Corporate Knowledge: February 20, 2012

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  • Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News reports the injury to Manu Ginobili is not as serious as once feared, with the anti-inflammatory medicine already working. Head coach Gregg Popovich will likely err on the side of caution, as Popovich tends to do. The All-Star break is this weekend and the entire roster can use the extended rest. But Ginobili needs to get back, reintegrate himself with the team, and find his basketball legs and rhythm.
  • Tiago Splitter is out too, which is unfortunate because the Spurs are facing a Utah Jazz team with an impressive frontline. The Spurs, Monroe writes, will have to rely on a large dose of small ball. This should free up some minutes for rookie Kawhi Leonard, who is much more comfortable as a small ball four than Richard Jefferson. He’s certainly can rebound well enough for the position. Popovich had previously stated he did not want Leonard to stray too far from his primary role as a wing player, but sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.
  •  Paul Garcia of Project Spurs brings up an interesting point in his scouting report. Without Tiago Splitter, the Spurs second unit has a huge void. Gary Neal and Danny Green have been able to hold the fort down absent T.J. Ford when Tony Parker gets a breather, but neither are a point guard. The only reason they have been able to masquerade as one is because the attention Splitter draws in the pick and roll. Without that, the pressure will be on Neal and Green to create more on their own.
  • Over at TrueHoop, Kevin Arnovitz writes his own version of a story that has been written thousands of times: The San Antonio Spurs, contrary to reports, are not entirely dead yet.
  • Ever want visualization of who Tony Parker passes to, or when? Go to Gothic Ginobili and look at these fantastic assist charts.
  • Sam

    Tony Parker is in the Skills Challenge! Surprisingly, there are six people competing instead of the usual four.
    http://www.nba.com/2012/allstar/2012/02/20/skills-challenge/index.html  

  • Sam

    My bad, in the past years there have been five people competing.

  • Deeds130

    The Spurs are going to battle with only one long big and without 2 of their top 4 players against a Jazz team that should be very hungry and keenly aware of their opportunity. I don’t expect Utah to have a bad game (which would certainly help the Spurs chances tonight), so some guys in Silver & Black are really gonna have to step it up. Bonner or any of our smalls could be the hero offensively, but if we win I think Blair or KL will have to have a terrific game. I’m looking to see how Blair responds tonight, and am particularly excited to see what KL shows us in what should also be a larger role and heavier load.

    I’ll be very surprised if the Spurs win both of these next 2 games, and wouldn’t be shocked to see 2 losses at this point in the road trip against these 2 teams, but I do love the chance to test our depth. GSG!

  • NYC

    That’s great for Parker. I’m happy for him. Still not gonna watch it though. Just sayin’.

  • STIJL

    It will be interesting to see how the team and Leonard responds to small ball.  But against the Jazz and their front court…I think it will be a humbling experience.

    I would venture to say that even with a healthy Tiago the Spurs would have trouble with Utah’s dominant front court since Bonner and Blair are not what many consider (to put it nicely) “intimidating”.  If the Spurs can dictate the flow and play a fast paced game…they may have a slim chance to pulling this one out.  If they allow Utah to play a half court game…Spurs will be in BIG (pun intended) trouble.

  • Len

    Spurs usually had trouble playing in Salt Lake City when Sloan was a coach.  His teams were usually physical as hell and played the Spurs very tough.  With the front line they have put together I expect it to stay that way in Utah.   With an undermanned front court, tonight could be an ugly one for the boys in silver and black. 

    Parker will have to torment Harris even more than he normally does for the Spurs to have a shot :)

    GSG!

  • LPspursFan

    even with an injured Tiago and manu, I just think we are better than these guys…i’m not saying Utah can’t beat us, but I’ll be surprised if it is anything other than a dogfight. 

  • DorieStreet

    I’m kicking myself  in the butt because I first thought the Spurs had a chance to go 7-2 on the RRT but after some fans’ admonishment I backed down to 5-4.
    Eric Dawson– can you do 12-14 ppg./ 6-7 rebs per–do your thing!!!