Jeff McDonald

Gasol and Duncan going at each other, just like in practice next season.

Jeff McDonald

Memphis playing early like they've had enough of this "always losing to the Spurs" stuff

Paul Garcia

Zbo with 4 points now, hit another mid-range jumper over Bonner. Coach Joerger said Grizz would get ball moving for better Zbo shots.

Dan McCarney

Randolph starts 2 for 2, and that's a terrible omen after basically no-showing against the Spurs for three-plus years.

Jeff McDonald

This one's going a little better for Memphis to start.

Dan McCarney

Duncan and Gasol are just in phenomenal shape. What specimens.

Paul Garcia

With this lineup, Tim Duncan is the Spurs' best scoring option. He draws the foul on Gasol 2 minutes in for free throws.

Paul Garcia

Grizzlies off the the 6-0 start, both mid-range jumpers made by Zbo and Gasol. SA 0/2 to start. Lee also with jumper.

Dan McCarney

Conley's beard is even worse in person.

Jeff McDonald

Grizzlies: Conley, Lee, Pondexter, Randolph, Gasol.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs: Joseph, Green, KYLE ANDERSON, Duncan, Bonner.* * -- Grizzlies still opting to start Zach Randolph, for some reason

Jeff McDonald

So, not an optimal time to be without key players

Jeff McDonald

Pop: These are Spurs two toughest months, this is the toughest of the two, and these are the toughest two weeks of the toughest month.

Paul Garcia

Looks like Kyle Anderson will start in place of Kawhi Leonard once more. Quincy Pondexter to start in place of Tony Allen. (From monitor)

Michael De Leon

Before Tip-Off: Mills on track for mid-January return, Grizzlies’ Allen to sit vs. Spurs ift.tt/1AeHUwC #spurs

Paul Garcia

Before Tip-Off: Mills on track for mid-January return, Grizzlies’ Allen to sit vs. Spurs - projectspurs.com/2014-articles/…

Danny Green

Spurs v Grizzlies 830pm eastern...tune in

Jeff McDonald

Patty Mills (shoulder) has graduated to contact work, went through entire shootaround today. Still looking at January return, per Pop.

Dan McCarney

Popovich said Mills is still looking at mid-January return. Making steady progress, starting to participate in shootarounds w/ mild contact.

Dan McCarney

Probably doesn't want to piss off Bonner.

Dan McCarney

Started back-tracking pretty quick after that...

Dan McCarney

Joerger on local TV about how Spurs have been able to contain Randolph over the past three plus seasons: "They beat him up."

Dan McCarney

Neither Pop nor Joerger were too effusive on Duncan's remarkable D this season. Former: "He's great." Latter: "He's doing what he's done."

Dan McCarney

As you've probably already seen, Tony Allen is out tonight with a corneal abrasion. Or, scratched eye if you like.

Jeff McDonald

Tony Allen has an eye problem and will not play for Grizzlies tonight vs Spurs

Jeff McDonald

How have Spurs had such success against Zach Randolph since 2011? Dave Joerger: "They beat him up."

Paul Garcia

Coach Dave Joerger says Tony Allen is out tonight with the eye injury.

Paul Garcia

"He performed well with the minutes that he got," said Coach Pop of Kyle Anderson's recent performances.

Paul Garcia

Pop on the Spurs' history of scouting and bringing in international players: "It's sort of in our DNA."

Paul Garcia

Coach Pop says Patty Mills is still on track to return in mid-January. Said Mills is making "steady progress."

Jeff McDonald

List of Spurs players who missed double-digit games last year: Parker, Ginobili, Leonard, Green, Splitter. This is nothing new.

Paul Garcia

From the Pistons: Only Prince remains. Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Rip Hamilton, and Ben Wallace are all retired.

