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January 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The comeback attempt was impressive, but the 76ers discovered firsthand why the San Antonio Spurs are considered major contenders in the NBA's loaded Western Conference. Trailing by 14 points at halftime and seven entering the fourth quarter Monday night, the Sixers led by as many as seven points with less than four minutes left. Then, like the veteran team they are, the Spurs began executing down the stretch. In the end it was too much. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds in San Antonio's 90-85 win over the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 18, 1996 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There were times when he just wanted to sit down, Tim Duncan admitted. Wake Forest's center had lost 10 pounds to the flu over the last week. Yesterday, he was dragging himself up and down the court. "Towards the end, I had very little left," Duncan said. Duncan played 38 minutes, and the Demon Deacons needed them all. They barely survived, 65-62, over a speedball of a Texas Longhorns team in the second round of the Midwest Regional. "Our problem in the first half was we were not used to their speed," said Wake Forest coach Dave Odom.
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March 22, 1995 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West turned some heads recently when he bestowed the title of best college player in the nation on an 18-year- old who has been playing basketball for just five years, most of them on a Caribbean island. In just two years, Wake Forest center Tim Duncan has gone from playing pickup games on St. Croix to being one of the top performers of this NCAA tournament. Duncan might not have started the journey at all if Hurricane Hugo hadn't swept across the Virgin Islands in 1989 and blown a bay window through a bedroom his mother and sister were sleeping in, and torn a neighbor's roof off, and mangled the swimming pool Duncan used for training.
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June 8, 2007 | By David Aldridge INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The San Antonio Spurs have perfected the art of squeezing the life out of their opponents, like a boa constrictor collapsing the breathing capabilities of its prey. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night, the Spurs harassed and banged the Cleveland Cavaliers into submission through three quarters, and by the time the Cavaliers got their second wind in the fourth, San Antonio was coasting downhill en route to an 85-76 victory at the AT&T Center. The Spurs built a five-man wall to defend LeBron James, playing in his first Finals.
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May 19, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In hopes of winning the top pick, 76ers president Pat Croce took all the lucky charms and amulets he could find to yesterday's NBA draft lottery. He decided he'd overlooked something, though. "Divine intervention," Croce said. "I snuck out of church a little early this morning. I should've just stayed for Mass. " The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot in the drawing of Ping-Pong balls, getting the right to select consensus No. 1 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest's all-American center.
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January 5, 1997 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Already their point guard was on the bench. Tony Rutland sat with his hand on his chin and his right knee wrapped in ice, and then something much worse happened. There was a fight for a rebound, some shoving and bumping, and maybe it was a knee to his abdomen or maybe an elbow, but in an eye blink, there was Tim Duncan, the best college basketball player in the country, almost certainly the NBA No. 1 draft pick, rolling on the floor, howling first, then trying to catch his breath.
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June 19, 1999 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Knicks 67 Spurs 80 In two days, the New York Knicks will get another opportunity to show whether they can be competitive against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. That is all that can be said right now. San Antonio used size, cohesiveness, focus, and too much Tim Duncan to humble the Knicks last night in Game 2. Duncan had 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. David Robinson added 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. And the Spurs held New York scoreless over a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as they upended the Knicks, 80-67, in front of 39,554 at the Alamodome.
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May 13, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Ray Allen scored 20 points, had seven rebounds and seven assists as host Seattle beat defending champion San Antonio, 92-91, last night, in their Western Conference second-round series. San Antonio leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1. The Sonics' Antonio Daniels added 18 points and Jerome James had 15. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Noteworthy Nets general manager Ed Stefanski (Archbishop Carroll High, Penn) signed a multiyear contract extension.
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January 16, 2009 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Elton Brand Watch continued yesterday, and Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said the power forward has an outside chance of playing tonight when the San Antonio Spurs invade the Wachovia Center. Brand has been out since suffering a dislocated shoulder in a Dec. 17 game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He returned to practice on Monday. "He'll be a game-time decision," DiLeo said after the team went through a brief workout at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "There are still other factors, but I'm definitely optimistic," said Brand, who has taken some hits in practice the last few days.
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May 2, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The Seattle SuperSonics have pushed their series to a Game 5, and it wasn't all that difficult against a San Antonio Spurs team missing Tim Duncan and David Robinson. Gary Payton had his second career playoff triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and rookie Vladimir Radmanovic scored 23 to lead Seattle to a 91-79 victory over the visiting Spurs last night, tying their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Game 5 of the best-of-five series will be tomorrow night in San Antonio (9:30, TNT)
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April 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Even though there's new leadership at the top, the 76ers don't plan to revamp their strategy. "Nothing is going to change," Sixers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday morning as the team prepared for the game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. "There's not anything that I can point to conceptually, philosophically that's going to change. We just hope to do it harder, better, longer. " The Sixers' offense is based heavily on the analytics of shooting mostly threes and layups.
