Undermanned Spurs clobbered by Blazers

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Without their Big 3, the San Antonio Spurs (23-10) lacked the size and firepower to matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers (18-16).

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and the Blazers routed San Antonio 137-97 Tuesday night while the Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, shooting 5-of-7 on three-pointers, and had eight assists for the Blazers, who led by as many as 48 points and sat all of their starters for most of the fourth quarter.

Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum each had 19 points in the win.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and one block to lead San Antonio, which snapped an 11-game winning streak overall and an eight-game streak on the road.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that he was resting Parker and Duncan because the Spurs were playing three games in four nights.

“They’ve been going and going and going and if you don’t do it now I think you’re asking for trouble,” Popovich said.

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Hot shooting extends Spurs’ win streak to 11

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Playing without Tiago Splitter, Manu Ginobili and T.J. Ford, the undermanned San Antonio Spurs needed a spark to help them keep their winning streak going.

Matt Bonner's 20-points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc was key to the Spurs victory over the Jazz.

Behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Al Jefferson and 16 points and 11 boards from Paul Millsap, the Utah Jazz did their best to halt the NBA’s hottest team.

They man-handled San Antonio on inside points 56-30 and 41-33 on rebounds.

But the Spurs won anyway, thanks to a 47.6 percent (10-of-21) shooting from behind the arc.

Matt Bonner made 5-of-6 three-pointers enroute to his 20 point performance, and Gary Neal added 14 points off the bench as the Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz 106-102 Monday night for their 11th consecutive victory.

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Manu taking it easy, Ford still not ready

Manu Ginobili is still rounding into shape.

After missing 22 games with a broken left hand, San Antonio Spurs star guard Manu Ginobili is trying to play his way back into shape after his first three games since returning to action February 11 at New Jersey.

“I’m a little tired,” Ginobili said. “My legs are a little sore after the long lockout and the short training camp.” (Hat tip Spurs Nation)

Even before his injury, Ginobili said his conditioning suffered.

“In the four games before I got hurt, I wasn’t even there in great shape and sitting for 40 days didn’t help me,” Ginobili said. “That’s why I have to be patient, take it easy and let the game come to me slowly. I’m not looking forward to too many things, taking too many shots. Just let it come to me.”

With the Spurs’ depth, Ginobili said he doesn’t feel it’s necessary to rush back into the team’s offense.

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Parker carries Spurs past Raptors for 9th win in a row

Tony Parker had 34 points, 14 assists, three rebounds and one steal and the San Antonio Spurs extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker had another big game, scoring 34 points leading the Spurs to their 9th straight victory. (Photo via Spurs Nation)

Danny Green scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in his fourth start of the season.

While Tiago Splitter had 13 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 points, and Matt Bonner added 10 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have not lost since a 101-100 overtime defeat at Dallas on January 29.

The victory was San Antonio’s sixth straight away from home, their longest run since winning eight straight road games to begin the 2010-11 season.

Tim Duncan failed to extend his run of five straight double-doubles, finishing with eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 29 points, while Jose Calderon added 16 points and 11 assists.

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Spurs.com: Cory Joseph recalled from Austin

Cory Joseph could play significant minutes behind Tony Parker tonight as the Spurs play against the Rockets.

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled Cory Joseph from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Joseph, a 6-3 guard, was assigned to Austin on January 3, he appeared in four games for the Toros, averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.75 steals in 31.8 minutes.

He recorded 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes vs. Erie at the NBA D-League Showcase in Las Vegas on January 10.

He has seen action in four games for the Spurs this season, totaling two points, three rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.

Joseph will be available tonight when the Silver and Black host the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.

Recalling Joseph from the Austin Toros was expected, after San Antonio’s primary backup point guard T.J. Ford was hurt in their previous game against the Bucks.

Parker, Duncan work out with Spurs rookies

While the fate of the season hangs in the balance at negotiating sessions in New York, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are taking their elder status with the San Antonio Spurs rather seriously. (via Tim Griffin, Express-News)

Parker and Duncan worked out with Spurs rookies Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph.

Duncan and Parker aren’t wearing their suits arguing with David Stern, Adam Silver, Peter Holt and the other representatives of the NBA owners.

