El Conclusión: Dallas Mavericks 101, San Antonio Spurs 100
|Tim Duncan, C 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -6
His per minute numbers are solid, but it’s hard to give Duncan a too high a grade because of how badly the Mavericks were beating the Spurs while TD was on the floor. But of the starters, Duncan wasn’t the low light. He helped the Spurs more than he hurt them, but Dallas was/is the better team.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 28 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -9
Jefferson shot the ball fairly well and helped on the boards, but, like Duncan, Jefferson was part of the unit that dug a hole that proved too deep. With that in mind, the C+ might be generous.
|DeJuan Blair, F 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -8
Same qualifiers for Blair as Jefferson and Duncan. But give Blair credit for playing Dirk Nowitzki with a smart, physical brand of defense. Dirk still made shots over Blair, but they were difficult shots. In this game, Blair’s defense was better than his offense.
|Tony Parker, PG 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -10
Ugh. Parker seemed to make things more difficult on himself than need be, especially when he got into the paint. He’s a clever scorer, but tonight he was too clever by half. Simple takeaway: Parker did not play well.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -10
Leonard made a couple shots early and grabbed six rebounds, but otherwise continues his recent stint of mediocre basketball.
|Matt Bonner, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +4
Matt Bonner played 30 minutes, which gives us plenty to talk about. He only grabbed two boards in 30 minutes, and that too is an important talking point. But his three point shooting helped fuel the Spurs’ heroic near comeback. For that, he avoids a ‘D’.
|Daniel Green, G 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +8
Danny Green’s stat sheet doesn’t tell the story. Green’s energy and grit were crucial to the Spurs’ near comeback. Defensively, he was disruptive for 29 minutes. Offensively, Green was fearless.
|Gary Neal, PG 29 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +9
Garl Neal is also a player who isn’t afraid to shoot the basketball. Tonight, he connected on a handful of important shots and led the Spurs in scoring. And he distributed 7 assists, which was even more important.
|Tiago Splitter, C 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +8
Tiago Splitter has, arguably, been the best Spur over the last 5 games or so. He didn’t show that tonight, but he did man the middle during San Antonio’s amazing second half run. Respect.
|James Anderson, SG 20 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +17
James Anderson played within the offense tonight. The results were good. Anderson didn’t force shots, and his three assists were probably more important than his pair of threes. Under normal circumstances, I’m not sure there is room for Anderson in the rotation, but he made a strong case for more minutes tonight.
|Cory Joseph, G 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -8
Two Things We Saw
- The big debate after tonight’s game will center on Coach Popovich. Did he do the right thing by letting the second unit run the entire fourth quarter and overtime? I think so. But opinions will vary, and I’m sure they will be heated. From where I sit, this Spurs team might not make the playoffs, and even if they do they will need a strong bench. In either scenario, developing the second unit makes sense.
- Kawhi Leonard is solid young player. But his recent stint of uneven play places more of an emphasis on “young” than “player”.