Spurs beat Nets in Manu’s return

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Manu Ginobili returns to the Spurs and they win again. Simple as that. The Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 103-89 in Manu’s return. We talk about it for some fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Here we go again haven’t we learned anything in the last 24 games while Manu’s been out? I have: Tiago had a FG% of 64.5 vs Blair’s 49.6 %, Tiago FT % of 70.2 vs Blair’s 54.5 %, Tiago 126 RB’s vs Blair 129 RB’s . Wow 3 more rebounds than Splitter but Blair also had a grand total of 27 more minutes on the court during that span to get those extra 3 rebounds. Let’s see what the next 24 games bring for the two of them now that Manu’s back. Oh I’ll tell you probably the stats will be flip flopped and Splitter will go back to miniscule trash minutes again. I consider 10 minutes trash for Splitter at this point. San Antonio we have a problem. Let’s not fool ourselves like last season.

    As someone commented in a good size post: “Pop still wants to turn RJ into Fin Fin”. Well I think he also wants to turn Blair into DRob.   But that’s just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Also if you noticed how Bonner has been getting more rebounds and has since turned into a rebounding machine. Well let’s just say it’s a by product of Splitter doing the dirty work of boxing out as well allowing Bonner lots of easy rebounds while those two are on the court together. Funny how you pick up all sorts of things the second time you watch the same game. Fine by me as long as Splitter plays and contributes and gets the experience he needs in only his first real year in the NBA. 

  • Anonymous

    I could never understand in the last two years why Manu hasn’t hooked up with RJ like he has with Blair. Maybe if you noticed on just about about every outside shot that the opposition takes and clangs off the rim Blair’s already on the other side waiting for some easy points. HMMM where’s the defense Blair.

  • Randy9798

    The spurs have an abundance of perimeter and wing players. Trading jefferson for added backcourt depth would be a big boost toward our playoff odds. leonard and green have proven capable and are only going to get better. also we have manu to add to the mix. leonard is definitely capable of defending most 3’s.  The wizards have been very unhappy with blatche and have some cap space to allow for a straight up trade. 
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine. This trade would help out both teams. washington would get a professional presence in the locker room with a bunch of young players. The spurs would get a scoring talented forward. This trade also keeps together our big three for a playoff run. 

  • tjones21

    I’m from DC and I really don’t think that Blatche would be a good addition to he team. While very talented he has a rep for being egotistical and hard to coach. There are also rumblings in the post that he is kinda lazy and doesn’t grasp complex tactical plans. All of those things lead me to believe that he probably isn’t a great match for coach pop.

  • Anonymous

     Yeah.  Thinking the same regarding Blatche’s noted reputation.  But hasn’t that only been recent (past couple of years) that Blatche became more “vocal”?  Also heard that a lot of the problem stems from him and McGee not getting along.  I know… not a professional attitude by either… but doesn’t that somewhat fault the coaching staff for not being able to manage the situation?  I think Pop and company would do a better job in controlling while Jefferson’s under used talents would go a long way to helping a much under achieving wing slot in DC.  Especially helping that team’s dismal 3 point percentage.

    One can never tell about Pop and who he thinks he can mold.  He’s kinda narcissistic in that regard.  Proof being….Just look at R.J.

    Anyway….if the Wizards would be interested…I think the Spurs would be too regardless if the common thought is Blatche is “uncoachable” because…well…Pop is not a “common” type of coach.  Pop and Blatche just might be perfect for each other.

    Side Note:  Just looked here http://www.shamsports.com/content/pages/data/salaries/wizards.jsp  If you scroll over Blantche’s name, a pop up appears telling the history of salary transactions.  In that it states Blatche’s contract is based on performance incentives likely not to be achieved.  That could go a long way in his displeasure if not being used enough to achieve what ever “performance” level that grants him 100% of the salary listed.  But…with that said…would the Spurs use him enough that allows him to perform to those expectations?

  • Anonymous

     Agreed.  Wing production is not an issue for this team.  And agreed…Jefferson could show his worth more than just adhering to the system.  Kinda makes one wonder…is R.J. USING the “system”?

    Does anyone remember the game where R.J. ran the length of the court to block a shot under the rim on a fast break attempt by the other team?  Where’s that R.J.?  Where’s that effort?  Where’s the excuse for not playing that way all the time?

    His relevance (lack there of) is not caused solely from the team not using him properly though the team could use him (I think) more productively if he were not buried behind options being placed before him.

