El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 109, Dallas Mavericks 100
|Tim Duncan, PF 39 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -4
Duncan played 39 minutes after scaring the crap out of everyone. Honestly, when that right knee buckled, every part of my body from the neck down jumped into my throat. I was literally a walking, talking humpty-dumpty. Hopefully he’s OK, but I’m still holding my breath for any tests he’s sure to undergo upon his return to San Antonio. As for his night, Timmy was very good, as usual, against the Mavs.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 37 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 16 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +10
Kawhi was simply a monster in his 37 minutes. He’s a vacuum cleaner on the boards and on 50-50 balls, and tonight he just terrorized Dallas. The shots weren’t falling very easily, but he hit a late dagger from the corner that really secured the win. The Spurs are ramping up his minutes for the playoffs, and tonight was an example of his impact when he stays on the court for long stretches. Would’ve been an A+ if not for the poor shooting.
|Tiago Splitter, C 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +39
Tiago didn’t have great numbers, but he had a huge impact tonight. Again, his value is so often overlooked, but he was great defensively and took advantage of his opportunities on the offensive end. I mean, he was +39 in this game!
|Patty Mills, PG 36 MIN | 9-25 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | +26
Patty was just letting it freaking fly tonight, just how he, you, me and they like it. I mean, 25 shots. Haha. #PattyMillsShotCount broke in this one.
|Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +13
Caught fire early on, faded a bit, then came back on late. Typical IcyHot game. I love those transition threes, by the way, and I love even more that Pop has given him the … *ahem* … GREEN light on them.
|Boris Diaw, PF 20 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -15
Bobo continues a fairly lengthy stretch of slippage… not sure what the issue is, but his scoring and efficiency has dropped, though it’s kind of been overlooked. He was one reason the Spurs had seemed to make a step from last season. He had one really fun pass though.
|Austin Daye, SF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
He played. So…
|Jeff Ayres, C 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
|Cory Joseph, PG 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -15
Not a great vote of confidence for Cory that Pop decided to go with a no-point-guard lineup in the second half when Patty was off the floor. But Joseph did not play well.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -6
Recovered from a really bad first half with a really nice second half. Good to see him back after getting a little nicked up against the Wolves. He was running the offense beautifully after the break, especially during those stretches as primary point guard.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 20 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -3
Eh… hit some important shots, but in general was a bit off.
I liked the decision to go away from Joseph as the backup point guard in the second half, and I liked making Patty the starter to keep that lineup going with a score-first ‘one.’
One Thing We Saw
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