El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 83, Memphis Grizzles 73
|Tim Duncan, C 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +1
Duncan did a solid job defending the post, and he seemed to frustrate Marc Gasol on multiple occasions. Otherwise, it was a relatively ineffective night for the Spurs great.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +1
37 minutes for Richard Jefferson is too many. But Jefferson keeps defenses honest by shooting whenever he has an open look. He had plenty of those tonight. Jefferson remains a competent, but not fantastic defender. But when he’s shooting without hesitation, competent defense is more than enough. That was the story tonight.
|DeJuan Blair, F 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +1
Blair didn’t board well and struggled early against Speights and Gasol. His ability to score around the hoop is a constant, but his playing time is tied more closely to his defense. Tonight was a bit of a let down for Blair who gave the Spurs a good defensive showing last night against Dirk Nowitzki.
|Tony Parker, PG 39 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 5 PTS | +12
Tony Parker struggled from the floor, but his 12 assists more than made up for his shooting miscues. Throw in 5 rebounds and a pair of steals and Parker gets an A.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 32 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +4
Leonard got his swagger back after a series of mediocre games. His energy and ability to disrupt the game gave the Spurs an offensive and defensive edge. Leonard’s 4 offensive boards were huge momentum builders for San Antonio and his defense on Rudy Gay nearly caused the Memphis swing to whine his way out of the game.
|Matt Bonner, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +21
Matt Bonner did what Matt Bonner does when Matt Bonner is playing well—he knocked down one three pointer after another. My favorite moment of the game came when Matt Bonner protested a loose ball foul on what would have been a tough rebound. Bonner doesn’t get many tough rebounds. It’s nice to know he cares.
|Daniel Green, G 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +9
Danny Green receives strong marks on the strength of effort, hustle, and making a handful of good defensive plays.
|Gary Neal, PG 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Gary Neal made me hope for Cory Joseph. One night after putting together his best game of the season, Neal turned in another game to forget.
|Tiago Splitter, C 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +11
I can’t figure out why Splitter doesn’t play more minutes. IT. DOES. NOT. MAKE. SENSE. What are you doing Gregg Popovich? Even with his three turnovers, dude was +11. IT. DOES. NOT. MAKE. SENSE. This was not a great outing for Splitter, but, really, 15 minutes? Really?
One Thing We Saw
- With 7:00 minutes remaining in the game, Gregg Popovich could have gone to his bench. Instead he, maddeningly, kept Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the game. And they remained in the game for another six minutes. Cory Joseph, Kawhi Leonard, DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter, and James Anderson were available for minutes. Popovich’s decision to play Duncan and Parker 32 and 39 minutes is a head scratcher.