El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 109, Utah Jazz 105
|Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +18
Had his hands full defending the big combo of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, a pair that thrived without Tiago Splitter helping Duncan down low.
|Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -9
I thought the first three or four minutes of the second quarter showcased exactly how Ayres can help the Spurs. He drew two offensive fouls on Kanter and Favors, drew another foul fighting for a loose ball on the offensive boards and set good screens. In the first quarter he finished well around the basket, which he can do when he catches the ball.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +4
This is the type of box score that a lot of people were probably expecting coming into the season. It hasn’t been that easy, but we’re starting to see some subtle growth in his game, especially with regards to his passing. Leonard seems to be making better decisions with the ball. Not only that, but quicker decisions. He still misses some reads, but he’s really improving with his passing.
|Tony Parker, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 9-16 FG | 7-8 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | +11
Well, yeah. Gonna be an All-Star.
|Manu Ginobili, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +8
Ginobili his half of his 3-point attempts and didn’t get hurt, so we’ll chalk this up as a good game.
|Matt Bonner, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6
I’m surprised to find out that Bonner played 15 total minutes.
|Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -4
This wasn’t a very Diaw type of matchup. He does well on more mobile forwards, but big, physical athletic big men like Kanter and Favors are going to be tough for Bobo.
|Cory Joseph, PG Shot Chart 10 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +7
Joseph didn’t pick up many minutes, but I thought he played well in his time. He gave up a deep 3 late in the game to either Burke or Burks, I can’t remember they sound too much alike, but CoJo shouldn’t be faulted for it. It was an incredibly long shot and Joseph contested without fouling. Fine with me.
|Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Honestly, I don’t have much of anything to say about Patty’s night.
|Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -12
Some old, same old from Marco.
Two Things We Saw
- Well, the Spurs almost Memphis’d themselves again. That would’ve been fun.
- I enjoyed watching Favors and Kanter. They’re two more traditional big men, not much of the stretch variety, but they’re enjoyable to watch. I hope they continue to develop.