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Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Rangers are the best team in Texas. The Mavericks have to land a big free agent before anyone thinks otherwise. Honorable mention to the Spurs.

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What’s Next For Andy Roddick?

Posted by kirsch17 on August 15th, 2012

As you get older your body stops responding the way it did when you were in your early 20s which means you might not be able to do the things you use to do, including play your favorite sport. There comes a time in every person’s life when you have to hang up the dream of playing. Some have this realization earlier than others and some resist it more than others. Andy Roddick might be one of those people who will resist whenever the time comes. But that time might be now.

At 29 years old Roddick is hardly old to anyone’s standards, but in sports he is almost at the age of retirement. Starting his professional tennis career in 2000 and winning his first, and only, Grand Slam title at The US Open in 2003 and then reaching the world number one ranking in 2004, Roddick seemed to be the best thing that happened in American tennis since Andre Agassi. But this would all become a thing of the past. Andy Roddick has had a fantastic career playing on the ATP Tour, winning 32 career singles titles, making it to the finals of 3 Wimbledon’s, including the epic 5 set loss to Roger Federer in 2009 and the US Open win in 2003 and winning a total of $20,499,120 prize money in 12 years. The only thing that hasn’t worked in Roddick’s favor is in the Grand Slam department.

Roddick has had to deal with the speculators for a few years about when he is going to retire but that 2009 Wimbledon Final shut people up for a little while. But the talks are sure to start again after this week’s disapointing loss to Jeremy Chardy of France in Cincinnati after citing back spasms for why he called the trainer out and for why he ultimately lost the match. It’s crazy to think Roddick should retire at 29 considering Federer is 30 and is back at his number one ranking he held for so long, but at the end of the day Roddick is not as good as Federer and will probably never reach the level he was once at in 2003-2004 again. Maybe Roddick will stick around for five or six more years and continue to play the game he loves and chose for a career, but maybe not. The next hope of American tennis is no longer in the hands of Brooklyn Decker’s husband and that is something Andy has to come to terms with. With Roddick’s recent stint of injuries (sore shoulder, back spasms) retirement might be closer than we think.

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Is Andy Murray Finally An Elite Player?

Posted by kirsch17 on August 15th, 2012

After being in the top four in the world for five years in a row, being in four grand slam finals and after winning Gold in the 2012 London Olympics in Singles you would think it would come as no surprise that you would be considered one of the top guys in the game. But that’s not always been the case for Britain’s Andy Murray, until now. Many people have questioned whether or not there should even be a “Top Four” in the world statement in men’s tennis because the same three people keep winning slams, Roger Federer (Number 1), Novak Djokovic (Number 2) and Rafael Nadal (Number 3). Murray has been to the finals of four slams, including the 2012 Wimbledon Final which he lost to Federer in four sets (Murray beat Federer for Gold at the Olympics a month later). Getting to the final of any tournament never mind a Grand Slam is a huge feat but Murray still has many doubters.

Although many people think there should only be mention of a “Big Three” or “Big Three Plus One”, Murray still has one person who thinks otherwise. Djokovic was asked about the debate he said that the four top players seem to win 90% of the time, the fourth player including Murray. And there was no hesitation from the Serb explaining his viewpoint. He later added that he thinks Murray should always be considered in the top because of the finals he has been in and with him winning Gold a few weeks ago. There shouldn’t be any arguments on whether or not Murray is a top player in the game, it just isn’t fair to be stuck behind the three best players that rarely ever lose.

