Spurs take out Lakers in final seconds of thrilling game

The San Antonio Spurs walked into the Staples center knowing that the LA Lakers would be much tougher than their 3-4 record showed.  The Lakers always play the Spurs as if it’s a Game-7 of the NBA Finals. Tuesday night was no different.

With 19.9 seconds remaining in regulation and the Spurs trailing 82-81, Head Coach Gregg Popovich drew up a play for second-year player Danny Green.  After Duncan received the ball from Parker he in turn passed off to Kawhi Leonard. Meanwhile, Green got a rub off of Duncan screen and sprinted off to the right wing and took the pass from Duncan. Green tossed up a three-point shot with Kobe in his face for the game winner.

The Spurs next face the  undefeated NY Knicks this Thursday November 15, 2012 at the AT&T Center.  Be sure to get your tickets and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!

Spurs sweep sets up match against either Lakers or Thunder (and we’re betting the Thunder)

“I don’t see nobody beating them,” Utah Jazz PF Al Jefferson

The San Antonio Spurs spent the weekend taking care of family business feasting on the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs for their second sweep while setting an NBA record as only the 12th team in NBA History to sweep the first two rounds as well as making the Top 10 List of NBA teams with the longest winning streak. But don’t tell Head Coach Gregg Popovich about a streak…he has no idea.

“It doesn’t exist for us,” coach Gregg Popovich said of the team’s 18th win. “We don’t talk about it. I’ve never heard anyone mention it except (in the media). It is not even a thought in our minds. Each game is a separate entity.”

The Spurs used their combination of basketball knowledge, execution and will to overcome a young Clippers squad. One thing for sure is that this Los Angeles team came to play unlike the other remaining Squad, the Lakers. The LA Clippers have played exciting basketball all year; the Lakers are hanging on by a Kobe thread and are one game away from Summer vacation.

“We had a good season,” Paul said. “I think it’s a good sign for our team, but there are no moral victories. It’s not like, ‘Oh, we made it to the playoffs and it’s all good and well.’ We feel like we should still be playing. We’re going to keep working. We’ve got some work to do. We obviously have got to get better.”

Whether the Spurs face the Los Angeles Lakers or the Oklahoma City Thunder, one thing is for sure, this Spurs club is just as good (or better) then their other championship squads and are for sure a much deeper team than those squads

“This year reminds me of when I was here the last time (2003),” said late arrival Stephen Jackson, who came in under the trade deadline. “It is a great team and great guys to be around. Nobody is worried about their personal game and everybody wants to just win. So it is still the same around here.”

The Spurs fly back home today and should arrive to a nice crowd to greet them at the San Antonio International Airport, get back home and watch the Lakers and Thunder beat each other up for the right to face them.

“I don’t see nobody beating them,” Utah Jazz PF Al Jefferson

Cuban questions Lakers moves

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been one to keep his mouth shut. His latest target? The Lakers, whose acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash .

Indeed, he went so far as to compare their latest revamping to the one they executed in 2003, which ended in disaster with a loss to the Pistons in the Finals.

“The Lakers have done this before. Gary Payton and Karl Malone and Kobe and Shaq were all together, and it didn’t work,” he said Monday in a gathering of the media and season-ticket holders. “It takes great chemistry. … It takes guys wanting to be there. I don’t know if all their guys want to be there.”

Of course, everything Cuban is saying is true in the sense that basketball games are won on the court, not on paper. And you can guarantee that the Spurs are thinking pretty much the same thing. They just probably aren’t going to draw any attention to themselves by sharing their opinion publicly.

But then, keeping things to himself has never been Cuban’s strong suit, has it?