Who will stay and who will leave the San Antonio Spurs?

The San Antonio Spurs did it. They dethroned The King, LeBron James. They broke the dynasty of the Miami Heat and they took revenge for their devastating loss last year, one which came in the hands of the same opponent they routed this season. A big celebration started in San Antonio, one which can last much like the success of this extraordinary team has managed to last in time until now. The big question for the Spurs moving forward is if they can stick together. Who will stay and who will leave San Antonio this summer?

The answers to those questions might define if the Spurs can repeat their success and win another championship next season.

From a first glimpse, Gregg Popovich has absolutely no reason to try and alter his team. Maybe a few tweaks will be necessary to keep this group fresh and inject some new blood in the successful mix. However, the core of the team is expected to remain the same, assuming that both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili both return for another season, maybe their last one in the NBA.

Tony Parker is in the books for the upcoming season, so he will certainly continue being a Spur. Manu Ginobili is also under contract and he will return unless he decides to retire. Tim Duncan holds a $10 million player option, which we still don’t know if he will use. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP and emerging star, Kawhi Leonard is of course under contract. In fact, out of the entire Spurs team, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Matt Bonner are the only members of the core who will hit free agency.

So the first and the biggest question for the Spurs during the summer will be if Tim Duncan will return for his 17th season in the NBA. Tony Parker stated after Game 5 and the conquest of the championship that he expects Duncan to return. Despite his 38 years of age, Duncan hasn’t lost a big of his poise and in fact, he is still considered as the best power forward active in the NBA. He is a true master of the position, he is lethal on offense from close and mid-range but also a superb defender and team player. It’s very probable we see Duncan returning for another season. And if Duncan decides to continue playing it will come as a huge surprise to see Manu Ginobili not doing the same. The Spurs’ Big Three, or Big Four if you count Gregg Popovich in – and you should do so – currently seem capable of repeating.

Boris Diaw might be capable of getting a better salary than the around $4.7 million he earned this season. But will he leave this group for a few more millions in his bank account? Possible. However, the amazing thing about the Spurs is that although they do have several stars under contract for the upcoming season, they still have the financial flexibility to ink Diaw, offering him a deal which will make him happy. Matt Bonner can also be signed but his role was not that big during the past season.

Patty Mills, who recorded a superb season with the Spurs and he was also solid during the playoffs will most probably test the market. He earned a little more than $1 million during the 2013 – 2014 season and he will most probably demand more to return to the Spurs. San Antonio might be interested to negotiate but if he becomes too expensive, the Spurs will definitely point their interest elsewhere.


San Antonio Spurs just can’t stop

The San Antonio Spurs just can’t stop. When every other (younger) team in the NBA stopped, they kept on going, winning one game after another. With their latest blowout victory against the Indiana Pacers, who previously were the longtime leaders of the Eastern Conference, they now set a new franchise record for most victories in a row, with 18. The Spurs continue to rule the East and the entire NBA and they are proving game-by-game that any other opponent in the East should simply be afraid of them.

Really, it was simply amazing to see the aged veteran group of the San Antonio Spurs routing the young and emerging Indiana Pacers. In fact, earlier in the season or even prior to the beginning of the 2013-2014 campaign, I wonder if any NBA fan truly expected the Pacers to be in such a situation, where they would get smashed by the Spurs.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and their company are now considered as one of the strongest candidates for the title. Although it’s uncertain how much fuel the Spurs will have left in the postseason, the certain fact is that San Antonio will enter the postseason with a terrific momentum, coming out of their recent winning streak. No team will want to stand in the way of the veteran group of Gregg Popovich. It seems like the Spurs have found the fountain of youth and nothing can really stand in their way.

The San Antonio Spurs currently have the fourth-best defense in the league, allowing a little more than 97 points per game. But they are also the sixth-best offense in the NBA and they rank first in assists. Really, when you look at San Antonio playing, their offensive flow is simply terrific. Anyone on the court can score, anyone of the court has the green light but also the confidence to at least attempt a shot, especially when he is open and anyone can easily find a teammate, who is cutting toward the basket or getting open for a triple. Talking about three-pointers, the Spurs of course rank first in the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting an amazing 40.2 percent from long range.

The Spurs really owned the Pacers last night. It’s notable that the Spurs had a 10-point advantage after the end of the first quarter, against a team which has the best defense in the league. San Antonio was able to score 103 points, finishing with 34 in the fourth quarter alone.

It’s notable that the Spurs have now managed to silence the critics but also draw all the attention from the NBA world out of powerhouses in the West, like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers. San Antonio is now the team the entire NBA is talking about and their achievements night in and night out continue to impress.

It’s notable that they now have a 3.5-game lead to the Oklahoma City Thunder despite all the health issues they had earlier in the season. Tony Parker missed 12 games, Kawhi Leonard didn’t dress up in 14 and Danny Green was out for 10 games. The latter two are the team’s best perimeter defenders and it’s notable that San Antonio was able to make it to the top despite those absences. Gregg Popovich said during that time:

“I think that’s got a lot to do with it. We’ve just got to keep plugging here and there until everybody comes back. You just deal with it.”

Apparently, the Spurs found a way to deal with it. Coach Pop assigned more minutes to role players like Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills and the Spurs managed to stay successful. Apart from the offense, which has been in short words terrific for the Spurs, defense has been another important part of their success. The Spurs’ world-class defense is also expected to be a key factor for the team come playoff time. San Antonio is known to play lockdown defense during the postseason and Gregg Popovich is the mastermind behind this.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are recording a supreme season, too. Parker is continuing to prove why he is considered as one of the best point guards in the league. He is currently leading the team in scoring, with 17.1 points per game and also 5.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds. Tim Duncan, who, due to his maintenance program, is averaging just 29.3 minutes per game, is putting up 15.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and also 3.1 assists. Duncan is really one of the big factors in the success the Spurs have found up to now. Although his numbers might not cause jaws to drop, his presence is enough to increase the level the Spurs are currently playing at.

