This Week in San Antonio Spurs Basketball: Monday Spursvalanche

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The goal: for these TWSS posts to be your one stop for all things Spurs-related. And since preseason is now officially over, we might stick to a format for more than a week.

Feedback is always appreciated, so drop us a comment after the jump.

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Here we'll provide information, links and summaries for all the games the Spurs played during the week, so that no one has to miss Pop sneering at a reporter.

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This week:

Date Game Result
Tue 20 Spurs 119 @ Thunder 102
W
Fri 23 Spurs 112 @ Pacers 114
L

Upcoming games:

Date Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Wed 28 vs New Orleans 7:00pm KENS HD WOAI-AM 1200
Thu 29 @ Chicago 7:00pm WOAI-AM 1200
Sat 31 vs Sacramento 7:30pm My35 HD WOAI-AM 1200

Preseason Game #6: San Antonio Spurs 119 @ Oklahoma City Thunder 102

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Boxscore

Official recap
Finley leads the way.

Highlights

Manu Ginobili - Postgame
DeJuan Blair - Postgame

Richard Jefferson - Postgame

Coach Pop - Postgame

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Pounding The Rock: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder in Austin Preview
Wayne picked OKC to win. Just sayin'.

Pounding The Rock: NBA Live 10 Simulation Preseason #6: San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder in Austin
Science was right, but no mere machine can predict BLAIR.

Pounding The Rock: Preseason Game Thread #6: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs in Austin
Davis has some graphs he wants to share with you.

Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: PtR QuickCap: Spurs Rain Down 119; Itsy-Bitsy Spider Is Washed Out
Lauri with a "quick" recap, which might not have been so quick but is still better than any other quick cap I've read.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs rain 3's on Thunder in 119-102 win
We went, we saw, we won. And then Wayne alfajored his way into history.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs vs. Thunder: Stat of the Game
Fred writes: "20 points 6-7 FGM-A in 16 minutes, 9 points 3-5 FGM-A in 17 minutes. Those are Michael Finley's and Matt Bonner's stats, respectively. I don't know about you, but the fact that they produced this well in the starting lineup made me cringe, just slightly. So, should we expect to see these two in the starting lineup against the Hornets?"

Preseason Game #7: San Antonio Spurs 112 @ Indiana Pacers 114

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Official recap
Hibbert got the best of Tim Duncan?

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Pounding The Rock: San Antonio @ Indiana GameThread
Better late than never.

Pounding The Rock: PtR Quick Cap: Spurs fall to the Indiana Grangers, 112-114 in the Preview-less Final Preseason Game
We lost. More importantly, we might actually be able to watch the next game.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs at Pacers: Stat of the Game
4-3. BlaseE wraps up the preseason.

Indy Cornrows: San Antonio @ Indiana GameThread
The Indiana Pacers close out the preseason tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.

Indy Cornrows: Pacers 114, Spurs 112: Pacers Finish Preaseason On Winning Note
"The Indiana Pacers finished up the preseason with a 114-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana."

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In this section you'll find every bit of Spurs-related news we were able to find through the Intertubes during the week.

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48 Minutes of Hell: On Winning the Division
Graydon wonders if winning the division would be good for us.

Rec_medium48 Minutes of Hell: Theo Ratliff by the Numbers
Tim Varner writes: "Theo Ratliff is a potential postseason game-changer, if he can make it there in one piece. This is not true against every team, or in every match-up. But short stints of Duncan-Ratliff or McDyess-Ratliff is akin to throwing a noose around the lane and kicking the chair out from under its feet."

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Rec_mediumProject Spurs: Patience Is A Virtue
David Thiessen writes: "It's no secret that the Spurs tend to start slow and then bring things together with their famed second half surge during and after the Rodeo Road Trip. Yet each year it seems that fans start jumping overboard as soon as the Spurs get off to a slow start. Just remember, be patient."

Project Spurs: Debate: Gervin vs. Ginobili
Jeff García starts this debate, so go and give your opinion. (Writing "does have a reputation for flopping" as one of Manu's bad points, though, made me remove Jeff from my Christmas list.)

Project Spurs: Top 5 Spurs Rookie Seasons
David Thiessen with another fun list. (Tim as #2, though? Maybe he should've factored age into this list.) Will Blair crack this list?

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MySA: Blair as Tim Duncan
"You get a new rookie, the tendency is to want to coach him up right away. You look at all he can't do, and you want to start making corrections and fiddling with his game. When it comes to first-year forward DeJuan Blair, the Spurs coaching staff is fighting that temptation for now."

