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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Steve Helwick

Two All-Star Longhorns to clash in NBA Playoffs

Steve Helwick April 26, 2016

The first matchup of the second round of the NBA Playoffs is set — a showdown between former Longhorns. 2016 All-Stars Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge will clash in a best-of-seven series to...


Texas seeks redemption against Oklahoma State

Steve Helwick April 22, 2016

The Longhorns return home to face Oklahoma State in a three-game series over the weekend after being swept by the Sooners last weekend. The Longhorns have protected their house, achieving a 17-4 record...


Playoff Update: Avery Bradley doubtful with hamstring injury

Steve Helwick April 19, 2016

The Boston Celtics had been trailing the entire game. After Jae Crowder drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, they finally had something to cheer about. Seven seconds...


Texas falls to Oklahoma in close double-header games

Steve Helwick April 16, 2016

Despite a valiant effort on the road against the Big 12’s top team, the Longhorns fell to the Sooners during both games of a doubleheader Friday. The first matchup was a 9-8 defeat for Texas, followed...


Upset-minded Longhorns look to bring down rival Sooners

Steve Helwick April 15, 2016

The Longhorns are distant from rival Oklahoma in the standings, but have a chance to close the gap this weekend.  The Longhorns, winners of seven of their last eight games, will enter a three-game...


Six Longhorns set to compete in the NBA Playoffs

Steve Helwick April 12, 2016

Six former Longhorns are among the 240 players participating in the NBA Playoffs and hoping to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy this June. The playoffs commence on Saturday, April 16. Of the six...


Austin Spurs hold on to lead, season in Game 2 victory

Steve Helwick April 8, 2016

With their season on the line, the Austin Spurs learned a valuable lesson — no lead is safe. After blowing a 25-point second half lead in Game 1 at Rio Grande Valley, the Spurs would have to maintain...


Jordan Hamilton is on a path back to the NBA

Steve Helwick April 5, 2016

You never know when your number will be called. Months ago, former Texas Longhorns small forward Jordan Hamilton was playing professional basketball in Volgograd, Russia. The NBA and the NBA Developmental...


Austin Spurs finish season strong over Texas Legends

Steve Helwick April 3, 2016

After a near-late collapse in last night’s contest, the Austin Spurs entered the final game of their regular season with the demeanor of finishing strong. In a 104-84 victory over the Texas Legends...


Deshaun Thomas’ hot-hand ignites Austin to victory

Steve Helwick April 2, 2016

Every instant the ball was in his hands, the 5,569 fans in attendance at the Cedar Park Center couldn’t help but watch in amazement. Deshaun Thomas lit up the scoreboard in the second quarter, demonstrating...

Austin Spurs clinch playoff berth after snapping losing streak

Steve Helwick March 25, 2016

It was a rough stretch. The playoffs had been envisioned for the division-leading Austin Spurs for a prolonged period of time. A five-game losing streak and three-game home skid had hindered any excitement...

LaMarcus Aldridge has emerged as a Spur

Steve Helwick March 22, 2016

Five points, three rebounds, and a 30-point loss. LaMarcus Aldridge received a lot of criticism for that weak performance against the defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors on Jan. 25. Playing...


Alumnus Myles Turner receives Rookie of the Month honors for February

Steve Helwick March 9, 2016

At the beginning of January, Indiana Pacers rookie center Myles Turner was a backup center returning from a thumb injury. His role, potential and minute distribution were all mysterious at that point.  Two...

Pacers Myles Turner awarded with February’s Rookie of the Month honors

Steve Helwick March 8, 2016

At the beginning of January, Indiana Pacers rookie center Myles Turner was a backup center returning from a thumb injury. His role, potential and minute distribution were all unclear at that point. Last...


Austin Spurs withhold the Stampede, surge to victory

Steve Helwick March 7, 2016

Near the beginning of the fourth quarter, Austin Spurs shooting guard Brandon Fields sunk a three-pointer from the top of the arc to propel the Spurs an 11-point lead. The Spurs never relinquished the...


Journeyman Augustin settling into new role

Steve Helwick March 1, 2016

Nothing is permanent. D.J. Augustin has learned this lesson in his eight-year NBA career. When Augustin was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 18, he switched teams...


Texas dominates Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships

Steve Helwick February 29, 2016

Below the strings of pennants, the water furiously rippled in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Saturday night. Fans from various colleges at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships...


