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Spurs’ Forward Kawhi Leonard has Torn Ligament in Right Hand

Spurs’ Forward Kawhi Leonard has Torn Ligament in Right Hand

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without one of their best players for a little while as forward Kawhi Leonard has a torn ligament in his right hand, and it is unknown when he'll return.

Leonard must wait for swelling to reside before considering returning.

Not as bad as it sounds,” he said. “I should be back soon,” Leonard said via Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News said.

There is some speculation/hope that Leonard will only miss a few games, which would be best-cast scenario for the team.

Leonard is the reigning NBA Finals MVP and a key cog of the team's offense as well as defense.

In 22 games this season, Leonard is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Since his rookies year during the 2011-2012 season, Leonard's points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game have improved each season.

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Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Young’s Late Three Helps Lakers Beat Spurs in OT

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young hit a monster three with 7.4 seconds remaining in overtime to help give the Lakers (7-16) a 112-110 win over San Antonio on Friday. Young finished with a game-high 29 points while Kobe Bryant added 22 points and nine rebounds.

"I'm so happy it ended up in my hands," Young said. "I wanted to shoot that bad, especially being on the floor watching Kobe and playing for the Lakers; nothing like those types of shots."

San Antonio (16-7) rallied from down 11 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime, but Young's shot was too much to overcome. With the shot clock about to expire, and Manu Ginobili in his face, Young let go a 30-foot prayer that found the net for a 112-110 lead. The Spurs had a chance to tie but Ginobili's three-point attempt was off the mark and time expired before another they could get another shot off.

"The last 3, Manu was everything but inside his jersey, and he had to adjust his shot in the air and kind of shoot around Manu's hands, and it goes in," Duncan said. "If you put a team in a situation like that, things like that can happen. We put the blame on ourselves for the 48, 50 minutes before it gets to that point."

The Spurs also had a chance to win it in regulation, holding possession with less than two seconds remaining. However, Duncan missed a 17-foot, turn-around jumper that forced the extra session. Duncan finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio.

Bryant's 22 points leaves him eight shy of tying Michael Jordan for third on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 115 (14-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 106 (17-6)

Washington Wizards 104 (16-6) - Los Angeles Clippers 96 (16-6)

Atlanta Hawks 87 (16-6) - Orlando Magic 81 (9-16) 

New York Knicks 101 (5-20) - Boston Celtics 95 (7-14)

Brooklyn Nets 88 (9-12) - Philadelphia 76ers 70 (2-20)

Toronto Raptors 106 (17-6) - Indiana Pacers 94 (7-16) 

Memphis Grizzlies 113 (18-4) - Charlotte Hornets 107 (6-16) - Double Overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (10-13) - Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (5-17)

New Orleans Pelicans 119 (11-11) - Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (13-9) 

Detroit Pistons 105 (4-19) - Phoenix Suns 103 (12-12)

Miami Heat 100 (11-12) - Utah Jazz 95 (6-17)

Los Angeles Lakers 112 (7-16) - San Antonio Spurs 110 (16-7) - Overtime

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (19-6-3, 41pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (17-12-2, 36pts) 

Florida Panthers 3 (12-8-7, 31pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (17-6-7, 41pts)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (19-10-2, 40pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (15-10-5, 35pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (20-6-5, 45pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-18-5, 19pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (14) Iowa State 90 (7-1) - Iowa 75 (8-3)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 96 (6-15) – Boston Celtics 87 (7-13)

Los Angeles Clippers 103 (16-5) – Indiana Pacers 96 (7-15)

Washington Wizards 91 (15-6) – Orlando Magic 89 (9-15)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (15-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 79 (2-19)

Chicago Bulls 105 (13-8) – Brooklyn Nets 80 (8-12)

Minnesota Timberwolves 90 (5-16) – Portland Trail Blazers 82 (17-5)

Dallas Mavericks 112 (17-7) – New Orleans Pelicans 107 (10-11)

San Antonio Spurs 109 (16-6) – New York Knicks 95 (4-20)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 56 (10-0) – Columbia 46 (5-3)

(5) Wisconsin 93 (9-1) – Milwaukee 54 (4-6)

