El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 104, New Orleans Hornets 102
|Tim Duncan, C 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 28 PTS | -2
A night of rest put some life, if not lift, into his legs and jump shot. Had more access to his previously great offensive repertoire tonight. Only defense and rebounding prevent the + and a truly vintage Duncan game.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 37 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -11
It was a good night for Richard Jefferson to find his shot again. Offensively, did everything the Spurs expect of him.
|DeJuan Blair, F 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -15
Too undersized to guard even undersized power forwards.
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 17 AST | 20 PTS | -3
Coach Popovich – “When he scores, I want him to assist, when he assists I want him to score.” Tonight he did both.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7
Forgot the Spurs had a rookie named Kawhi Leonard until I saw him check in to guard the last play, and even then it was merely a passing observation.
|Matt Bonner, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +13
An impressive quadruple-single (1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 three-pointer).
|Daniel Green, G 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | +14
Most promising for Danny Green going forward is he continues to find multiple ways to contribute outside of Spurs stereotypical spot up shooters.
|Gary Neal, PG 21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -3
Started in the third quarter to help generate some offense, had the most Gary Neal like game since last season.
|Tiago Splitter, C 23 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +8
With each game growing more confidence and making the case for more minutes. Good footwork, hitting that ugly hook shot more and more.
|James Anderson, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +13
Got a few minutes, wasn’t a train wreck.
|Cory Joseph, G 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +3
Did enough to warrant Danny Green operating as the backup point guard.
Five Things We Saw
- A game after Popovich had to sit a gassed Tiago Splitter in the fourth quarter during a crucial stretch against the Rockets, the Spurs coach switched up the rotation. Splitter sat the entirety of the third so that he and Duncan could finish the game together. I expect this to happen more and more as the season moves along.
- Another important development regarding Splitter is his ability to overwhelm smaller front courts. If he can punish teams for going small it can stop teams from dictating match-ups and carve out more playing time for him alongside Tim Duncan.
- Richard Jefferson did not hesitate tonight, nor was he chased of the three-point line as easy as he had the previous couple of games. Results were obviously much better.
- Tony Parker has posted All-Star numbers over the past five games (22 points, 9.6 assists) and in particular has been doing a much better job finding teammates as obvious by his 17 assists tonight. His ability to carry the offense in Manu’s absence is crucial as the Spurs defense continues to implode.
- The Spurs gave up the first 100-point game to the Hornets this season, allowing them to shoot 50 percent. Without Eric Gordon.