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As you guys may have noticed, the post here on Spurs World has been scarce lately.

It’s been almost year since I founded this website and I am extremely happy with the results.

While I would love to continue posting on this blog site, Michael Hirschbein of FanvsFan network gave an offer I couldn’t resists.

We tried to use the domain Spursworld.com but unfortunately, it was already taken and that led us to choosing SpursOnFire.com.

From here on out, I’ll be posting on SpursOnFire for the latest about the San Antonio Spurs, and hopefully YOU,  my loyal readers will continue to support the new site.

I felt that by joining the the FanvsFan network with Michael’s help, things will only get bigger and better.

Thanks for all the support you gave me here at Spurs World, and I hope to see you there at SpursOnFire! Go Spurs Go!

Ginobili: “I Want to Get it Back in Game 3″

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The health of the Big 3 has been always been among the San Antonio Spurs top priorities. They knew they need their top dogs to be fresh and ready as possible once the playoffs roll around.

With coach Gregg Popovich juggling the lineup like a magician, while managing his stars minutes at the same time, that has been the case this season.

San Antonio holds a 2-0 series lead in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz, and will gun for a third straight post season victory, and 13th overall when they head to Salt Lake City for Game 3.

However, the Spurs expects a tougher Jazz squad with their home crowd at their side.

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Thunder mauled Mavs, take commanding 3-0 series lead

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The Oklahoma City Thunder get off to a quick start, on their way to a 95-79 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night for a commanding 3-0 series lead over the defending NBA champions.

After two close games on their home court, the young Thunder ran away in Game 3.

The Mavericks never led in the game, while Oklahoma stretched their margin to as high as 26 points.

Kevin Durant finished with 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added six assist, three rebounds and two steals.

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Heat take 3-0 series lead over Knicks

LeBron James scored 32 points, including eight straight to start the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat pull away late to take a 3-0 lead over the New York Knicks, winning 87-70 on Thursday night at the Madison Square Garden.

LeBron James led the Heat to an 87-70 victory, scoring 32 points, 17 in the final quarter. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

James had 17 points in the final period for the Heat, who held the short-handed Knicks to eight field goals in the second half and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.

Dwyane Wade added 20 points for the Heat and Mario Chalmers had 19, hitting consecutive 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, that put the game away.

Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points but shot 7-of-23 for the Knicks, who are playing without Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert and needed a super effort from Anthony that he didn’t come close to providing.

The Heat won the opener by 33 points and took Game 2, 104-94 on Monday, when the Knicks’ biggest problems came after the game.

Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher case in the arena and badly cut his left hand, needing surgery Tuesday to repair a muscle. He sat on bench with his arm in a sling.

Spurs’ shooting blitz doomed Jazz; take 2-0 series lead

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Tony Parker led the San Antonio Spurs with scored 18 points and nine assist, rookie Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, and Danny Green chipped in 13 points as Spurs handed the Jazz their second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, crushing Utah 114-83 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Coach Gregg Popovich practically put the Spurs on autopilot after a 22-2 blast in towards the end of the second quarter that stunned the Jazz, who had vowed to play better and more physical after the Spurs easily won Game 1.

But the Spurs quickly removed any doubts on which is the better team in this series.

A fire argues?

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Jackson and Diaw could be Spurs’ missing pieces

This article is cross posted at Spurs On Fire and Spurs Basketball.

The San Antonio Spurs have played consistent basketball throughout this season, some believed they outdid themselves running out of the gates and claiming the second-best record in West despite injuries to key players like Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter.

People tend to forget that last season, the same Spurs team finished the season on top of the Western Conference. Credit should go to coach Gregg Popovich who has done a masterful job of juggling the roster, while giving some of his veterans the needed rest and still managed to pile up wins along the way.

However, San Antonio was still not considered a serious threat to the title this season.

A lot experts predicted that the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Los Angeles Lakers will come out of the West and for a reason — the Spurs have not advanced deep into the playoffs in the past three years.

But the trade and waiver deadlines may have changed the course of the story.

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Spurs uses depth to fend off Kings

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Playing their fifth game in six nights, the San Antonio Spurs was supposed to be a tired team.

However, with the team’s depth, and coach Gregg Popovich able to rest some of his key players during the five-game stretch, the Spurs hold off a hard fighting Sacramento Kings squad.

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and added five assists off the bench, and rookie Kawhi Leonard continues to impress, finishing with 19 points and nine boards on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, and the Spurs beat the Kings 117-112 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Tim Duncan added 18 points and eight rebounds, Gary Neal had 13 points, Tony Parker finished with 10 points and 10 assists and Stephen Jackson had eight points, three rebounds and one steal for San Antonio.

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Duncan, Parker guide Spurs to 5th straight win

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The San Antonio Spurs continued with their winning ways defeating the Phoenix Suns 100-107 on Tuesday night behind some familiar faces.

Tim Duncan scored 26 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Tony Parker scored eight points in a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter, and finished with 24 points and seven assist to help the Spurs win their fifth in a row, eighth in nine games and 12th in the last 14 road games.

Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and seven rebounds, Manu Ginobili had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Matt Bonner chipped in 10 points for San Antonio.

Shannon Brown, starting because Grant Hill was a late scratch with right knee inflammation, scored a career-high 32 for Phoenix.

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Defense propels Spurs to fourth straight victory

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With Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter not playing, DeJuan Blair continued his strong play scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds in 31 minutes while Tony Parker scored 21 points and dished out seven assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-76 on Sunday night in a matchup of short-handed teams.

Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw provided the Spurs with quality minutes off the bench.

The Spurs won for the seventh time in eight games and swept the season series with the 76ers despite being without Duncan. With the Spurs playing three games in three nights, coach Gregg Popovich gave the 35-year-old Duncan his second day off this season.

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Duncan, Blair led Spurs to defeat pesky Hornets

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DeJuan Blair kept the San Antonio Spurs in the game and finished with a team-high 23 points, Tim Duncan scored on two key baskets down the stretch as the Spurs rallied just in time to avoid an embarrassing loss to the short-handed New Orleans Hornets.

San Antonio trailed by a point twice in the final two minutes, but Duncan responded each time, atoning for a lackluster game by making two free throws and tipping in a missed shot with 1:19 left to give the Spurs the lead for good and won the game 89-86.

“New Orleans was more efficient than we were and executed better than we did,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “So we just had to hang in there and keep plugging. That is probably the best thing we did was keep on pushing, and at the end of the game it worked out. We were fortunate.”

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