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Celtics Smart Suspended One Game

Celtics Smart Suspended One Game

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON, Ma) -- Boston Celtics rookie point guard Marcus Smart has been suspended one game after a dirty shot to the groin of San Antonio's Matt Bonner, the NBA announced Saturday.

During the fourth quarter of San Antonio's 101-89 victory, Smart delivered a punch to the family jewels of Bonner and after a review by the referees, he recieved a flagrant 2 penalty -- which resulted in an automatic ejection. 

Smart claimed after the game that he was trying to work through a screen and that the punch was a freak accident.

Smart will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Pistons. 

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Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

Popovich: ‘We Didn’t Respect the Game’

San Antonio Spurs/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich ripped into his team after their 104-100 overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Popovich watched his team fall to a 14-53 team after having a 13-point lead in the third quarter.

"We didn't respect the game, we didn't respect our opponent," said Popovich. "It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because 'we are supposed to win the game' but it is about how you play the game."

Popovich credited the play of New York under first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

"They were really good," Popovich said. "I take my hat off to him, a really difficult year and watching Derek conduct himself the way he has all year long is a really impressive thing. He and the coaches deserve a lot of credit and the players were fantastic tonight. They moved the ball better than we did, they played better team basketball."

The Spurs will look to rebound against the Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

Ginobili Out 7-10 Days

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(SAN ANTONIO, Tx.) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without Manu Ginobili for the next 7-10 days after the guard suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Ginobili suffered the injury with less than a minute to do in the third period as he attempted to rebounds the ball and fell on Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng.

"He will be out for a good week, I'm sure," said coach Gregg Popovich.

Ginobili, 37, is averaging 11.4 points, 4.4 assists and three rebounds per game this season.

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Kyrie Irving Scores 57 in OT Win over Spurs

Kyrie Irving Scores 57 in OT Win over Spurs

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 57 points in the Cavaliers 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs on Thursday night.

Irving scored 55 against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 28, but this one was extra special because it was against the defending NBA champions.

"A few of those shots, it just left my hands and I kind of threw them up at the rim and I was lucky enough and blessed enough that they went in," Irving said.

"It was such a fun game," Irving continued. "The crowd was into it. They sold out, they came to see a great game and it was. Once Bron gets into those step-back 3s, we were just looking at each other, 'Man, this is just so much fun.' "

LeBron James held the franchise record with 56 against the Raptors in 2005, until Irving broke it.

"The kid is special, we all know it, we all see it," said James, who finished with 31 points. "For him to go out and put on a performance like he did tonight was incredible."

Spurs guard Tony Parker had 31 points in the loss. Tim Duncan finished with 18.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/8/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 5 (33-22-10, 76pts) - Detroit Red Wings 3 (36-17-11, 83pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 7 (25-32-7, 57pts) - Edmonton Oilers 4 (18-37-11, 47pts)

New Jersey Devils 5 (27-28-10, 64pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (28-25-13, 69pts)

Colorado Avalanche 3 (30-25-11, 71pts) - Minnesota Wild 2 (36-23-7, 79pts)

New York Rangers 1 (40-17-7, 87pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 0 (39-21-6, 84pts) - OT

Ottawa Senators 5 (30-23-11, 71pts) - Calgary Flames 4 (36-25-5, 77pts) - SO

NCAAB: Atlantic Sun Tournament Final - North Florida 63 (23-11) - USC Upstate 57 (23-11)

Big South Tournament Final - Coastal Carolina 81 (24-9) - Winthrop 70 (19-13)

Missouri Valley Tournament Final - (11) Northern Iowa 69 (30-3) - Illinois State 60 (21-12)

(6) Wisconsin 72 (28-3) - (23) Ohio State 48 (22-9)

(10) Maryland 64 (26-5) - Nebraska 61 (13-17)

(22) SMU 67 (24-6) - Tulsa 62 (21-9)

NBA: San Antonio Spurs 116 (39-23) - Chicago Bulls 105 (39-25)

Golden State Warriors 106 (49-12) - Los Angeles Clippers 98 (40-23)

Utah Jazz 95 (25-36) - Brooklyn Nets 99 (25-36)

Orlando Magic 103 (20-43) - Boston Celtics 98 (25-35)

Charlotte Hornets 108 (28-33) - Detroit Pistons 101 (23-39)

Oklahoma City Thunder 108 (35-28) - Toronto Raptors 104 (38-25)

Dallas Mavericks 100 (41-24) - Los Angeles Lakers 93 (16-46)

Golf: Dustin Johnson wins the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kevin Harvick wins the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Strongly Against the NBA Lengthening the Season

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Strongly Against the NBA Lengthening the Season

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(NEW YORK) -- The idea of spacing out the NBA's regular season has gained traction recently, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is among those who are against the idea.

In an effort to get players more rest and avoid back-to-back games, the idea has been floated out that the NBA would benefit from playing into July instead of June.

"I've been bringing it up for years," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday. "[Commissioner Adam Silver is] more open to it, and he's going to be considering it. Everybody's for it now."

