El Conclusión: Dallas Mavericks 101, San Antonio Spurs 100

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San Antonio Spurs 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 Dallas Mavericks
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
Doughnuts.

Two Things We Saw

  1. 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.
  2. Kawhi Leonard is solid young player. But his recent stint of uneven play places more of an emphasis on “young” than “player”.
  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Lets all be disingenuous together.
    I’ll say something thats not true.  Then i’ll base an entire argument on it.

    While your busy arguing about that, we’ll forget that the entire thing is pointless because the first thing I said was completely insincere and without basis.

    STEP 1.

    TIAGO SPLITTER IS SOFT

    STEP 2.
    Because of this DJB is better defensively.

    GO GO GO!~

  • Bentley

    I agree. What got the Spurs the lead was just going out there and playing. But trying to run the clock all the way down before shooting it really changed the dynamic of the offense and played right into the Mavs hands. I still think Pop’s decision to leave those guys in was the best thing, because they earned it by erasing that 18 point lead.

  • Anonymous

    I like ol Gary.

  • Anonymous

    I can read TD I’m just messin wit you. Loosen up I learned to do that a while back right MSTEELE?

  • Anonymous

    Pop would.

  • Anonymous

    Good break down.  Still not convinced it was totally Pop’s coaching…but I see your point.

    Players do have the ability to see what’s happening on the court at the time it is happening.  Sometimes what a coach has drawn up isn’t what’s available according to the plan and players have to make the proper adjustments.

    The play in question…the players didn’t make the proper adjustments.  But concede…Bonner wasn’t the best option to go to if he wasn’t just an option to shoot the ball once he got the ball instead of having to make a decision of what to do with the ball.  If that were the plan…bad idea by Pop.

    But Pop…and many other top coaches in this league make their fair share of mistakes.

    I chalk it up to “meh”  they weren’t suppose to be in that position to begin with having been down 18.  The starters were non factor, the reserves played out of their minds, Pop went with what was surprisingly working.  He rode it to the end regardless of what that ending may have been.  And the starters…it looked as if they enjoyed being on the bench cheering.  Not sure I would want them on the court if they were not mentally wanting to be in the game or break up the cohesion that was being established.

    To me the loss wasn’t as bad as some have been trying to make it when there were so many positives being established in a game that otherwise was a disappointment until the reserves started their amazing run.

    If anything…it was fun to watch after that point.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    It’s because a lot of people on this board take a long view of proceedings.  While others live for the intimate moment of each game.

    The spurs can’t win it this year.  There is no one move that will make us strong enough to contend.

    If we make a crap move now that gets rid of our cap space or guts our team of youth we end up as mediocre muppets for the next decade.

    Pop has the same ability to look past the tumult of the moment, and make decisions that are in the best interests of the team.

    Pop, Rc etc.  They all have a plan, they have targets, goals, have discussed at length the best way to improve players, who fits into what slot in the lineup, what they need to get from each position, who is going to be here next year.  This is their job.

    They don’t work as a bus driver 40 hours a week then turn up on game day and say GO GET EM TIMMY and decide the rotation via a box and dice.

    Phil Jackson and Pop are extremely alike in this.  They let teams face runs alone, do not bail them out with timeouts, will leave players in under pressure to see how they respond, will snub the starters if they are not playing well and rest guys against their will.

    It’s one of the reasons Danny Green is thriving in late game situations.  He has a proper coach who is developing him.

    Do you think development just means throwing some guy balls at shoot around and telling him to get his elbow more in line with the bucket?

    Development happens on the court.  Not on the bench.

  • Hobson13

    Here was your original post I was responding to:

    “A couple of things: Tiago Splitter is weak. He airballed a hookshot and had a rebound literally taken from him by a third string player. This is the type of things I see from Matt Bonner. He did get a big bucket at the end of the game but why is he so “GIRLY?” Matt Bonner should get an F for losing the game for us last night. He got the ball on the final play and stood with it for 5 seconds before letting VINCE CARTER strip it from him. Seriously, I have no idea why he is in the league. My wife even makes fun of the Spurs because he is on the team. Joesph needs to retire. The offense looked TERRIBLE all night long. I also agreed that sitting the starters was the right thing to do. They didnt play with any heart.”

    Read more: http://www.48minutesofhell.com/el-conclusion-dallas-mavericks-101-san-antonio-spurs-100#ixzz1kz6zxMXY” Please re-read my response above:  It will all come together very slowly for you…

  • Anonymous

    You must be selectively watching the game in regards to players. Uh Dirk made some shots over Blair too as if “who the hell is that midget covering me?” 

  • Anonymous

    Man that was great nudity!..DING ding, ding, ding, Classic! Blair has to pull that comedy shit off to make a shot. More power to him. I hope he tries that again next game. I’ll edit that out and put a link on Thomas and TD’s reply so they can see it and enjoy it. Power move!

  • Anonymous

    But I bet it was in your mind and you failed to spit the words out.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    I don’t even know how to respond to this.  George Hill was an exceptional citizen his entire tenure with the spurs.  He has been exceptional in Indiana.

    Delonte West is literally a mentally ill person who suffers from a debilitating disease.

    Honestly the more you talk the less sense you make.

  • Marcus

    This is a basketball forum. Let’s discuss basketball.

