Austin Spurs

Squadron Sweeps Spurs (March 2, 2023)

The Birmingham Squadron swept the Austin Spurs by taking the second game of their two-game series, 110-to-103.  Dereon Seabron led the Squadron with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. 

Austin took command of the contest in the first period, out-scoring Birmingham 26-to-17.  Julian Champagnie led the Spur’s charge with 10 points.  The team shot 60% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.  

Nets Easily Handle Spurs (February 26, 2023)

The Long Island Nets cruised past the Austin Spurs, winning 117-to-96, for their 13th consecutive win.  Long Island improved their record to 19-and-3, while Austin fell to 6-and-16. 

Spurs were in contention for the first two minutes, ending on Chaundee Brown Jr. jump shot to take a 5-to-3 lead.  They were never a real factor after that.  

Third Quarter Charge Pushes Birmingham past Austin (February 11, 2023)

A fast start to the second half gave the Birmingham Squadron (5-16) a 16-point cushion that carried them past the Austin Spurs (6-13), 120-to-113. 

Birmingham took control of the boards, out-rebounding Austin 40-to-30.  The Squadron also bettered the Spurs in points from the paint, 64-to-50.  Austin was without their “bigs”, Charles Bassey and Dominick Barlow, who were the San Antonio Spurs.  

Spurs Extinguish Ignite (February 10, 2023)

The G League Ignite, the hottest of the upcoming NBA Stars, proved it’s more important to play like a team than play like a rising star.  The Spurs (6-12) decisively defeated the Ignite (7-10), 116-to-83. 

The Spurs did this without some of their top talent.  San Antonio assignee Blake Wesley, and two-way players Dominick Barlow and Charles Bassey were not with the team.  

Blue Top Spurs at Buzzer (February 2, 2023)

It was rude Ground Hog Day as former Austin player Robert Woodard III dropped a field goal as time expired to lead the Oklahoma City Blue (6-9) over the Austin Spurs (4-10), 115-to-114. 

This game appeared to be an improvement for the Spurs.  They continued to improve in team playing, producing 28 assists, and generating 16 fast-break points.  However, the absence of muscle under the ring (Charles Bassey was sidelined to injury) gave OKC a 62-to-50 points advantage on points in the paint.  

Spurs Cruise to Victory Over Legends (January 26, 2023)

The Texas Legends and the Austin Spurs was competitive for the first six minutes, with the changing hands five times.  But it was one-way contest after that with the Spurs (4-8) defeating  the Legends (4-7) by a final score of 131-to-108. 

Austin converted on an unusually high 64% of shots from the floor, completed an extraordinarily high (for the team) 37 passes resulting in baskets, and out-rebounded Texas 49-to-35. 

Spurs Run Out Gas, Fall to Clippers (January 21, 2023)

The momentum from Friday’s surprise win was not enough to carry the Austin Spurs (3-7), as they fell to the Ontario Clipper (7-5) by a score of 115-to-82. 

The Spurs held tough in the opening frame, matching the Clippers basket for basket.  But Ontario turned the tables on Austin to take a 56-to-46 led at the half.  The Clipper grew their lead to as many as 33 points at the final buzzer.  

Spurs Top Clippers in Seesaw Game (January 20, 2023)

The Austin Spurs (3-6) pulled ahead to defeat the Ontario Clippers (6-5) by a score of 108-to-100, but only after the game changed leads 26 times, and was tied 11 times. 

The margin of victory for the Spurs was turnovers, second chance points, and fast breaks.  Austin forced 14 turnovers, resulting in 21 points, converted 11 of 23 offense rebounds for 24 points, and leveraged fast breaks for 20 points.  This offset a particularly weak performance from beyond the arc, making on 5 of 24 attempts for 15 points.  

Austin Falls to Stockton on MLK Day (January 16, 2023)

The Stockton Kings (8-1) shutdown the Austin Spurs (2-6), winning by a score of 112-to-98 on a day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Kings led from tip-off to final buzzer, leading by as many as 20 points. 

The margin of victory was second chance points.  Stockton dominated, converting 11 offensive rebounds into 22 points.  Austin was only 4-for-8 for 8 points.  Stockton won the battle of the boards, 40-to-34, and lead in blocked shots, 9-to-3.  

Kings Hit Second Half Thrusters to Blast Past Spurs (January 1, 2023)

The Stockton Kings took a one-point advance against the Austin Spurs at halftime, and blew it apart in the second half, out-scoring the Spurs 57-to-44, and winning 108-to 94. 

Stockton’s Jordan Ford had a seemingly unquenchable hunger for the hoop, putting up 14  of his team-high 19 points in the second half.  Ford was complimented by teammate Keon Ellis who found 11 of his 16 points in the back-half of the game.  

Spurs Win in Dramatic Comeback (December 29, 2022)

In the most exciting game this season, the Austin Spurs overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Blue by a score of 108-to-105.  The game was Austin’s first of the Conference portion of the season, with the league Showcase concluding last week in Las Vegas. 

Both teams, and the officials, looked rusty from the holiday break in the first quarter.  Austin committed 7 turnovers, and OKC 4, while the officials appeared to forget if the experimental free throw rule was suspended in the final two minutes of a quarter.  It’s not.  

Hustle Out-Last Spurs in OT (December 2, 2022)

The Memphis Hustle (5-5) held on to defeat the Austin Spurs(4-7), 117-to-116.  The Hustle overcame a 15-point Austin lead to force the overtime. 

