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”.
  • TD BestEVER

    That’s all I’m asking for is a little bit of SANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What could have been a season changing win, will turn out to be just another disappointing loss.  Our 2nd team didn’t need a confidence boost. 

    Taigo had been playing as well as any backup in the NBA.
    Green confidence has NEVER LEFT – even when he is off he hustle all over the place
    Neal confidence has NEVER LEFT – he just needed to get his legs back and see some shots go in.  He has been firing away all season, just hasn’t been making them as well as last year. 

    So is Bonner gonna now be a more Dynamic player because of this “VOTE OF CONFIDENCE”
    is Anderson gonna start now or steal some minutes from Neal/Green/KL – I think not…… this was truly a wasted game!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    If anything Mavs fans should be worried that our deep young 2nd unit almost came away with a win down 17 points against there starters and a 4 day rested hall of famer. you know they have to worried when Manu and TJ comes back and the 2nd unit keeps excelling game after game.

  • Anonymous

    A 4 game rested hall of farmer in Dirk only got 10 points. Quit your bitching. Terry’s 34 points is what killed us. Period. Any way you spin it TDBE wether its 90 seconds left or 5 minutes left in the game those are still 34 points that boy made.

  • Anonymous

    By the way he should be a farmer if he keeps playing like that.

  • Anonymous

    You wouldn’t be a good coach. Players would be quitting on you.

  • Anonymous

    And what? Go down 17 points again? The starters were where they belonged. They earned their right to sit.

  • Anonymous

    “Tiago Splitter is weak” — boo hoo hoo. That hurts.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah TD so they can go down 17 points again? By the looks of it they seemed to be enjoying the game pretty much from where they were watching it. Don’t you think? GO TEAM GO! All they needed were pom poms.

  • Anonymous

    Nice!

  • Anonymous

    WTF?

  • Anonymous

    Yes sir they did. This may have well pushed their confidence up a notch.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t think for a minute the Mavs came away like they accomplished something huge. Because they didn’t it only showed that even a 2nd unit can come back on their starters including a 4 games rested HOF’r and almost take that game away. It has to be in the back of their minds next time they play each other. 

  • Anonymous

    Blair got C+, Splitter got a B. Looks like Tiago’s going to Chuck E Cheese’s and Blair’s not.

  • Thomasholdren

    LMFAO – George Hill took photos of himself naked and text them…. Professional?

    http://www.hoopsvibe.com/gossip/articles/80230-spurs-george-hill-is-naked-on-camera-and-uhfast

    And there you go Tyler. Anything else you care to claim is “not up for debate?” 

    Again, I will logically defend any argument I throw out. So is the above a “class act?” Is the above “out of touch” or “uninformed”

    I will wait patiently for your response. Even if you were to say, it isnt a big deal, you would have to agree that it isnt “CLASS ACT.” And then your whole argument about me being “uninformed” goes out the window. 

    That link just proves the backbone of your argument “What is not up for debate is Hill’s conduct as a Spur.” I for one would not want my players sexually harassing women.  

  • Thomasholdren

    Thanks for commenting three times to one post, but you never addressed any of what was written. You got mad because the facts are out there and that your boy did nothing against people his own size. Again Tiago plays too soft. I would much rather have a hustling aggressive player than a taller, slower, softer player. You saw what we all saw DJB limiting Dirk to nothing. 

  • MrNiko

    Here’s a trade for you guys to mull on that would be an interesting proposition, due to the excellence of our coaching staff.

    Blair, Anderson, 2013 1st round pick, 2015 2nd round pick(maybe first) for Demarcus Cousins.

    Thoughts?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see where I’m giving up on anything by complimenting what the reserves were able to do last night.  I know there’s pending circumstances that need to be addressed for the team to be a champion caliber team. Lord knows I’ve commented plenty in that regard. Most of which is replacing a living legacy which is going to be far and away a difficult task to do since I don’t see anybody in the near future or on any current team that can duplicate what Duncan used to do.  The closest being Dwight Howard but even in his prime Timmy was better than Howard.

    I’m just not deflated by this loss.  I’d expect a loss by throwing in the towel. Instead…the reserves earned their right to play for the win.  The starters…they earned their position on the bench for that game and thinking they would have made a difference when proving all game long they were part of the problem is just speculation at best and more of a “sour grapes” response which I think you would have conjured if starters were inserted and still lost the game.

  • Tyler

    The link you posted is only one side of the story. I’m not going to defend Hill for a stupid decision (he was 23 at the time I think), but it’s a far cry from being arrested on weapons charges. In my mind, the two acts aren’t even comparable.

    I still believe George is a class act, and I’m sure the Spurs organization would agree. I’d love to have him back in SA.

