El Conclusión: Sacramento Kings 88, San Antonio Spurs 86
|Tim Duncan, C 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -15
Sluggish early. Played better in what few minutes he had in the second half, but nothing to write home about.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 30 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +12
Didn’t shoot well, like most of the Spurs, and it hurt. The effort was there defensively, at least.
|DeJuan Blair, F 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6
Like Duncan, played few minutes in the second half. Had trouble rebounding against the long, athletic Kings.
|Tony Parker, PG 39 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 24 PTS | 0
Like Duncan, Parker was sluggish early. TP recovered to knock down some shots late, but didn’t get any in the last minute.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 21 MIN | 0-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -6
Kawhi Leonard can’t consistently knock down the corner 3. This hurts the Spurs and keeps Leonard from playing more.
|Matt Bonner, PF 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +11
I spent a good portion of the second half wondering if this was the worst season so far that Bonner has had with the Spurs. Fans should hope that instead of flaming out late, Bonner is instead becoming a late bloomer. Committed some bad fouls in this game.
|Daniel Green, G 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -7
Missed some shots, including the final one, but wasn’t afraid to take them. Brought some energy in the game when the Spurs desperately needed it in the first quarter.
|Gary Neal, PG 24 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2
Gary Neal will have some games like this where he takes a lot of shots and misses almost as many. They’re not pretty when they happen.
|Tiago Splitter, C 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +14
Splitter played the bulk of the center minutes in the second half. Tiago doesn’t do one thing over and over again to be successful. Instead, he does a lot of different things to great effect. This makes it hard to gauge whether or not he’s playing well.
|Cory Joseph, G 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11
Gary Neal got the bulk of the backup point guard minutes tonight. Joseph might see more burn Saturday night in Houston.
|James Anderson, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
|Malcolm Thomas, F DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
Maybe some minutes tomorrow night? Nah, probably not.
Five Things We Saw
- The offense looked out of sync for large parts in this game. I couldn’t tell if it was guys cutting when they shouldn’t be cutting or if the timing was off, but players were in the way a lot.
- The Spurs are going to struggle to win games when the don’t hit 3s, that’s just how this team is constructed. Tonight was one of those nights, but at least they kept it close.
- Richard Jefferson held the ball a couple of times on the perimeter when he was wide open, often after a broken play or scramble. While I appreciate settling down the offense, I couldn’t help but wonder if those were the best looks the Spurs would get on those possessions.
- Duncan and Blair each played about nine minutes in the second half. If the Spurs won, it would’ve been considered great man management by Pop heading into Saturday’s game in Houston. Instead, we’re left with the feeling that the Spurs left a win sitting on the table.
- From my angle, I couldn’t tell if Danny Green got fouled on that last play. I was surprised to see him go to the basket, though. I figured the Spurs would go for the win and avoid potential overtime.