El Conclusion: Tiago, Duncan spectacular in Game 5 win
|Tim Duncan, PF 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +14Not an awesome first quarter, but he was great in the final three. He’s struggled with Samuel Dalembert’s length, but eventually the Spurs figured out Dallas couldn’t stop a pick and roll if Pop and Ime Udoka were running it. Duncan’s rim protection has also been an overlooked plus from him this series.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 35 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +13Was a lot more aggressive looking for his own shot. Earlier in the series, he seemed to let whatever was going on offensively effect what he was doing defensively. He just wasn’t all over the place like he normally is. He seems to have shaken that funk so far.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 32 MIN | 7-10 FG | 3-6 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +9Tiago Stockton as Chris Webber called him during the broadcast. Probably looked a little more like Webb’s old teammate Vlade Divac with the display he put on in the fourth quarter. First he was the one rolling to the basket on pick and rolls and then he started firing passes to wings on the give and go. Tiago’s been the second or third best Spur in this series.|
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 9-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +3He was awesome in the first quarter, getting to the rim, hitting the mid-range jumpers, etc. He slowed down throughout the game, but between a tweaked ankle and being on zero sleep thanks to his fiance having a kid and all. The most important part was he stayed aggressive.|
|Danny Green, SG 16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +12Good bounce back game for Danny. Hit both his three-pointers, picked up some big blocks. He doesn’t need to be awesome, he just doesn’t need to be invisible.|
|Matt Bonner, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +5The random minutes have been, well, random. But the Mavs are still sticking a defender on him, which is keeping the paint open, so good work?|
|Boris Diaw, PF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -15There were times where he looked unsure of what he wanted to do. Then he’d either find someone underneath the basket or score on his own. It was infuriating and awesome at the same time. He’s also struggling on defense with this team. No one is an ideal match up for him to guard.|
|Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1Never stops working, but the shot isn’t there right now. Guessing it’ll come back.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 30 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -1Another all-around good game. The Mavs have no answer for the pick and roll. Pocket passes for everyone!|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11Four shot attempts is tied for his second most this series. It’s not all his fault, he usually has a defender glued to him. He still isn’t playing good defense either. Let’s move on.|
Liked to rotation choices today. Also liked his sideline interview with Jaime Maggio.
One Thing We Saw
- The Spurs survived the Vince Carter game. 28 points on 7-8 three-point attempts. He was awesome. I’m likely to push for the Vince Carter to Spurs this summer. You’ve been warned.