  • Hobson13

    I don’t know what game you watched, but Splitter played just fine against a first ballot hall of famer who had plenty of rest.  Dirk made a few shots on him, but they were highly contested.  Dirk is going to be Dirk and get his.  We didn’t run much offense through Splitter, but he seemed to be good off the ball including two put back slams.  At no point in the game did I see Splitter get manhandled by anyone…

  • Tyler

    I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you here. I’m just saying the first thing you have to do is get the ball in bounds, and it’s typically easier to go through a big.

    I like the idea of going through Tiago though. I thought he had as favorable a matchup down low as Neal or Green had on the perimeter.

    Also, we might be making too much of one play. Games don’t ever come down to one play. If we had executed better and used the clock more wisely (Tiago’s missed layup attempt with about 1:30 to go), we’re shooting free throws to ice the game.

  • Thomasholdren

    My post never once said “manhandled.” It was directed at you and others who said that Tiago is a better defender than Blair. He isnt. And he wasnt last night. 

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    The one thing that annoys me about this team, is that I don’t know what to expect night after night. There is absolutely no consistency at all. One day they play good defense, next day horrible, they make shots, then they don’t. they move the ball, then they don’t, the execute plays, then they don’t.

    I still don’t understand why we don’t switch on Pick and Rolls, yeah, we don’t want a mismatch, but half the time they get a lane straight to the rim, I rather have a little guy defending than no guy at all.

    How come we never use out mismatches, time and time again, we have mismatches down low and end up passing up these opportunities. Why do we not use the hot hand, so many times we have a player who is hot and they end up taking 5 shots. Makes no sense. This team may make the playoffs, but outcome will be the same as last year. At what point does it become insanity?

  • Thomasholdren


    since I don’t see anybody in the near future or on any current team that can duplicate what Duncan used to do”

    TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT SENTIMENT. Which is why I will never, nor have I ever bought into the Pop GOAT stuff. The best coaches TURNAROUND teams. They dont just draft the best players ever. I.e. Phil Jackson or takeover teams with the best talent i.e. Phil Jackson, Mike Brown, and current Miami heat coach. 

    I would agree that the reserves earned their way to finish the game. HOWEVER, I do think that it was evident they were playing not to lose at the end of regulation. I credit POP for allowing his reserves to play as many “hot minutes” as he did. But he needed to insert a starter or two when the reserves began playing scared and milking the clock. 

    Starters should have definitely entered the game in OT. We have a problem with OUR STARTERS finishing games. And so it seems our reserves… could this be a coaching fault? 

  • Bry

    Along with the fantasy of trading garbage for gold, I’d like to dump the ‘fantasy’ that Bonner has a long or expensive contract. I know that a ton of the people on this blog don’t like Bonner and want rid of him, but let’s all stop pretending that his contract is the problem. He makes between 3 and 3.9 million and has two more years left on his contract after this one. On the NBA market his salary is nothing, which is why we can’t get any big salary back just by trading him. Bonner will make 3.3 this year, and – even though he drives me nuts and plays too many minutes in my opinion – he is NOT overpaid nor is his salary the key to anything for the Spurs. Hell, Dice is getting paid almost as much as him this year and he’s retired. The only ‘bad’ contract that the Spurs have on their entire roster is Jefferson’s; and even that one is not horrifically bad (which is why they are still waiting to amnesty him). I agree, let’s get back to reality. The Spurs are going to play the young guys a ton this year as they work through the current youth movement. I don’t mind it at all, and by the end of this season they will know which players are part of the future, and which should be trade bait.

  • Thomasholdren

    Nice try Tyler, but what “class act” associates with those type of women OR even have the disregard he did for texting/internet. That is not professional OR being a class act. 

    THOSE ACTIONS DO warrant questioning his character. Which you said , let me remind you, was NEVER IN QUESTION. I dont care how old he is. You ran your mouth, now you own up to your own ignorance. 

    What is the difference between hanging out with the lowlifes that West hangs/hung out with or the easy women that G Hill tries to run game on? Same crowd. Guilty by association. 

    If you believe hill is a class act then you cant read. I knew you would try to downplay the issue, but as a figure in a leadership capacity I would fire anyone who brought that kind of negative press on my organization. 

    Additionally would you allow Hill to teach young men how to talk to women? Better, would you let Hill date your daughter. 

    For me, I would let any legitimate “CLASS ACT” do either. I would never let Hill do either. 

  • Thomasholdren

    FAIL. Take out the picks and maybe. But Cousins is a scum bag

  • bakedroll

    i think i could live with this and a couple of 2nd round picks. gives nola a pretty good player and a player that has some very good potential to help compensate for the burden of bringing over jefferson. plus we can amnesty bonner at seasons end if need be.