(10) Kansas 75 (7-1) – Georgetown 70 (5-3)

(12) Ohio State 97 (7-1) – High Point 43 (6-3)

(19) Maryland 67 (9-1) – N.C. Central 56 (6-4)

(23) Northern Iowa 65 (9-0) – Denver 55 (4-4)

(24) St. John’s 74 (7-1) – Fairleigh Dickerson 52 (3-5)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (16-9-3; 35pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (17-6-6; 40pts) SO

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 109 (13-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 103 (0-17)

Washington Wizards 107 (11-5) – Miami Heat 86 (9-8)

NHL:  Tampa Bay Lightning 6 (17-6-2; 36pts) – New York Rangers 3 (11-9-4; 26pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (7-15-2; 16pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (9-7-6; 24pts) 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/21/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 122 (8-5) - Philadelphia 76ers 96 (0-12) Orlando Magic 105 (6-8) - Charlotte Hornets 100 (4-9) Atlanta Hawks 99 (5-5) - Detroit Pistons 89 (3-9) Toronto Raptors 124 (10-2) - Milwaukee Bucks 83 (7-6) Me...

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: San Antonio Spurs 92 (7-4) – Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (5-5)

Indiana Pacers 88 (5-7) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (4-8)

Los Angeles Clippers 114 (6-4) – Orlando Magic 90 (5-8)

Boston Celtics 101 (4-6) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (0-11)

Dallas Mavericks 105 (9-3) – Washington Wizards 102 (7-3)

Phoenix Suns 88 (7-5) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-9)

Toronto Raptors 96 (9-2) – Memphis Grizzlies 92 (10-2)

Minnesota Timberwolves 115 (3-7) – New York Knicks 99 (3-10)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Creighton 65 (3-0) – (18) Oklahoma 63 (1-1)

NHL: New York Rangers 2 (7-7-4; 18pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 0 (7-7-2; 16pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 118 (3-3) – New Orleans Pelicans 111 (3-3)

Indiana Pacers 97 (2-6) – Utah Jazz 86 (3-5)

Atlanta Hawks 91 (3-3) – New York Knicks 85 (2-6)

Chicago Bulls 102 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 91 (2-5)

NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (10-6-0; 20pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (6-7-2; 14pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (5-6-3; 13pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (9-6-2; 20pts) 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 96 (2-3) – Miami Heat 89 (3-2)

Orlando Magic 91 (1-4) – Philadelphia 76ers 89 (0-5)

Toronto Raptors 110 (4-1) – Boston Celtics 107 (1-3)

Minnesota Timberwolves 98 (2-2) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (2-2)

Detroit Pistons 98 (1-3) – New York Knicks 95 (2-3)

Chicago Bulls 95 (4-1) – Milwaukee Bucks 86 (2-3)

Washington Wizards 96 (4-1) – Indiana Pacers 94 (1-4) OT

San Antonio Spurs 94 (2-1) – Atlanta Hawks 92 (1-2)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 2 (9-4-1; 19pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (3-9-2; 8pts) SO

New York Rangers 4 (6-4-2; 14pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (6-3-4; 16pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 101 (1-0) – Orlando Magic 84 (0-1)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (1-0) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (0-1)

NHL: Minnesota Wild 4 (5-3-0; 10pts) – Boston Bruins 3 (5-6-0; 10pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (5-2-1; 11pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-5-0; 8pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 8 (5-2-1; 11pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (4-3-2; 10pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (4-5-0; 8pts) – New York Islanders 3 (6-3-0; 12pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-3-2; 10pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (6-1-2; 14pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (6-3-1; 13pts) – Arizona Coyotes 3 (3-4-1; 7pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1; 9pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (2-8-0; 4pts)

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Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- The Spurs are not thinking about repeating as NBA champions this year.  

After beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, head coach Gregg Popovich is stressing to his team that this is the start of a new season and nothing else matters.

"Just to be clear, we've never had any goals whatsoever in the sense of winning 'X' number of games or this year is our year to win a championship," Popovich said Friday at the team's media day.

"All we've said is that we want to be the best team we can be at playoff time and that starts with the very first practice and it's a building block sort of thing."

Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season, understands his head coaches philosophy.

