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10 straight for Portland. Have fought back from 11- and 7-point deficits.
Aldridge erases the Spurs' 7 point lead, gives Blazers 54-51 edge. Aldridge has 18 points.
Aldridge just took and made a three. It's his 27th attempt of the season and 14th make as well.
Green now 4 for 4 on 3s after 7 for 13 the other night.
LaMarcus Aldridge, from the Marc Gasol Memorial Top o' the Arc.
It’s gotten to the point where Danny Green could pull up from half court and I’d expect him to make it.
Crabbe sags off Green to try to disrupt Duncan, Duncan feeds the open Green for three. Spurs by 7, Green with 15 points.
Tim Duncan, 4 for 4 from the line.
Manu is shooting 75.6% from the foul line this season, which isn't terrible but would be his lowest conversion rate since rookie year
Both teams with a combined 14 turnovers. SA 6, POR 8. No team is shooting better than 44% at half.
Lillard leads with 13 points, Green/Duncan 12 points each at half, Aldridge 10 points. SA 26-14 in paint lead. SA 12 assists on 19 makes
Half: Spurs 46, Blazers 44. POR barely takes 2Q 27-26. Lillard/Blake/Aldridge with 19 in 2Q, Duncan/Green 14 in 2Q. SA 14-6 in paint in 2Q.
Spurs had 11-point lead, gave it all up, now up 46-44 at half.
Halftime: Spurs 46, Blazers 44. Duncan has 12 points, 5 rebounds.
Pop almost never publicly barks about making free throws. He just barked at Ginobili after that miss.
Manu Ginobili, King of the 2 for 1
Tim Duncan with the sick spin move for the layup. Then Manu with the and-1 opp. SA leads 46-44.
In that same span, Portland has doubled its output, from 21 to 41, while outscoring Spurs by 14.
Pop mixes up the lineup, throws Manu in there with Green and Joseph.
Spurs with 6 points over the past 7 minutes. Enter the narrative: Maybe hitting the wall after Wednesday's triple-OT grindfest?
2:11 left in 2Q, Blazers are outscoring Spurs 22-18 in the quarter. SA down 1. SA shooting 37%, POR 44%.
I didn't think it was terrible to bring Daye back on off chance he finally figured it out. Example 10,879 why I could never be an NBA GM.
Dame for three. Blazers take the lead at 39-38.
Tim Duncan, 2 for 2 from the foul line.
Spurs bench platoon couldn’t hold the double-digit lead. Pop responds with Duncan, Diaw, Green and Joseph.
That Dude Dame...
Mass sub of starters about to return.
Anderson has joined the Spurs' second unit in place of Daye.
Theory: The Spurs are a lot worse when Austin Daye is on the basketball court.
First scoring drought was mostly on the starters. This one is on the bench. Equal-opportunity struggling.
9-0 run for Blazers. 11-point Spurs lead down to 2.
Blake nails a three, Spurs' lead has been cut to 2. SA has now dropped the lead twice when the bench came in and gotten cold.
And another Spurs' scoring drought, and that 32-21 lead down to 32-30.
Pop's finally going with a single sub - Anderson to return.
Classic Icy/Hot stretch for Danny Green, 12 for 20 on 3s over past two-plus games.
Oh, btw ... Spurs up 32-21 early 2Q. For those (inexplicably) following me for a score.
The Red Rocket drills the three and the Spurs lead 32-21. Meanwhile, Pop just chewed out Austin Daye for something.
Austin Daye might be cut by halftime. I don't even know what he did, but Pop's on him again.
Spurs lead 29-19, Bench comes in at the 9:39 mark. Pretty cool, like a hockey lineup as someone referenced earlier on here (Twitter).
That’s a whopping 10 3-pointers in the last two games for Danny Green.
Danny Green tries a euro step. But the exchange rate was all off.
Danny Green for three again. He's got 10 points. Pop about to mass sub once more.
Here comes the shift change.
Danny Green for three. Boris initially had Cojo on the cut, but he didn't have good position, so he kicked it out and Diaw fed Green.
First free throws (except for technical) of game for either team, Diaw goes 1-2
Spurs' starters are on the floor to start the second quarter.
Pop's 1Q substitution pattern: Startesr to 6:41 mark, Bench to 2:39 mark, Starters to end of quarter.
Spurs finished the quarter missing 10 consecutive shots, still lead 20-17.
1Q: Spurs 20, Blazers: 17. SA shooting 38%, POR 47%. POR 6 TOs, SA 3. Duncan 6 points, Aldridge 6 points.
End of first quarter: Spurs 20, Blazers 17. Duncan leads the way with six points.
Spurs go final 4:47 without a solitary point, and yet somehow still lead 20-17.
Spurs scoreless on eight straight possessions.
Without Parker and Leonard, starting group has nobody who can transform a turnover into a one-man fastbreak. Not getting those quick hitters
Shift change. Starting lineup back in for Spurs.
Mass sub again: All starters in for Spurs.
Six straight for the Blazers, SA lead down to 20-17 with 3 mins left in 1st Q.
His butt, in PG-13 language.
Pop suggests, loudly, to Austin Daye he might want to remove his head from a place his head never should have been in the first place.
Spurs leading 20-11, shooting 64 w/ 1 TO after Gino's winding layup.
Spurs lead 18-11 to start, SA shooting 67%, Portland 50%. Aldridge with 6 points.
The Spurs forced a traveling violation on defense and it looked like Pop was yelling at Splitter or Beli for not rotating.
Pop throws in Belinelli, Ginobili, Daye, Bonner and Splitter in the five minute mark. A full lineup change.
The PA guy announced that line change in one breath. Kudos.
Fully expect all my bank info to be available online in about 5 mins after that one, so keep your eyes peeled.
Pop substituting hockey style. Five new guys coming in at next break. So that's how they're handling back-to-back
Pop coming with mass sub: Manu, Bonner, Splitter, Daye, Marco
Duncan goes glass on the inbounds. Kaman to check in as Spurs start with 12-4 lead. Duncan has 6 points.
Boris’ strengths: Passing, basketball IQ, butt Boris’ weakness: Nothing.
There are remote villages in North Korea with better Internet connectivity than the AT&T Center.
Green gets the defensive board, drives down, feeds Cory on the wing, then Cory gave Green the open corner three. SA 9-4
Boris caught the ball on the wing with Matthews on him. Anderson, Green got out of the way - Diaw with the easy post.
Spurs run 4-Down twice to start. First time was a Green contested air ball. Second was a Duncan make.
Two of the best uniforms in the league here tonight at the AT&T.
Crazy stat, courtesy of ESPN: Spurs have used a league-leading 15 different starting lineups this year.
Christmas intros are back .
Spurs: Joseph, Green, KYLE ANDERSON, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw. Trail Blazers: Lillard, Matthews, Crabbe, Aldridge, Freeland.
Looks like Kyle Anderson gets the start at 3. Cory Joseph at 1, Danny Green at 2, Tim Duncan at 4, Boris Diaw at 5
As for tonight, adding to Spurs' woes, Boris Diaw is sick but remains available.
Nothing definite, but hearing both Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker could return next week.
For what it's worth, Pop didn't seem overly concerned, either. So it wouldn't seem this is going to be a long-term absence. We shall see.
Per Kawhi Leonard, he has torn ligament in right hand; must wait for swelling to reside before considering returning