El Conclusión: Minnesota Timberwolves 110, San Antonio Spurs 91

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San Antonio Spurs 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 110 Minnesota Timberwolves
Boris Diaw, PF 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -11
Boris Diaw’s scoring numbers have dropped significantly over the last month — 7.1 points on 44 percent shooting — and against the Wolves he reached double-figures (13 points) for just the third time since March 6. Bobo managed to pile up numbers in other categories with five rebounds and five assists, but he kept with the numerical theme and also racked up a team-high five turnovers.

Tim Duncan, PF 20 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -26
Speaking of consistent themes: Tim Duncan seemed lethargic, but then again so did everyone else. Not a lot to say here, just a bad (perhaps disinterested) night.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -10
Gregg Popovich spoke Sunday about the importance of ramping up Leonard’s minutes to prepare for the playoffs, and that’s probably the only reason he played so much late in the game. But those can be the most entertaining Kawhi Leonard moments, given the fact the game situation provides him a chance to be the go-to guy in the offense. Nothing spectacular from Kawhi , but a good show … especially had that alley-oop been allowed.

Cory Joseph, PG 20 MIN | 4-5 FG | 5-8 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | 0
I thought Joseph was one of the best Spurs on the court tonight, relatively speaking. His stat lines are never explosive, but they can be steady. After a bad night in Minny, it’s tough to give anyone an ‘A,’ but CoJo stepped in nicely to fill the void left by Tony Parker’s injury.

Danny Green, SG 25 MIN | 1-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -3
Green had an ICYhot kind of night against the Wolves. Nobody shot well for the Spurs, but he was particularly bad (1-of-6 FG). But Danny can get streaky, as we’ve seen; this isn’t anything to be concerned by at this point. On the plus side, you can just tell that both his offensive aggressiveness and understanding of the system have improved over the last year, so when he has off shooting nights, he’s still very much a factor.

Matt Bonner, PF 20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -1
Good to see Matty B. back over the last couple of games, and he looked good in this one when he was on the court. He hit a three, scored off the dribble and a couple of floaters and runners around the lane.

Damion James, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1
He’s not nearly to the point where he can be analyzed. He’s just out there learning.

Austin Daye, SF 5 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -1
Kind of the same thing here, though he did have a sweet leaner along the right baseline.

Jeff Ayres, C 20 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +9
On one hand, Ayres provides frontcourt athleticism, size and rebounding ability that definitely helps the Spurs at times. On the other, there are two many clumsy moments that leave you shaking your head. It can be very up and down when he’s on the court, but I do think he’ll have some value come certain postseason matchups. I also think he was pretty solid in this one beyond a missed bunny (he followed it up to score) and a kicked bounce pass. Still, tough to take anything about that result too seriously here.

Tiago Splitter, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 1 PTS | -9
I don’t remember much about Tiago in this one. *looks at stat line* Well that’s probably why. Another Spur who wasn’t all-in on this one.

Patty Mills, PG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -12
Helped ignite a little fourth-quarter run that actually made the game a little more enjoyable to watch. He’s been consistent all season, and even in this big loss he was involved

Manu Ginobili, SG 15 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -22
He got kneed in the back of the leg and had to leave the game with a contusion in his left calf, though I think that was more precautionary than anything. He played pretty well, but he gets an ‘F’ because YOU CANNOT GET HURT MANU.

Marco Belinelli, SG 26 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -8
Three points, one rebound and an assist in 26 minutes. Tonight was just an empty energy night for the Spurs. Did you see that arena? There were literally like 50 people at that game.

Gregg Popovich

Managed to rest guys while still getting Leonard some extra burn. He took advantage of the butt-whoopin’, raised an early white flag and got some time for those bench guys.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Can’t take much away from this one. It’s been a while since the Spurs had one of these clunkers, and it was bound to happen at some point. Why not during a makeup game in Minnesota that was supposed to be played in Mexico City months ago but had to be postponed? Nothing to see here, so move along and keep an eye out for updates on Parker going forward.
  2. Except one more thing. This top seed has certainly not been locked up yet. The Spurs are now three games up in the loss column, but they only have a two-game cushion over the Thunder because OKC owns the tiebreaker. Suggested viewing for tomorrow: Thunder at Clippers on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. CT. The Clips are only two games back of OKC in the loss column as the current third seed.
  • Joseph Dooley

    Duncan’s plus-minus is hideous. Can anyone check to see if that’s the worst of the season, maybe career?

  • John M. Perkins

    Tim Duncan, -29 twice,
    28 November 2003 at the Lakers
    6 March 2011 home against the Lakers

    Last night tied the worst of the season with
    25 December 2013 home against the Rockets

  • camnpat

    “The Spurs are now three games up in the loss column…” They are 3.5 games ahead according to NBA.com. It may not make much of a difference but a 0.5 game away at the end of the season can be the difference between top seed or second place in the conference.

  • SkipBayless

    There is no 0.5 difference at the end of the season, everybody plays 82 games.

  • fkj74

    That lost could be blessing in disguise. Now we have to play hard vs Dal and Phx. Good tune-up for the playoffs. Go Spurs!