Both teams played an evenly matched, and surprisingly effective, first period.  Memphis shot 61% from the floor and 57% beyond the arc, very similar to Austin’s 57% and 63%.  The Hustle edge the Spurs 33-to-31 at the end of the first.  

Fast Start, No Finish, Spurs Fall to Vipers (December 1, 2022)

The Rio Grande Vipers (7-3) spotted the Austin Spurs (4-6) 22 points in the first period, then got serious.  The Viper bit the Spurs, 113-to-98, in a lopsided contest. 

The Vipers anemic first period play allowed the Spurs to jump to a 34-to-18 lead in the opening frame.   RGV shot a paltry 29% from the floor and 15% from distance. The Spurs’ respectable performance (48% and 25%, respectfully) allowed them to tower over the Vipers. 

Spurs Overcome Slow Start, Win in OT (November 15, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (3-2) turned-around a weak start to defeat the Memphis Hustle (2-2) in an exhilarating come-from-behind victory.  A clutch free-throw by Jordan Goldwire gave Austin a 102-to-99 victory in overtime. 

The Hustle jumped to a 21-point lead in the opening period, led by Kenneth Lofton Jr. with 12 points.  The Spurs neutralized the momentum late in the period, and narrowing the deficient to  32-to-17 to close the frame.  

Austin Fights Back, Tops Texas (November 5, 2022)

Game #2 of the Austin Spurs series against the Texas Legends looked to be an accelerated version of Game #1: Austin started white-hot and faded.  Instead, the Spurs (1-1) clawed back to reclaim the lead with three minutes remaining to defeat the Legends (1-1). 

The Spurs took command in the first quarter, never trailing and leading by as many as 11 points, before setting on a 36-to-29 lead.  The Legends worked their way back in the second frame, bettering the Spurs 36-to-24,  earning a 5-point lead at the half.  

Spurs Drop Home Opener (November 4, 2022)

The Austin Spurs owned the first half in their season opening game against the Texas Legends.  But like many early-season teams, they forgot there are two halves to a game.  Austin fell to Texas, 120-to-113. 

Austin’s strong first half performance may have been weighted more by how marginally the Legends played.  Austin out-shot Texas from the floor, 52%-to-40%, and controlled the boards, 26-to-11.  The result was good enough for 60-to-54 lead at the half.  

April Fool’s: Warriors over Spurs (April 1, 2022)

Was it all an April Fool’s joke? 

The Austin Spurs were playing before a sold-out house in their final home game of the season.  The Spurs had trailed since the end of the first period, but were clawing their way back.  Fans were on their feet, screaming their support at the top of their lungs.  Then the Spurs did it… they tied the game with 10.6 second left in regulation. 

Then the Spurs failed to show up for the overtime period.  The Santa Cruz Warriors (15-17) easily rolled over the Spurs (13-18) 10-to-4 in the OT, and win 118-to-112.  

Depleted Squadron Threatens Spurs (March 17, 2022)

The Austin Spurs dodged a bullet against a depleted Birmingham Squadron team, eking out a 100-to-98 win.  Birmingham fielded only a seven-person lineup due to the flu and NBA assignment. 

The Squadron opted to play only to avoid paying a $60K hefty forfeiture fee.  Missing from the team were Jose Alvarado and Gary Clark on assignment with the New Orleans Pelicans, and Jared Harper, Justin Wright-Foreman and Joe Young with the flu.  

Spurs Come Up Empty in OT (March 13, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (12-11) seesawed to a 91-91 draw in regulation, then failed to score a point in OT, giving the Iowa Wolves (11-12) a 97-91 victory.  The Wolves, 3-7 in their last 10 games, broke a 3-game losing streak. 

Neither team had their go-to players.  Iowa’s Nathan Knight (33 points, 12 rebounds) and Austin’s Devontae Cacok (17 points, 11.5 rebounds) had been called up by their parent clubs.  

Massive Comeback: Spurs Over Stars (March 5, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (10-9) out-scored the Salt Lake City Stars (6-16) 31-17 in a fourth quarter blowout to win 110-100.  The Spurs need a big comeback after squandering early control of the game that saw Salt Lake put only seven players on the floor. 

Newly signed two-way player Robert Woodard II and DJ Stewart saw their first action of the season, replacing previous two-way players Devontae Cacok and Joe Weiskamp who signed  with the San Antonio Spurs.  Woodard made a fabulous impression, coming off the bench for 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 26 minutes. 

Turnovers Sink Salt Lake (March 4, 2022)

The Salt Lake City Stars (6-15) were their own undoing as turnovers was the difference as they fell to the Austin Spurs (9-9) 136-126.  The Stars committed 13 turnovers resulting in 23 points for the Spurs. 

The Stars looked solid in the opening frame, leading the Spurs by as many as 7 points, closing the period with a 32-27 lead.  

Explosive Third Period Thrusts Legends over Spurs (March 1, 2022) 

The Texas Legends (9-10) busted-open a tight contest in the third period, out-scoring the Austin Spurs (8-9) 39-to-26, in route to a 99-to-94 victory. 

The Legends took a 43-to-42 lead into the locker room after a very competitive first half, seeing the lead change 8 times with the Spurs leading by as many as 7 points.   Neither team look especially sharp,  with Austin making only 35% of field goals (17-for-49) and 19% of three-point attempts (3-for-16), and Texas 41% (18-for-44) and 26% (5-for-19), respectively. 