Paul Garcia

With Tayshaun Prince & Beno Udrih in town, it got me thinking about the 2005 Finals. On Spurs' side, Parker, Duncan & Manu are still playing

Paul Garcia

Tony Allen is listed as questionable tonight with a Right Corneal Abrasion per the game notes. As already noted, Parker, Kawhi are out.

Michael De Leon

Streaking Spurs: Cotton, Green, Davis lead Austin to 8 straight ift.tt/1w0ewnA #spurs

Dan McCarney

So @Jeff McDonald just stumbled on to the Spurs Nation podcast slogan moving forward: Come for the Skee-Lo, stay for the knowledge.

Paul Garcia

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Grizzlies bit.ly/1v04vaF writes @JeffGarciaPS

Michael De Leon

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Grizzlies ift.tt/1z4T7kr #spurs

Paul Garcia

Calderon said DAL knew the Spurs were definitely a team that was a favorite to win the title: projectspurs.com/2014-articles/… http://t.co/1R3nhHmXAe

Paul Garcia

More Calderon the DAL-SA series last season: projectspurs.com/2014-articles/… http://t.co/TUgTQFkC7f

Paul Garcia

Jose Calderon on the Mavs being the one team that pushed the Spurs to 7 games last season: projectspurs.com/2014-articles/… http://t.co/WhMH6opmVd

Paul Garcia

New column by @andersonstevem: Is it time for Popovich to end Rest-gate? ift.tt/1Acbenv

Boris Diaw

Game day in town ! Huge challenge against a currently top team. See you tonight fans. #GoSpursGo

Jeff McDonald

Spurs are currently in 7th in the West and talking about just wanting to "survive" December. It's going to be a mad dash to April, folks.

Dan McCarney

"That step is only going to be done, if it's done, when everybody's back and in shape." 2/2

Dan McCarney

Manu sums up these next three weeks are purely survival: "I take it as a way to just maintain where we are than to make a step ahead." 1/2

Quixem Ramirez

When you take a test you didn't study for. Featuring @kbrad5 and @ImaniMcG. vine.co/v/OgHmpXt11eh

Dan McCarney

Mills getting some shots up after shootaround, looking pretty good to these untrained eyes.

Quixem Ramirez

Busy day ahead of me. http://t.co/Ii8v5QmhnF

Michael De Leon

Is it time for Popovich to end Rest-gate? ift.tt/1Acbenv #spurs

Jeff McDonald

The Spurs are beat up and struggling for traction in the brutal West. Good thing the Grizzlies are in town. expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @mySA

Mike Monroe

#Spurs notbook: Hammon espnW’s f Woman of Year; Slo-Mo goes low; injury updates expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @mySA

Kyle Anderson

Gameday!! Lets get this morning workout in

Michael De Leon

A Conversation: Calderon reflects on playoff loss to Spurs and Pau Gasol’s free agency ift.tt/1AEZ18Z #spurs

Paul Garcia

A Conversation: Calderon reflects on playoff loss to Spurs and Pau Gasol's free agency - projectspurs.com/2014-articles/…

Paul Garcia

West teams with toughest schedules left (vs. +.500 opponents: PHX 30 games, OKC 28, SA/HOU/LAC 27, from there everyone else has 24-26 left.

Paul Garcia

Not to mention OKC is just a half game out of the 8th spot in the West. Right now just 4.5 games separate the 1 (GSW) to 7 seed (SA) in West

Paul Garcia

Since Westbrook & Durant returned, the Thunder have gone 7-1, are ranked 9th in offense and 2nd in defense during the last 15 days.

Quixem Ramirez

The Thunder are winning every game while the Spurs are (kind of) sputtering. Christmas Day is shaping up to be a fun matchup.

Quixem Ramirez

Russell Westbrook isn't one of the best point guards, because he's an entirely different player unto himself. He breaks basketball laws.

Quixem Ramirez

Watched an entire season of VEEP today. I'm nearing peak productivity.

