El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 106, Utah Jazz 102
|Tim Duncan, C 38 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | +8
The Jazz out rebounded the Spurs by 8 and out scored them in the paint by 26. With numbers like that, you’d expect that Tim Duncan played poorly. But considering the state of the Spurs’ front court rotation, Tim Duncan played well. He contested shots at the rim and played smart defense against one of the league’e better scoring tandems of offensive bigs.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -3
RJ’s performance raises a philosophical question: are we grading players based on their overall game or on their impact on the game? If the former, RJ gets a D. But he knocked down two big shots in the fourth quarter and claimed a timely steal on Devin Harris. RJ gets an A for impact. He played well when it mattered.
|DeJuan Blair, F 27 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -9
Offensively, Blair knows his way around the basket. But tonight he didn’t do much other than score.
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 9-10 FT | 6 REB | 11 AST | 23 PTS | +4
At this point I want the UFC to sponsor a point guard grudge match between Jeremy Lin and Tony Parker. My money is on Parker. Tony Parker is awesome. That’s my profound thought for the night. Tony Parker is awesome. Rah!
|Daniel Green, G 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -14
Danny Green only played 16 minutes. Not his night. Green is in an interesting spot. Even thought he is now starting, his overall play in recent games is slipping.
|Matt Bonner, PF 31 MIN | 6-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +13
When Matt Bonner is making shots, the Spurs’ offense hums. Tonight he made his shots.
|Gary Neal, PG 29 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +12
4-13. Too many forced shots.
|James Anderson, SG 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | 0
With Danny Green struggling, Popovich inserted James Anderson into the game with hopes of generating some offense. It worked.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +5
With Splitter out, the Spurs will need their wings to help them board. I’m not sure if Leonard is answering that call or just being himself. It doesn’t matter. He helped the Spurs where they needed help.
|Cory Joseph, G 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +4
Cory Joseph is living proof that assists follow those who throw the ball to Matt Bonner. Otherwise, Joseph was dreadful. Danny Green ran reserve point in the second half.
Three Things We Saw
- This winning streak began with the moral victory in Dallas. I’m not sure what that means, but it means something. That was a watershed game for the Spurs.
- It looks like the Spurs are filling out their big rotation by playing Tim Duncan more minutes. It’s the smartest play available to Gregg Popovich, and also the riskiest.
- This team might not be so bad if they had Manu Ginobili, T.J. Ford, and Tiago Spliiter. For now, they’ll just have get by, I suppose.