"I'm sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, that's the way he works," Duncan said. "We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if [Popovich] will start us off down that road or we'll just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us."

Popovich is looking forward to seeing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard develop even more this year.

"He's made huge strides every year, but I'm probably going to talk to him more about consistency," Popovich said. "He's reached a certain level. If you look at those last three games he played, they were pretty special, but to be in that top echelon of players in our league, it's a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. ... In his case, he's very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court."

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Hammon’s Playing Career Ends in Playoff Loss

Hammon’s Playing Career Ends in Playoff Loss

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- Becky Hammon's playing career came to an end on Saturday night as her San Antonio Stars suffered a 94-89 playoff loss to the Minnesota Lynx. The 16-year veteran will now join the San Antonio Spurs as the first full-time woman assistant coach.

The Stars opened the game on a 7-0 run and eventually led 22-4 before the Lynx turned things around. Lindsay Whalen scored 31 points, a career high in the playoffs, while Seimone Augustus added 21.

Hammon had 12 points and four assists in the final game of her career and received a standing ovation from the crowd and players as time ran out.

"I just congratulated her and said that I love her," Augustus said. "Thank you for everything you did for women and sports."

The defending champion Lynx advanced to the Western Conference finals where they will face either Phoenix or Los Angeles.

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Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Boris Diaw Returning to Spurs

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat wait and wonder about their "Big Three", the world champion San Antonio Spurs continue to bring back the majority of their roster. Veteran forward Boris Diaw signed a new multi-year deal to return to the Spurs on Sunday.

Sources say that Diaw's new contract is for three years, and is worth an approximated $22 million. The forward took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the signing saying, "Hey Spurs fans, Good news i stay in san antonio for a few more years. Lets win it again. #gospursgo".

The 32-year-old averaged 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2013-14, helping the Spurs to a fifth NBA Championship.

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San Antonio Spurs Win Fifth NBA Championship

San Antonio Spurs Win Fifth NBA Championship

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as San Antonio captured their fifth Larry O’Brien trophy with a 104-87 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The Heat jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half, but the Spurs came roaring back, taking the lead for good when Leonard drilled a three with 4:47 left in the second quarter.

The 22-year-old Leonard was named the series MVP. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the Finals.

The Spurs' last NBA championship came back in 2007. It marked the team's fourth title in nine years.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 104 - Miami Heat 87 (Spurs Win Series, 4-1)

World Cup: Group E: Switzerland 2 - Ecuador 1 

France 3 - Honduras 0 

Group F: Argentina 2 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5 (41-30) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (35-33) 

New York Mets 3 (31-38) - San Diego Padres 1 (29-40) 

Miami Marlins 3 (35-33) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (34-35) - 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (29-38)

Detroit Tigers 4 (36-29) - Minnesota Twins 3 (32-35)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (37-32) - Washington Nationals 2 (35-33)

Kansas City Royals 6 (36-32) - Chicago White Sox 3 (33-37)

Cincinnati Reds 13 (33-35) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (41-29)

Cleveland Indians 3 (35-35) - Boston Red Sox 2 (31-38) - 11 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (27-43) - Houston Astros 3 (32-39)

Seattle Mariners 5 (35-34) - Texas Rangers 1 (34-35)

Oakland Athletics 10 (42-27) - New York Yankees 5 (35-33)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (30-42) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (37-34)

Colorado Rockies 8 (34-35) - San Francisco Giants 7 (43-27)

Atlanta Braves 7 (36-32) - L.A. Angels 3 (37-31)

Golf: Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open.

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the Michigan 400.

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Spurs Stomp Heat, Take 3-1 Finals Lead

Spurs Stomp Heat, Take 3-1 Finals Lead

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 14 rebounds while playing tremendous defense against LeBron James to help San Antonio dominate the Heat in a 107-86 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs now take a 3-1 lead in the series and are one win away from a world championship.

"I'm pleased that they performed as well as they did while we've been in Miami, and that's about as far as it goes," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "Now we've got to go back home and play as well or better."

For the second straight game, San Antonio dominated, leading by as many as 24 points in the third quarter. The Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the floor as a team, including 9-for-21 from three-point distance. Miami, who had not lost at home this postseason prior to Game 3 on Tuesday, shot just 45 percent in the loss.

