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April 27, 2015 Updates

The difference between a Clippers debilitating loss or an inspiring win in their 2-2 first-round series to San Antonio traces to one thing. With Rivers calling the Clippers and Spurs “evenly matched” and describing his opponent as “really fundamentally sound,” he and his players echoed after Monday’s practice that urgency will play the main factor in determining the outcome of Game 5 on Tuesday at Staples Center. “You have to be ready to play and ready to sustain play in this series,” Rivers said at the Clippers’ practice faciltiy in Playa Vista. “Even in the middle of a game, you can’t take a break. When you take a break, they make a run. When they take a break, we make a run.” Los Angeles Daily News

April 26, 2015 Updates
April 25, 2015 Updates

In a perfect scenario, the Spurs have a full understanding of the futures of Duncan, Ginobili and Danny Green when they walk into a 12:01 a.m. ET meeting on July 1 with Leonard and his agent, Brian Elfus, in Los Angeles. The Spurs will offer Leonard a full maximum contract extension, get a commitment and turn themselves toward prying Aldridge back to his Texas roots. Yahoo! Sports

For now, there's no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Leonard wants to be a Spur, and the Spurs are expected to come calling on July 1 with the max offer that they resisted delivering Leonard in the preseason, a move born out of preserving cap space to bring on a star free agent this summer. Yahoo! Sports

Paul Garcia: Doc said Kawhi was the clear difference in the second half. Said Kawhi looked like he wanted to show voters he can score too. Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

The Spurs had Tim Duncan present Leonard with his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in a pregame ceremony. Afterward, Duncan was asked his impressions of how deeply the award touched his young teammate. "Can anybody tell? I don't know." Duncan handed him the trophy, and the idea would've been for Leonard to stand there, that trophy high in the air and let the love wash over him. Only he bailed. "I gave him the trophy, walked off and he was [following] behind me," Duncan said. Yahoo! Sports

"I just know we got our butts kicked," Rivers said. "They played terrific basketball, and we didn't. I thought we had great shots to start the game. We have had this a couple of times this year, but not very often where we lose our spirit because we can't make shots. That is what I thought happened as the game went on every time we missed a shot we played less defense. We will look at the film and see if we can fix it. I know we can." ESPN.com

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs listed point guard Tony Parker as questionable Thursday for Friday's Game 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference playoffs due to tightness in his right Achilles tendon. Parker entered the club's Game 2 victory over the Clippers already nursing a twisted left ankle and a bruised left quadriceps, but left Wednesday's game with a little more than five minutes left to play after suffering the Achilles injury. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn't provide an update on Parker's injury Wednesday night, saying "I honestly don't know" when asked about the point guard's condition. The team didn't practice on Thursday. ESPN.com

Marc Stein: Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

 

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