Silver and Black
Look at this boss.

Look at this boss.

I was fat, dumb, and happy as a Division 3 coach and would do it the rest of my life. It was fantastic. I loved it. But, you know, all of us take a different road here and there… But the NBA was never a dream or a thought.
Pop, asked if reaching the NBA was his goal from the beginning
We’re fortunate. These guys, they don’t care about stats. They only care about winning games… But these guys could all have better stats. I mean, I play them for 29, 30 minutes a game for their careers, and their stats suffer because of it. But that sacrifice, I think, helps our entire team.
Pop
instanba:

Coach Pop named NBA Coach of the Year! :: http://ift.tt/1f0NjzB

Pop joins Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the award three times.

instanba:

Coach Pop named NBA Coach of the Year! :: http://ift.tt/1f0NjzB

Pop joins Pat Riley and Don Nelson as the only coaches to win the award three times.

nbacooldudes:

San Antonio Spurs buttons are back in stock, joining the rest of them that remain SUPER in stock here. Coupon code (GIMMEDAT) is back up for 20% off and I was able to drop the prices a bit since last time I posted about them.
No new designs yet, but there should be several new ones in the coming weeks including the Knicks, Cavaliers, Hawks, Kings, Wizards, Clippers, and Warriors; some of which will hopefully come in sets with a few different designs.

nbacooldudes:

San Antonio Spurs buttons are back in stock, joining the rest of them that remain SUPER in stock here. Coupon code (GIMMEDAT) is back up for 20% off and I was able to drop the prices a bit since last time I posted about them.

No new designs yet, but there should be several new ones in the coming weeks including the Knicks, Cavaliers, Hawks, Kings, Wizards, Clippers, and Warriors; some of which will hopefully come in sets with a few different designs.

nbacooldudes:

Tony Parker drives by Dirk and lays it off the glass in the Spurs’ 90-85 Game 1 win over the Mavericks. (04/20/14)

nbacooldudes:

Tony Parker drives by Dirk and lays it off the glass in the Spurs’ 90-85 Game 1 win over the Mavericks. (04/20/14)

nbacooldudes:

Tony Parker spins on Devin Harris and lays it off the glass in the Spurs’ 90-85 Game 1 win over the Mavericks. (04/20/14)

Spurs 90 - 85 Mavs (Spurs lead 1-0)

Big Three: These guys really carried the load. Timmy led with 27 pts (12-20) 7 reb. TP ran all over the Mavs defense in the first half and struck again in the latter half of the 4Q to the tune of 21 pts (9-16) 6 ast 4 reb. Manu had 17 pts (4-10) on the strength of  3-6 3PT and 6-6 FT shooting. His 3 threes were the only 3PT makes for the Spurs all game (3-17). He also totaled 6 reb 3 ast 4 turnovers.

X-Factor: Honestly, this is the least help I’ve seen the Big Three get in a long time. That said, Kawhi and Tiago did get involved. Kawhi went for 11 pts (4-11) 10 reb while Tiago had 8 pts (3-6) 11 reb 2 ast 2 steals. Both were also strong defensively, as was Danny with 2 steals 2 blocked shots, but that’s about where it stops. Danny was 0-2, Marco 0-4, Patty 1-4. Not often you see that. In their defense, the ball didn’t move especially well today, and their touches and minutes were more limited than they may be used to. But they’ll need to find ways to be effective. Boris was 2-8. He and Marco in particular have struggled in the last few games getting shots to fall, and their contributions will definitely be important going forward, but there’s no need to worry just yet. Let’s see how the bench and the team as a whole play on Wednesday.

Details: It was a close call. After running away with the 1Q 21-12 the Spurs bench allowed the Mavs to pull back ahead by halftime as the Mavs won the 2Q 32-22. The offense was a little too reliant on the Big Three, and the ball stuck enough to force the Spurs into some poor, late shots. SA fell down by 10 with 7:45 to go but picked up the defense, and the Mavs missed some gimmes, which allowed the Spurs to go on a 15-0 run. The Mavs did not have a field goal in the final 7:45 except for a layup at the final buzzer. They were also 2-4 FTs during that time. If not for that, the Spurs could easily have dropped this game. Strange happenings beside the poor performance by the Spurs reserves? Monta and Dirk each went 4-14 for 11 pts. I expect Game 2 to look fairly different, but we shall see.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in San Antonio.

timtheodoreduncan:

Then & Now. (via ESPN.com)

timtheodoreduncan:

Then & Now. (via ESPN.com)

Games will also be nationally televised.

Games will also be nationally televised.