Of course, once the playoffs begin, winning streaks and regular season records don’t count much. The Spurs will have to prove that they are the best team in the NBA on the court. They will face a very dangerous team even in the first round of the postseason. The Phoenix Suns, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks are all potential opponents and especially the first two could cause some real troubles to the Spurs. Of course, shall the Spurs advance to the next rounds and all the way till the Western Conference Finals, they could possibly meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, which will be a very tough opponent. With Russell Westbrook healthy and at the top of his game, the Thunder are one of the few teams capable of topping the Spurs.

San Antonio definitely wants to make its second straight appearance to the NBA Finals, its sixth in total, and have a chance to win its fifth Larry O’Brien trophy. Their recent winning streak yet another proof that they are capable of achieving exactly that.

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San Antonio Spurs set new franchise record for most wins in a row

Playing basketball is fun during leisure time with your friends or with your family. Especially if you have a new basketball backboard. It is a good form of exercise and if you have overweight problem, play this game as often as you can and you will lose some pounds. It is also good for youngsters to keep them away from drugs and other vices. You can play it even with a friend on a one-on-one basis or by team. For those students who want to get noticed can start by joining basketball team in your academy just like those who join the big 5 and make it to the top.

The good thing about basketball is that you don’t need a very big place such as stadium. You can to set it up easily even at your own backyard or lawn as long as you have a basketball backboard and rim. If you want to set a basketball court using a standard basket backboard, the usual basketball backboard measurement is 6 feet wide and 3 ½ feet high and the rim is 18 inches in diameter. The inner square measurement is 2 feet wide and 5 feet high. The distance of the rim from the ground is 10 feet. If you are not sure of the mentioned basketball backboard dimensions, you can ask any sports authority for you to know.

The official basketball backboard is made up of a fiber glass or temper glass just like the one you see in professional basketball games. Some basketball backboards are made of woods just like what you see in the streets and in the houses. These wooden backboards don’t stay long because wood cannot stand for a long time under the heat of the sun and the rain. It can wear out easily so if you want a basketball backboard, it can last for a very long time. Just make sure to use a high quality one like the one made of fiber glass. This kind of basketball backboard is sure a lifetime basketball backboard. It can pass from generation to generation. It also has an appealing look and very much appreciated by your loved ones above all, your children. So, rather than you use a wooden basketball backboard and rim, use fiberglass type.

For your basketball backboard replacement problem, you can look for a basketball backboard and rim among the leading department store in the sports area or you can order it online among online store. You can search for it using search engines such as Google. The commercially made basketball backboard and rim uses a standard basketball backboard dimension for basketball courts such as the one you see among sports center or arena or in your community. This kind basketball backboards and rim should be the one you should use so you will not be criticized by any sports authority figure who can see it.

Now that you know the standard basketball backboard measurements, you can now set up a standard basketball court in your area or community for your youngsters. Using a fiber glass type of basketball backboard and rim is much preferable than wooden type as this can last a lifetime. Make sure that you are also using the correct basketball backboard measurement that can pass the standards given by any sports authority to avoid getting criticized.

Basketball Games

The Miami Heat are currently not as good as they were a year before. In fact, LeBron James is the only player who has improved his performance since the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, when the Heat were at the same position they are today. Nevertheless, the Heat know what they’ll be getting out of their Big Three, who, combined will lead the team one way or another. However, the bench, the role players were a big factor in the Heat’s successful course during the last couple of years and there is no way Miami will be able to three – peat unless the reserves step up again.

If we take a look at Miami’s playing style, the reserves don’t need to do much more than deliver what they can. Really, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dominating the Heat’s offense and Bosh also taking a big chunk of the offensive load, the reserves need to just hit the open three when the ball is kicked out to them and hold the Heat’s level of play high.

Miami can’t allow meltdowns when LeBron heads to the bench for a few minutes of rest. They also have to make their shots, to take some pressure off of Wade and James, draw the defensive attention. It’s been proven that one man, even if he is the best player in the world, can’t beat an entire team, especially when that team players defense like the Indiana Pacers do. The Heat are most dangerous when guys like Norris Cole, Ray Allen, James Jones,Rashard Lewis and Shane Battier hit their threes. With those shooters spreading the floor, LeBron and Wade have more room to operate inside and get some easy baskets.

On the defensive end, the Heat will need some big time performances from Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem. Battier started Game 1 and he was assigned to guard Paul George. Battier, who announced that he will retire after this season, will have to give it all on the defensive end against George but also against any potential opponent he will face in this three – peat course. Udonis Haslem, who saw very limited minutes up to now, will also have to step up. Miami’s co – captain will have to play lockdown defense against the Pacers’ big men, who can simply kill Miami inside. Chris Andersen was also a big factor for Miami last season and he is continuing to play well. He will be greatly needed against the sized Indiana Pacers.

Defense was one of the main reasons the Heat managed to win two championships in a row and up to now, they haven’t managed to keep their level as high as the past couple of seasons.

LeBron James will have to be at his best for Miami to three – peat, that’s a certainty. However, unless the role players do their job, the Heat will sooner or later fail to win their third one in a row. Up to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat didn’t face a great team in the postseason. Now, it’s time for the reserves to step up.