Despite 28 points from LeBron James, 19 of which came in the third quarter, the Heat were unable to find an answer defensively. Now they must do what no team has ever done, win an NBA Finals after trailing 3 games to 1. 

Tim Duncan surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most career playoff minutes (8,869) as well as Magic Johnson's all-time record for double-doubles in the postseason (158). Duncan has helped bring San Antonio all four world titles in franchise history, the most recent of which in 2007. He can add a fifth to his resume on Sunday when the team returns to San Antonio.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 107 - Miami Heat 86 (Spurs lead series, 3-1.)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 4 (31-34) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (35-33)

Philadelphia Phillies 7 (28-36) – San Diego Padres 3 (28-38)

Colorado Rockies 10 (31-35) – Atlanta Braves 3 (34-31)

San Francisco Giants 7 (43-24) – Washington Nationals 1 (35-30)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (34-31) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (39-29)

Boston Red Sox 5 (30-36) – Cleveland Indians 2 (33-34)

Detroit Tigers 4 (34-28) - Chicago White Sox 0 (33-34)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (32-34) - Chicago Cubs 0 (26-38)

Houston Astros 5 (31-37) - Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (29-40) 10 Innings

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (40-27) - New York Mets 1 (29-37)

New York Yankees 6 (34-31) - Seattle Mariners 3 (34-32)

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Spurs Dominate Heat to Win Game 3 of NBA Finals

Spurs Dominate Heat to Win Game 3 of NBA Finals

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The San Antonio Spurs hit 19 of their first 21 shots en route to a 111-92 destruction of the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Tuesday.

The Spurs now lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

The Spurs shooting may have not been as hot after their first 21 shots, but it still was good. San Antonio finished the first half hitting a Finals-record 75.8% of its shots.

"I don't think we'll ever shoot 76 percent in a half ever again," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.

Kawhi Leonard, who scored 18 points combined in Games 1 and 2, had a career-high 29 points in the win.

"I just was able to get into a rhythm tonight," Leonard said to ESPN. "In Game 1 and 2 I got in some foul trouble so I was getting subbed out pretty early. Tonight I got in a rhythm and knocked down shots early."

The Spurs also turned Miami over 20 times, which led to 23 points.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 22 points in the loss.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Miami. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern. You can watch the match-up on ABC.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 111 - Miami Heat 92 (Spurs lead series, 2-1.)

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (29-38) – Houston Astros 1 (29-37)

Chicago Cubs 7 (26-36) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (30-34)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (26-36) – San Diego Padres 2 (28-36)

Minnesota Twins 4 (30-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (39-27)

New York Mets 6 (29-35) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (38-27)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (34-31) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-42)

Kansas City Royals 9 (32-32) - Cleveland Indians 5 (33-32) 

Miami Marlins 8 (34-30) - Texas Rangers 5 (31-34) 

Atlanta Braves 13 (34-29) - Colorado Rockies 10 (29-35)

Boston Red Sox 1 (29-35) - Baltimore 0 (32-31)

Washington Nationals 2 (34-29) - San Francisco 1 (42-23)

New York Yankees 3 (32-31) - Seattle Mariners 2 (34-30)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (36-28) - Oakland Athletics 1 (39-26) 14 Innings

Detroit Tigers (33-27) @ Chicago White Sox (32-33) (postponed; rain)

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Dwayne Wade Fined $5K for Game 2 Flop

Dwayne Wade Fined $5K for Game 2 Flop

Ron Elkman/Getty Images(MIAMI, Fla.) -- Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was fined $5,000 on Monday for over-exaggerating a foul in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The league deemed that Wade "flopped" late in the second quarter when fouled by San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

"He took a swipe and he hit me," said Wade before the fine was announced. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."

The incident occurred with 4:09 to play in the second quarter. Ginobili took the ball nearly 35 feet from the basket. Wade embellished the contact, drawing a foul, and made both resulting free throws. Ginobili was relegated to the bench with his third foul of the half.

The Heat went on to win the game by two points, 98-96, evening the series at one game apiece.

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Miami.

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