Clippers Roll Over Spurs (February 14, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (5-8) played without heart on Valentine’s day, falling to the Aqua Caliente Clippers (13-4), 116-to-78, in one of the most one-sided basketball games every played in the HEB Center. 

Both teams played loose with the ball, each allowing 16 turnovers and 8 steals, with more contested possession jump-balls (4) than any other G-League game that I’ve seen. But the Spurs appeared to discount fundaments and forget that basketball is a team sport. 

Vipers Roll Over Spurs (February 10, 2022)

The second place Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated the eighth place Austin Spurs, 139-to-127, in a game where the Spurs displayed competitiveness but lacked poise.  Trevelin Queen led the Vipers with a massive 43 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs were sharp offensive, besting the Viper in field goals (55 to  53%), three pointers (46 to 38%) and free throws (79 to 76%).  But Austin’s play was loose, turning the ball over 21 times and committing 31 personal fouls.  The Spurs also lost the battle of the boards and assists.  

Dotson, Cacok Lead Spurs over Blue (February 4, 2022)

Damyean Dotson clinched a 109-104 win for the Austin Spurs (4-4) over the Oklahoma City Blue (8-6) with ten consecutive free throws in the last 37 seconds of the game.  The upset victory placed the  Spurs two wins away from the Western Conference playoff cutoff. 

Both teams played a tight first half, changing leads 5 times and tying 8 times, with the Blue nursing a 53-50 lead at halftime. 

Late Turnovers Doom Spurs (January 30, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (3-4) fell to the Santa Cruz Warriors (5-6), 123-110, as Devontae Cacok’s string of double-doubles ended at 15 games. 

Turnovers plagued the Spurs throughout the entire game, committing 18 in the first three periods. But the Austin played nip and tuck basketball against Santa Cruz, with both teams owning up to a  7-point lead, exchanging leads 11 times, and tying the game 9.  

Spurs Top Skyforce, Cacok Extends Steak (January 27, 2022)

The Austin Spurs (3-3) and the Sioux Falls  Skyforce 92-9) played a very competitive basketball  game, exchanging leads 17 and tying 9 times, until the Spurs exploded in the final frame to win 119 – 97. 

Austin was led by Devontae Cacok who extended his double-double streak to 15 games with 22 points and 10 rebounds.  San Antonio assignee Zach Collins also had a big night, putting up 15 points and pulling down 18 rebounds.    

Cacok Lead Spurs over Hustle, Sets Franchise Record, January 21, 2021

The Austin Spurs (2-2) played their most complete game of the season as they defeated the Memphis Hustle (2-5), 114-107.  Highlighting the victory was Devontae Cacok’s franchise record setting  twelfth consecutive double-double. 

The Spurs followed a well-worn pattern of falling behind early in the game, giving Memphis a 6-point advantage in the first four minutes of play.  A well-placed timeout quelled the Hustle’s momentum, 

Spurs Top Vipers in Dust Bowl, January 17, 2022

The Austin Spurs (1-1) topped the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (1-3), 127-124, in a tightly fought contest best described as a dust bowl.  There was literally dust throughout the arena floor of the HEB Center as well as dust on both team’s play due to COVID restricted play. 

Entering Monday’s game Spurs had played one game since December 22, and the Vipers three games, due to COVID.  And it showed.  Each team amassed 24 turnovers producing 48 combined points, acconting for nearly 20% of the total score. 

Greensboro Swarms Austin, December 3, 2021

The Greensboro Swarm (2-8) embarrassed the Austin Spurs (3-5), defeating them 105-to-96, in one of the sloppiest games of basketball in memory.  The Spurs committed 20 turnovers, resulting in 25 points for the Swarm. 

The Swarm led by as many as 29 points before downshifting their game into pity-mode.  

Spurs Win in Come-Back, December 2, 2021

The Austin Spurs were their own worst enemies in the first half of their game against the Greensboro Swarm.  But Austin overcame a ten-point deficit to tie the game at the buzzer and went on to defeated the Swarm 108-105 in double overtime.  

Spurs Star Power Leads to Bigger Disappointment, November 27, 2021

It was “second verse, same as the first” for the Austin Spurs (2-4) as they took on the Memphis Hustle (4-2) in the second game of their series. Austin, who suffered a bad loss in game one,  plumbed new lows with an embarrassing loss in game two, 108-78. 

A much closer contest was expected with the return of San Antonio Spurs assignee Josh Primo and two-way player Joe Wieskamp.  Unfortunately, the mojo from San Antonio Spurs players Dejounte Murray and Derrick White in the stands did not rub off.  

Late Surge Falls Short for Austin Spurs, November 26, 2021

The Austin Spurs (2-3) dug a 21-point deep hole in the first period and were never able to recover, despite a fourth period rally.  The Spurs fell to the Memphis Hustle (3-2) 103-94. 

Both teams enter the contest expecting a battle of equals.  Each had a 2-2 record, having lost their last games.  However, missing from the Spur’s line-up were leading scorer Joe Wieskamp (17.8 points per game) and leading assists Josh Primo (3.8 assists per game).  

