10 second-chance points.
Indy had only one 100-point game this season until slapping Dallas with 111 the other night. Got 54 in the first half tonight.
16 points for Rodney Stuckey in the first half, just got by one of the Spurs' better perimeter defenders in Danny Green.
Another missed wide-open 3 for the Spurs. Stuckey converts at the other end; he's got 16 and the Spurs are down by 8 again.
Pacers have almost run a double-screen around the free throw line on almost each offensive possessions the last few to get Stuckey free.
Welp, the Spurs urged caution against Pacers, and we can see why. Wasn't just usual "respect opponents" lip service after their recent Ws.
There's always one underperforming player that fans have unreasonably high expectations for. For the Spurs, that's Aron Baynes. /ducks
Spurs dodge a wee bullet there as Pacers miss at the rim, Duncan converts in transition at the other end to cut the deficit to 50-43.
I still own a tattered George Hill jersey that I still wear occasionally. I will always love that dude. Epitome of a Spur.
Rodney Stuckey is a terror in this first half, just taking it as Spurs' guards - he's got 14 points.
Feels like Pacers are shooting 60 percent instead of just 48. Maybe that's what happens when you have only 2 TOs in 21 minutes.
The Pacers are shooting 4/8 from distance in the first half and their lead is up to 7.
Spurs drop to 1 for 8 on 3s after Ginobili's miss.
Messina OOT play, like many of Popovich's, results in a layup.
Doesn't help that the Spurs are shooting 1/8 from distance in what have been mostly open looks.
Pacers have the edge in the second 16-12. Indy leads overall 43-37. Spurs up to 8 turnovers, Kawhi (11 points), Parker (8 points).
Spurs down 43-37 at it has nothing to do with Messina. Team just seems a tad flat after three days off.
7-0 run for the Pacers, they're up 43-37 midway through the second quarter.
Probably half of Diaw's baskets get an audible ooooh from the crowd. A theory offered on press row: "They can't believe how fat he is."
Ginobili posted up successfully earlier in the game. Now Parker uses nifty pivot move to score in the paint.
Spurs with 7 TOs, 1 for 6 on 3s despite shooting 52 percent. Add 8 second-chance points for Indiana, and that sums 'er up so far.
Indiana playing hard and making things happen. Pretty much what you'd expect after recent results.
Kim Kardashian didn't break the Internet, but this might. http://t.co/yKkTCuJu3C
8:02 left in the second, Spurs trail Pacers 34-31. Pacers up 6-0 early in the second chance points department.
Two turnovers for the Spurs three minutes into the second quarter.
Great play by BAYNES. Pulls down offensive glass, hits the cutting Ginobili for the layup. Spurs back up, 31-30.
Manu misses a jumper, Baynes grabs the rebound and feeds an open cutting Manu for the layup.
Spurs assisted on just 4 of their 10 makes. A few possessions with few passes. Still 36 minutes of play left.
Pacers came in with the 26th worst offense in the league and they just put up 27 in the first. Turnovers and sharing ball issue early for SA
1Q: Spurs 25, Pacers 27. 5 turnovers for SA. SA shooting 56%, IND 44%. Kawhi 9 points, Solomon Hill 7 points.
End of 1, Pacers lead 27-25. Spurs shooting 55.6 percent but 5 turnovers hurt. Leonard with 9 for Spurs, Stuckey leads Indy with 8.
Pacers lead Spurs 27-25 after 1Q ... Indy got nine more shots on goal than did the Spurs. There's your difference.
Messina coaching up Green. (Hi Bill Land) http://t.co/mP96sQVnRP
While Manu is shooting free throws, Messina is having a quick little chat - looks like defensive end - with Danny Green.
Would bet 99 out of 100 NBA fans have never heard of Solomon Hill. But he is heating up, and the Pacers lead 25-22.
Spurs run motion weak and it opens a 3-pointer for Matt Bonner,. The Red Rocket just couldn't connect.
