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How the San Antonio Spurs defended Kyrie Irving better than anyone ever has

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Great stuff here from Mike Prada on how well Pop's defensive schemes were put together and carried out against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. Check it out and discuss. Here's a snippet: The key to containing Irving is to, literally, contain him. He's too good a ball-handler to pressure too closely, and he's also too good a shooter to just lay off. The only way you have a chance is to box him in between the three-point line and the basket and force him to shoot mid-range jumpers. You have to do this with all five defenders chipping in, not with just one guy.

Elias Sports Bureau - Chicago Bulls/SA Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Chicago Bulls 103-89 despite being outrebounded, 49-26. Only one other team in the past 35 seasons has won by at least 14 points in a game in which it was minus-23 or worse on the boards. The Vancouver Grizzlies posted a 92-78 win over the Denver Nuggets in a game in which Denver outrebounded Vancouver 59-34, on April 19, 1996. The Spurs won despite missing Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. San Antonio lost its first seven games in which none of its Big 3 played from 2002-03 (when Ginobili joined the team) through last April 9. But the Spurs have now won three of their past four such contests.

New Warriors uniforms: Sleeves, stripes, and missing the mark - Golden State Of Mind

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Ok. This is the deal. I don't want anyone complaining that the Spurs have the worst alternative uniforms anymore. This is the new low and we all need to recognize.

Broussard: Blazers Interested In Spurs F DeJuan Blair? - Blazer's Edge

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Now there are some specifics around the "Blair about to be moved" rumors. What do you think about this?

The Truth Behind NBA Chemistry: Who Has It?

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A good article trying to defend the effectiveness of Durant-Westbrook duo while showing the best units (5, 4, 3 and 2 players). At the end the article comments about the lack of Spurs' unit on each of the first 3 lists.

Tiago Splitter continues positive growth

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My piece on Tiago Splitter continuing to get better in his third year with the Spurs, with an in-depth look at his work on the pick-and-roll on both ends of the floor.

Tiago wishes he had this kid's shot

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First, I must say that I am ashamed that this is not one of my children. Second I must tell you that you are not done watching this video until the very end. Third ... well, words simply don't do this justice. So I guess it's a good thing that there is a video to go with it.

Clippers trying to trade for Garnett

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Not sure this is a wise move for them, they would be better off building around their young talent. Don't know how salary cap issues will work out over the next few years either. However, this may make them stronger in the short run. If this goes through, of course.

Tim Duncan Injury Update

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Tim Duncan suffered a sprained right ankle and a sprained left knee during the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Wizards. A close one!

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