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Their fans may but Spurs are not going to panic


For the first time since Tim Duncan came to San Antonio, the Spurs have lost five games in a row.

Right before the playoffs. In the season when it looked like they had found the fountain of youth, when they were back to being elite. The season maybe they could get one for the thumb.

So Spurs fans are freaking out a little bit. The Spurs, not so much, Manu Ginobili told the Spurs blog at the Express-News.

“I don’t think we’re in a crisis, or playing like crap,” Ginobili said. “We’re in a great situation. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

A situation? The Celtics were in a situation, too? The Lakers are in a situation, just one that seems a bit more comfortable than the Spurs one.

The Spurs had their big three back and healthy last night, but tried to shake the rust off against a desperate and hungry Celtics team. They might have better luck Friday night, although the Rockets have been playing very well of late also.

Those footsteps are the Lakers 2.5 games back of the Spurs. San Antonio’s defense has not been its old self all year but the offense had made up for it, which may not be the best playoff strategy in the first place, but now even the offense looks flat.

However, a win or two and everything will seem just fine again. And the panic buttons can go away. For now.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.