Spurs Survive Shaky Close, November 18, 2021

The Austin Spurs (3-1) outlasted the Mexico City Capitanes (2-4), 99-91, in one of the loosest  fourth periods in recent memory.  Each team committed half of the game’s turnovers in the period.  Austin swept the two-game series.  

Stunning Victory as Spurs Return to Austin, November 14, 2021

Sunday brought the return of the Austin Spurs and professional basketball to the HEB Center after a 20-month COVID hiatus.  The Spurs treated  the fans to an exciting come-from-behind victory, overcoming a 14-point deficient, to defeat the Mexico City Capitanes, 112-to-110.   

Area Sports Suspended to Abate COVID-19, March 12, 2020

Professional and collegiate sports ground to a halt as the nation attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  This is a summary of what is affected locally: American Hockey League (Texas Stars) – remainder of season cancelled. Circuit of the Americas – MotoGP postponed, IndyCar Classic <more>

Spurs Outlast the Blue, March 8, 2020

The Austin Spurs (24-17) avoided a near-total second half collapse to defeat the Oklahoma City Blue (20-21) by a score of 117-to-114.  The Spurs played their best period of best basketball in the entire season leading up to halftime.  They moved the ball with a pace and deliberateness of a mature NBA team.   <more>

Spur Come from Behind, Top Suns, March 6, 2020

The Austin Spurs (23-17) overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficient to defeat the Northern Arizona Suns (8-33) in overtime by a score of 117-to-114. Both teams played a highly competitive first half with the lead either tied or changed 18 times in 24 minutes.  The Spurs maintained a slight edge at the half,   <more>

Legends Top a Depleted Spurs, March 3, 2020

The beauty of the NBA G-League is you regularly see first and second year NBA players on the court, preferring playing time in the G-League versus bench-time in the big league.  The downside is sometimes those players get called up.   Missing from the Austin Spurs (22-17) roster in their game... <more>

Spurs Come from Behind to Top Lakers, February 20, 2020

The Austin Spurs (21-14) overcame a 16-point deficient and withstood a serious come-back attempt to defeat the South Bay Lakers (14-22) by a score of 128-to-124.  Statistically, the game should have been a tilted to Austin’s advantage. Austin was third in the conference while South Bay was <more>  

Spurs Defeat a Depleted Skyforce, February 14, 2020

The Austin Spurs (21-14) rebounded from an embarrassing loss on Sunday to defeat the Sioux Falls Skyforce (17-20) by a score of 116-to-106.  Sioux Falls was working with a bench of only two players.  Both teams played a very competitive first period, exchanging the lead seven times <more>

Spurs Comeback Falls Short, February 9, 2020

I can always tell when the Austin Spurs will lose.  A member of the Cedar Park Police Department was witness to this game’s prediction.  Excessive slam-dunks and trick plays in the warm-ups seems to reveal the team isn’t taking the opponent seriously.  <more>

Spurs’ Bench Delivers over Clippers, February 4, 2020

The Austin Spurs (18-13) overcame a weak-kneed first quarter to defeat the Agua Caliente Clippers (16-16) by a score of 114 to 103.  The Clipper jumped to a 14-point lead with three minutes remaining in the open frame when Spurs head coach Blake Ahearn sent all his starters to the bench, and sent his entire, short-handed bench into the game.  <more>

OKC Blue Surprises Austin Spurs, January 21, 2020

The game between the third place Austin Spurs and the tenth place Oklahoma City (OKC) Blue should have been a ho-hummer.  Austin was five games above 0.500 while OKC was five games below 0.500.  Austin had their full complement of San Antonio assignees and two-way players, while OKC was without Luguentz Dort, their leading scorer. <more>

Austin Spurs Rally in Fourth Quarter, January 9, 2020

The Northern Arizona (NAZ) Suns (5-17) played a surprising competitive game, but ultimately fell to the Austin Spurs (14-9) by a final score of 109-102.  The Suns played an extremely tight game through the first three frames, exchanging lead with the Spurs 13 times and tying 9 times.  <more>

Spurs Fend Vipers’ Surge in OT, January 5, 2020

The Austin Spurs (12-9) held off a comeback by the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Vipers (6-18) to claim their second consecutive overtime victory. The win extended their streak to three games.  Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 24 points in 28 minutes of play.   <more>

Spurs Come-From-Behind, Top Swarm in OT, January 3, 2020

The Austin Spurs (11-9) came from behind in overtime to defeat the Greensboro Swarm (4-17) by a final score of 126-123.  The victory could be a turning point for Austin, but was it a turn for the better or worse?  The Spurs entered the game as the clear favorite.  <more>

Spurs Stage Dramatic Come from Behind Victory, December 10, 2019

The Austin Spurs (7-6) surged late in the game to over come a 16-point deficient to defeat the Stockton Kings (7-4) by a score of 127-122.  Quinndary Weatherspoon led the Spurs with 23 points.  The Spurs went on a 17 to 0 scoring run midway through the final frame to take the lead with 4 minutes remaining.  <more>

Spurs Defeat Skyforce in Team Effort, December 6, 2019

The Austin Spurs (6-5) defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (5-7) by a final score of 116-107.  Seven Spurs players scored in double digits with 21 team assists.  Both teams played a very competitive first half with the lead changing seven times and tied four times. But the Spurs broke free with four minutes remaining <more>