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Mavs Postseason Begins Now

Posted by tfoley36 on May 8th, 2012

The Mavs title defense went about as well as most Mavs fans expected. The front office let a lot of key pieces walk in order to free up cap space. Defensive anchor Tyson Chandler went to New York, JJ Barea went to Minnesota and DeShawn Stevenson went to New Jersey. These 3 key players helped to raise the banner in Dallas. Mark Cuban wants to bring in big names to take some pressure off superstar Dirk Nowitzki. With Cuban not resigning these key pieces the Mavs limped through the regular season and were swept by upstart Oklahoma City. However this was not the postseason the Mavs hope to win this year. The need to win the offseason. They have a long list of superstars on their radar. The number one target is Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets. DWill would come in and be the explosive point guard that would take the scoring load off of Dirk Nowitzki. Other possible free agents Dallas has in their sights are Steve Nash, Roy Hibbert and Ray Allen as well as bringing back their own free agents Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Delonte West. With a starting 5 consisting of Deron Williams, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Roy Hibbert with Jason Terry being the Sixth Man the Mavs would return to the top of the Western Conference and have title number 2 in their sights.

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Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011


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Jerrod Johnson Autograph Signing

Posted by GameSetMatch on May 17th, 2011

 

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Reserving Judgment on the Sizzling Spurs

Posted by sasilverandblack on November 23rd, 2010

The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA at 12-1. They are off to the best start in franchise history and they show no signs of slowing down. After losing their second game to the two-loss Hornets, the Spurs have ripped off 11-straight wins against the hapless teams as well as the more difficult ones. Quality wins against the Suns, Thunder, Bulls, Jazz and Magic prove this team is no slacker. But before everyone starts dubbing them the favorite to topple the Laker dynasty, the verdict is still out.

There aren’t many Spurs apologists out there, so I don’t imagine many people outside of San Antonio would take this indictment the wrong way. I am one of those supporters. One certainly cannot accuse me of being a homer or showing bias. I am simply covering every conceivable base.

I picked a Spurs-Celtics NBA Finals matchup at the beginning of the year. It was a combination of fan bias and an educated opinion. Thirteen games into the regular season, things are starting to fall into place. The Celtics are off to their usual start, but the Spurs are sprinting out of the gate.

I predicted Richard Jefferson would have a much better second year. Averaging 15.6 points per game and six games with over 18 points already, he has to this point.

I predicted Tony Parker would have one of his best years as a Spur and that he would bounce back from the injury-laden 2009-2010 campaign. Averaging 19.5 points and 7.8 assists per game, he has to this point.

Somehow Gregg Popovich manages to throw a handful of curveballs every year throughout his tenure in San Antonio. After his team bore the label of being slow and boring, Popovich has realized the potential his team has in the transition game. The Spurs have always been a half-court team, but Popovich has figured out the best way to maximize Jefferson’s talent.

He has inserted Manu Ginobili into the starting lineup to bolster the starting frontcourt scoring attack. Boy, has it worked. Ginobili has never ceased to amaze me. I believe he is one of the best guards in the world. He is averaging a team-leading 20.4 points per game and has turned back the hands of time. The last time I saw him this explosive and dangerous was back in 2005.

Let’s take a look at some other eye-popping numbers. The Spurs are ranked third in offensive efficiency behind the Heat and Lakers. They have the second highest 3-point percentage in the league behind the Lakers. As a consequence, Matt Bonner is shooting a remarkable 69 percent from behind the arc. They are one of only three teams with a point differential over 9.0. Finally, they are averaging 107.8 points per game, good for second in the league behind, you guessed it, the Lakers.

These are the facts. Another fact is that they haven’t even played one-quarter of the 82 games on the schedule. There is a ton of basketball to be played. Things can still turn for the better or worse.

The Spurs are playing the most exciting brand of basketball this year. It’s a far cry from the days of their defensively focused, tediously sluggish identity from their championship years.

Let’s face it, teams like the Hornets and Spurs can go win as much as they want in the winter months, but the big question is whether they can win in the spring and summer.

Everything comes down to competing with the Lakers in the West. Since they got Pau Gasol, it’s been them and everyone else. Can the Spurs finally break through with the balance in veterans and youth they’ve struck? Can the absence of the trademark tenacious defense be covered up by the increase in transition offense and three-point shooting accuracy? This is why I can’t wait for spring and summer, because it is at that time where the Spurs’ true colors will be on display against the best of the West.