  • bakedroll
  • Hobson13

    And never once did your post say ANYTHING comparing Tiago’s defense to Blair’s defense.  In fact, your original post was more or less an incoherent rant.  Both Blair and Splitter played good defense against Dirk, but overall, Splitter is still a taller and longer defender.  On the average, I’d much rather have Splitter playing a 7footer than Blair. 

  • Bry

    Umm, you guys are forgetting that Bonner didn’t botch that play, or even the game. He did belately get the ball to Green, who missed a potential game-breaker for like the 3rd or 4th time this season. Yes, it was annoying watching Bonner bumble the play and burn clock, but it was Green who had open space with the ball one on one and missed an open game-winner with 3 seconds left.

  • Lvmainman

    Pop’s poor coaching cost the Spurs the game. Leaving the bench in was smart, but having them milk the clock down, up 7 with 3 minutes left was DUMB.They scored on 5 consecutive possessions by pushing the ball up the court and running the offense and taking and making the 1st good shot. Then Pop had Neal wasted the 1st 15 seconds of the shot clock against a set Mavs defense and the Spurs scored only 1 time in 6 possessions.

    Pop’s poor coaching cost the Spurs the game. To not inbound to Neal, like against Memphis, and have Bonner make a post pass to Splitter is pure idiocy.

    Pop is too blame for this loss.

  • Lvmainman

    Spurs went from playing and reacting, to thinking and trying to execute. Absolute failure for bench type players.

  • Anonymous

    “Starters should have definitely entered the game in OT. We have a
    problem with OUR STARTERS finishing games. And so it seems our
    reserves… could this be a coaching fault?”

    Interesting question and lead up to the question.  Pop’s called some amazing last second plays out of time outs to establish him being a better than average savvy coach.  He’s always commented that having Tim Duncan could make any coach look good.  Does he do a good job at getting the best out of his players on a consistent basis?  Some yes. Some no.  However, not sure what the issue is with closing games.  But last night was another example…regardless if it was starters or reserves…to the team not being able to close out a game  Is that all on the coach?  Or does this rigorous schedule make it difficult for players to execute down the stretch of games?  Perhaps both.

  • Hicksman73

    But when in any other game would you let anyone play what 17 straight minutes of NBA basketball???

  • Tyler

    “What is the difference between hanging out with the lowlifes that West hangs/hung out with or the easy women that G Hill tries to run game on? Same crowd. Guilty by association.”
    You’re making an awful lot of assumptions aren’t you?

    Texting a nude picture is the same as getting arrested on weapons charges? Really? That’s a valid comparison?

  • Thomasholdren

    So you should get a medal for reading comprehension. This is what I said, ”
    Tiago plays too soft. I would much rather have a hustling aggressive player than a taller, slower, softer player. You saw what we all saw DJB limiting Dirk to nothing.”

    Again, the comparison between both is right above. You responded with: 
    “And never once did your post say ANYTHING comparing Tiago’s defense to Blair’s defense”

    Which isnt true. I didnt ask about if they both played “good” which they both did. The point was if you read it again, DJB defended him BETTER. The stats back up Blair. Whether you agree or disagree is not relevant. Blair played better against a taller shooter. Tiago has no business defending Dirk. Tiago cant defend anything that requires lateral movement, or foot speed. I.e. anything outside of the paint. 

    Then on the average you would be betting against the odds (statistics), which is fine by me. Thank You for your consideration. 

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    I’ve never wanted to get rid of Bonner, I don’t think he is overpaid, and he gives maximum effort on court.
    He is simply played too many minutes.  Pop has a huge glaring blind spot for mudguts and it’s played out across the entire tenure of his San Antonio career. 

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    think he was replying to the guy above you title lol :)

    Trad would not work due to restrictions on amnesty, and the fact that New Orleans are probably looking for a better package.  No reason to blow the guy up for having a crack.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Leaving the bench in was the right thing to do.
    They were playing miles better than the starters.  For whatever reason they had energy and defence.  The starters didn’t.

  • TD BestEVER

    What in the world are you rambling about??????????? Dirk only had 4 and terry had 34…..WHO CARES.  YOU REALLY NEED TO LEARN TO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I said bring back TP/TD to close out the game.  Taking out Anderson/Bonner

  • Thomasholdren

    I think we would both agree that there was no good plan last night. We didnt even get a good look with 10 seconds. I think we would both agree that there was not good execution. 

    It is my feeling that putting your players in a position to execute is what makes a coach. Why Bonner was out there, running to the ball, and actually getting the ball thrown to him is BEYOND ME. That, I would have to say, would be poor coaching. 