Never in Doubt: Lakers over Spurs, November 29, 2019

The South Bay Lakers (5-3) easily handled the Austin Spurs (4-6), winning by a final score of 122-101. Austin’s only lead came at the opening tipoff.  The Lakers led by as many as 33 points before settling on a 21 point margin of victory. The perennially present David Stockton led the Lakers with 20 points and 7 assists.  <more>

Spurs Surge in Win Over Magic, November 25, 2019

The Austin Spurs (5-4) repulsed a comeback to decisively defeat the Lakeland Magic by a score of 97-71.  The Spurs led from the opening tip-off, initially going on a 10-0 run.  Austin kept the Magic from scoring in the first four minutes of the game. Lakeland rallied with an 11-2 run in the second period, <more>

Spurs Out Last Kings, November 17, 2019

The Stockton Kings surged late but ran out of clock and lost to the Austin Spurs 108 to 99. Stockton’s Kyle Guy led all players with 26 points.  Both teams played a highly competitive first period with the lead changing 10 times and the score tied five. Austin edged out Stockton 22 to 28 to close the opening frame.  <more>

Warriors Explode in Second Half, Drop Spurs, November 15, 2019

The Santa Cruz Warriors (3-1) defeated the Austin Spurs (1-3) in a game that leaned the Santa Cruz’s favor.  Final score was Santa Cruz 119, Austin 102.  Austin played a competitive contest in the opening quarter, leading by as many as 7 points before Santa Cruz pulled ahead with a 25 to 22 advantage.  <more>

Memphis Hustle Rolls Over Austin Spurs, November 13, 2019

The Memphis Hustle (3-0) jumped all over the Austin Spurs (1-2) in could have been a blowout. Austin regained its composition but would never claim the lead.  Memphis won 113-97.  Memphis took a 20-5 lead in the first five and one-half minutes.  Austin showed great poise and narrowed the gap to just 5 points <more>

Questionable Officiating Swings Game to Vipers, November 8, 2019

Unlike the NBA, the NBA G League doesn’t have exhibition games to work out kinks in the game.  And there were kinks a plenty, both in the play and in the officiating, as the Austin Spurs (0-1) fell to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (1-0).  After a shaky first quarter for both team, the Spurs control Vipers, leading 61 – 51 at <more>

Spurs End Season on Down Note, March 21, 2019

The Austin Spurs (20-29) took on the Sioux Falls Skyforce (24-25) in their final home game of a lackluster year.  This year’s Spurs bore little resemblance to last year’s NBA G-League Champion, despite returning five players from last year’s squad.  Austin jumped to an early 36-23 lead in the first quarter, but <more>

Spurs Hold Off Legends, March 19, 2019

There wasn’t much on the line for either the 20-and-28 Austin Spurs or the 16-and-33 Texas Legends. Both teams have been out of meaningful playoff contention for while, and the season had not lived up to expectations for either the players or coaches.  With not much to lose, the Spurs played like it.  <more>

Spurs Come from Behind Top Kings, March 9, 2019

The tenth placed Austin Spurs (18-26) resembled their former selves as they took on the fourth place Stockton Kings (27-18) and won by a score of 128 to 107.   Expectations for the Spurs were low.  Austin had lost 7 of the last 10 games, including the last two, and has a meager 11-11 home record.  <more>

Frustration Shows as Spur Fall, February 28, 2019

The Austin Spurs (16-24) lost their fifth game in a row, falling to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (29-14) by a score of 128 to 113 at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park.  The Spurs carefully scripted their plan in the pre-game shoot-around.  And that plan work as the Spurs owned the first quarter, making 60% of field goals <more>

Salt Lake City Stars Best Spurs, February 10, 2019

After a breathtaking win on Friday against a superior team, the Austin Spurs (16-20) fell to peer in a game they could have won. The Salt Lake City Stars (18-18) defeated the Spurs, 98-89. The Stars were led by 7-foot, 2-inch, 290 pound Isaac Haas.  Haas easily maneuvered the court putting up 21 points and <more>

Austin Spurs Upset OKC Blue, February 8, 2019

The Austin Spurs’ (15-17) game against the conference leading Oklahoma City Blue (25-10) was expected to be a one-sided blowout.  Instead the Spurs went toe-to-toe with Blue and won in a nail bitter, 111-109, in a game that changed lead ten times.  The Blue appeared loose and confident as the line-ups were <more>

Spurs Out Last Blue Coats, February 5, 2019

The Austin Spurs (15-19) took a 19 points lead in to the fourth period and allowed the Delaware Blue Coats (12-19) to come with 9 points before winning 119-108. The Spurs played a sloppy first quarter, missing easy layups and dunks.  Amazingly, the Blue Coats played worse, committing 8 turnovers and <more>

Spurs Defang Wolves, January 19, 2019

On Friday the Austin Spurs won their first game of the year and broke a six game skid.  On Saturday they worked hard not to overly embarrass the Iowa Wolves, winning 106-86.  Lonnie Walker IV led all scorers with 21 points.  John Holland followed closely behind with 20.  Drew Eubanks put up a <more> 

Spurs End Skid, January 18, 2019

Coming into tonight’s game against the South Bay Lakers the Austin Spurs had loss six consecutive games and had yet to win in 2019.  The first fifteen minutes of their game looked to be more of the same. The Lakers rolled over the Spurs, leading by as much as 15 points in the first quarter.  <more>

