El Conclusion: Disappointing night as Thunder even up series
|Tim Duncan, PF 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -14
Probably played the best of any starters, but didn’t look incredibly effective. Pop did start to run the offense through him before the starters got pulled. It worked in the sense that the wing players started moving a little more, but whether it was turnovers or whatever else, nothing went right for the starters.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -20
Scored six points real early in the game and then started forcing shots early in the shot clock. Kevin Durant got in the lane for too easily and Kawhi didn’t even have foul trouble to blame. He’ll be fine, he just didn’t have it tonight.
|Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -13
Not a ton of aggression tonight, which brings me to weird thought. We want Tiago to be aggressive even if he doesn’t have the physical tools to just go up and get a bucket. Does it sound weird if I say I’d like to see him be aggressive, but also use some pump fakes and try to draw fouls. I guess I want him to be aggressive and smart under the basket.
|Tony Parker, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -18
He looked great early and did that thing in the second quarter and early in the third where he stops attacking. Not sure if he thought it was a lost cause or OKC figured him out, but he needs to keep his foot on the gas. No fast break points for the Spurs. That’s on Tony.
|Danny Green, SG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -8
Didn’t defend well, couldn’t get his shot off. And the turnovers were killer.
|Aron Baynes, PF 12 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +9
Missed a lot of random tip-ins, but he was extra aggressive and hustled, which is all you can ask for in the extended garbage minutes.
|Matt Bonner, PF 16 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +12
Shot looks clean. I don’t think he will, but could you see Bonner getting a little bit of burn to pull Ibaka away from the basket?
|Boris Diaw, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -11
I was ready to give him a F, but he got aggressive in the second and looked great against whoever was defending him. As they said on the broadcast, it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to Boris’ confidence.
|Jeff Ayres, C 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3
|Patty Mills, PG 10 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1
I’m just not sure he should be getting a ton of run this series because he really struggles defensively. Having said that, if Reggie Jackson is limited going forward, Mills may be able to stay on the court.
|Cory Joseph, PG 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +11
Five fouls shows he was maybe too aggressive, but man was it nice to see someone go right at Russell Westbrook. And Serge Ibaka. In case you didn’t see the Ibaka dunk, find it. You won’t have to search for long.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 11 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10
He didn’t do anything good tonight, but also didn’t get a ton of minutes to do good. He’ll be fine.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -7
Looked better during garbage time then he has all season, but he shouldn’t be on the court against these athletes.
I think this is the game that showed some adjustments need to be made.
Three Things We Saw
- Pop said postgame the Spurs just need to play better and harder. That’s true, but some adjustments wouldn’t hurt. First, and this was suggested by others, I’d start Boris Diaw. This would pull Ibaka away from the basket a little more and also allow Manu and Tiago to run the pick and roll against non Serge line ups in the second unit.
- I’m not saying Patty Mills shouldn’t be playing, but Cory Joseph should definitely get some minutes. Maybe Mills still gets his minutes, but CoJo gets Belinelli’s minutes. Could you play both with Kawhi? Manu?
- Oklahoma City’s doing a good job pressuring the Spurs perimeter passing. Some back cuts might get the Thunder defender to back off a bit (except for Russell Westbrook, who will continue to overplay the passing lanes).