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This Week in San Antonio Spurs Basketball: Not-Quite-Monday Late Edition

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I know, I know, this is a bit late, but I was at de beach, keikis! Time passes differently over there.

If you want to know just how exactly the Spurs ruined their chances of having a completely positive week, read this post, after the jump.


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.


This week:

Date Game Result
Mon 9 Spurs 131 vs. Raptors 124 W
Wed 11 Spurs 92 vs. Mavericks 83 W
Sat 14 Spurs 98 vs. Thunder 101 L

Current record: 4-4

Upcoming games:

Date Opponent Time Local TV Nat TV Radio
Wed 18 @ Dallas
8:30pm FSNSW WOAI-AM 1200
Thu 19 vs Utah 7:30pm FSNSW WOAI-AM 1200
Sat 21 vs Washington 7:30pm My35 HD WOAI-AM 1200

Game #6: San Antonio Spurs 131 Vs Toronto Raptors 124



Official recap



Manu Ginobili - Postgame
Coach Pop - Postgame
Richard Jefferson - Postgame
Matt Bonner - Postgame
George Hill - Postgame


Pounding The Rock: Game Preview #6: Toronto Raptors @ San Antonio Spurs
The Maglev has left the station.

Pounding The Rock: PtR QuickCap: Manu is back, Spurs Slash Raptors 131-124, Pop Suffers Brain Aneurysm
The Spurs outran and outscored the Raptors. Find out more here.

Pounding The Rock: Toronto @ San Antonio Game Thread
Craving for that .500 spot. Part 2

Pounding The Rock: Toronto @ San Antonio Photo Recap: Bonnercalypse
Some thoughts on the Spurs' 6th game of the season.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs vs. Raptors: Stats of the Game
Did the Spurs just score 131 points without Tim or Tony playing?

48 Minutes of Hell: Toronto Raptors 124, San Antonio Spurs 131
"Manu Ginobili is magic. That’s how we’ll remember Spurs’ victory over the Raptors."

Project Spurs: Spurs vs. Raptors Recap
This one was fun for everyone, and Jeff García tries his hand at recapping it.

Rec_mediumSpurs Dynasty: Matt Bonner Dunks, Creates Irreconcilable Paradox, Destroys Existence
There's life after Aaronstampler, people. SecretChord53 is writing some good recaps, and I'm having fun reading them. Take a look.

MySA: Ginobili powers Spurs past Raptors
"While George Hill filled in ably for Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili pulled a page from his pre-injury past, totaling 36 points, eight assists and four blocks to lift the Spurs past the Raptors 131-124."

Game #7: San Antonio Spurs 92 Vs Dallas Mavericks 83



Official recap



Richard Jefferson - Postgame
Coach Pop - Postgame
Antonio McDyess - Postgame
George Hill - Postgame


Pounding The Rock: Game Preview #7: Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs - The Defense Sleeps
Are you not entertained?

Pounding The Rock: Dallas @ San Antonio Game Thread
Pop wants to try some smallball. Part 2

Pounding The Rock: PtR QuickCap: Spurs Discover Long-Lost Art of Defense, Stifle Mavs in 92-83 Win
Rich Town recaps this game in stellar fashion

Pounding The Rock: Spurs go back to winning ugly in beating Mavs
Wayne loves ugly 92-83 wins.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs vs. Mavericks: Stats of the Game
BlaseE writes: "Thank you Pop for not playing around with the starting lineup and setting the tone for the whole game."

48 Minutes of Hell: Dallas Mavericks 83, San Antonio Spurs 92: the Early Edition
"Four of our starters didn’t play for the team last year. All five were not on the Spurs during the 2007-08 season. And we were still up at half."

Rec_medium48 Minutes of Hell: A Shot Chart is Worth a Thousand Words
Graydon Gordian writes: "Although the tactical details of basketball can be rather complicated, the underlying strategy is surprisingly simple. At a certain point, it is merely a question of number and proximity."

Project Spurs: Spurscast #179: Mavs Recap Live
More Podcast goodness from our Project Spurs friends. Fun times.

Spurs Dynasty: I'm Not One to Jump to Conclusions, But Clearly Duncan and Parker are Holding Us Back
The title made it for me.

MySA: McDyess and friends limit Nowitzki
"New Spur Antonio McDyess did the bulk of the defensive work on Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki on Wednesday, but limiting the Mavericks' All-Star to 9-for-27 shooting was a team effort."

Game #8: San Antonio Spurs 98 Vs Oklahoma City Thunder 101



Official recap



Tim Duncan - Postgame
Coach Pop - Postgame
George Hill - Postgame


Pounding The Rock: Game Preview #8: OKC Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs
What will the Spurs' ever-changing lineup look like tonight against a young, athletic OKC Thunder?

Pounding The Rock: Oklahoma City @ San Antonio GameThread
The Spurs play against the Cowboy Thunderclusters. Part 2

Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: Thunder Execute Spurs
Wayne's feeling hostile.

Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: We Can't Pretend That Didn't Happen - Alternate Thunder Recap
What went wrong for the Spurs vs. the Thunder.

Pounding The Rock: Spurs vs. Thunder: Stats of the Game
Fred writes: "How about a win when it's my turn, guys?"

Spurs Dynasty: The Ugly Truth
SecretChord53 recaps the OKC debacle.

MySA: Hamstring strain means no Ginobili in fourth
"Fearful that a left hamstring strain that kept Manu Ginobili out of practice sessions on Thursday and Friday had re-tightened, coach Gregg Popovich held Ginobili out of the fourth quarter of a tight game."

