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May 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of the interior of Oracle Arena after game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 97-87 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Tip-Off is where we scour the internet, to bring you all the San Antonio Spurs news from different outlets, all on one page. Here are your links for May 14th:

2013 NBA Playoffs: Most Surprising Players For Each TeamKing James Gospel

Postseason truly tests your character. Some players shrink in the spotlight, while others use it as a launching pad and take their game to the next level. In almost every playoffs, win or lose, there are players who step up and play at a significantly higher level than they have in the regular season. These players can be superstars who elevate their games, or players who probably didn’t even expect to see postseason minutes but have been granted with a golden opportunity.

Duncan Makes All Defensive Team for 14th TimeSpurs Nation

Spurs center Tim Duncan was named to the All-Defensive Team for the 14th time in his career, the NBA announced Monday.

The future Hall of Famer made the second team at forward, earning three first-place votes and 20 total points. It is his first selection since 2009-10, and 14th overall to extend his NBA record.

Who Has The Edge In Warriors-Spurs New Best of Three SeriesBleacher Report

The Golden State Warriors continued their surprising postseason run by securing a 97-87 overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Even though the Warriors have tied things up at 2-2, the fact that two of the remaining three games are scheduled for San Antonio gives the veteran Spurs a slight edge on the up-and-coming Warriors.

How San Antonio Have Fared In Past 2-2 SitutationsMy San Antonio

With the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors tied at 2-2, the Spurs move into familiar territory. Since the 2003 playoffs, the Silver and Black have found themselves 2-2 in the playoffs 10 times, and have won eight of those series. Here’s a look back at how the Spurs have fared in past 2-2 situations. Compiled by Merrisa Brown, mySA.com. Source: Basketball-Reference.com. PHOTO: Spurs players Tim Duncan (from left), Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard pause during overtime action in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won 97-87 in overtime.

Which Coaches Have The Edge In Conference SemisBleacher Report

th rare exception, it takes top-tier talent to succeed in the NBA playoffs. But the stars on the floor aren’t alone in determining whether a team lives or dies in the postseason. Coaches matter, and based on what we’re seeing in the four conference semifinal series so far, guys like Frank Vogel and Gregg Popovich have proven themselves to be valuable commodities.

Would Playing T-Mac Be A Panic Move?Pounding the Rock

The Spurs and the Warriors are now going to battle it out in a best of three series with the Spurs having home court advantage. So as you see, the situation is not as gloomy as it seemed after the gut-wrenching loss in game four. That being said, there are some trends that have developed over the series could require some adjustments from Spurs. The problem with making drastic changes this late is that they are often the result of fear, more than a potential strategic advantage. Let’s take a look at some potential changes and determine if they are panic moves, good adjustments or simply viable new wrinkles.

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