"Im able to skate the puck a lot

#1 von zxlbxj1 , 25.07.2018 07:22

SAN ANTONIO - Gregg Popovich has a live in the moment philosophy.It has worked well for the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.Just to be clear, weve 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 teams media day.All weve 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 its a building block sort of thing.The Spurs definitely improved as last season progressed, capped by a 14.5-point margin of victory against the Heat in the NBA Finals.Im sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, thats the way he works, said Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season. We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if (Pop) will start us off down that road or well just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us.San Antonio returns its entire post-season roster with the re-signing of Aron Baynes on Friday as the team attempts to win consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history.The Spurs did add former UCLA forward Kyle Anderson through the draft and will be without Patty Mills for up to seven months after the reserve point guard had surgery in July to repair a torn rotator cuff.Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili was cleared to play after being diagnosed with a slight stress fracture in his right fibula during the off-season, but his playing time will be limited initially as he works on his conditioning. Ginobili said he no longer suffers leg pain, though his feelings were hurt after San Antonio prevented him from playing for his native Argentina in the FIBA World Cup because of the injury.We had a talk, I think it was necessary, Ginobili said. I was hurt (by the decision), probably I am still hurt. Of course, I understand why they did it, I just didnt like it and I disagree with it.But those feelings faded when Ginobili returned to San Antonio and practiced with so many familiar faces.(It helps with) just the same chemistry, Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard said. Theres no one new. We all know the offence, we all know how we all won the championship last year, weve just got to repeat that but play a little harder because the target is on our back now.The target will be even bigger on Leonard, who at 22 became the third youngest player to earn Finals MVP. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks while being San Antonios top defender against Miami.Hes made huge strides every year, but Im probably going to talk to him more about consistency, Popovich said. Hes 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, its a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. .. In his case, hes very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court.The only place where the Spurs experienced major changes is on the bench. Assistant coach Sean Marks was promoted to assistant general manager and the team added WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon and four-time Euroleague champion Ettore Messina. Hammon is the first female to serve as a full-time assistant coach in the NBA.It will be fun to add to our coaching staff and Pops really excited about it, really excited about it, Duncan said. Its good to see that in him and well see how they fit into what we do.Popovich was impressed with Hammons knowledge while she interned with the team last season and he has long held Messina in high regard. Messina, who was Ginobilis first coach in Bologna, is already leaving an imprint with San Antonio.He already has with our preparation for this season, Popovich said. He seen we do this, we do that and hell say, Have you thought about this? I already like some of the suggestions hes made that well change. Atlanta Hawks Jerseys .J. -- The NHL reduced its penalty against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for signing Ilya Kovalchuk in 2010. Dikembe Mutombo Jersey . The eighth-year point guard played in his 500th career game on Sunday, a 98-93 win over the Orlando Magic. Does he feel like hes played in that many games? 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Gardiner pulled out his iPad and scrutinized video of his performance in the first round against Boston last spring. He watched clip upon clip of his shifts against the Bruins, keen on determining what gave him so much success. His performance then was electric. Gardiner scored a goal and strung together five points during an exhilarating six-game run. "I just wanted to figure out what I was doing differently in the playoffs, as opposed to now, because I wasnt happy with my game," he said of the video work. What Gardiner saw was an engaged defender who made quick decisions with and without the puck. The game seemed to slow down for the former Ducks first-round pick. He was assertive, unpredictable and dangerous on the rush and generally stable in the defensive zone. For the third-year Leaf, who has struggled with consistency this season, it was a helpful reminder of the player he had been not so long ago and the player he certainly had the potential to become once more. "It was nice to see what I was succeeding at then and try to replicate that now," Gardiner said. "Sometimes you get away from it and you dont know what the reason is." Gardiner was a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Nov. 27 in Pittsburgh. During the morning skate that day at Consol Energy Center, he engaged in a lengthy conversation with head coach Randy Carlyle, the former Norris Trophy winner advising on what hed seen and what needed to improve. Carlyle wanted Gardiner to make better decisions with the puck. He stressed that his young defender must move it faster, that he get his forwards involved more often and join the attack if and when the opportunity looked right.dddddddddddd Too often, Gardiner gathered from the conversation, was he holding the puck before eventually making a poor decision with it and a turnover often the end result. "I wanted to know what I was doing that they didnt see that they wanted to see," Gardiner said of his conversations with the coaching staff. "I think Ive been more aware of it now; trying to move the puck quick and obviously still stay solid defensively." Gardiner was an offensive force in his rookie season with the Leafs. He scored seven goals and posted 30 points, tops among first-year players at the position. He has yet to score this season, though, and has just seven assists in 28 games. But by skewering the tape and picking the minds of the coaching staff, he finally seems to understand why the offence hasnt been there. "Its almost the fact of just doing less with the puck," he said. "Im able to skate the puck a lot, but that doesnt necessarily mean offence. I dont have many points this year, so I think moving the puck quicker to the forwards and letting them do their work, [then] maybe Ill create more offence that way. Itll create fewer turnovers for me and less time in our zone." Gardiner has not yet rediscovered the performance that made him such an elusive force against the Bruins, but hes inching gradually in that direction. In beating the Stars on Thursday, he led the team with nearly 26 minutes – matching a season-high – and also paced the group in Montreal last weekend. His return to form would help stabilize an increasingly wobbly Toronto back-end. Armed with new (and old) information, Gardiner is doing his best to get there. "I just want to be able to help the team as much as I can," he said, "and those are things that help me as a player and help our team too." NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Black Jerseys ' ' '

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