San Antonio Spurs Today: April 10, 2014
Apr 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardTim Duncan
(21) boxes out Minnesota Timberwolves centerGorgui Dieng
(5) in the second quarter at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves win 110-91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs turns 38 years young in 15 days.
FanSided’s own Andrew Melnick writes about the potential increase in minutes for swingman Kawhi Leonard. Head coach Gregg Popovich even said he may play Leonard more than Duncan and Manu Ginobili in an interview with the San Antonio Express News. Leonard is vital to the Spurs defense, especially on the perimeter, and he will probably always play when superstars like Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets play because of his ability to stay in front of his man and use his big hands effectively.
Josh Hill of FanSided explains that ex-Spur Nando De Colo requested a trade to leave San Antonio to be in a better situation. Apparently there were problems in the locker room, something that is relatively unheard of from the humble San Antonio Spurs players.
HoopsHype awards Manu Ginobili Tweeter of the Year! Though he wasn’t born in America, this award allows him to forgo that rule and be eligible to run for President of the United States of America. No joke.
Stephen Babb of Bleacher Report gives reason that the Spurs might be in trouble come playoff time with Tony Parker‘s current injury problems. Perhaps Leonard will, in fact, get the most minutes in the playoffs to help players like Parker get rest and heal. Our own Nick Elizondo of Air Alamo also discusses resting players.
Lastly, I firmly believe that Tim Duncan won’t retire after this current contract, and he will again resign with the Spurs and stay with Pop.
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