El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 120, Sacramento Kings 102

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San Antonio Spurs 127 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Sacramento Kings
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3Hockey assists and three-pointers are just what the Spurs need from their midseason acquisition.
Kawhi Leonard, SF 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +20Would question how he still had the energy to dunk in his third game in three nights, but Leonard doesn’t so much elevate as he simply extends his arms until they meet the rim. Go go Gadget reverse slam.
DeJuan Blair, F 23 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +11Eating up regular season minutes is a vital and underrated role.
Tony Parker, PG 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 15 PTS | +14Read Aftermath: What happens after Tony Parker goes supernova?
Daniel Green, G 20 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +13Entering the playoffs as a legitimate contributor. I expect at least on game-turning quarter from him this postseason.
Stephen Jackson, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +11Every drive is an adventure.
Matt Bonner, PF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +17Of course Matt Bonner blocks Jimmer. Who else would he block?
Manu Ginobili, SG 17 MIN | 4-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | +11Manu Ginobili could have gone off for 100 points tonight and he’s still getting an F just for the collision. WE ARE SO CLOSE TO THE PLAYOFFS. THIS IS A MEANINGLESS GAME. STAY HEALTHY, DON’T DO ANYTHING RECKLESS.
Gary Neal, PG 15 MIN | 8-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +14NEAL BEFORE ZOD!!! Notice how Neal is doing this without hitting a three-pointer?
Tiago Splitter, C 22 MIN | 6-8 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | +8I don’t want to nitpick an outstanding performance but….it would be nice if someone explained to Tiago Splitter that sometimes his spin moves get him open and they don’t all have to end with an up and under.
James Anderson, SG 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0Two rebounds.
Patrick Mills, PG 14 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +3Fact: The Spurs have not lost a playoff series whilst employing an Australian player (remember Andrew Gaze).Fact: I did not fact check this, but it sounds about right.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Wow, sweeping a back-to-back-to-back in impressive fashion and plenty of rest.
  2. Does Matt Bonner have a better off-the-dribble game than Jimmer right now? I trust his teardrop more.
  3. Don’t run into anybody for the rest of the regular season Manu. Please. I beg you.
  4. So far as editors go, Timothy Varner is more Mike Brown than Gregg Popovich. No rest on a back-to-back-to-back.
  5. Speaking of which, the full roster available for Kobe Bryant and then most of next week off sound about right for everyone?
  • Junierizzle

    Number 5. Sounds good to me. I don’t care if the one seed is on the line on the last game, The Big 3 better sit.

  • Guest

    I sure hope we don’t give everyone complete rest. I really like how Pop is handling it now. The more active guys stay the better. That being said, Manu CANNOT get injured in the last regular season game again. He needs to slow it down a bit, all the veterans do. We don’t need the 1st seed, but I believe Houston/Utah/Phoenix sounds easier than Denver. Lets keep playing our guys, Win out, and give adequate rest to the people who need it most.

  • NYC

    In relation to number 5: that’s exactly what I thought. Win or lose, after Kobe the Big 3 will do a lot of sitting either on the bench or in the stands for the remaining four games.

  • grego

    only team to win two 3x3s this season.

  • SpurredOn

    I don’t think the choice to rest games is completely up to Pop. Manu wants to find his rhythm; Duncan feels fresh; Tony is our only genuine ball handling PG on the roster. They and their teammates are enjoying winning while playing well. Pop wants to find the best lineup combos. I think we’re more likely to see limited minutes from everyone, especially the back to back home games against lesser rosters of the Blazers and Cavs. How many people expected Manu to play tonight? I would agree that all the Big-3 should sit out the finale in Oakland.

  • Bankshot21

    I would play them just as Pop has this year. Staggered rest. TP gets the next game off. Never all 3 off. Rhythm is key. I feel thats ehy we lost to LA. After resting them against Utah, rust kicked in that fast. If Tim plays both Manu and TP can rest. We have sufficient wing play to semi compensate. Manu needs the reps as much as everyone. Injury can only be avoided when he retires. His style of play will unfortunately always have him as an injury candidate.

  • ziijordan

    Manu’s collision looked really nasty. He always plays with a full head of steam.

  • neverthehero

    It’s a shame that we are playing two teams fighting for positions for the playoffs (The Lakers/Suns), otherwise we’d be cruising toward a 5-0 finish and another 50 win season. With regards to Neal, it’s more impressive that he didn’t take a 3 pointer. I was just taking a peak at the current PER rankings. Not bad, not bad. http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics?&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba%2fhollinger%2fstatistics 15 through 18, still going strong after all these years, not to shabby for anyone of them. And course the #7 guy, just another day at the office.

  • Ray Briggs

    When I saw Manu crash into the Sacramento Player I just got flashes of last year with his arm. Both my wife and I are screaming at the TV ‘What are you thinking!’. Its a 20 point blowout, no need for full throttle.
    But I guess that’s the great thing and drawback of Manu. He only has one speed.
    I know he wants to play to get back into rhythm but no play in these last few games is worth getting hurt over.

  • heman

    The title reads as Warriors instead of Kings..staff has to fix this

  • Brian

    Who or what is a “Jimmer”?