MySA: OKC spells trouble for Spurs
"The Spurs spent the bulk of the offseason in reloading mode. They added pieces almost weekly, with an eye on getting younger and more athletic, and broke training camp with seven new faces. By almost any measure, the makeover was extreme."



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


Pounding The Rock: Spurs International Roundup
Winners. We drafted winners.

Pounding The Rock: Oh right, Manu Ginobili plays basketball for a living...
Michael Erler recaps the latest Spurs games, and he does it in style.

Pounding The Rock: New La Nación article by Manu: "I'll be the father of twins; Many and I are very happy!"
Mini Manus are coming.


Pounding The Rock: A Few More Photos from the Thunder Game
janieannie has even more photos to share with us.

Pounding The Rock: Proposed Lineup
alamobro proposes a lineup and starts the discussion.

Rec_mediumPounding The Rock: Ginobili vs. Dracula, Chapter 3
PEN continues to mindshag us.

Pounding The Rock: Bella's quirky musings... allas version
Bella shares her thoughts on the Dallas game, and it's pretty quirky.



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


48 Minutes of Hell: The Silver Lining On Parker’s Ankle
"In a phrase: increased playing time for George Hill."

48 Minutes of Hell: San Antonio’s Silent Slump
"An under-reported Spurs story through six games is their three point shooting slump. Have a look."

48 Minutes of Hell: Andrew Bynum is a Game-Changer
Bynum scares the beejeezus out of Tim Varner.

Rec_medium48 Minutes of Hell: Implications from the Spurs’ Final Five
Tim Varner writes: "Through 8 games, George Hill is unquestionably the Spurs’ 5th best player, alongside Tim Duncan, Richard Jefferson, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. And he did finish the game in the loss against Oklahoma City, although it was because Coach Popovich elected not to play a gimpy Manu Ginobili in the final quarter. Hill was the Spurs’ best player down the stretch."


Project Spurs: Welcome To Chemistry 101
"The chemistry between the new Spurs and old Spurs — the learners and returners, is still a work in progress."

Rec_mediumProject Spurs: Early Home Cooking – Why The Spurs Can’t Afford To Waste It
A good article by Dan Ehrlich about the relative weakness of our early schedule.

Project Spurs: Role reversal fits Bogans & Bonner
Robby Lim looks at Bonner's and Bogans' stats of the last few games, and reaches an interesting conclusion.

Project Spurs: Put Him In Coach Pop!
Robby Lim wants Hairston in. I agree.

Rec_mediumProject Spurs: Should the Spurs start Hill?
Yes, please.


MySA: Who should adjust - RJ or the Spurs?
"Someone told Richard Jefferson Wednesday night that he seemed to be fitting in nicely after all. His 29 points and seven rebounds hinted at as much."

MySA: Manu: Hamstring feels fine
"Manu Ginobili says the tight left hamstring that, depending on who you ask, kept him out of the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Oklahoma City is feeling fine."

MySA: Spurs defense shows improvement against Mavs
"The Spurs held Dallas to 35.4 percent shooting, the lowest for an opponent this season. Even after Wednesday’s clamp-fest, the Spurs are still allowing 99.7 points per game. Opponents are shooting 46.7 percent. Both figures rank in the bottom half of the league."

MySA: Spurs' Bogans a master of the art of irritation
"Every NBA player possesses at least one NBA skill. It didn’t take long for Keith Bogans to discover his: He’s built a career on his uncanny ability to be the most annoying guy in the room."

Rec_mediumMySA: Equation changes, Ginobili doesn't
Buck Harvey: "His agent was talking earlier in the day, about how it was just a matter of waiting. “We can't push it,” Herb Rudoy was saying. “When they are ready to talk, they will talk.”"

MySA: Ex-Bucks stop here in Spurs' victory over Mavs
"Eight months ago, the Spurs and Mavericks engaged in a five-game, first-round playoff series that, for citizens of San Antonio, was pretty forgettable. For a pair of soon-to-be-former Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile, the 2009 postseason might as well not have happened at all."

MySA: Spurs try Hill-Parker backcourt
"For the record, George Hill spent the entirety of Saturday's loss to Oklahoma City wearing the silver and black of the Spurs."

MySA: Spurs' good, bad and an ugly turnover
"The pluses and minuses of a Spurs roster with seven new players were evident in the final moments of Saturday's 101-98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the AT&T Center."

MySA: Iverson's act shows he's no Ginobili
Mike Monroe: "While Manu Ginobili and Allen Iverson are both likely headed to the Hall of Fame someday, there is a big difference: Ginobili can accept a role coming off the bench, and Iverson can’t."

Other_medium Remade Spurs staying calm despite sputtering start
"The San Antonio Spurs are finding their version of Extreme Home Makeover to require a lot more than a hammer, nails and a dose of TV magic."

OregonLive: Spurs' Jefferson an unexpected defensive presence
Really? Our RJ? (ht: Project Spurs) Official ’09-’10 Season Wallpapers
Yeah... I don't like them.

Rec_mediumThe Onion: Tim Duncan Makes Citizen's Foul Call
"SAN ANTONIO—Spurs center Tim Duncan took officiating into his own hands Saturday when he made a citizen's foul call on Kings guard Kevin Martin." Spurs’ Blair Is Lacking in Everything but Success
"DeJuan Blair dropped in the draft because he has no anterior cruciate ligament in his knees. Now he is leading all rookies with 7.3 rebounds a game." (ht: Project Spurs)


That's it for today. Just another week for a .500 team.