Instead, they were working out Tuesday with Spurs rookies Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph in San Antonio.

Parker had a couple of pictures of the workout here and here on his website. The work can’t do anything but help their acclamation into the NBA.

While other NBA teams have conducted organized workouts, the Spurs haven’t taken that step. The main reason is because the team is scattered around the world and many of them have been taking part in international hoop pursuits over the past few weeks.

But Duncan and Parker showing Leonard and the Joseph the ropes was a strong sign of leadership. It should only help them once the lockout ends.

Spurs’ Joseph takes a walk down memory lane

I had a busy week, and if you’re a regular reader here at Spurs World, you’ll notice that posts has been minimal in the past few days.  It might stay that way for the time being since there is no real progress in the NBA labor talks and the season has yet to resume.

San Antonio Spurs rookie and Pickering native Cory Joseph, recently spoke to students and athletes before playing a quick game with the senior boys' basketball team at Pickering High School.

However, rest assured that we’ll try to deliver some Spurs and NBA news if some significant things happen.

In the mean time, let me share you this article written by Shawn Cayley of thestar.com about San Antonio Spurs rookie Cory Joseph.

While he’d rather be in full preparation for his first NBA training camp, Cory Joseph seems to be enjoying a little time off.

The former Pickering High School basketball star was back at his old stomping grounds last week, taking a walk down memory lane inside the walls of the place where his professional basketball dreams began.

“It feels great. It definitely brings back a lot of memories. A lot of good times,” Joseph said of being back at Pickering High.

“We won two OFSAA championships here. Seeing a lot of the changes, you know. There’s a lot of changes in the school.”

And there have been many changes in Joseph since those days as well.

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Should the Spurs consider bringing in De Colo when the lockout is settled?

France national team head coach Vincent Collet has been relying a lot on San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker to run their offense and lead the French offensive attack.

Spurs' draftee Nando De Colo could be a good addition to San Antonio's backcourt rotation.

In their last game prior to the 2011 EuroBasket quarter final round, Collet chose to sit Parker to give his French superstar some much needed rest.

In a recent interview with FIBA, the coach was asked what move will he do in case something happens to Parker (fingers crossed) in the tournament.

He replied:

“So far I have been going to Nando De Colo to replace Tony because he has been doing a good job and I think he is playing better now that he has had some minutes at the point guard position because he likes to run the ball so the position suits him.”

Those are encouraging words for De Colo and should give him more confidence when he plays on the court.

In eight games at Eurobasket, the Spurs draftee is averaging 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 43.9 percent from the field in 16 minutes per game. On top of that he is also a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Not eye-popping numbers, but its pretty solid considering his primary role is to play backup to Parker.

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Canada loss to Panama; failed to finish in Top five; Rautins steps down as coach

After a thrilling victory over Uruguay, San Antonio Spurs’ Cory Joseph and the Canadian national team concluded play at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship with a 91-89 loss to Panama.

Spurs' Cory Joseph and Team Canada failed to finish in Top 5 at the FIBA Americas.

Both teams came out firing to start the game, as Panama stormed out to a 6-2 lead early in the game.

However, Carl English scored 15 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers, that gave Canada a narrow 27-24 lead after the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, Panama began to close the gap early in the period behind Gary Forbes’ offensive scoring.

Canada regained the lead with an alley-oop by Jevohn Shepherd.  Both teams exchanged points the rest of the quarter, with Panama taking a one point lead into halftime 49-48.

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Joseph, Canada wins a nail biter over Uruguay at FIBA Americas

After losing their first two games at the FIBA Americas quarter final round, San Antonio Spurs rookie Cory Joseph and Team Canada needed to get a win against Uruguay to keep their hopes alive of at least finishing fifth in the tournament to be able to play in the second-chance qualifying tournament next summer that will determine the final three Olympic entries.

The game started out slow, with Canada taking the first quarter 19-17.

The second quarter was a different story, relying on their athleticism and defense, Canada held Uruguay to just 10 second quarter points while scoring 22 points of their own to build a 41-27 lead at the half.

However, Uruguay did not give up easily. They won the third quarter 22-15 to cut the deficit to just seven points, 49-56 entering the fourth quarter.

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