Spurs are out-shooting Pacers, but losing by one. When that happens, it's usually due to turnovers and oh look it is.
Messina calls Manu over during a free throw for some instruction, and suddenly we're all back in Bologna.
Marco is running the backup point tonight with Cory Joseph out once more. Also, Manu and Green in back court.
Fun fact: Ime Udoka's middle name is apparently Sunday.
The Spurs are all about that bass. http://t.co/4k2TvmtMbA
The Red Rocket Matt Bonner, who just recovered from a stomach virus, is about to check in.
Danny Green came in ranked second on the Spurs' team in blocks per game at 1.2 per game. Two already in first nine minutes.
Despite outshooting Pacers 64-40, Spurs lead only 20-18 late in 1st quarter.
A reminder: Green has the highest block percentage of any guard in NBA history, per Basketball Reference.
Danny Green noted yesterday he hadn't been getting many of those patented run-down blocks of late. He's got two in the first nine minutes.
Danny Green, rim protector extraordinaire, races down court and swats Allen's fastbreak layup pretty much with his elbow.
2 chase down blocks for Danny Green in the first quarter. Spurs lead 20-18 with 3:18 left in 1Q. Kawhi 9 points. SA 4 turnovers
Two Kawhi mid-range jumper over the last four possessions. Spurs lead 20-16, Leonard has 9 points in 1Q.
Kawhi 5-0 run, Spurs take 14-10 lead, Manu to check in.
I've seen Ian Mahinmi commit eight fouls in a game while defending players a whole lot worse than Tim Duncan.
7:27 left in the 1st quarter, Messina off the bench for the first time with instructions for Parker.
"Immigrant Song" at the AT&T. Not a bad nickname for Boris: The Hammer of the Gods.
With Messina as head coach tonight, Beck Hammon gets to sit on first bench with Boylen and Udoka by her side.
Luis Scola pick-and-pop mid-range game all day long.
Danny Green records his first chase down blocks seconds into the game.
Bonner greets the crowd, wishes "the best fans in the NBA" a happy Thanksgiving. Have always been curious, how do we measure this?
Matt Bonner, who just got over the stomach virus, gives a Happy Thanksgiving to Spurs fans at the arena.
Pretty cool scene at AT&T Center. Little girl singing got nervous, but crowd sang with her to keep anthem going.
Showdown music from "Heat" as the Spurs transition from warmups to introductions. I like it.
The Eastern Conference - where Chris Copeland leads the current 8 seed in shots per game (12.7).
Former Pacer and now current Spur Jeff Ayres out at midcourt interacting with Pacers personnel.
For those who might be tempted to overlooked 6-8 Indy: The Pacers have won at Miami, at Chicago and at Dallas so far this season.
Other odds and ends from pregame: Danny Green back in starting lineup, Diaw will start as well, Bonner is available and Cory Joseph is not.
Spurs coach Ettore Messina: "What I think I should do is to try and be myself rather than trying to be a poor imitation of Coach Popovich.”
Pop probably beats Messina on pure volume, but Messina can drop curse words in like five or six different languages. http://t.co/HzBQTsPLRR
Can't wait to talk to players after the game to compare Messina's Profanity Efficiency Rating with Pop. Going to be a tall order there...
Messina's first pregamer was 8:13 minutes long. It usually takes 2.5 pregamer's to get that much out of Pop.
Cont'd Messina on Pacers: “...that says a lot about how they raise to the occasion.”
Messina on the Pacers: “When you see that they have won at Miami, at Chicago, and at Dallas just two days ago..."
Our embedded Italian reporter tells is that Ettore is the equivalent of Hector. Uncommon name in Italy, from what he says.
Coach Messina said Cory Joseph is still day-to-day, but there's a chance he could return as soon as Friday vs. Kings.
Asked if he expects any critiques from his boss: "Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Maybe he will take the day off."
Spurs' starters from Messina: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw.