El Conclusión: Dallas Mavericks 101, San Antonio Spurs 100


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

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”.
  • Hobson13

    Great game by the Spurs even though it was a critical loss.  As of now, we are 9th in the West going into tomorrow nights game against the 10th placed team.  However, the Spurs bench went toe-to-toe with the Mavs starting 5 for approximately the last 20 minutes of the game. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/spencer.pierce1 Spencer Pierce

    I loved how the starters were rallying around the 2nd unit in the 4th quarter and OT.  Even though we lost this game, I think the young guys gained a lot of confidence from their play, Pop’s decision to keep them in in OT, and the reactions of the starters.  Team chemistry got a big boost from tonight’s game.

  • Spurholic in Mumbai

    Daniel Kahneman in his path breaking book “Thinking,Fast and slow” explains the influence of memories by “experiencing self” and “remembering self”.  Guess three months down the line if the Spurs are struggling to make the play offs, how will we remember this game?  Will we rever the “mystical” expereince of seeing the second unit almost wipe out the 17 point hole which the first unit had dug or will we remember the game as the one which the team should have won (up 7 points with 1.4 min on the clock) and got us to the play offs!

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    I see a lot of positives from tonight.  The energy that second unit played with was superb.  Green especially.  

    We are going to live and die by how much better the role players and roster fodder are at the end of the season than the start.  I’m sure Pop has figured that out.  These kids have to get over the hump, and Pop has to know where he can plug them in.  

    Games like tonight give a huge indicator as to what players are capable of, and how they react under the absolute hammer of a hostile crowd and big name stars coming down the pipe.

    I really liked Green.  He is so Manu like on D.  Disruptive poking his hands into passing lanes and cheating off his man to poke the ball lose from behind.

    I also like what they are doing with Anderson.  It surely can’t be a coincidence that his option gets kicked and he suddenly wakes up and starts working well within the offense.

    I’m still not happy with Bonners minutes.  He missed two wide open three’s in the first half got battered on defense, and we got belted on the offensive boards when he was playing PF.  Sure he hit some threes but he was a big part of why we were so far down in the first place.  Thirty minutes is twenty minutes too long.

  • ZeusVizzle

    Maybe that’s what Anderson needed to perform better: Feel no pressure, like he’s got nothing left to lose so that he can stop putting pressure on himself to perform like the 2nd coming of Manu. I think that’s exactly what Pop wanted to instill in him with not picking up his option.

  • Anonymous

    Spurs not make the playoffs?  What in tarnation?

  • ZeusVizzle

    Playoffs? Wanna talk about playoffs? You kiddin’ me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game.

  • Hunter

    New Trade

    Hornets Get: F. Richard Jefferson, F. Matt Bonner, F, Dejuan Blair, G James Anderson 7 million dollar Trade exception, 2012 1st round pick

    Spurs get: C Chris Kaman, F, Trevor Ariza (Now third string on the team) hornets or T-wolves 2012 first round pick

    Spurs get a solid offensive big man, solid defensive/3 shooting wing player (we can amnesty him after the season) We unload 2 bad contracts Jefferson and Bonner. and a potential top 5 pick

    Hornets get 2 solid veterans who will stay there for a while, 2 nice young prospects Blair and Anderson, they unload a bad contract and get a Mid-first round pick.

    Yout thoughts

  • ZeusVizzle

    Sorry, just had to make that Mora reference.

    Anyway, I do think we’ll make the playoffs once Manu gets back. If not well all I know is that this game is a microcosm of how I want the Spurs to go out, if indeed they will go out this year: In a blaze of glory, losing but still taking it like a champ, and more importantly, not going gentle into that good night!

  • NYC

    Leaving the bench squad in there was 100%, without a doubt the correct decision. How can you even question that?

    Popovich was getting ready to throw in the towel. (I would argue he HAD thrown in the towel.) He pulled all the starters and basically said without using words, if you, the bench, can get something going, get us within 8 pts or so, then maybe we’ll consider battling for the win. But I’m not holding my breath. 

    You know this is true because he didn’t just go to the bench, he went DEEP into the bench. Only what happened next defied everyone’s expectations. Not only did the bench squad close the gap to fewer than 10 pts, they actually took the lead. 