With the way the silver and black are playing right now, it sure looks like the Lakers reign could be in jeopardy. June come quickly.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Eva Longoria Files For Divorce

Posted by sasilverandblack on November 17th, 2010

To quote Michael Scott, “Bros before hoes. Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They have got your back after your ho rips yours heart out for no good reason. And you are nothing but great to your ho, and you told her that she was the only ho for you, and that she was better than all the other hoes in the world… and then… and then suddenly she’s not yo’ ho’ no mo’.”

Eva Longoria has filed for a divorce from Tony Parker after being married for just over three years. She cited irreconcilable differences. Yeah, whatever that means. I think she didn’t want to stay in San Antonio. Once Parker signed that four year contract extension a mere two weeks ago, that was the last straw; even though Parker insisted he and Longoria wanted to stay in the Alamo City.

“I want to live in New York! Why didn’t you push a trade to New York? I hate this city!”

That’s what I imagine she sounded like. Longoria has asked Parker to pay spousal support but she will not pay any to him.

What an ungrateful and deceitful temptress. And that, my friends, is why you don’t marry celebrities.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Weekend Warriors: Spurs Beat Sixers, Thunder To Move to 8-1

Posted by sasilverandblack on November 15th, 2010

The silver and black are looking sharp. They are on top of their game through nine contests so far this year. The Spurs have now won seven straight and have the second best record in the NBA, second only to the 8-0 Hornets, who are the only team to beat them.

The weekend started out with a 116-93 romp of the Philadelphia 76ers at the AT&T Center on Saturday. Tim Duncan played a meager 24 minutes and didn’t produce like he usually does. He scored just 7 points, had 6 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. It didn’t matter. The Spurs got help from everyone else. DeJuan Blair had 13 points and 12 rebounds in just 24 minutes to aid down low.

The game was over by the start of the third quarter as the Spurs outscored the Sixers 35-12. Led by George Hill’s 16 points, the bench came in and did their job and were able to close the game as it was already out of reach. And of course there’s the usual suspects who played well in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili who contributed 24 and 18 points respectively. But the Spurs were expected to win that game.

The second game of the back-to-back was against the Oklahoma City Thunder at their place. Duncan again played an underwhelming game, but once again they didn’t need him. He played 23 minutes, scoring just 6 points this time with 4 rebounds. The Spurs won 117-104 behind the sharpshooting of a certain “Red Rocket.”

Bonner, in just his second game back from an injury sustained on opening night, went 7-for-7 from three, scoring 21 points. It was the best shooting display for the Spurs since Steve Smith went 8-for-8 in 2001.

The Spurs actually shot better from long range (55%) than overall field goal percentage (41%). The sharpshooting is without a doubt what saved the Spurs in this game, as they gave up 66 points in the first half. However, they did hold the wunderkind Kevin Durant to 23 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

Once again Blair picked up the slack on the boards, nabbing 11 of them to go with 9 points and a couple of steals. Parker posted another 24-point night, Ginobili hit 11-11 free throws for 21 points, and Richard Jefferson scored 18.

Two days, two games, two wins, and a seven game winning streak to start the season. So what is the reason for this early success and will it continue?

Spurs fans have constantly bashed Bonner. He’s way too inconsistent, he’s one-dimensional, he’s a liability on the defensive end… But Bonner proved his usefulness last night. He is out on the court to spread the floor. Let’s not forget that he has led this team in three-point shooting in the past. Every player has a role and Bonner knows his and plays within it.

Duncan has now scored in single digits three straight games. All wins. It’s clear that Duncan is no longer the player he once was, but the Spurs don’t need him to be. He has proved he can still produce consistently in the allotted minutes Gregg Popovih gives him. Parker, Ginobili, and now Jefferson are there to share the scoring load when Duncan has an off night or when he is seeing increased defensive pressure.

