From the NBA Finals: Kerr, Nurse break down title series

Basketball 05/30/19, 10:20

Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .Nurse details how he knew Raptors star Kawhi Leonard had another gear for ...

Not every NBA player will put body on line to take a charge

Basketball 05/17/19, 11:26

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him.Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo. These days, not everybody is ...

source: Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina

Basketball 05/06/19, 10:12

The Cavaliers experimented with a successful European coach a few years ago with mixed results. They may try it again.Cleveland has scheduled an interview this week with San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, a person familiar with the Cavs' coaching search said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Popovich negotiating new deal with San Antonio Spurs

Sports 04/29/19, 12:46

Coach Gregg Popovich is negotiating a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs.The 70-year-old Popovich just finished his 23rd season with the Spurs. The Spurs have made the playoffs in each of the last 22 seasons, a streak that ties for the longest in NBA history, and there was some ...

How to slow Leonard? 76ers’ Brown knows it won’t be easy

Basketball 04/28/19, 11:55

Philadelphia is already in trouble in its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and 76ers coach Brett Brown might be one of the biggest reasons why.It's not that Brown made coaching mistakes in Game 1.Instead, he might have not made enough mistakes in 2012 and 2013.Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett ...

Spurs seeking a Game 7; Nuggets look to advance

Sports 04/24/19, 13:40

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich goes to the playoffs every season.And he usually sticks around for a while.The Spurs have never gone back-to-back years without a trip to the second round of the playoffs during the Popovich era. But the Denver Nuggets are one win away from changing that, as ...

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

Basketball 04/16/19, 22:54

Jamal Murray missed his first eight shots before a scorching fourth quarter in which he scored 21 of his 24 points, leading the Denver Nuggets past the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Tuesday night and knotting their playoff series at a game apiece.The Nuggets were in danger of losing a ...

Magic, Spurs, Blazers look for 2-0 series leads

Sports 04/15/19, 17:35

Orlando had to fight until the final days of the regular season to get its postseason berth. Portland had to scramble down the stretch to replace a huge part of its success. And as is usually the case, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his team playing its best basketball at ...

DeMar DeRozan raises game another level in San Antonio

Basketball 04/15/19, 15:19

The thinking of DeMar DeRozan before joining San Antonio: Shoot.The mentality now: Share.Always a skilled scorer, the 29-year-old and four-time All-Star has taken his game to another level in San Antonio by taking to the floor with a different approach — a get-teammates-even-more-involved approach.San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, front, ...

Nuggets brace for Popovich, Spurs in return to playoffs

Basketball 04/12/19, 18:26

Gone from San Antonio may be the familiar names of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard.Still, there's plenty of Pop — coach Gregg Popovich, who's led the Spurs to five championship rings as they extended their playoff streak to 22 straight appearances.The iconic coach and his seventh-seeded squad begin ...

Spurs’ Derrick White takes leadership role into playoffs

Basketball 04/11/19, 15:20

Derrick White's ascension into the starting lineup and the pivotal role he has played in helping San Antonio earn its 22nd straight postseason appearance was a greater surprise to him than anyone else.To hear his teammates and coach Gregg Popovich tell it, the soft-spoken kid not only belongs in the ...

Nuggets rout Spurs 113-85; Popovich ejected after 63 seconds

Basketball 04/03/19, 22:29

Nikola Jokic scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine of Denver's season-high 41 assists as the Nuggets routed the Spurs 113-85 on Wednesday night in a game in which San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after just 63 seconds.Jamal Murray added 14 points and 11 assists ...

Popovich ejected 63 seconds into game against Denver

Sports 04/03/19, 21:23

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich boiled over just 63 seconds into a game against Denver and was ejected.An irate Popovich appeared to be upset over a non-foul call Wednesday night and was given a technical by official Mark Ayotte. He kept it up and was handed another from fellow official ...

Spurs retire Ginobili’s jersey during emotional ceremony

Basketball 03/28/19, 23:10

Manu Ginobili would have been happy to retire quietly without the Spurs retiring his jersey, but San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the humble Argentinian has no choice but to accept with the same passion he gave to the game."When you're that great, you have to go through it, so ...

US hoops draws Turkey, Czech Republic, Japan in World Cup

Sports 03/16/19, 11:09

USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China.Their first three opponents, however, are finally set.The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic, followed by games against Turkey and Japan ...

NBA teams just can’t get in the zone when not facing man

Basketball 03/04/19, 02:11

Gregg Popovich had watched his players struggle to guard their men, and finally decided he wouldn't even let them try.So a night after they surrendered 130 points in a loss at New York, his San Antonio Spurs were in a zone defense in the first quarter of their game against ...

US is Popovich’s team now, but he won’t lobby players for it

Sports 02/26/19, 02:15

Now the U.S. really is Gregg Popovich's team.He's been the Americans' national team coach for a few years but there was never a guarantee he'd actually get to lead them in competition. The U.S. first had to qualify for the Basketball World Cup, where the Americans can then play their ...

Wily Coyote: Spurs mascot comes to rescue, traps bat

Sports 02/02/19, 23:02

On another batty night in San Antonio, the Spurs mascot made the play of the game.Nothing but net.Sporting a Batman costume — cape and all — The Coyote rushed the court and trapped a live bat Saturday, the second time one of the winged intruders disrupted a Spurs home game ...

Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119

Basketball 01/27/19, 21:51

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards 132-119 on Sunday night to snap a two-game skid at home.The Spurs were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, but had seven players in double figures. Reserve Davis Bertans had a season-high ...

Popovich ties Riley for road wins; Spurs beat Wolves 116-113

Basketball 01/18/19, 23:18

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the San Antonio Spurs held on to give coach Gregg Popovich another milestone victory in a 116-113 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.The win was the 520th on the road in Popovich's career, tying him with Pat Riley ...

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