    At this point, what kind of message are you sending your team if you yank the players that got you a 24-to-4 run for the starters who dug you into a 17-pt hole? The message would be this: I’ll throw you to the wolves, only placing you in situations where no one expects you to succeed. Should you improbably accomplish your Herculean feat against all odds, I will reward your hard work by benching you for players who were not getting the job done. Why? Because I have no faith in you, you’re easily replaceable, and there is literally nothing you can do that will change my opinion. Really, you shouldn’t even bother. Just quit now. 

    Is that what you want the coach to say? Who would compete for such a coach? What player would feel they have any stake in such a team? 

    Everyone has to be allowed to reap the fruits he sows. If a player shows up unprepared, he should expect to sit his ass on the bench. If he blows a rotation, he should expect to get chewed out. Conversely, if a player works hard and does everything right, completely exceeding expectations, you have to let him benefit from his own labor. 

    That bench squad earned the right to finish the game. That’s all there is to it. It is because of them there was even a game to be played in the 4th quarter, so it is their game to win or lose. 

    A lesser coach would have reinserted the starters, perhaps win the battle, and lose the war. Pop made the courageous choice and the wise choice. I have not a shred of doubt about that. 

  • Hobson13

    Good write up.  I agree 100%.  The starters shouldn’t have been rewarded for their part in our 17pt deficit by inserting them after the bench’s great effort.  They weren’t getting it done and the bench was.  It’s that simple.

  • NYC

    Where are you getting this stuff?

    Hornets didn’t extend Kaman’s contract, so they will be free of his contract after this season no matter what. In fact, if their motivation is to shed contracts, there is no way they would take on Jefferson and Bonner, both of whom have 3-year contracts. If you are referring to Trevor Ariza as the “bad contract,” then compare him to Richard Jefferson:

    Ariza                $6,790,640 (2011-12);   $7,258,960 (2012-13);   $7,727,280 (2013-14)
    Jefferson         $9,282,000 (2011-12); $10,164,000 (2012-13); $11,046,000 (2013-14)

    The third year for both players is a player option. They have the same contracts except Jefferson makes significantly more. How would trading Kaman’s terminal contract and swapping Ariza ‘s contract for a higher priced one of the same duration be “unload[ing] a bad contract”?

    When you say the Hornets will get two “solid” veterans who will stay for a while, do you even stop to ask if they want these “solid” players? I’m guessing you desperately want Matt Bonner off this team. I’m guessing you don’t think much of him as a player. If that’s the case, what would make you think the Hornets would want him any more than you do? What makes you think they value Richard Jefferson any more than Trevor Ariza? If nothing else, Ariza costs significantly less money. 

    Also, I don’t think you understand how amnesty works. Once a player has been traded, amnesty is off the table. If we were to trade RJ, then his contract is no longer “amnesty-able.” Only the Spurs can amnesty him. Just as only the Hornets could amnesty Ariza. Any trade immediately nulls and voids any possibility of a player being amnestied. 

    I am so sick and tired of all these trade scenarios. Live in reality, people! Basketball is more than a game played on paper. If your idea of team building is solely through trades and acquisitions, then you picked the wrong team to be a fan of. Do yourself a favor and go follow the Mavericks. 

  • Anonymous

    I had no problem with the bench playing this one out. They earned the right to finish it. The win was there I can’t believe they lost the game. Everything was in their favor, oh well.

    I’m not ready to entertain talk about them not making the playoffs. Had they pulled it out they’d be 4th and Dallas would be 9th.

  • Anonymous

    Well it’s a pattern that seems to be repeated  and will be repeated when that starting rotation keeps hitting the floor digging ourselves a hole early. I wonder what would happen if they give the second unit a sizable lead going into the first substitutions. I would like to see that for once.

  • Anonymous

    Aren’t we allowed to fantasize about being GM for the day on this blog? Some people look forward to this after a hard day’s work.

  • Anonymous

    I like that. How do you know this game didn’t catapult the second unit’s confidence to the next level and feel they belong on the court when the game starts.

  • Anonymous

    Either way if we make the playoffs and that’s great or we don’t and it’s a good gauge of who’s sticking around next season when we’re able to finally spend some money for good players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fendayaiii Felipe Endaya III

    What can the mavs fans be thinking right know??? hmm… lol!!! our bench are getting playoffs experience early! “WE CAN LOSE THE BATTLE, BUT WE WILL WIN THE WAR” Great Job P. Holt, RC Buford and G. Popovich! Can’t wait for Manu to return. I can’t stop having faith with these guys!!!

  • DorieStreet

    Too eary to talk playoff doom & gloom. 9th-place Spurs have only 2 less wins and 3 more losses than the 2nd-place Nuggets, who along with the Thunder are the only western conference squads with winning road records. The other 13 teams have either 4,3, or 2 wins away from home with more losses in each case save one (Twolves, who are 4-4), so the Spurs are not out there on an island by themselves with this predicament. But the winning on the road has to start immediately.

  • Easy now…

    Although you reply makes sense, no need for condescending tone…chill out yo…

  • Anonymous

    I too like many others believe this was a great game for the Spurs.  The only bad thing was the final score which was not reflective of what we saw of the Spurs second unit.  Briefly, if it were not for some home cookin’ with the officiating, even the outcome might of went in the Spurs favor.

    Anyway…what ever the playoff future may be for this team this year…it appears there may be a brighter long term future for this team if these young players can continue to grow in talent and confidence and play at a high level like they did last night.  I applaud this team for fighting the way they did and making this game one of the most positive games I’ve seen though it was a loss.

    Regarding the starters, it was inevitable Parker was going to have a let down game.  He’s played way too many minutes in this shortened crammed season for him not to have a game like this sooner or later.  He’ll be fine and more himself with more rest.  Which I’m afraid won’t always be the case for Duncan who’s spirit for playing the game is more than he can physically provide night in and night out.  It appears no matter how much rest or management of his time on the court…he’ll probably only be productively good for no more than 20 mpg about every other game for the rest of this season.

    I would say the most troubling sign of all the starters is R.J.’s steady decline in efficiency since the start of the season where he looked to be poised and ready to handle the rigors of this schedule and even looked to be somewhat (if need be) a go to player.  And while Kawhi had been playing above level to what may have been expected for a rookie…he may just be hitting that proverbial rookie wall because of the amount of games played in such a short amount of time.

    In conclusion, more losses like these are easier to swallow when there is a glimpse of hope to a brighter future because of the way the rooks and second to third year players performed.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah…too tight of a margin at this point to be predicting playoff chances or seating when the difference from 2nd to 7th is only 2 games.

  • Hunter

    ESPN reports that the Hornets are looking to Trade away Chris Kaman. Thats “Where I am getting this”  Multiple sources close to New Orleans sy Dell Demps wants a mor consistent talent in new Orleans. and they are not even gonna play Kaman to risk an injury that downs his trade value. They want Ariza out of there aswell (he is on the third string)

  • DorieStreet

    One of the benefits of this loss is that it should greatly improve team chemistry, as Spencer Pence mention in an earlier post. How often have you seen in other games starters/veteran players sulk, become disinterested, or joke / laugh about the seldom-used bench guy’s play in a blowout contest.
    Or— the starters jump up quickly and get back in on the court when an apparent loss becomes an opportunity to steal a victory.
    Tony, Tim, & RJ were genuinely rooting for their teammates to win the game–not only for the Spurs–but for Tiago, Danny, James, Gary & Matt to get the win themselves, without any help.
    Last night also shows the coaching staff that they can be ‘freelance’ a little more in what lineups they can put out on the floor in future games.  There will be some uneven play due to some guys not used to playing together; but as the season goes on the team will be deeper, while avoiding severe dropoffs in quality of play.

  • Thomasholdren

    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. 

  • Anonymous

    You sir get my nomination for best post award for this article.

  • Anonymous

    You sir get my nomination for best post award for this article.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nadeemmoulvi Nadeem Moulvi

    I was at the game…with 2 minutes remaining, Pop should have brought back Parker to run the show. Ball movement was horrible down the stretch.  Also, I agree with running with the hot hand, but when its OT, Timmy and Tony have to be on the floor. A disappointing loss.

  • TD BestEVER

    It’s like you people don’t understand basketball…… I know each game has it’s own ebbs and flows, but to keep in the entire bench was suicide and we have seen it before against the Kings earlier.   The Bench has a job to do, and last night they did that job extremely well.  They have to either hold on to leads, in crease leads, or dig the starters out of a hole with there energy.   After they do their jobs it’s back to the bench and let the starters finish the game and complete the TEAM VICTORY. 

    For those who are counting this is the 2nd game that POP’s poor decisions has costs the SPURS.  1st vs the KINGS he did the same exact thing.  And how did that work out for us.  So for all those who say it will build confidence, well it happened like 9 days ago and that didn’t translate into a W last night.   POP’s decision is basically a concession that he doesn’t want to make the playoffs or do anything if we get there.  If POP truly thinks we lost last year because of a MANU injury he would be coaching every game to win and not try to develop all players. That’s what loosing teams that don’t make the playoffs do.  IE The Hornets sitting down Kaman to get the younger guys some minutes.  BAD Teams that are going no where do this dumb Shhhhhhh!