Spurs Come Up Short Against Santa Cruz, January 10, 2019

The Austin Spurs (12-13) lost their fourth consecutive game to the Santa Cruz Warriors (18-6), 87-84.  The Spurs have yet to win a game in the New Year.  Like the two previous loses, the Spurs played a one-dimensional game, relying upon one player to generate the majority of the offense. <more>

Memphis Sweeps Season Against Spurs, January 5, 2019

The Austin Spurs (12-11 lost to the Memphis Hustle (14-9), 110-97.  Austin lost each game in the season series by double digits and two games on their home court.  Both teams played competitively in the first half, with the Hustle leading at halftime 57-50.  But the Hustle started the third period with a 14 point run, <more>

Spurs Out-played by Hustle, December 8, 2018

The Memphis Hustle (8-6) out-played, out-shot, out-rebounded and out-scored the Texas Stars (8-6) 120-106 in a game that was difficult to watch.  Austin kept the game close despite their sub-par performance, trailing 57-56 at the half. Memphis exploded out the locker in the third quarter, leading by as much as <more> 

Lonnie Walker IV Leads Spurs Past Suns, December 6, 2018

The Austin Spurs (7-5) took on the struggling Northern Arizona Suns (3-11) in what should have been a one-sided practice session.  Instead, the Spurs looked in trouble from the opening minutes.  The Spurs’ 11-point lead evaporated in the first period after a 13-point run by the Suns.  <more>

Second Half Push put Clippers over Spurs, November 30, 2018

The Agua Caliente Clipper engineered a come-from-behind victory to defeat the Austin Spurs, 125-122, in a game that had two very different halves.  The Spurs handily controlled the first halve, taking a 66 – 52 lead into the locker room a halftime. Austin outshot Aqua Caliente 67% to 42% from three-point <more>

Amida's Double-Double Leads Spurs Over Red Claws, November 23, 2018

Amida Brimah, the six-foot ten-inch center for the Austin Spurs, made his presence felt as the Spurs (5-4) defeated the Maine Red Claws (2-6).  Amida recorded 5 blocked shots, 12 rebounds and 12 points in route to the 109-104 victory.  This was Brimah’s third double-double, and the most blocked shots <more>

Historic Night as OKC Blue Top Austin Spurs, November 18, 2018

For the first time in the NBA G League an all-female crew officiate a game.  Ashley Moyer-Gleich,  Toni Patillo and Clare Aubry called a contentious game as the Oklahoma City Blue (6-1) topped the Austin Spurs (2-4) 130-118. Three OKC Blue players scored double-doubles: Tyler Davis lead the team with <more>

Season Best Performance, Spurs Over Vipers, November 13, 2018

The Austin Spurs (2-2) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2-2) 114-97 in what statistically their best game of the year.  The Spur shot 58% (42-74) from the field, 45% (10-22) from distance, and were perfect from the foul line (20-20).  Conversely, the Vipers struggled, hitting only 40%  (37-93) of <more>

Spurs Come from Behind for First Win, November 9, 2018

The Austin Spurs (1-1) overcame a 15-point deficient to defeated the Northern Arizona Sun  (2-2) 99-88.   The Spurs struggled until late in the second period when a Jordan Green layup started a 10-point run. Austin continued to chew away at Northern Arizona’s lead, eventually tying the game in the third quarter.  <more>

Austin Spurs Media Day, October 31, 2018

The Austin Spurs introduced their roster for the 2018-2019 NBA G-League season to the Austin-area media on Wednesday. The team returns as the reigning champions as they begin their thirteen season.  <more>

Spurs Hold Off Raptors, Take Game 1 NBA G-League Championship, April 8, 2018

The Austin Spur’s dominance of the NBA G-League playoffs continued as they took-on the Raptors 905 in game 1 of the League Championship series.  Previously, the Spurs had received a first round bye, after finishing first in the Western Conference.  Austin then handily defeated the South Bay Lakers <more>

Spurs Win Western Conference Championship, April 5, 2018

Austin Spurs played South Bay Lakers in the NBA G-League Western Conference Championship at the HEB Center on Thursday.   The winner of this single elimination playoff game goes the League Championship. Both teams played an aggressive, back-and-forth game in the first half.   <more>

Spurs Top Vipers, Take Conference Semi-Final, April 2, 2018

The Austin Spurs took on their Division rival, the Rio Grande Vipers, in a win-or-go-home, one-game Conference Semi-Final Playoff.  The Spurs won three of the four meetings between the two teams during the regular season.  The first quarter was an evenly played contest.  The lead changed five times <more>

Spurs Look Strong in Playoff Tune-up, March 24, 2018

Saturday’s game against the South Bay Lakers (28-21) was a tune-up for the NBA G-League playoffs for the Austin Spurs (31-18).  Austin was the number one conference seed going into the playoffs and had earned a first round bye.  The Spurs and the Lakers played a back-and-forth <more>

Sloppy Play or Solid Defense? Spurs over Skyforce, March 10, 2018

The Austin Spurs (29-16) took on the Sioux Fall Skyforce (24-20) Saturday at the HEB Center.  Austin has all but sewn up a playoff position, but is battling for a better tourney seed.  The Spurs had just come off a came off a hard fought 144-115 win over Reno the night before, and might have been fatigued.   <more>

Spurs Decisively Handle Bighorns, March 9, 2018

The Austin Spurs (28-16) broke with tradition.  They build a big first period lead and maintained control throughout the game over a peer team, the Reno Bighorns (24-18). The Spurs came out charged!  They led by as many as 14 points in just the first period, but settled for a 38-25 at the end of the first 12 minutes.  <more>

