The defending Champions Spurs (13-4) are on the road visiting the Brooklyn Nets (7-9) at the Barclays Center tonight. The Nets are coming off a 98-93 victory over the New York Knicks Tuesday evening. The Spurs are coming off a 109-103 victory over the winless Philadelphia 76er’s in which both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did not play. The go to guy (and according to Coach Pop, he needs to play a bigger role) was Kawhi Leonard who notched his fourth 20 point game this season with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“We’re trying to loosen up a bit and give him more of a green light,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.
Former Spurs Assistant turned Philly head coach Brett Brown had his hands full trying to keep his former team down and were competitive for most of the game.
“The first half was not played with much energy,” Brown said. “I’ve seen it with our guys. We play the Spurs, we’re sort of star struck for a second. We had no juice, no energy.”
There are plenty of affordable tickets still available for tonight’s game so be sure to get out and support your San Antonio Spurs.
Every Spurs fan knew that it was only a matter of time before the Spurs began flowing like they did en-route to winning their 5th championship but it has not been such a smooth transition what with injuries and father time still working its magic. But the Spurs showed they are coming together quite nicely in a 87-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets Saturday night. Tim Duncan nearly had a double-double and Tony Parker played lights out, scoring 22 points-shooting over 50% while dishing out seven assists.
“Tonight I thought our focus was really good,” Parker said. “It’s not easy to get back to the level that we were at last year in the Finals, but we’ll try hard. We’ve got a long time before the playoffs start.”
The Spurs have two home games coming up. Wednesday against the Pacers and Friday against the Kings. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!
Even while the Dwight Howard soap opera drags on…and on, and on, the Brooklyn Nets continued their busy offseason, following up their acquisition of shooting guard Joe Johnson with the . The Nets held off a strong bid from the Mavericks, who were hoping to lure Williams back to his hometown. With those hopes dashed, to former Mavs point guard Steve Nash and New York Knicks wonderboy Jeremy Lin.
Having secured their backcourt, the Nets will now . The All-Star center had seemingly fell out of reach after the Johnson deal, but multiple reports indicate that the Nets are ready to throw a package including three first-round picks in an effort to bring him to the Big Apple. While Howard has reportedly indicated he won’t sign a contract extension with any other team but the Nets, but that hasn’t stopped Orlando from pursuing a deal with the Lakers for center Andrew Bynum.
* has signed a four-year, $58-million offer sheet with Phoenix, but will reportedly match.
* are all making strong pushes to sign Nash, while .
* Having been foiled in their attempt to sign Deron Williams, the Mavericks are to pursue Chris Paul and Howard next year.
* Milwaukee power forward Ersan Ilyasova has .
* Lin will reportedly .
* And, finally, no roundup would be complete without news that . Harangody will get $1.1 million after averaging 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last season. Long live the NBA!