  • Anonymous

    He wouldn’t fair well in the Navy Seals.

  • Anonymous

    What we’re riding the rodeo with is probably what we’re going to ride into the playoffs. This is it guys. Pop isn’t known to do this sort thing at this point of the season. He’s just going through the tune up phase. Next season is a different story. There are gonna be some changes.

  • Anonymous

    I kinda like to follow foreign players that we picked in the last couple of years. Read off the Eurobasket site that Ryan Richards has left the Lugano Tigers Swiss team for personal reasons. They were 15-1 when he left the team and they didn’t say if he’s done with the Swiss team they just said he left the team. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Sounds mysterious. He was getting sporadic minutes towards the last couple of games. He started out really well when he got there taking it to the teams he played against and was piling up nice box scores but that changed about 10-12 games into the season and then was seeing spot minutes here and there. There’s the veteran PF (Abukar) a real stud on that team that has played for them for a while that got huge regular minutes in the past kinda like their Timmy. Don’t know what happened but Richards was really making work of those games with ease until down at the end of the schedule then he left. Big ? Anybody hear anything.

  • NYC

    Ahh, that’s good to know. Thanks for the info.

  • NYC

    David Aldridge has an interesting article about the Spurs. See “Dribbles” at this link: http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/david_aldridge/02/13/morning-tip-linsanity/index.html#dribbles

    Aside from Manu’s return, he talks a lot about the play of our young guys. Most interesting of all is this quote from Popovich regarding the Dallas OT loss from Jan 29:
    “We asked each other on the bench every two minutes, ‘Should we get the other guys back in now,?'” Popovich said. “And we said ‘Why? Those guys stunk. These guys are doing really well, so we might as well let them play.'”

    What do you think, 48MoH writers? How about a piece revisiting that Dallas OT game and how, if in any way, that has changed the dynamics of this team or the trajectory of this season? There’s a lot of other food for thought in that article as well. I’d like to read what you guys have to say about it.

    This post was made in New York City. NEW YORK CITY?!?!?

  • Anonymous

     I second that. Would be a great read compiled by one of the staff at 48.  Their write ups (like or not the opinion) is some of the best around.

    And Yes NYC, that game was a season changer for this team.  I’ve never seen a loss develop so much confidence as that game.  It was like…the loss didn’t matter…the chemistry and bound that was being manifested in front of our own eyes took center stage of a team at a loss for answers up to that point.

    For me, the excitement of seeing that manifestation of the team’s young players brought back memories of the Spurs prior to Tim Duncan and David Robinson.  With those teams you knew they probably wouldn’t have a chance against a premier team…but it didn’t matter…they made it fun to watch and proud to claim them as your favorite team as they scrapped and made premier teams earn their win against the Spurs.

    Only difference is…THEY ARE WINNING!!!!

  • chad “gumby-pokey” berry

    linsanity{!!!} ..?…. i wish jeremy lin success and a long, productive career playing basketball, whether it be in the NBA or europe …maybe he’ll stay in the NBA and continue his stellar game (he has been playing good), it could happen …if it doesn’t: SHEEP in wolves clothing. the flavor able in new york could go and go till the expiration date expires and leaves new yorks mouth insipid; the same media machine that lead RJ, blindfolded, to a cliff, is doing the same with lin – possibly; again, i wish lin success, but, that media machine: if lins production drops or just simply disappears, he’ll have the same, unfortunate fate that RJ was dealt with; all because of the media machine.

  • chad “gumby-pokey” berry

    linsanity{!!!} ..?…. i wish jeremy lin success and a long, productive
    career playing basketball, whether it be in the NBA or europe …maybe
    he’ll stay in the NBA and continue his stellar game (he has been playing
    good), it could happen …if it doesn’t: SHEEP in wolves clothing. the
    flavor able in new york could go and go till the expiration date expires
    and leaves new yorks mouth insipid; the same media machine that lead
    RJ, blindfolded, to a cliff, is doing the same with lin – possibly;
    again, i wish lin success, but, that media machine: if lins production
    drops or just simply disappears, he’ll have the same, unfortunate fate
    that RJ was dealt with; all because of the media machine. …but, i agree on him (RJ) speaking up in huddles and being more aggressive; it really does suit everything though, that everyone steps up and not RJ for the time being …enigma …floating…?… …it just does in a odd way …could explain, but it’ll be looong like what i written above, before. oh well …floating…?…. – GINOBILI{!!!!!!!!!!!!!}

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