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November 17, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SAN ANTONIO - You lose games on consecutive nights to opponents that probably will be running deep into June as legitimate championship contenders and there shouldn't be all that much disappointment. That the losses were Nos. 9 and 10 to start the season does deflate the positives a bit. Add to that, the newly acquired shooting guard isn't providing much of anything of late, and that there was a legitimate chance to pull off a major upset had it not been for three consecutive turnovers in a four-point game, and it's understandable why Brett Brown's hair is turning a little more gray with each passing day. But a visit to his old stomping grounds in San Antonio always provides the former Spurs assistant with a bit of an emotional boost as he recalls the championships he was a part of with coach Gregg Popovich and rekindles the relationship he formed with the players, a few of whom will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame one day, along with Popovich.
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November 16, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO - Gregg Popovich called close friend and former assistant Brett Brown the most positive person he knows. Then the San Antonio Spurs coach admitted that he couldn't hold Brown's job as the 76ers coach. "I'd last about a month," Popovich said. "And he, honest to God, loves coaching that team. " Leading a franchise for a third consecutive tanking season has indeed been a tough task for Brown. Hours after Popovich's comments, the undermanned Spurs held off the Sixers, 92-83, Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
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October 22, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about Nik Stauskas possibly playing for the 76ers in the preseason finale Friday against the Boston Celtics was nothing more than wishful thinking. The shooting guard has been sidelined since Oct. 2 with a stress reaction in his right leg (tibia). The team confirmed Tuesday that he will not play in the exhibition in New Hampshire. The hope is that he'll face the Celtics in the season opener on Oct. 28 at TD Garden. "I want to be out there [Friday], but I trust our training staff and I trust our doctors," Stauskas said.
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October 1, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
GALLOWAY, N.J. - One lump or two? Surf or turf? Shaken or stirred? Most importantly: Whip or Nae Nae? After only one training-camp session together, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor could not answer these questions about each other. They'd better know by Easter. With skillful tanking and blind luck, the Sixers today find themselves in a nearly unprecedented position. Noel and Okafor were the two most coveted post players of their respected draft classes; each nearly 7 feet tall with wonderful athletic gifts, though slightly different; each hungry to prove he was more valuable than the slot in which he was drafted.
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April 24, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs turns 39 on Saturday, and the aging process for the best player on the best team of his generation has been gradually catching up with him. Coach Gregg Popovich says he believes Duncan will come back for another season, and that might be true, but it has become a popular theme among the national media to cover the Spurs during this postseason in the same way the Italian press chronicled the advance on Rome by the...
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January 26, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEMPHIS - Brett Brown doesn't want your pity. The 76ers coach actually enjoys the situation that he's in. That's because he's the leader of his ball club, just like close friend Gregg Popovich, the coach and unquestioned leader of the San Antonio Spurs. Brown, a former Spurs assistant, hopes to follow in Popovich's footsteps and bring another title to his own struggling franchise. Like Brown, Popovich experienced a woeful first season as a rookie head coach. His 1996-97 squad went 17-47 after he took over for Bob Hill following the first 18 games of the season.
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December 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE SAN ANTONIO Spurs played their third game in 4 days last night at the Wells Fargo Center, so it wasn't a question of whether any of their players would get the night off; it was more of who it would be. Your answers: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. There was no hiding the reason Duncan sat, as the report before the game was listed as rest. Parker has a rib injury, which coach Gregg Popovich said a doctor "said something about being broken. " Brett Brown knows all about the Spurs' penchant for sitting players, but certainly didn't look at it as an advantage for his team.
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December 3, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The team at the top of the mountain showed up at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night to play the team digging a hole so deep that it may eventually reach the planet's inner core. Fortunately for the coach of the team digging the historic hole, the man in charge of the team at the top of the mountain is one of his best friends. If nothing else, the coach of the woebegone winless basketball team from Philadelphia was going to get some quality time with his mountaintop mentor before the evening's proceedings began and another game was added to the 76ers' loss column.
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October 17, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LIKE MANY basketball fans his age, 76ers rookie K.J. McDaniels grew up watching the San Antonio Spurs flirt with dominance in the NBA year in and year out. The 21-year-old admired the obvious stars, such as David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. He probably focused a little less on the team's defensive stopper and surely never paid much attention to the wild-eyed, hyper assistant coach. But Bruce Bowen and Brett Brown probably will figure prominently in the career of Daniels, whom the Sixers selected in June with the 32nd overall pick.
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