    As far as confidence goes, Neal/Green didn’t need this PT to get there confidence up…….. Theirs was already HIGH.  Neal just needed to get some shots to fall and once they did he would always be a deadly shooter. Green has been making plays for a while, same for Splitter(although he didn’t look good playing against players his own size).  Bonner/Anderson are back of the rotation players whose confidence would have gone up just from the comeback and amount of PT they were given.   To give them the ENTIRE OT as well as the final 90seconds was just DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You could have easily came back in with TP/TD just to solidify the execution down the stretch for the crunch time.   WE WERE UP 7 POINTS WITH 90 SECONDS LEFT AND LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Should have came back in with a couple starters at 1st and then subbed them all in to start OT.   

    Absolute madness from POP, + PR spin from the writers here @ 48MoH, and a defeated fan base that’s already packed and ready to go fishing!!!!!! 

  • Marcus

    Couldn’t help but think last night how awesome Danny Green and George Hill on the court together would have been.

  • TD BestEVER

    Sorry dude, the message to the bench would have been you have done your JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got us back into a game that we have no business being in with your hustle and energy!   Now for the stretch run and for OT lets make sure we put in a squad that can ACTUALLY FINISH the comeback.  We were up 7 with 90 seconds and lost tells you all you need to about the bench and why finishing games with them isn’t a good idea.  Subbing Bonner/Anderson would have shaken the benches confidence at all and would have won us this game in regulation.

    POOR coaching from POP!

  • Thomasholdren

    Hill is a “wanksta” he is exactly the type of personality we do not want here a la Delonte West. Hilll is better than Joseph but not as good as neal or green. His offense needs work (cant create shot) and this is an area that we need to improve VASTLY if we are thinking about winning some games. 

  • Len

    Why did Pop put the ball in Boner’s hands to create with the game on the line?  Bonner serves ONE purpose on the floor.  Catch and shoot, period.  The ball should have been in Anderson or Green’s hand with the game on the line.  Heck, I could have lived with Tiago having the ball at the high post with 10 secs left.  But NOOOOOOOOOOO, Pop had to get cute and Boner, not surprisingly, blew it.

    That is my main problem with Pop from last night’s game.

  • http://radsci.uthscsa.edu/index.php/User:Nima Nima K.
  • Anonymous

    TD and TP were not solidifying anything in that game. In fact… their play is what helped establish the Mavs an 18 point lead to begin with. Why bring them in to disrupt what had been found to be working if they had already proven not to be at their best all game long?

    A .01 differential of release at the end of regulation and you wouldn’t be bringing this up.  A horrible review decision on the out of bounds by Mahinmi and you wouldn’t be talking about this.  Instead it would be how well the reserves played and won the game.  Well, the loss still doesn’t nullify the great things that happened in that game regarding the team.

    I for one won’t feel jilted or defeated in what happened last night regardless of what you think I should feel because they lost.

  • Tyler

    Really?!? Personality-wise, in what universe is George Hill comparable to Delonte West? 

    We can disagree on coaching philosophy, which players need more PT, what moves the organizations needs to make, etc. What is not up for debate is Hill’s conduct as a Spur. He was nothing but a class act while in SA. Every team in the league would love a guy like him.

    I’ve been posting on this board off and on for the last season, and your comment takes the case as the most ridiculous, out-of-touch, and uninformed I’ve come across. Congrats!

  • Tyler

    Normally, a post-to-post entry is the easiest to execute – typically not much ball pressure applied to the passer. That’s where we were going – down low to Tiago. In this case though, Anderson was late on his cut, which forced Bonner to hold the ball longer than he wanted. Also, Carter was guarding Bonner instead of a PF. The play call was fine, the execution was bad. 

    Having said that, there’s no excuse – Bonner needed to be stronger with it. An NBA player should be able to make that play.

  • Bob

    I think it’s pretty obvious the starting lineup needs a shakeup. The bench has been bailing them out for too long. They need to start better and then try to have the bench maintain the lead.

  • JWill

    I hate Richard Jefferson, period!  I can’t stand watching him float around the court lifelessly being a ball roadblock or hesitant jump-shooter.  He brings nothing to this team, I would much rather have Danny Green, Kawhi or James Anderson on the floor with their energy and willingness to play defense and rebound.  I hate Richard Jefferson.

