Franchise prepares for 33rd foray into the NBA Playoffs
–The San Antonio Spurs have distinction of being the only former ABA Team to have ever won a championship, much less five of them. Beginning Saturday night, the San Antonio Spurs will embark on their 33rd attempt to reach the pinnacle of the NBA, the battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Last night, the Spurs reserves, a lineup of Boban Marjanovic, Kyle Anderson, Danny Green, Andre Miller and Matt Bonner defeated the starting line up for the Dallas Mavericks 96-91 with Marjanovic matching a career high 22 points along with 12 boards.
Boris Diaw made his return to the court after sitting out with a minor injury the past few games. He liked what he and his teammates were able to accomplish against the A squad of the Mavericks.
“Obviously we’ve got great guys and great Hall of Fame’rs and starters, (Tim, Tony, Manu, Kawhi, LaMarcus and David West all stayed in SA) but the support cast has been doing a great job all season,” Diaw said.
“A lot of fun,” said Danny Green, the only San Antonio starter to play. “We got a chance to get the young guys out there, move the ball a little bit, push the pace, try something different. It’s always fun to win when you’ve got your old guys sitting out.”
After a 104-90 aberration against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs rebounded to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies by 10, 92-82 and snapping their own four game winning streak. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard with 19 points, Tony Parker with 18 points and Manu Ginobili with 15 points to remain unbeaten at home.
“We are building,” Ginobili said after the game. “We really don’t care about the record right now. Of course it’s good to be 10-3, but we didn’t have a super tough schedule, but it’s going to get tougher soon. We should have won one or two more games, but at the same time, we are building, we are trying to get better. … It’s progress. We’re OK.”
The Spurs have two more home games against the Suns tonight and the Mavericks on Wednesday before breaking for Thanksgiving. They return to the court on Friday in Denver to face the Nuggets.
The San Antonio Spurs have won their third straight game over the New York Knicks, 94-84 at Madison Square Garden but the significance of the game is one for the record books. Spurs stalwart Tim Duncan posted team and NBA records on this night. Duncan set the record for most wins with a single team, eclipsing John Stockton’s 953 and looks to extend that record another 60 or more games this season, which should put it out of reach for a considerable time what with NBA players switching teams every two to four years. Duncan will be breaking his own record every time he steps on the floor.
Thus far this year, Duncan has passed Alex English to move into 16th place All Time scoring, moved into 8th in Career Rebounding passing Nate Thurmond then two days later passed Patrick Ewing to move into 6th place career blocks. He passed Moses Malone in April to move into 11th place NBA All Time career games and moved into 14th place passing Kevin Garnett in the NBA All Time Scoring list.