No other player has been more influential to the success of this team than Richard Jefferson. He has clearly reverted back to his playing days with Nets. He is attacking, looking for his shot, and has found a nice Bruce Bowen-esque stroke from the corner. If he continues to play at an elevated level, he could be mentioned in talks for the most improved player, even at 30 years of age.

What a luxury it is to know that the big three are no longer alone. Jefferson has stepped in and filled a huge void. Blair, although the expected sophomore leap has been lacking so far judging from his stellar preseason, he is still producing at a steady rate. And let’s not neglect the added firepower on the bench. Gary Neal has had a number of excellent shooting nights, not to mention his good rebounding as well. George Hill has been a little less than impressive, but remains solid. And once James Anderson gets back from injury and Tiago Splitter gets more and more reps with the team, they become that much deeper. Their bench can play with many starting fives in the league.

The Spurs are coming out of the gate with guns blazing. Every year they are written off, yet every year they prove another group of naysayers wrong. The chips are falling nicely yet again for this rejuvenated club. They’ve nowhere to go but up. And with the Lakers’ recent stumbles showing some chinks in the armor, I’m not so sure the gap between one and two in the West is so big now. As if it ever was…

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Spurs Defeat Depleted Clippers… Again

Posted by sasilverandblack on November 11th, 2010

In a game that was much closer than what the final score indicates, the Spurs beat the Clippers 107-95. L.A. was without three of their starters in Baron Davis, Chris Kaman, and Eric Gordon, who are all nursing injuries. They still put up a good fight, shrinking the Spurs lead to three in the final minutes of the game that forced Gregg Popovich to re-enter Tim Duncan into the game to close it out.

Duncan’s performance was slow and underwhelming, playing 22 minutes and finishing with six points and six rebounds and three blocks. Duncan skipped shootaround on Wednesday morning due to experiencing flu-like symptoms. Watching the game, you could tell he was definitely not himself out there. Not to worry though. The others picked up the slack and closed the game, albeit the wheels were a bit wobbly towards the finish line.

Some observations from the game last night:

Richard Jefferson continues to impress me so far this year. He poured in 22 points, making 4 of his 7 three pointers. He is averaging 18.6 points thus far. His aggressive play provokes memories of his days in New Jersey. It truly is satisfying to see him playing like the guy the Spurs thought they had last year. Add his new attacking mindset (or old, depending on the way you look at it) to spell the big three, and the Spurs are most definitely within shouting distance of the Lakers.

Tony Parker had a nice game as he showcased his trademark slashing ability. He contributed 21 points and 9 assists. I imagine if Baron Davis actually played last night Parker would have had a lot more points. His assist numbers are up so far this year at 8.4, which is always a positive. Parker thrives on driving and kicking it out. He was at the top of his game last night, and rightfully so playing against the rookie Eric Bledsoe.

Manu Ginobili was his usual self, getting to the basket on several occasions using his herky jerky body gyrations and fancy footwork. He put in 22 points as well, hitting 3-of-5 three pointers.

Tiago Splitter turned in a solid game in 16 minutes, scoring 7 points and getting to the line five times. His defensive impact was just as important, as he blocked three shots.

Antonio McDyess continues to be insanely efficient rebounding the ball. He had nine last night in 26 minutes, putting him at a notch under 8 rebounds a game on the year in 25 minutes. Not too shabby.

Gary Neal barely saw a minute of playing time, which was surprising. He hit five three pointers en route to 15 points against the Bobcats in their last game and has been huge off the bench. Was Popovich saving him for locally televised games? I get a feeling, since it was on ESPN, he didn’t want to show him off to the whole country. I don’t know how else to characterize it. Add this to the mysterious coaching stylings of the man they call Gregg Popovich.

A win’s a win, and the Spurs earned it, but I just can’t help but feel a little uneasy about the way they got it. I can’t wait until they start playing the big boys of the league. That starts on Sunday when they face the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Up next is a matchup with the two-win 76ers, which should be another fairly easy W.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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