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Spurs had a 21-point lead until fans started booing RJ. Maybe it's karma ...
I know somebody who knows somebody who, in their 60s, has never had a chocolate chip cookie. I find this to be absolutely astounding.
RJ's really the only ex Spur that gets booed in this building. They didn't boo Michael Finley, and he strong-armed his way to Boston.
Pop cornered Eli Roe before heading to locker room to try to figure out how come he got a tech. Agreed to disagree it appeared.
Spurs’ defense holding Mavs to 39% shooting with 8 turnovers. Ellis 8 points. The Spurs’ largest lead has been 21 points.
Half: Spurs 54, Mavs 41. SA is shooting 51% with 16 assists on 22 makes, but have 7 TOs. Diaw 12 points, Kawhi 11 points.
Normally when a guy gets booed, it's because he forced his way out of town or gave everybody the finger on his way out. Seems weird to me.
Pop still chewing some ear before he heads to the locker room.
Poor end to the half for Spurs, who give up transition layup to Ellis just before the buzzer. Still lead 54-41 after a fairly dominant 2 Qs.
So fans expected RJ to come to SA and magically become a player he'd never been. He didn't & they're still mad four years later. Got it.
Still mad about no-call when Leonard got hacked to pieces Popvich gets a tech screaming about offensive foul call on Kawhi
Pop just got hit with a tech, Mavs missed the free throw though.
Ellis misses the free throw.
Pop T'd up, has to be held back by Udoka and Messina from rushing the court.
Two minutes left in the first half, Spurs shooting 52.5 percent with 15 assists on 21 buckets, only 5 TOs. Pretty good.
"Little diddy 'bout jack and diiaaaaaaaane. ... Blech! Amare!" -- off-key warbling behind me just now.
Our buddies invite Dirk to behold the Spurs' championship banners. He has one too, you know.
"Little diddy 'bout jack and diiaaaaaaaane." -- off-key warbling behind me just now.
Spurs by 21, 3 minutes before half.
21-point lead now after Leonard's jumper
Dallas has two guys you don't really have to guard in the halfcourt. It's a wonder their offense works as well as it does.
I think RJ gets a worse rap than he deserved, is what I'm saying.
Interesting: Parker, Belinelli, Leonard, Green and Duncan.
After shooting 0/2 in the 1Q, Danny Green is 2/2 in the second, both threes. Spurs by 19.
RJ didn't quite fit the offense Spurs were moving toward at time. Still shot 44% from 3 one year and averaged in the 12-13 ppg range.
Never really understood allure of getting plastered at sporting event. Shouldn't spectacle be entertainment enough? Especially at that $?
Spurs with 12 assists on 16 buckets, still 7 minutes to play in the 2nd quarter.
When these guys start toasting Bill Brasky, I'm outta here.
“Boris can play whenever he wants to,” said Tony Parker the other night. Diaw has 12 points in 12 minutes off the bench. SA by 18.
Boom. Just fed Danny Green for the corner 3 in transition with a no-look snap pass. Just beautiful.
Diaw already up to 12 points in 11 minutes, with 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Playoff Bobo makes this team really, really tough to handle.
I hope the drunk guys behind us pass out soon.
Oh God, they're getting more beer...
This is hard to do, but RJ got nothing but glass on a 2-foot runner.
Argentine dart pass to a slashing Frenchman. Manu with the straight line bullet to Boris for a layup. Spurs by 14...again in 4 days.
OK, it took almost 3 years to get here, including 3 long postseason runs, but we have reached peak drunk moron in seats behind press row.
Who Did It Worse: Splitter's Euro Step or Gortat's Dream Shake?
Why do they boo Richard Jefferson here? He didn't do anything to anyone.
Poor Richard Jefferson. Cascade of boos upon his introduction.
Past couple games, Ginobili has been coming in for Leonard (a later sub) than for Green.
Spurs’ defense holds Mavs to 34% shooting in 1Q with 3 turnovers. Ellis scored 2 points on 1/4 shooting.
1Q: Spurs 28, Mavs 18. SA shot 50% with 8 assists on 11 makes and just 2 TOs. Duncan/Kawhi/ Beli with as many points as Dallas - 18.
Spurs were up 29-17 after one in Dallas and totally fell apart. So, as always, Winston Wolf Rule is in play.
A weird stat, but I would love to know what the record is.
15th straight game with a double-digit lead for Los Spurs.
Game 15 in a row the Spurs have held a double digit lead.
Spurs fans behind press row encourage Dirk to keep shooting open jumpers after he misses. Does not seem to be a wise plan.
Kawhi and Duncan have 13 combined points late in the first. SA with 7 assists on 9 makes. 2:09 left in 1Q, SA 23-18 lead.
Another stat, via FSNSW: Since the All-Star break, the worst 3-ball shooter in the NBA is ... Monta Ellis. Should be easy to guard thenn.
The Spurs kept Ellis scoreless for the first 7.5 minutes with Kawhi on him. The minute Marco got switched onto Ellis, Ellis basket.
Spurs ran a 1-3-1 zone defense and forced DAL into bad shot. Kawhi got a layup on the other end.
Bobo whips pass by Chander's ear to the cutting Duncan, easy layup. Spurs lead 13-9, and Carlisle calls TO.
It's not a clear path. Let's move on.
Dirk has a very underrated stink face.
Danny Green’s throwing semi-no look passes now...
Surprised Ellis' no-look save didn't just go into the basket somehow ...
Tim Duncan on a poster, Chandler Parsons edition.
Splitter almost loses the ball, but he recovers and finds Kawhi in the corner for three off a Duncan hammer screen.
And the battle for 6th place is on ...
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Mavericks: Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Dirk, Chandler.
And my source on that is his contract.
In other words, the suggestion that Barnes can guarantee himself $1.75M by resigning before April 1 is inaccurate.
Patty Mills would be the Michael Jordan of that stat.
Pop's making north of $10 million this year, while the rest of us are circling the drain in a dying industry. So who's really clever?
Apparently, Richard Jefferson IS active tonight, per Tricky Rick Carlisle
Now, in Mack Brown's case, they worked out an agreement in which he ended up getting his buyout amount. But that's not guaranteed.
To clarify a misconception I've seen out there: Barnes contract specifically says if he resigns, he's owed nothing. Buyout doesn't apply.
Tonight's fun fact: Spurs are 1-0 against Dallas this season when holding Monta Ellis under 38 points.
Sick kicks Patty Mills will wear tonight. http://t.co/xkF1MPG70P
"See how smart you are? Your article is going to be really good!"
Pop compares Ellis to Stoudemire: "Just give him his 30." It was then pointed out this wouldn't be a good idea for tonight's game..."
Pop on lineup data: "We see them all the time. It's part of the analytics." (Hall of Fame eye roll.)
Pop on journalism: "I don't think about the things you guys think about. You have to be clever. I can just be dumb."
"Oh crap, did I turn the iron off?" -- Scott Kelly, today
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The Spurs announced Aron Baynes will be out tonight vs. The Mavs with the right ankle injury