Popovich, who's team won the Championship last summer, is not in favor of the proposal.

"If there is a game in July, count me out," Popovich said Wednesday. "Count me out. Count me out. Life is too short."

"I think the season is long enough," Popovich added. "I will not come to work in July."

NBA teams typically have between 16 and 20 back-to-backs per season.

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Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- In the Warriors return from the All-Star break they proved that their league-leading record wasn't a fluke.  

Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists, and Klay Thompson added 20 points in the Golden State Warriors 110-99 win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, on Friday night.

The Warriors went ahead by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, which led to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich resting his starters for the entire period.

Golden State entered Friday night with the best home record in the entire NBA at 23-2.  One of those two losses was to the Spurs back in November.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) - Pacific 74 (10-17) (7) Arizona 87 (23-3) - USC 57 (10-16) (9) Utah 47 (21-4) - Oregon State 3...

Former Trail Blazers Forward Jerome Kersey Dead at 52

Former Trail Blazers Forward Jerome Kersey Dead at 52

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey passed away Wednesday at the age of 52. The cause of death is unknown.

Kersey played 17 NBA seasons, 11 with the Trail Blazers, and was a starter on Portland's 1990 and 1992 teams that made the NBA Finals. He also won a championship as a member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs team.

“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen said in a press release. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”

Kersey ranks fifth on the Trail Blazers all-time scoring list (10,067) and third in rebounds (5,078). He also played for Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, and San Antonio before retiring in 1991. 

Kersey finished his NBA career averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/11/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/11/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 89 (17-39) – New York Knicks 83 (10-43)

Boston Celtics 89 (20-31) – Atlanta Hawks 88 (43-11)

San Antonio Spurs 104 (34-19) – Detroit Pistons 87 (21-33)

Toronto Raptors 95 (36-17) – Washington Wizards 93 (33-21)

Milwaukee Bucks 111 (30-23) – Sacramento Kings 103 (18-34)

Golden State Warriors 94 (42-9) – Minnesota Timberwolves 91 (11-42)

Indiana Pacers 106 (21-33) – New Orleans Pelicans 93 (27-26)

Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (28-25) – Memphis Grizzlies 89 (39-14)

Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (33-21) – Miami Heat 93 (22-30)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Virginia 51 (22-1) – N.C. State 47 (14-11)

(6) Villanova 74 (22-2) – Providence 68 (17-8)

(9) Louisville 69 (20-4) – Pittsburgh 56 (16-9)

(13) Northern Iowa 83 (23-2) – Illinois State 64 (15-10)

(15) Wichita State 74 (22-3) – Indiana State 57 (12-13)

La Salle 74 (14-10) – (20) VCU 69 (18-6) 2OT

(21) West Virginia 76 (19-5) – Kansas St. 72 (12-13)

(23) Ohio State 75 (19-6) – Penn State 55 (15-10)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (31-15-8; 70pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (31-13-9; 71pts)

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Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(INDIANAPOLIS) -- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich further etched his name in the history books. On Monday night he won his 1,000th game with the team.

The Spurs rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers, 95-93.

"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess."

Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley won 1,000 games faster than Popovich. Former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is the only other coach to win 1,000 with just one team.

"A thousand wins, that's a lot of wins and I feel very lucky that I've been with him for a lot of them," said point guard Tony Parker.

Popovich has a career record of 1,000-462. His .685 winning percentage is second all-time to Phil Jackson.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/9/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA: San Antonio Spurs 95 (33-19) – Indiana Pacers 93 (20-33)

Golden State Warriors 89 (41-9) – Philadelphia 76ers 84 (12-41)

Washington Wizards 96 (33-20) – Orlando Magic 80 (16-39)

Miami Heat 109 (22-29) – New York Knicks 95 (10-42)

Milwaukee Bucks 103 (29-23) – Brooklyn Nets 97 (21-30)

Atlanta Hawks 117 (43-10) – Minnesota Timberwolves 105 (11-41)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 73 (21-3) – Florida State 70 (13-12)

NHL: Edmonton Oilers 2 (15-30-9; 39pts) – New Jersey Devils 1 (21-24-9; 51pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (23-18-12; 58pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (23-26-3; 49pts)

Minnesota Wild 5 (26-20-6; 58pts) – Vancouver Canucks 3 (29-20-3; 61pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 114 (18-32) – Detroit Pistons 109 (19-31)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (41-9) – Washington Wizards 96 (31-19)

Boston Celtics 104 (18-30) – Denver Nuggets 100 (19-31)

Brooklyn Nets 109 (20-28) – Toronto Raptors 93 (33-17)

Houston Rockets 101 (34-15) – Chicago Bulls 90 (30-20)

Milwaukee Bucks 113 (27-22) – Los Angeles Lakers 105 (13-36)

Minnesota Timberwolves 102 (9-40) – Miami Heat 101 (21-28)

Oklahoma City Thunder 102 (25-24) – New Orleans Pelicans 91 (26-23)

San Antonio Spurs 110 (31-18) – Orlando Magic 103 (15-37)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (4) Duke 72 (19-3) – Georgia Tech 66 (10-12)

