DISMEMBER THE ALAMO!
Game Time Start: 8:30 PM EST
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Officials: M. Davis, N. Buchert, D. Guthrie
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, San Antonio Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
30-20 (Away: 14-13) 35-14 (Home: 20-4)
Upcoming Games: Apr 01 Apr 03 Apr 04 Apr 06 Apr 07 at vs at vs vs 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE COLLISON Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG BLAIR DUNCAN LEONARD GREEN PARKER
Kyrylo Fesenko, getting into wacky hijinks in Point Place, WI, out
Oddly no one...yet...
Minimally Relevant Video:
Semi-Relevant Video: If there happens to be video evidence of the Pacers ever
beating the Spurs, I can't find it. So instead you get this...
Eight Points, Nine Seconds PreviewReview: Tim Donahue: Breaking Down a Breakdown
Jonathan Auping identified an Jordan Crawford And-One as summing
up the lack of effort the Pacers put forth last night. No doubt, that
play was ugly.
But in looking at that play, I found the play before it to be more
troubling, particularly when you consider what Jared Wade had to
say about lack of execution in his piece on the Pacers’s search for
an identity the other day.
I broke down the two plays here, narrating my thoughts, as well as
throwing in some audio I had picked up from Frank Vogel and David
West. There’s only so much you can get from this kind of navel-
gazing, but it’s occasionally worthwhile to thoroughly dissect a play
...CONTINUE READING 8p9s
48 Minutes of Hell: Jesse Blanchard: Looking back at the trade
The Indiana Pacers will be in town this weekend, reuniting George Hill with
the organization that drafted and nurtured his game through the first three
years of his NBA career.
Back in the summer, when the trade was made, a home game against the
Indiana Pacers would have been billed as “George Hill’s much anticipated
return,” however, the “much anticipated” part becomes more muted with
each sign of progress from Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard.
Instead, Hill returns an ex-flame whom we recall fondly; though one that
rarely crosses our mind at all these days. That’s not so much a slight at
Hill as it is a testament to how perfect a marriage the San Antonio Spurs
and Kawhi Leonard have been.
It was only two years ago that national pundit and local fans were pushing
the Spurs to trade Tony Parker in favor of the cheaper, younger, and up
and coming George Hill. But moving Parker then, even for a promising
defensive big man, would have opened up a whole new set of problems
San Antonio would have had to address. And with another season with
almost no statistical growth relative to his career numbers, coming off
the end of his rookie season, the cheaper and up and coming labels for
George Hill will have diminished some.
His time with the Spurs was always going to be limited so long as they
employed Parker and Manu Ginobili. Hill was the Spurs fourth best player
playing the same position as two of its best three players, and while he
was a nice luxury, his skill set overlapped with theirs and ultimately
provided nothing unique to the Spurs, just varying degrees of better
The Same, But Better
To accommodate Hill, the Spurs resorted to three guard sets, which hurt
them against opponents with larger wings, as we saw in Memphis. The
further Hill moved away from defending his natural point guard position,
the less valuable his defensive prowess was. And again, defensive point
guards are a nice luxury but can be a tad overrated in terms of impact.
It’s for these reasons...CONTINUE READING 48 MINUTES OF HELL