The Morning Tip-Off


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. It’s Gameday! Here are your links for May 27th:

Tim Duncan Is Closing In On Playoff History – USA Today

Tim Duncan scored 24 points and collected 10 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs’ 104-93 Saturday win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals. This was his 144th career playoff double-double, which broke a tie for second on the all-time list with Wilt Chamberlain. He now trails Magic Johnson by 13 for the record—Magic had 157 double-doubles in his postseason career.

Spurs Just Won’t Go Away – Fox Sports Arizona

The NBA, which embraces a long-term addiction to the superstar ethic, has something else that seems impossible to eradicate from its particular system.

Take a bow, San Antonio Spurs … again.

Get Back To Where You Once Belonged – TrueHoop Blog

Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have played in 28 playoff series together, winning 97 postseason games. Only the Los Angeles Lakers’ combination of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper won more.

It probably isn’t a coincidence that when the Spurs were trailing in the final minute and a half of the fourth quarter, they came out of a timeout and the ball went from Parker to Duncan to Ginobili in an exquisitely executed play that resulted in an easy layup.

“I have a great deal of confidence in them,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “They’ve earned that. They’ve been together, they’re all very competitive. They may or may not do something perfectly, but they’re going to do it to the best of their ability. That allows one to go to bed at night and deal with whatever the consequences are.”

A Brief Oral History Of The Best Jump Ball Of All Time – Deadspin

On Tuesday night, Matt Bonner and Zach Randolph combined to create the above piece of comedic gold. I caught up with Bonner, who claimed he still hasn’t seen the replay of the play, although he plans to now. “I have a sense of humor,” he said. “Someone told me that Jeff Van Gundy was joking about it being the lowest jump ball ever or something.” The Red Rocket, whose Spurs face the Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday, happily took five minutes to relive the best jump ball of all time.

Duncan Continues To Challenge Father Time – Spurs Nation

It was fitting that Tim Duncan, only two days after he became one of the oldest players ever selected first team All-NBA, provided yet another performance for the ages in Game 3 against Memphis.

Ignoring creaky limbs, off-court distractions and anything the Grizzlies threw at him, Duncan reached statistical thresholds — 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists — that only two 37-year-olds have ever reached in postseason play: former rival Karl Malone, and spiritual predecessor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Can The San Antonio Spurs Win The NBA Title – Fansided

John is joined by Adam Lowenstein of to talk about the Spurs quiet dynasty. With high payroll teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat always grabbing headlines, San Antonio has been one of the NBA’s best teams for over a decade. John and Adam also discuss Tim Duncan and how he is like fine wine, getting better with age.