TAG: Tiago Splitter

NBA / Jun 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Why The Champion Spurs Are Impossible To Duplicate

Tim Duncan

The 2013-2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs made you believe. In experience, in persistence, in togetherness, in quality depth, in pounding the rock, in the value of adhering to a strict set of organizational ideals from top-to-bottom. More than anything, these Spurs just made you believe in basketball. Not just any brand of basketball, either, but this amazing game as it was explicitly meant to be played. There’s never been anything like it, and unless they can somehow repeat it over the next couple years, there never will be again. Read More »

NBA / Jun 12, 2014 / 10:33 pm

Video: Boris Diaw Behind-The-Back Pass For Splitter Jam

Boris Diaw

Boris Diaw isn’t the most athletic or exciting player in the NBA. Yet he’s been the most effective playmaker on the court and leads both teams in plus/minus through the first three games. This is also why Gregg Popovich moved him to the starting lineup for Game 3 and again in Game 4 on Thursday. Read More »

NBA / Jun 4, 2014 / 11:02 pm

Boris Diaw And Tiago Splitter Hold The Keys To Swinging The NBA Finals

Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, LeBron James, Tony Parker

Ever since their mind-boggling collapse against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have been a different team. At various points in the past three years, LeBron James became the team’s clear-cut alpha dog, Chris Bosh stretched his offense farther and farther from the paint, and Erik Spoelstra developed devastating offensive continuity built on spreading the floor with shooters. Miami fully embraced its natural identity as a small-ball outfit, basically, and the result has been something close to a dynasty. It’s when the Heat have the ball that the merits of their speedy, undersized lineups are most obvious, but it’s on the other end of the court where Miami’s Finals rematch against San Antonio will be decided. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / May 22, 2014 / 12:13 am

GIF: Tony Parker No-Look Hockey Assist

Tony Parker, Nick Collison, Caron Butler

The Conference Finals are in full swing in both the NBA and the NHL right now. Therefore, we can appreciate the all-important hockey assist in the basketball world a little more this time of year. Early in the first quarter of the Western Conference Finals’ Game 2 on Wednesday, Tony Parker showcased the beauty of a hockey assist on the hardwood. Read More »

NBA / May 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Will The Real Trail Blazers Please Stand Up?

Will Barton

Memphis by way of Baltimore? It doesn’t get much grimier than that. So is it any surprise that it was the rugged, skinny kid from Mobtown who had the Blazers’ backs when they needed it the most?

For more than a week now, the Blazers have been wondering what happened to their pride. In Game 4 against the Spurs, it was the inspiring, and improbable, play of Will Barton that showed everyone just what pride looks like. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 29, 2014 / 2:40 am

Video: DeJuan Blair Ejected After Kicking Tiago Splitter In The Head

DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter

In the fourth quarter of San Antonio’s 93-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of their first-round series, Mavs forward DeJuan Blair was ejected for kicking Spurs forward Tiago Splitter in the head. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 30, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The 25 Biggest Fails Of The NBA Season

Pierre the Pelican

Pierre the Pelican (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Monster dunks. Nothing-but-net threes. Alley-oops. All are wonderful moments we’ve witnessed so far this season. There have been plenty of good moments: KD‘s recent scoring outburst, ‘Melo‘s record-breaking game, and Greg Oden‘s return… none of which you’ll see on this list. This is dedicated to the bad and the ugly, the plays that left you thinking WTF was that, what were they thinking? This season has been one of the most competitive and fun seasons to watch in recent memory, but it’s only right we have some fun at the halfway point. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 20, 2013 / 10:30 am

Tiago Splitter Tips In Game-Winner To Beat Warriors

(Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

On Thursday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich again held his older stars out on TNT. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker (shin contusion) sat on the sidelines, the Spurs’ second unit stole a victory against the Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Tiago Splitter tipped-in a missed Boris Diaw layup and the Spurs hung on for the 104-102 victory. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 2, 2013 / 10:30 pm

Video: Duncan’s Curving Outlet & More Elite Spurs Passing

Tiago Splitter

Passing isn’t usually as sexy as a dunk or a really intimidating block. But cold, methodical ball movement can decimate a defense that’s constantly playing catch-up. The Spurs keep their opponents off-balance by whipping the ball around the court rather than letting it stagnate in a single player’s hands. Watch as Tim Duncan throws a crazy, curved outlet pass, and Marco Bellinelli flips a no-look to Boris Diaw. Read More »

NBA / Dec 2, 2013 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best Frontcourts

RoyHibbert

The NBA has evolved into an athletic, perimeter-heavy league. While this type of emphasis can excite the audience with spectacular plays, strong froncourts are still the belly of the beast for many teams. Teams that boast dominant frontcourts are a force to be reckoned with, especially in the postseason when the game slows down. Read More »