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- Spurs among deepest teams in history — but is that a good thing? March 10, 2014You have to go back to 1966 to find a championship team that spread its scoring responsibilities as broadly as this year's Spurs. But a deeper look at the history books show there have been other title teams that prized depth over star power.Dan McCarney
- The week ahead March 10, 2014The Spurs face a challenging back-to-back against Chicago and Portland before kicking off a stretch of eight losing opponents in nine games with home contests against the Lakers and Utah.Dan McCarney
- Spurs huge favorite to take top seed in ESPN simulation March 10, 2014NBA championships aren't decided by computers. But using their advanced predictive powers, ESPN's Kevin Pelton has deduced that the Spurs have a 61 percent chance of finishing with the best record in the Western Conference.Dan McCarney
- Big Three continues its march into history March 10, 2014Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been winning since they first joined forces in 2002-03. More than a decade later, they're among the most successful trios in NBA history.Dan McCarney
- Spurs take over top spot in NBA standings March 10, 2014Having survived their recent injury epidemic, the Spurs boast the best record in the NBA as Indiana, Oklahoma City and Miami continue to slump.Dan McCarney
- The 10-man rotation, starring the Oklahoma City Thunder's suddenly awful defense (Ball Don't Lie) March 10, 2014A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Welcome to Loud City . Kevin Yeung does a thorough job of digging into the Oklahoma City Thunder's now-leaky defense — allowing 108.3 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, 21st among 30 NBA teams, a full nine points-per-100 worse than their third-best-in-the-league pre-All-Star mark, and making stars out of the likes of Gerald Green and Jodie Meeks — and trying to figure out how much of it can be chalked up to injuries (OKC's without starters Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha ), and how much stems from lacking energy and effort on stuff like contesting jumpers . PF : Pounding the Rock . Jesus Gomez makes the case for why Manu Ginobili should win his second Sixth Man of the Year award. I eagerly await your rebuttals, Chicago Bulls (Taj Gibson), Phoenix Suns (Markieff Morris) and Los Angeles Clippers (Jamal Crawford) fans. SF : The Rotation . Speaking of those Bulls, it feels like Colin McGowan performed surgery on himself to extract his explanation for why he likes watching them, but it led to the deployment of the phrase "They locate joy in the doing of the thing," which I really liked. SG : San Antonio Express-News . And speaking of those San Antonio Spurs, Jeff McDonald sings the praises of Kawhi Leonard, who's averaging about 15 points on 55/53/94 shooting splits, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes a night in six games since returning from a broken bone in his right hand , and reminding us how his "ability to turn a game on its head with plays both unscripted and off schedule" can elevate the Spurs, who enter Monday's action with an NBA-best 46-16 record. PG : All Ball and The Triangle . Your semi-regular reminders that Joakim Noah's dad, Yannick Noah, is A) a fun dude in his own right and B) an amazing maverick of an athlete in his own right. 6th : Waiting for Next Year . The national focus fell on LeBron James making a trip to Ohio, but for Cleveland Cavaliers fans, getting the opportunity to celebrate and thank Zydrunas Ilgauskas on Saturday night meant an awful lot. 7th : The Morning Tip . David Aldridge's always-jam-packed Monday column features a take on the Detroit Pistons' present and future that makes a (somewhat shaky, to my ear) argument for hanging onto Joe Dumars this summer, an update on Royce White, a Q&A with Trey Burke, and plenty more. 8th : SB Nation . Paul Flannery on the Brooklyn Nets, who've sported the league's third-best record since Jan. 1, and why he thinks Jason Kidd's '13-'14 squad and Doc Rivers' '11-'12 Boston Celtics share more than just a couple of future Hall of Famers. 9th : Grizzly Bear Blues . Andrew Ford breaks down Tayshun Prince's sometimes-broken jumper. 10th : Heat.com . Couper Moorhead revisits just how good the San Antonio Spurs' transition defense was last Thursday, and just how big a part that was of shutting down a sleeve-bummed LeBron James and the Miami Heat. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
- Rockets-Thunder Preview (The Associated Press) March 10, 2014The Houston Rockets have defeated some of the NBA's top teams while rolling at home lately, and they'll look to take that strong play on the road as they embark on a three-game trip against more top competition. The Rockets take on one of the two teams above them in the Western Conference when they open the trip Tuesday night against the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder. Behind the shooting of James Harden, the Rockets extended their win streak to five Sunday night, rallying to beat Portland 118-113 in overtime. Harden scored 41 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as Houston came back from a 12-point deficit to force the extra period.
- Spurs-Bulls Preview (The Associated Press) March 10, 2014The San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls have continued their recent surges with emotional victories over the two-time defending NBA champions in the last week. The Spurs, whose home loss to the Bulls in late January capped their worst stretch of the season, go for their seventh straight win and 14th in 17 games since that defeat when they visit Chicago on Tuesday night. San Antonio (46-16) rolled to a 111-87 win at home against Miami on Thursday in an NBA finals rematch before Chicago (35-28) held off the Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday to put them on the verge of losing four straight for the first time in three years. The win for the Spurs avenged a 113-101 loss in Miami on Jan. 26 that began a three-game slide which closed with a 96-86 defeat to the Bulls three days later - the only time this season San Antonio has dropped consecutive contests.
- NBA Power Rankings: New team takes over No. 1 (Yahoo Sports) March 10, 2014With the Pacers and Heat both slipping, Western Conference teams now occupy the top four spots in the latest rankings.
- Meeks powers Lakers past Durant, Thunder 114-110 (The Associated Press) March 10, 2014From Jodie Meeks' big day to the final result, this was definitely a surprise. Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat Oklahoma City 114-110 on Sunday despite a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant. Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for last-place Los Angeles (22-42).
- Spurs’ Streak Reaches 6 March 9, 2014Tony Parker had 30 points as the host San Antonio Spurs overcame the Orlando Magic, 121-112.
- Spurs Control James and Heat March 7, 2014Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for a 111-87 victory at home.
- N.B.A. Game of the Week: The Chase for a Top Seed March 4, 2014The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, who will meet on Thursday night, are the reigning conference champions and in hot pursuit of the top seed in their conferences.
- Pistons Give Interim Coach Win in Debut, Topping Spurs February 11, 2014John Loyer took over for Maurice Cheeks, who was fired after just 50 games as Detroit’s coach.
- Nets Keep Noses in Front Despite Fight From Depleted Spurs February 7, 2014The Spurs were missing several of their top players because of injuries and illness, but they still led for most of the first half before the Nets took over.