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The Other Side: San Antonio Spurs

You thought the Wizards were having a rough start? Okay, they are pretty bad right now. But what about the San Antonio Spurs? After electing to pay the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history, the Spurs are just 4-6 and off to their worst 10-game start since Tim Duncan joined the team in 1997.


What? I didn't kill a bat! Wasn't me. Really. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Spurs have lost three in a row, including a 90-83 loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday night. They haven't lost four in a row since March 2008. Here's what else you need to know about the Spurs:

1. Manu Ginobili showed tremendous reflexes when he slapped a bat down to the ground on Halloween. But the Spurs really just need him to be healthy. Unfortunately for San Antonio, that is easier said than done. He's out for the next week with a strained left groin.

2. A major reason for the Spurs' struggles this season has been that Tony Parker has missed four games because of left ankle sprain suffered on Nov. 6 against Portland. He's listed as day-to-day, but the Spurs continue to get hit with the injury bug.

3. What advice does Gregg Popovich give his team during this less-than-ideal start? He tells his players to ignore the record. The Spurs were able to bounce back from a 2-5 start last season with Roger Mason Jr. But Mason has started the season struggling to find his shot.


By Michael Lee  |  November 21, 2009; 1:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

Flip should expand the rotation tonight. Bren is a better center, McGee is more Athletic

Posted by: Gooddad | November 21, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...FIZZZZZZZZZZZZEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRT

Posted by: Gooddad | November 21, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This is a team the Wizards should be able to beat.

It will be interesting to see how they bounce back from getting run off the court last night.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 21, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: saltine182 | November 21, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

someone needs to show that video to Gil. remind him why he got 111 mil.
take it strong to the rack, refs still respect him enough to give him a call.

Posted by: saltine182 | November 21, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This is a team the Wizards should be able to beat.

It will be interesting to see how they bounce back from getting run off the court last night.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 21, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Do they ever win the games they're supposed to win?

Posted by: bpybay | November 21, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Nick Young is inactive tonight according to Mike Jones.

Posted by: elfreako | November 21, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Tony Parker will start tonight.

Posted by: elfreako | November 21, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

What will DeJuan Blair do tonight?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Sean Elliott said he likes guys from the University of Arizona and the only problem he see's with Gil's game is Gil likes every shot he has.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | November 21, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

What will DeJuan Blair do tonight?
Who cares? Just what we need another undersized forward.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 21, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Who cares? Just what we need another undersized forward.

Posted by: ptp23 | November 21, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse "

I don't care either...just thought it'd be funny if another dude who Les BouleS could have drafted but didn't comes back to bite them.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 21, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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