    I think finding excuses (schedule) is not the answer. The schedule make matt bonner hold the ball, clueless and unprotected, for 5 seconds without a clue. Bonner has been on the team how long? If he hasnt developed high school skills by now, then why is he on the team?

    The failing at the end of the game has not been to this year alone. Its been an issue for the past few years. 

    Another point, back to even getting to OT. Why were we trying to stall? Why were we going away from what was working the whole 4th qtr. This was our problem last year in the final 15 games and the playoffs. We went from  SCORING and imposing our will, into defensive offense mode, where we just tried to score a point when we needed it. THAT IS COACHING. That is what knocked us out in the first round last year, and what will get us this year. 

  • TD BestEVER

    If you call last night competing for Tiago than OK…Blair did the same as Tiago last night……Look at the Box score and even better WATCH the game………Blair played Dirk just as well as Tiago did……..And we will see as the season and years roll on….IF the Spurs don’t get an actual Big allowing Taigo to play against smaller Bigs he will keep playing like he did last night.  Not very good……….

  • Thomasholdren

    I dont think anyone ever said Dirk beat us. I think what we said, at least what I SAID, was that against a hall of fame SCORER who is 7 foot tall, Blair did a MUUUUCH better job. That is a fact. Simply seeing your “argument” go down in flames “Splitter is a better defender, or Splitter is better against taller offenders” has upset you. 

    Blair defended much better than Splitter last night. The things you criticized Blair for and claimed Splitter never did (make stupid, quick fouls, get beat on reach, etc) were proven false. Blair, statistically has always been a better defender. I have posted multiple times the defensive ratings and win shares as well as the ppg in accordance with unit. I hope now you will listen/understand that the Splitter is better on defense argument is false. 

  • TD BestEVER

    WTH are you talking about…….Do you even know how to read????? it’s pretty apparent that you struggle with this at times……I didn’t say a word about Tiago above, or Blair……. I said Bonner/Anderson could have been subbed out……… Again, they have a Rosetta Stone Program that offers pictures next to words if that was too hard too understand!!!!!!!!!

  • TD BestEVER

    He is overpaid…..when you can have guys like Ryan Anderson who give you way more getting paid less…… And his contract is a problem.  Nobody wants Bonner for 3 million.  Hell Mike Miller doesn’t make that on the heat.  Steve Novak doesn’t make that on the Knicks……. for what he brings, the Spurs could have gotten waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy cheaper in Novak or a number of people.

  • Thomasholdren

    I didnt say that. I said there is not a difference in the CROWD that either seems to be hanging out with. And no, that isnt an assumption, that is a fact. 

    Please address the question I posed earlier in the post. 

    Still trying to advert the attention away from your ULTIMATE FAIL of an argument. I’m sure that when you become a father the first thing you think of when you teach your child to be a “class act” you will teach them how to be foul mouthed on texts, and sexually explicit with the opposite sex? 

    Let me remind you that “class act” means elegant. IF you didnt know that means to be dignified and refined in tastes, manner, habits, and literary style. 

    Taste/habits- hanging out with questionable characters
    Manner – poor manners using naked pics sexually explicit texts
    Literary style- Read the texts. He cant spell or correctly create sentences. 

    So its a fail all around. Equally as big of a fail as Delonte. So back to your original point, a simple, “I was wrong” or “I didnt know he did that, sorry.” would suffice. 

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Tiago doesn’t play soft.

    Dejaun also air balled a hook shot into Dirks head at one point then scored off the rebound while everyone wondered wtf had happened.  

    Guess he is soft as well? Or does you air balling a hook shot have absolutely nothing to do with what you said? Ding ding ding ding. We have a winner.

    Bonner had 2 boards in 30 minutes.

    Tiago had 7 boards in 27. Any comparison to Matt Bonner in the rebounding stakes is nuts.

    Dejaun didn’t limit Dirk, dirk just had a tough night where his shot didn’t fall.  Not saying DJB played poor defense, he just didnt stop Dirk, dirk shot like crap, he also shot like crap when the DJB was off the court and the bench made their run.

    Tiago is a good strong post player.

  • http://twitter.com/nudityJ nudityjfandango

    Splittes a better defender than Dejaun.

    The end.

  • Len

    Wow.  You have got to be kidding me.  “Bonner didn’t botch that play?”

    Bonner was unable to pass the ball to Tiago, who he was clearly supposed to target.  He was unable to get enough space from the defender, the defensive machine known as Vince Carter.  He got the ball stripped from him and then Green hustled over and snagged the ball before it went out of bounds and had no time to do anything but put up a shot.  

    At least that’s the way I saw it man.  From what I’ve read here and on a few other blogs, there are plenty of people who agree with that.