Spurs Overcome 18 Point Deficient for Win, March 2, 2018

You can tell how the Austin Spurs will play by their warm-up.  They looked sloppy in warm-up tonight… it was going to be a challenging night as they took on their division rivals, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.  The Spurs had a one game lead over the Vipers in the Western Conference Southwest Division. <more>

Spurs Fend Off Late Rally, February 11, 2018

The Austin Spurs (23-14) fought a tight contest with the Iowa Wolves (18-16) Sunday afternoon at the HEB Center at Cedar Park.  Spurs played with only 20 hours rest, traveling up from the Rio Grande Valley the night before.  The first quarter was especially contentious with the lead changing six times and <more> 

Spurs Fall Victim to Bad Habits, February 1, 2018

The Austin Spurs don’t often lose.  But when they do lose its after blowing a first quarter lead.  As has been the case in their last seven loses.  Thursday’s lost to the Memphis Hustle was no different, only more spectacular.   The Spurs dominated the Hustle in the first quarter, taking a 36-25 lead.  <more>

Spurs Start, Finish Strong against Grand Rapids, January 20, 2018

he Austin Spurs followed what has become a very predictable pattern.  They start strong in the first quarter, get out-played in the second and third quarters, and fight to get back into contention in the fourth quarter.  Sometimes they come out ahead, other times they don’t. <more>

Mother Nature, Suns Can't Stop the Spurs, January 18, 2018

Mother Nature really took its toll on the Austin Spurs on their recent 16-day road trip.  Thebarometric bomb that inundated the northeast caused the team’s flights to be cancel, luggage to be lost, and caused games to be rescheduled.  The team was even forced to play in “emergency jerseys” when <more>

Spurs Top #1 Magic in Final Second, December 28, 2017

The Austin Spurs are a team with great potential, but are having a difficult time consistently finding it.  The team snapped a four game losing streak against Santa Cruz.  And took a must win game from the division leading Rio Grande Valley.  But the Spurs dropped an easy win against Aqua Caliente, <more>

Tale of Two Halves: Spurs Fall to Clippers, December 21, 2017

You can tell what kind of game the Austin Spurs will have by their warm-up.  Being loose is always a good sign.  Practicing passes above the hoop means a solid night for assists.  Practicing individual slam-dunks indicates they are over confident.  Tonight the over confidence did them in.  <more>

Spur Take "Must Win" Game, December 15, 2017

Friday’s game for the Austin Spurs was the most important of the year.  And it could have determined the course of the season.  The Spurs stumble coming out of the Thanksgiving break and had lost four of the last five.   They had fallen to four games behind division leading Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Vipers, <more>

Spurs Top Warriors, Play Four Solid Periods, December 10, 2017

The Spurs are back.  At least it appeared that way in Sunday’s match-up against the Santa Cruz Warriors.  The Spurs has lost four games in a round and five of the last ten games going into the game.  They needed to find their way to remain  relevant. Back was four competitive quarters of play.  <more>

Spurs Drop Fourth-in-a-Row, December 7, 2017

The Austin Spurs can do it. They’ve done it.  They were 8-3 exiting the Thanksgiving break.  Since then they dropped four straight games,including three at home, including tonight’s loss.  In each of the losses the team did not execute in the firstthree quarters.   In each loss they dominated <more>

Are the Austin Spurs Worn-out? December 2, 2017

Friday’s game against the Salt Lake City Stars should have been a cakewalk for the Austin Spurs.  Austin (8-3) was atop the Southwest division of the NBA G-League, while Salt Lake (1-9) was in the cellar.  The Spurs had taken the first two meetings of the team this season.  And the Spurs had the home <more>

Sometime They Just Have your Number, December 1, 2017

The Austin Spurs looked to be the favorite going into tonight’s game against the Texas Legends.  The Spurs were 8-3 overall; the Legends were 4-5.  Austin was 4-2 at home; the Texas was 2-3 on the road.  The only stat leaning in favor of the Legends was they were 1-0 against the Spurs.  <more>

Spurs Overcome Miscues, Down the Blue, November 17, 2017

The Austin Spurs should have had a walk-away win against the Oklahoma City Blue.  OKCconnected only 43% of field goals, made only 18% of three-point attempts, and was out re-bounded 56 to 30. Instead sloppy play by the Spurs made it something of a contest.  Austin lost the ball on 21 turnovers and 12 steals.  <more>

Spurs: Huge Come from Behind Victory, November 14, 2017

This team may have what it takes. They talk to each.  They practice assists.   They ignore bad officiating.  And they don’t pucker-up when down by 22 points.  The Austin Spurs had all that, and more, in their game Tuesday against the Sioux Falls Skyforce before 6,759 fans at the HEB Center at <more>

Legends Edge Spurs, November 4, 2017

Break neck.  The Austin Spurs (1-0) and the Texas Legends (0-0) went at it Saturday night and the pace was break neck.  It took all of 12 seconds for Legend’s Johnathan Motley to score on a slam-dunk and the contest was on.  The Spurs controlled the first half, aided by the presence of San Antonio Spurs <more>

