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Pop on Shaq: "I've always respected him as a player and really enjoyed him as a human being."
When Shaquille O'Neal had his high school jersey retired yesterday in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich was on hand for the ceremony.
Spurs v Magic 830pm eastern....tune in
"I really respected the competition. Him being a (SA) native was always fun to be able to say that about him. We just enjoyed each other."
Pop on Shaq, who was back in town recently for HS jersey retirement: "He was a great player, and a great entertainer. That's tough to do."
"Just watched one of my end-of-quarter interviews, and I think that will answer your question concisely and accurately."
Always though Popovich would be incredible in studio role, if only as a periodic guest. He was loose tonight, so I asked. Alas...
Brace yourself. Jeff Ayres has been cleared to play tonight against Orlando.
One defender, one striker.
Scorpions closing in on a couple of what president Howard Cornfield terms "impact" veteran signings. Still ironing things out.
Jeff Ayres (sprained right hand) cleared to play tonight against Orlando, Spurs say.
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Also, anyone else a tad surprised Duncan (2.0) averaging slightly more blocks than Dwight Howard (1.8)?
Duncan has reached those marks while averaging fewer than 30 minutes per game.
Tim Duncan one of two players to averaging at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Anthony Davis is the other.
Unless you're playing the SSOL Suns.
So maybe Pop's statement that "It doesn't matter; it never has" doesn't quite ring true.
Should be noted they had league's best record in 2 championship seasons, homecourt in all 4 Finals victories. Lost only time they didn't.
Not that the Spurs care about homecourt advantage or anything. (So they say...)
Spurs, Miami, OKC all tied in the loss column, Indiana 1/2 game ahead. Setting up to be an amazing finish over last 20-some games.
Los melli están aprendiendo de a poco inglés. Esto le dijo Nico a la mamá: - I go here. You go get the juguet. Impecable! Qué capo!
Unofficial research, and apropos of nothing, but I think Spurs have delivered three of Miami's five worst losses in LBJ era - 36, 30, 24.
LeBron gives Gary Neal some serious competition for his pre-answer "Uhhhhh...." Boris is in the running, too.
Not the ones that blew up last week, though.
LeBron is probably just thanking Manu for wearing his shoes.
At cursory glance, 10 of Spurs' next 14 games against non-playoff teams. April will be a monster though.
Also ICYMI ... Suns took down OKC tonight. Spurs and Thunder tied in the loss column atop the West. And down the stretch they come ...
LeBron complained after about the sleeved jerseys both teams wore. Couple Spurs players said they were uncomfortable as well.
LeBron ditched mask in 1Q, said he got halftime text from his wife. Says LBJ: "I may be in trouble when I get home."
LBJ on Spurs: "I think we all know when they're healthy, they're going to contend."
Manu Ginobili: "It's one of those wins that really gets you going."
Most obvious emotion in home locker room: relief. Duncan: "It's getting to the end of the season & we need to start winning games like this.
Tim Duncan, on Kawhi Leonard's defensive night vs. LBJ: "He was a pest. That's what we need him to be."
6 for 18 was LBJ's second-worst shooting night of the season by pct, trailing only 4 for 13 against Utah.
D-Wade: "Let's not make it about the jersey. We got our butts kicked."
It's sooooo painful to follow Magic on Twitter. That's my basketball idol, the guy who made me fall in love with hoops. But damn...
In honor of Magic Johnson, allow me to revisit my gem from the other night: The Spurs are 44-16 when they outscore the other team.
"...but sometimes the ball doesn't go in. That's weird."
Boris on 16 points, 5-5: "Just didn't try to miss, and I succeeded doing that. I'm trying the same thing every night..."
Jordan scored 35 with a violent case of food poisoning. Just saying.
Duncan: Very good win for us. Starting to get near playoffs, so its good for our confidence.
High fashion, Matt Bonner style http://t.co/ZUYXmwf0vP
Diaw: Its one more win to see how high we can finish.
Pop sums up the Boris Diaw Experience: I don't know what he's going to do.
Pop on Leonard: Learning to take pride in defense, rebounding first, worry about offense second.
Giddy Spurs fan singing 'Heat got to go' to tune of Whoomp There It Is
111-87. That's your final. There's your "signature win."
Austin Daye. Heat killer.
Matt Bonner. Also no facemask.
Mass benching, and adoration rolls down from AT&T faithful on Duncan and Co. Very well deserved after dominant showing against 2-time champs
Pop clears bench with 1;44 left and 16-pt. lead
What do you know? Austin Daye IS going to get to play in this one.
Kawhi Leonard has had one of the best 4-for-12 FG games I've seen ... those 5 steals and LBJ's 6-18 FG game more than make up
Game's leading rebounders so far: Tim Duncan 11, Patty Mills (!!!!) 9, LeBron James 8.
Duncan up to 21 and 11. He's been quietly dominant.
Not to use the M word after That Game, but it's going to take a miracle now for the Heat. Spurs up 14, 3:17 left.
19/11 now for Duncan. That's pretty much the classic Duncan line. Seems like he's been doing just that every night for almost 2 decades.
Feels like the Spurs maybe missing some chances to put this one out of reach. Up 12, but still 5:08 to go.
Fifth steal for Leonard.
El Double Double for Duncan: 17/11
Another great defensive play by Kawhi Leonard, knocking ball away from LeBron to cause turnover
Diaw is 5 for 5 with 16. James is 5 for 17 with 17.
Also, not having to use Marco Belinelli that much to guard LeBron is an important difference from the first meeting also.
Leonard with the Pippen: Jumps the passing lane, saunters unimpeded for the breakaway dunk. Spurs up 95-80.
Kind of starting to think Kawhi Leonard makes a wee bit of difference for the Spurs in these type games.
Walrus: 16 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists.
James bricks technical FT. That kind of night.
Spurs maybe want to get out of this zone if it's going to cause D3s.
Everyone in a Miami uniform getting teed up now it looks like.
Shades of Games 1-3.
James now 5 for 16. Can't really call it great D, because he's mainly just missing conceded J. But strategy is definitely working.
Every time Ray Allen bricks a wide-open 3, Spurs fans everywhere die a little more inside.
Huge mistake by Cole. Didn't block Mills out on missed 3, ended up back with him, drills pull-up 3. Spurs lead 87-76.
Boris definitely showed up tonight -- 15 points, 5 rebs, 3 assts.