San Antonio Spurs News: Grades, Kawhi Leonard’s Mission, Tim Duncan’s Role

By David Kenyon

The San Antonio Spurs have ripped off three consecutive wins, so it’s a good day to be looking for storylines about the team.

After falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the season opener, the Spurs have toppled the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. LaMarcus Aldridge has steadily become a bigger part of the offense, and he even saved San Antonio in a couple games.

Plus, Kawhi Leonard has performed at an All-Star level, and it’s clear the small forward has new mission during the 2015-16 regular season. However, his emergence combined with Aldridge’s presence means the legend of the roster doesn’t know his exact role.

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Spurs News and Notes from FanSided

Spurs Grades vs. Knicks [Michael Rehome – Air Alamo]

Takeaways and Top Performer vs. Knicks [George Middleton – Air Alamo]

"The key to beating New York was stopping Carmelo Anthony, who exploded for 37 points and seven rebounds against Washington before playing San Antonio. However, Kawhi Leonard’s defense overwhelmed the superstar scorer."

Kawhi Leonard’s New Mission [Ivan Mora – Air Alamo]

NBA Unveils Spurs Christmas Day Uniforms [Michael Rehome – Air Alamo]

"“One of the first things you first notice are the dreaded sleeves have been removed from the uniforms, which have a subtle look while featuring the team colors and what the NBA called a “holiday-style script.”"

Media Predictions for Spurs Season [David Kenyon – Air Alamo]

Next: Spurs vs. Thunder: Keys and Prediction

Spurs News and Notes from Elsewhere

Big Three Sets an NBA Record [Spurs]

HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE! Tim, Tony & Manu just became the Winningest Trio in @NBA history with 541 wins together!

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 1, 2015

Gregg Popovich: Sports Are Boring [Ian Begley – ESPN]

"“If it’s nighttime, it’s dinnertime. Dinner and wine. No baseball, no football, sports are boring. I’m serious. You think I’m being funny. Why would I want to watch a baseball game when I could go to dinner and relax with friends and enjoy it?”"

Tim Duncan: Adjusting to Unknown Role [Jeff McDonald – San Antonio Express News]

"Although you wouldn’t know it from his performance, Tim Duncan is still working on figuring out his role, McDonald said. Duncan added: “I’m just trying to figure that out. I’m not sure what it is yet.”"

Duncan Sets Another Record [ESPN Stats & Info]

Tim Duncan now has the most wins with one team by any player in NBA history, with 954 (@EliasSports)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2015