(7) Villanova 70 (20-2) – Marquette 52 (10-12)

(10) Notre Dame 71 (21-3) – Boston College 63 (9-12)

(16) Wichita State 62 (20-3) – Bradley 59 (7-17)

(17) Maryland 64 (19-4) – Penn State 58 (14-9)

(18) VCU 72 (18-4) – George Mason 60 (7-14)

(19) Baylor 77 (17-5) – TCU 57 (14-8)

Purdue 60 (15-8) – (20) Ohio State 58 (17-6)

Oklahoma State 65 (15-7) – (25) Texas 63 (14-8) OT

NHL: New York Rangers 3 (30-15-4; 64pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (27-17-7; 61pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (29-14-8; 66pts) – Edmonton Oilers 0 (14-29-9; 37pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 99 (27-20) – Portland Trail Blazers 94 (32-14)

Philadelphia 76ers 89 (9-37) – Detroit Pistons 69 (17-30)

Toronto Raptors 119 (31-15) – Sacramento Kings 102 (16-28)

Atlanta Hawks 113 (38-8) – Brooklyn Nets 102 (18-27)

Houston Rockets 99 (32-14) – Dallas Mavericks 94 (30-17)

Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (8-37) – Boston Celtics 89 (16-28)

Denver Nuggets 93 (19-27) – New Orleans Pelicans 85 (24-22)

New York Knicks 100 (9-37) – Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (23-23)

San Antonio Spurs 95 (30-17) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (19-27)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (8) Notre Dame 77 (20-2) – (4) Duke 73 (17-3)

(9) Kansas 64 (17-3) – TCU 61 (14-6)

(10) Louisville 81 (17-3) – Boston College 72 (9-10)

(12) Wichita State 58 (19-2) – Loyola of Chicago 47 (13-8)

(18) Northern Iowa 59 (19-2) – S. Illinois 52 (9-13)

Purdue 83 (13-8) – (22) Indiana 67 (15-6)

Georgia Tech 70 (10-10) – (23) Miami 50 (14-6)

(24) Oklahoma 81 (13-7) – Texas Tech 36 (11-10)

NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (25-14-9; 59pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (27-13-8; 62pts)

New Jersey Devils 2 (18-22-8; 44pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-23-4; 48pts) SO

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) - Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) - Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) - Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) - Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (28-17) - Los Angeles Lakers 85 (12-32)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) - Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/22/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 104 (28-16) – San Antonio Spurs 81 (27-17)

Utah Jazz 101 (15-28) – Milwaukee Bucks 99 (21-21)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Virginia 57 (18-0) – Georgia Tech 28 (9-9)

(8) Notre Dame 85 (18-2) – Virginia Tech 60 (8-10)

DePaul 64 (11-9) – (24) Seton Hall 60 (13-5)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 94 (21-20) – Miami Heat 86 (18-23)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (9) Iowa State 77 (14-3) – Kansas St. 71 (11-8)

Davidson 77 (13-4) – (22) Dayton 60 (15-3)

NHL:  New York Rangers 3 (27-13-4; 58pts) – Ottawa Senators 2 (18-18-9; 45pts)

Edmonton Oilers 5 (12-26-9; 33pts) – Washington Capitals 4 (24-13-9; 57pts) SO

Detroit Red Wings 5 (27-11-9; 63pts) – Minnesota Wild 4 (20-20-6; 46pts) SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (30-14-4; 64pts) – Vancouver Canucks 1 (26-16-3; 55pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (19-22-7; 45pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (26-12-7; 59pts) OT

Montreal Canadiens 2 (29-13-3; 61pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (30-10-5; 65pts) OT

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/6/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/6/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Phoenix Suns 102 (21-16) – Milwaukee Bucks 96 (18-18)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 89 (14-0) – Mississippi 86 (9-5) OT

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (15-20-7; 37pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (14-24-3; 31pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 2 (15-18-7; 37pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (16-15-8; 40pts) SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (26-12-4; 56pts) – Montreal Canadiens 2 (26-12-2; 54pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (26-9-4; 56pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 2 (12-24-4; 28pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (22-14-5; 49pts) – Minnesota Wild 3 (18-15-5; 41pts) 

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Westrbrook Leads Thunder Past Spurs, 114-106

Westrbrook Leads Thunder Past Spurs, 114-106

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- No Kevin Durant? No problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to top the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 thanks in large part due to point guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook dominated on Thursday as he scored a game-high 34 points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out 11 assists.

"You've just got to rally behind him," said Thunder guard Anthony Morrow. "He's a leader, natural born. He comes out there, he plays hard."

Second-year center Steven Adams had one of the best games of his career as well, as he scored 16 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, and blocked three shots. Forward Serge Ibaka also added 21 points.

"I thought they outplayed us almost in every facet of the game," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "When somebody retrieves 50 percent of their shots, you can't say you're focused or playing competitive in any way, shape or form."

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili scored 11 points, had seven rebounds, and dished out 13 assists in the loss.

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