  • Anonymous

    You know what gets me about you and it’s funny, you’re always throwing around any statement about stats. Where in the hell in the box score does it say “Blair sat while watching Tiago play in the meat of the game” Stat-smat look who’s playing at the end. Pop likes this guy now. That aint gonna change.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Your moral high ground is floored.
    Argument invalid

  • MrNiko

    Scumbag or not, he’s a talented player. Blair (especially Blair) and Anderson are not worth much on their own and need some sort of compensation to get a deal like that done.

  • Anonymous

    Or how about this one:

    Step 1.

    BLAIR HAS TREMENDOUS HUSTLE AND ENERGY

    STEP 2. 

    HE MISSES HIS UNDER THE RIM GIRLY SHOTS

    GSG!

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Kings are not letting Cousins go for a tweener and a SG who has not yet flowered into an NBA starter.

    Way to go on the scum bag front there Thomas.  Is that part of league rules or just your personal opinion?

  • Anonymous

    And I am saying we lost because Terror had 34 points. Learn to comprehend. 

  • Anonymous

    Your mind is gone. Then why is he always watching the game while Splitter plays when it matters at the end. Try again.

  • Anonymous

    Really? And you saw them. OK.

  • Anonymous

    Can you read or comprehend? He said while in San Antonio? Next.

  • Anonymous

    And everybody isn’t perfect except you. Nobody get’s a second chance in this world? Crappy politicians do.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for definition Webster.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    3 million for a role player isn’t going to be the death of a franchise though.  I can live with 3 mill for my 4th big.  I agree that its not cheap.  

    Andersons on the last year of his Rookie contract right now, so it’s an unfair comparison.  I’d guess he is headed for 6 to 7 million a year very very quickly.

  • Anonymous

    And again I will say to you pay attention now…Who was playing at the end of the game when it was crucial? TIAAAAGOOOO! Blair had his pom poms going a hundred miles an hour while Tiago was working for a living.

  • Anonymous

    Are you sure I’m the intended person you were replying to?

  • Bry

    And? Just because you can find other underpaid guys doesn’t suddenly mean that Bonner’s 3.3 million makes him overpaid. nudity was right; he’s just overused. And, for the record, Miller makes around 5.5 million per year, and has already missed far more games than Bonner since he signed that deal. I do wish they’d somehow picked up Battier though; that guy would be perfect with the Spurs this season.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    No :((

    this bloody format kills me lol

  • Deeds130

    The Bonner deal and the RJ deal are both bad contracts.
    A) They are both too long. Neither should have gotten those deals in the 1st place.
    B) Spurs paid above market value for each of those guys. Who were the Spus trying to outbid for Bonner?? Nobody.

  • Deeds130

    True. If SAC trades DMC (which they aren’t AT ALL interested in doing right now) they can get ALOT better offers from other teams than ANYTHING we can send them. They are doing right by developing young lottery talent, doing so takes years. Thats why they changed coaches, and the time to give up on DMC will be in like 4 years from now maybe, but it’s not now and they know it. One more lottery pick this year, and then let their core grow up together. Absolutely NO reason for them to trade now.

  • TD BestEVER

    What the hell does Terry’s 34 points have to do with TD/TP checking in and Bonner/Anderson checking out of the game…..Again…if you can read, I didn’t say anything about Jason/Dirk. And Terry had most of those points in the 2nd half and in overtime. 16 in the 4th and in OT…. So again you point in INVALID!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • http://www.blogsurface.com/ Blog Surface

    It was a disappointing loss to say the least, but Pop knew what he was doing. The first unit was no where to be found in the game at all only to be picked up by Neal, Green and the 2nd unit. The bench guys played well enough to stay and they deserve all the minutes they played. 

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Chicago and Toronto were genuinely interested in Mudguts if i recall correctly.

    He has a real name around the league as a sharpshooter.  Guys with one niche skill tend to score decent money regardless.
    I agree its not a cheap contract but its not a ball breaker.  It’s not even close to as bad a contract as RJ.  Rj’s is off the scales nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Xanax will help your sanity.

  • Anonymous

    Hate to tell you TD but Tiago has attracted double teams in the last three games (Including Memphis go  back look) . He draws way more attention than Blair now. He’s getting respect down low in the block. Blair doesn’t draw anybody hell they even let him shoot a girly shot like in the Memphis game two inches away and clanged the rim. OH MY GOD! 

  • Anonymous

    I know start the 2nd unit and let the starters sub. but that would only mean the 2nd unit would have to get the lead back in the 3 qtr as usual. Oh well what else is new.

  • Anonymous

    Then you would be bitching about TP playing the last seconds of the game. Your never satisfied!

  • Anonymous

    They sell good lures and have a large variety at Bass Pro.

  • Anonymous

    Just go ahead and let one guy from the opposition go off and score more points than you can make up for. Nice defense TD. If  Terry is held to half those points damn we win! Get it!

  • Anonymous

    Read my post again. The one above you.

  • Anonymous

    But at least the 2nd unit brings them back and loses by 1 point not an ass kicking 20 points  by the starters.

  • Anonymous

    No it was meant for TDBE i think?

    Nice one nudity. Love this one.

    “They don’t work as a bus driver 40 hours a week then turn up on game day and say GO GET EM TIMMY and decide the rotation via a box and dice”.

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