MySA: Spurs fall in final preseason tuneup
"For Spurs center Matt Bonner, disenchantment with this exhibition season boils down to just one thing. He's tired of hanging out in the women's locker room."

MySA: McDyess as Horry: Different ring tones
Buck Harvey: "They are about the same height. Both went to the University of Alabama. Both reside in the offseason in Houston. But Robert Horry and Antonio McDyess are as different as their ring collections."

MySA: With upgraded cast, Duncan poised for final act
"While Tim Duncan was busy reshaping his body, Gregg Popovich and Spurs general manager R.C. Buford were busy reshaping the team around him."

MySA: Spurs weigh Mahinmi’s fate
"Sometime before Monday’s NBA roster deadline, the Spurs must determine whether Malik Hairston or Marcus Williams will still have a job in San Antonio when the season starts. Elsewhere on the roster, center Ian Mahinmi is battling a different, delayed sort of job insecurity."

MySA: They couldn't beat Spurs, so they joined them
"Together, Antonio McDyess and Richard Jefferson hope to accomplish with the Spurs what they could not against them."

Rec_mediumMySA: Popovich discovering beauty of ‘The Beast’
Rookie forward DeJuan Blair’s strong preseason play is impressing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Blair's veteran teammates.

MySA: 'The Beast' is human after all
TLO writes: "Jeff McDonald confusing Blair for a mere mortal after Blair bruised his tailbone in a play. Of course, Jeff doesn't yet realize that Blair's body has already absorbed the tailbone and it no longer exists."

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Rec_mediumStatesman.com: DeJuan Blair: rest of NBA's loss is Spurs' gain
"No one would blame San Antonio for beating its chest because on the virtual eve of the opening of the NBA regular season, it seems the consummate NBA franchise hoodwinked the rest of the league when it drafted the Pittsburgh power forward with an attitude in the second round."

Adrian Wojnarowski: Curtis Jerrels waived
We hardly knew you.

Spurs.com: Spurs Waive Marcus Williams
"The San Antonio Spurs announced that they have waived guard Marcus Williams. The 6-7, 207 lb Williams appeared in five preseason games for San Antonio and averaged 4.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes."

NBA.com: McDyess, Spurs finally capitalize on mutual admiration
"The possibilities were plentiful for Antonio McDyess over the summer. With a 13-year NBA resume as a smart player, a good teammate, a guy who can still look smoother than satin sheets and be as unforgiving as a sledgehammer, he could have punched his ticket to any contender."

ESPN: Bill Simmons NBA season preview and 33 most intriguing NBA people
BS picks us to win it all. I don't know how to handle this.

ESPN: NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs expert predictions
ESPN.com writers forecast the finish for the 2009-10 San Antonio Spurs. As usual, Hollinger pees on us.

Rec_mediumSLAM: Top 50: Tim Duncan, no. 6
Short and sweet.

Spurs Basketball: Spurs' "Other Trio"
Robby Lim writes a spotlight about our "Lesser three".

Spurs Basketball: Key additions, will help in Spurs' success
Robby and a cry for chemistry.

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This is the section for all the original Pounding the Rock content, including the FanPosts that have been recommended by the community.

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Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: The More The Spurs Change, The More They Stay The Same
Our Michael "Aaronstampler" Erler (also known as Stampizzle) gives us his predictions for the season, and finds a parallel between our current team and the 2002/03 champions. This is a must-read.

Pounding The Rock: A PtR Moment: Manu's drive & assist to Blair vs OKC
A detailed breakdown of a single play (Manu Ginobili to DeJuan Blair for a dunk) in San Antonio's recent win over the OKC Thunder.

Pounding The Rock: International Roundup: EuroLeague is underway
EuroLeague kicked off with enthusiasm. Do you want to watch Tiago play?

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Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: New article by Manu Ginobili - La Nación newspaper
jalberto and urunobili bring us Manu's words as the season starts.

Pounding The Rock: Manu's Mouth Guard - What to do with it
janieannie tells us the story of Manu and the Mouth Guard.

Pounding The Rock: A Portrait of the Referee as an Artist
vespaguy ponders on the reality of that essential truth about professional basketball: "refs suck".

Pounding The Rock: My last Spurs wallpapers
My countryman jalberto joins us and shares some of his latest wallpapers. You want them.

Pounding The Rock: At my Funeral
Cedarpark is crazy.

That's it for today. What did you think of the new format? Works? Doesn't work? Ideas? Thoughts? Cogitations?

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