Austin Spurs’ balanced offensive attack leads them over Oklahoma City Blue

Steve Helwick February 29, 2016

Less than four minutes into the game, Nick Johnson sunk a three-pointer to boost the Austin Spurs in front of the Oklahoma City Blue, 8-6. Over the course of the next 44 minutes, the Spurs never trailed...


Texas Longhorns swim and dive teams dominate the conference

Steve Helwick February 28, 2016

Below the strings of pennants, the water furiously rippled in the Lee and Joe Jamail Center on Saturday night. Fans from various colleges at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships donned a myriad...


Former Longhorn assistant finds success as head coach of Austin Spurs

Steve Helwick February 24, 2016

Austin Spurs coach Ken McDonald called a timeout late one Saturday night at the Cedar Park Center, as his team trailed by three. He rapidly moved his hand, addressing figures drawn up on his whiteboard...

P.J. Tucker remains in Phoenix despite their struggles

Steve Helwick February 23, 2016

In an atmosphere that has been constantly changing all year, one thing remains constant: P.J. Tucker. The 30-year-old veteran from Texas walked onto the hardwood of the Talking Stick Resort Arena on...


Austin Spurs spur comeback, avenge loss to Oklahoma City

Steve Helwick February 22, 2016

Coach Ken McDonald pulled out the clipboard during a timeout with only 15.4 seconds remaining in overtime. The entire team stood around the bench watching everything drawn by the black marker. Deshaun...


Austin Spurs fall to Oklahoma City Blue in first of consecutive matchups

Steve Helwick February 20, 2016

The Austin Spurs seemed to have figured out the Oklahoma City Blue. The Spurs walked off the floor feeling good leading the Blue 53-45 and only committing two turnovers. But the second half turned...

Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge enjoy an All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Steve Helwick February 16, 2016

Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge were among the 24 participants in Sunday night’s 65th edition of the NBA All-Star Game. The two former Longhorns represented the Western Conference during the weekend’s...

Avery Bradley sinks game-winner to lift Celtics over Cavaliers

Steve Helwick February 9, 2016

Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley had only one option when he was suddenly handed the basketball with two seconds remaining. Despite the clock quickly approaching zero, Bradley managed to...

Myles Turner earns starting position after impressive performances

Steve Helwick February 2, 2016

After a thumb injury sidelined Indiana Pacers rookie center Myles Turner for 21 games, his role with the team was a mystery. The former Longhorn returned to action on Dec. 30, playing limited minutes...

Austin Spurs sweep two-game series against Idaho

Steve Helwick January 31, 2016

With a 3-point lead, the ball and 5.3 seconds left on the clock, the Austin Spurs planned to use free throws to seal a win over the Idaho Stampede. Instead, the Spurs turned the ball over on the...

Former Longhorn Kevin Durant headlines 2016 All-Star Starters

Steve Helwick January 26, 2016

Former Longhorn Kevin Durant was selected to his seventh consecutive NBA All-Star Game on Thursday. Getting selected to this event has become a recurring tradition for the Oklahoma City Thunder star since...

Austin Spurs down Los Angeles D-Fenders

Steve Helwick January 23, 2016

The Austin Spurs had to rely on their defense late in the game in order to suppress the Los Angeles D-Fenders’ hopes of coming back after surging to a large lead through three quarters. It paid off,...


Raptors’ Cory Joseph sinks buzzer-beating 3-point shot to beat Wizards

Steve Helwick December 1, 2015

The Toronto Raptors knew they had one more chance when John Wall’s second consecutive free throw clanked off the iron. Down 82-81 to the Washington Wizards in a heated Eastern Conference affair,...

Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph provide defensive spark off bench

Steve Helwick November 24, 2015

Ten of the last 11 winners of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awards have been shooting guards, all averaging more than 13.5 points per game. But this season, two of the premier sixth men in the league...


Column: After late contract agreement, Thompson must prove to Cavaliers why they paid him

Steve Helwick November 9, 2015

The holdout lasted a while, and there seemed to be no end in sight. Cleveland Cavaliers free agent power forward and former Longhorn Tristan Thompson did not sign the qualifying offer with the team...

UT alumnus LaMarcus Aldridge will play under new system in his old home as he joins San Antonio Spurs

Steve Helwick October 16, 2015

The 2015 offseason was a hectic one for All-NBA power forward and former Texas Longhorn LaMarcus Aldridge. After spending his first nine years in the league with the Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge...

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