Quixem Ramirez

So Isiah Thomas is a big Tony Parker fan. http://t.co/gt4MoZKD5K

Mike Finger

Barnes: "Why are you writing? Nobody reads it anyway." Me: "Don't you know what it's like to work hard on something and have nobody see it?"

Quixem Ramirez

The Warriors are now on pace for only 72 wins.

Paul Garcia

The Warriors are human it appears.

Mike Finger

Some fella just walked into the media work room, stood staring at us for a couple of minutes, then left. Turns out it was Lipscomb's coach.

Quixem Ramirez

I have a huge basketball crush on the Warriors and I can't help it.

Dan McCarney

I believe in the Golden State Warriors.

Mike Finger

I really like him as a complete college guy but not sure what he'd excel at in the NBA. RT @30calBoom: is Holmes a "Popovich type" player?

Dan McCarney

Joerger gave real answer to, "How big has Vince Carter been tonight?" With Pop it would have just been, "Real big" w/ eye roll.

Dan McCarney

ESPN Santa modeling his interview game after Pop. "Is that a serious question? Next."

Dan McCarney

11-6 compared to 33-4. And we're not even 1/3 into the schedule.

Dan McCarney

Found interesting tidbit while podcasting today with McDonald: Spurs have already lost two more games against sub-.500s than all last yr.

Michael De Leon

Video: Austin Spurs’ Orlando Johnson posterizes the Idaho Stampede in debut ift.tt/1GNNypH #spurs

Michael De Leon

Hammon named espnW’s Woman of the Year ift.tt/1wXrHN9 #spurs

Michael De Leon

Parker says Thunder could be most difficult team in West, discusses how he coaches when not playing ift.tt/1BVWQSi #spurs

Paul Garcia

Parker's got a point about the Thunder still being a tough challenge. OKC has won 6 in a row, now 11-13, half game behind 8th seed:

Paul Garcia

Pretty cool in that interview by @SIKids, where Parker opens about how he coaches when sitting on the sideline: projectspurs.com/2014-articles/…

Paul Garcia

Parker says Thunder could be most difficult team in West, discusses how he coaches when not playing - projectspurs.com/2014-articles/…

Quixem Ramirez

I would never shell out $200 for a shoe, but that may be the exception. (Well, still no, but they are dope.)

Quixem Ramirez

Available Dec. 19, these Nike Spurs shoes will cost $200 (via @Nice Kicks). http://t.co/ETg0F0etB0

Dan McCarney

Hate high tops, but those are beauties.

Mike Finger

Texas confirms @Jeff Goodman report that Damarcus Croaker is transferring. Of 11 scholarship players, he ranked 11th in minutes played.

Manu Ginobili

Gran noticia! RT @cabboficial: Oberto se suma al proyecto de CABB: "Intentaré aportar todo lo que pueda desde mi experiencia".

Mike Finger

Combined 2014 record of last year's bowl winners: 279-148 (.653). Losers: 258-170 (.603). So the steppingstone gets you .05.

Mike Finger

For all tempted to buy the "bowl as steppingstone" cliche: Only 19 of last year's 35 winners had better 2014 records than who they beat.

Quixem Ramirez

It's 3 p.m. and I haven't put pants on yet. Winter break is glorious.

Dan McCarney

Spurs to host 'International Night' tmw for Memphis game blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Mike Monroe

#Spurs report on Leonard's right hand (contusion) coulda been worse: it was X-rayed in PDX, examined again in SA on Tuesday

Mike Monroe

#Spurs Kawhi Leonard officially out of Wed. game vs. Memphis, bruised right hand; @Tony Parker (left hammy) also still out

Dan McCarney

"Lots of people can't figure that out," Popovich continued, and with 40,000 Tweets I am apparently one of them.

Dan McCarney

Not sure where this came from, but Pop with a very Pop-like compliment for Becky Hammon: "She knows when to talk and when to shut up."

Dan McCarney

Great Q&A with Hammon and Doris Burke with some insight on working for Pop espn.go.com/espnw/news-com…