El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 112, Sacramento Kings 104
|Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -5
The shot still isn’t really falling, but the defense is as good as ever. The Kings scored 38 points in the third quarter; but they put up just 17 in the fourth, and much of that had to do with Duncan’s defense at the rim. Sacto went 3-for-9 from the floor within 10 feet of the basket in the final quarter, and his 7-foot hook off the glass plus the foul with 2:48 remaining gave the Spurs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -5
Bad night for Kawhi. And beyond some disruptive defense early in the game, he wasn’t much help on either side of the floor. Really just a non-factor all the way around, which is certainly atypical of him.
|Tiago Splitter, C Shot Chart 27 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -4
Tiago got a few more minutes than usual against the Kings, mostly because the Spurs really needed some help in that capacity. They were getting beat up on the offensive boards, and the Splitter-Duncan combo was all San Antonio had that could combat it. Sacto managed to connect on just 21 of its 47 attempts in the paint, which ended up being a huge factor in what was eventually an eight-point win. His 5-for-6 performance from the floor wasn’t bad, either.
|Tony Parker, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | 0
Parker looked a lot more like his old self against the Kings, especially with that jumper falling. For some reason the starting lineup continues to struggle, but the Spurs’ point guard it several huge shots in the final minutes (10 points in the fourth quarter) to secure the win. Still, Parker’s performance will continue to be something worth watching with all the basketball he’s played over the last year-plus.
|Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3
Another bad shooting night as a member of the starting lineup. Belinelli didn’t hurt the Spurs tonight, but once again he didn’t have the impact as a starter that he did off the bench. It’s been a little strange.
|Aron Baynes, PF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +8
He got in and shoved ‘Boogie’ Cousins around a little, and he was actually somewhat effective, relatively speaking. The Spurs were pretty damn good when he was on the floor tonight. Baynes did the job he was asked to do in limited minutes, so he gets a solid grade.
|Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +17
Boris filled up the stat sheet in this one. He was aggressive, he looked for his shots when the Spurs were going stagnant and he got others involved as he always does. His inside game has become very reliable, especially when teams try to match up with smaller defenders on Diaw.
|Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8
Can still be very erratic despite the nice season he’s having. Tonight was a down night. He just didn’t have much of an impact on the game at all, and he only managed to put up two shots in 12 minutes. Patty’s nothing, if not aggressive. But the Spurs’ offense really got going when he was in the game, so that has to say something about his energy. Right? Sure.
|Cory Joseph, PG Shot Chart 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
|Danny Green, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +11
Icy/Hot in full force. Bad shooting night just a couple of days after scorching the nets in Dallas. But while his offense is incredibly inconsistent, his defense has been steady. That’s what you want first and foremost from Green. But he’s clearly more valuable when the shot is falling.
|Manu Ginobili, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 9-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 28 PTS | +13
An amazing night from Manu. His 28 points were a season high, and it seems he continually finds ways to bail out a struggling offense. You can see the stats. His aggressiveness and determination to keep attacking the paint reminded you of the vintage Ginobili. He was the best player on the court.
|Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
This guy gets random DNPs every once in a while, and I’m not exactly sure why. Pop went with Baynes tonight, maybe to deal with Cousins’ size. Just a guess.
|Matt Bonner, PF Shot Chart DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
We all lose when Bonner doesn’t play.
Unless anything egregious occurs, I don’t have much reason to change this. Playing Baynes was a good decision against Boogie. Other than that, it was just the Spurs doing their thing with the Big Three. But it’s been his system all along that allows it all to roll. Also, if I really broke things down and graded Popovich, it’d be like a monkey grading a Dostoyevsky essay.
Two Things We Saw
- The Spurs went to Duncan in the post a lot down the stretch. Not sure if that’s a result of their pick-and-pop game being less than functional right now, but the old 4-Down was to some degree effective. At least, it was more effective beyond Manu-ball.
- San Antonio had four turnovers tonight. That’s a season low in the NBA.