Cracks in the NBA Glass Officiating Ceiling, November 7, 2017

This is my fifth season covering the NBA D League, now the NBA L League.  A few times each season I would smile and think, “another crack in the glass ceiling,” when a woman was part of the officiating team.  Imagine my surprise, and delight, when two women, Natalie Sago (#5) and Kelly Broomfield (9), <more>

Austin Spurs Explosive Home Opener, November 3, 2017

The Salt Lake City Stars took on the Austin Spurs in the inaugural season of the NBAGatorade League (G League).  The league was previously known as the NBA Developmental League.  In addition to the new name, the league brings the first year of two-way contracts.  The two-way contract makes it easier for <more>

Almost Here... Austin Spurs Home Opener Friday, October 30, 2017

Optimism was the tone of the 2017 / 2018 Austin Spurs Media Day.  The ensemble of 17 players and six coaches were introduced to the local press on Monday at the new Toyota of Cedar Park car dealership.  Two major differences this year: the addition of head coach Blake Ahearn and the return of five players.  <more>

Spurs Close Season with Loss to Skyforce, April 2, 2017

The Austin Spurs played their final game of the 2016 / 2017 season against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.  Expectations were high for a crowd of 5965 fans.  Unfortunately, the game, as well as the season, was a disappointment for the Spurs’ fans.  The Skyforce controlled the game from the opening tip-off and <more>

Underdog Spurs give OKC Blues the Blues, March 27, 2017

Expectations were low for the Austin Spurs (23-24) as they took on the Oklahoma City Blues (32-15) at the HEB Center at Cedar Park.  Not only were the Spurs the underdog, they were also tired, having arrived late the previous night from a road game against the Texas Legends.  Austin tried to improve their odds by <more> 

Warriors Edge Past Spurs, March 23, 2017

The Santa Cruz Warriors (28-19) edged out the Austin Spurs (19-22), winning 106-103.  The Spurs entered the fourth period with a five-point lead, but the Warriors out-shot the Spurs 31-to-23 in the final frame.  Santa Cruz put up eight unanswered points in the final 1:27 of the game.  <more>

Livo Jean-Charles Post Career Game, March 10, 2017

There’s something about playing in your big brother’s room that makes you act like your big brother.  That was the case Thursday night when the Austin Spurs played in the AT&T Center, home of their parent team, the San Antonio Spurs.  The Austin Spurs took on the Deleware 87ers and look fabulous, <more>

Spurs Fall Short in Last Minute Push, March 6, 2017

The Austin Spurs has a nucleus of a solid NBA-D team.  But like a physics experiment gone awry, the results could be devastatingly bad if you insert foreign objects into its core.  Such was the case Sunday afternoon when Bryn Forbes, Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray made the short trip from San Antonio <more>

Cory Jefferson lead Austin Spurs over Long Island Nets, March 4, 2017

Cory Jefferson recorded his 16th double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 rebounds in 32 minutes.  Bryn Forbes, On assignment from San Antonio, led Austin with 21 points and 2 rebounds in 30 minutes.  And Charles Garcia also recorded a double-double off the bench with 13 points and <more>

Lowly Iowa Upsets Austin at Home, February 27, 2017

The last place Iowa Energy surprised the Austin Spurs by taking a lead in the first two minutes of the game.  They never looked back.   Iowa led by as much as 12 points in the first quarter, and increased that lead to as much to 13 points in the second quarter.  Iowa went to the locker room at half time seven points ahead of <more>

Spurs Out-Shine the Suns, February 25, 2017

The Austin Spurs notched an impressive win in Friday’s game against the Northern Arizona Suns before 5561 fans at the HEB Center in Cedar Park.  The Spurs have been underperforming in their three-point shooting.  The Spurs made 57% three-point attempts, sinking 12 of the long balls.  <more>

Nothing Stop Spurs Against Skyforce, February 24, 2017

It took a minute and a half for the Spurs to put their first points on the board.  But once they did, they never looked a back.  In fact, the Spurs had their second best offensive performance in the history of the team.  Key indicators like the three-point conversion rate (48%) and assists (21) all bowed well for the Spurs.  <more>

Spurs Lose Steam, Fall to D-Fenders, February 2, 2017

The Austin Spurs battled neck and neck with the league leading LA D-Fenders for the first three quarter.   The lead changed 18 times and the game was tied 20 times. But the depth of the D-Fenders prevailed as they out scored the Spurs by ten points in the final frame.  Final score was LA - 130, Austin - 119. <more>

D-Fenders Blow-Past Spurs, January 29, 2017

The LA D-Fenders out-scored the Austin Spurs by 32 points in the first half and never looked back.  The Spurs trailed for the rest of the game, not coming any closer than 24 points to the D-Fenders.  Hollis Thompson led the Spurs with 20 points and 8 rebounds.  Daniel Nwaelele finished with 18 points and <more>

Fantastic Team Victory! Spurs Over Suns, January 27, 2017

One of the hidden benefits of the Austin Spurs is that many San Antonio Spurs players make the short drive to Austin on a regular basis and play.  Austin is the official Developmental League team for San Antonio.  This helps the younger players by providing more playing time and less bench time.  <more>

Spurs Fall Hard in Overtime to Warriors, January 10, 2017

Coach Ken McDonald is a composed, supportive professional while on the court.  In four years covering the team, his voice has never been heard off the court. Unfortunately, Coach McDonald’s frustrations were exposed and the f-bomb was loudly dropped during the second quarter of the Austin Spurs <more>

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