  • Bob

    There’s no moral victories in this season. The Spurs focus should be on getting into the playoffs and improving their defense. The offense should pick up when TJ and Manu get back.

  • Anonymous

    It wasn’t a planned situation that Bonner ended up with the ball.  He was just a better option to give it to since everybody was guarded too well.  But that doesn’t excuse a player of Bonner’s experience to allow what he allowed to happen after he got the ball.

  • Bob

    Even though Splitter didn’t seem to have a good game. I think the attention he draws inside made that run possible. If he’s not rolling hard to the basket the shooters don’t get as open shots. He’s still got to work on making quicker more decisive moves in the post. I think if you insert him in the starting lineup it gives the offense more options.

  • spursfanbayarea

    Good to see there are still some players on the spurs that are still hungry and play with energy and hustle. This game was a loss on the column but a win for our second units confidence. I don’t blame the second unit for losing the game in the the last few minutes. That was popovichs poor coaching decisions. Why in the world does our worst player (bonner) handle the inbound pass????? I agree with giving the second unit most of the minutes, but in the last few possessions they needed someone with experience directing the flow of offense. Pop should have inserted parker to direct traffic. 

  • Len

    Well, that’s partially right Tyler but partially wrong.  Anderson was late and Bonner was looking to Tiago.  


    They had Roddy B guarding Neal.  Neal should have taken the in bounds pass and Bonner should have been planted behind the 3pt line on the wing.  They should have switched places!  At least Neal can dribble and create a shot if something goes wrong.  

    There is no excuse for putting the ball in Boner’s hands when the game is on the line to do ANYTHING except catch & shoot.  

    The man can’t dribble and is a highly suspect passer.  And he’s making the pass with the game on the line?

  • Len

    Umm, I gotta disagree with you here ST.  Go watch the play again.  It sure looked to me like the ball was designed to go to Bonner and then he was to look to Tiago in the paint. 

    I can’t say for sure but neither can you.  My point is that Boner should have been spotted up behind the arc.  That’s what he does, that’s ALL he does.  

    Heck, let HIM make the in bounds pass as the passer usually has a good chance to get open for a shot.  

  • Anonymous

    Stop criticizing people on a personal level, better yet go away.

  • TD BestEVER

    And I for 1 will not be satisfied with “Silver Linings” all because you fans have lost your “Marbles” to quote the Asian guy from Major Leagues.  Everyone on this board seems to have completely given up on being anything…….. And are just happy to sit it out and HOPE for a good off season in the FA market.   And this from a team that HAS NEVER BEEN A BIG PLAYER IN FREE AGENCY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Talking about out of touch, the Spurs are and will always be CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And once you add that to the fact that BASICALLY NO ONE WANTS TO SIGN HERE anyway.  How on Earth do you plan on getting some actual Starting level NBA talent on this team.   People aren’t gonna take less money as they may have in years past.

  • TD BestEVER

    Step off the gas…… Splitter didn’t draw any attention that game.  Neal/Green are the 2 that made that run possible and they didn’t and don’t need Splitter to do what they do. Most of Neal’s shots were off dribble penetration, not screens or just pull up 3’s with a hand in his face.  How did Splitter help him on those 2 things??

    Green also didn’t use the PnR that much if at all……. He was just making a ton of great hustle plays. Block shot and a big rebound(stolen from Dirk) and a drive to the basket afterwards.  Tiago was in th game during the run just like Bonner/Anderson.  But that run was ALL Green/Neal.

  • Anonymous

    At least Tiago isCAN compete against players his own size can’t say the same for Blair. He can’t score on a five foot center (a ghost under the rim) guarding him as evident on his missed lay ups all season. 
    As for the 2nd unit I’m glad Pop rode them all the way. They’ll be better for it in the future wehter you like it or not. Why don’t your starters do their job instead of going down 17 points and packing it in. I’m tired of seeing the starters go down 10 points not soon after tip off. This is getting old. The reason why is, because Blair can’t play on the 2nd unit not because he’s great because of the opposite and needs Timmy or Splitter to take care of him. That’s what’s holding this team back. I guarantee you if we had an other legitimate big other than Timmy and Splitter Blair would not start. He might even be riding the bench because Pop will choose Bonner over him. HAHAHAHAHAH!

  • Anonymous

    Here’s something you and your wife can do……Stop watching games. You are one criticizing negative dude. GO SPURS GO!