El Conclusion: Game 2 didn’t go according to plan
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|Tim Duncan, PF 30 MIN | 4-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -15
He was fine on offense when he actually got the ball. Looked a little slow on defense, but all the Spurs did so I’m not sure we can blame him.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Started doing some Kawhi things at the end of the game, but overall this might be the worst game he’s played all season. It started in the first half when he picked up two fouls early, then picked up another 40 feet from the basket. He can’t be that reckless. The Spurs don’t have another player who can come close to doing what he does on defense.
|Tiago Splitter, C 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -2
Getting blocked at the rim aside I thought he looked good. He continues to bother Dirk Nowitzki so I expect a healthy dose of Tiago moving forward in the series.
|Tony Parker, PG 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -10
He started hot, then disappeared. He also couldn’t get into the paint all game, so he and coaching staff need to figure out how to make that happen.
|Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -8
Needs to figure out how to get loose on offense and needs to do a better job staying in front of Dallas’ guards.
|Matt Bonner, PF 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -1
More Bonner baby hooks!
|Boris Diaw, PF 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -21
Didn’t do anything except make a one legged fadeaway with Dirk covering him. That was fun.
|Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -10
He’s getting looks, which is good, they’re just not falling. The real problem right now is he’s not guarding anyone.
|Cory Joseph, PG 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8
I thought we might see more of Joseph in the second half and we might see more moving forward. What he does offensively doesn’t matter, it’s just about keeping Monta Ellis and Devin Harris out of the paint.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 23 MIN | 9-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 27 PTS | -5
He was the only thing that kept the Spurs in the game in the second quarter. The second half flurry was incredible. Turnovers were the only knock on his game.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -31
Most deceiving stat line of the game. He was a ghost for most of the game. He’s not getting his shot off, he’s late getting back on defense when the Spurs turn the ball over and he’s not staying in front of anyone.
I thought there’d be more in game adjustments then there was. Then again, you can’t adjust for a bajillion turnovers.
Three Things We Saw
- I do think we’re going to see more of Cory Joseph if Mills and Belinelli aren’t able to stay in front of the Mavs guards.
- Tony Parker has to be more decisive with the basketball. Dallas’ switching is throwing him off for sure, but when he initiates the offense with 10-12 seconds left on the shot clock it really slows down any ball movement.
- It’d be really dumb to overreact to one game. We’re all prone to do it, but just remember the Spurs won 30 games on the road this year, so getting a road win or two isn’t an unrealistic outcome moving forward.