El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 85, Orlando Magic 83
|Tim Duncan, C 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 5-8 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +1
Duncan played as well as one could expect on a back-to-back, it’s just a shame he had to play so many minutes.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 38 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +6
Jefferson hit a clutch shot near the end of regulation and played well enough on defense to justify 38 minutes of action.
|DeJuan Blair, F 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -4
Blair collected three personal fouls in 17 minutes of action, which, one assumes, accounts for his low minutes. Offensively, Blair is developing good chemistry with Tony Parker on the high screen and roll. Popovich should have given Blair more burn.
|Tony Parker, PG 44 MIN | 12-23 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 25 PTS | +1
Tony Parker carried the Spurs in the 4th quarter. Offensively, he was a one man show. His statline says it all. Game ball to Parker.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -4
Kawhi Leonard only played 24 minutes, his lowest total since becoming a starter. And, all told, he probably didn’t deserve many more. It was a ho hum night for the promising rookie.
|Matt Bonner, PF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +6
Bonner didn’t make any threes and only grabbed 1 board in the 20 minutes—which raises the question, why did he play 20 minutes?
|Daniel Green, G 38 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2
Green couldn’t get anything to fall on offense, although he gave good effort on defense and boarded well. But he nearly cost the Spurs the game with an addle-brained foul in overtime and he was way out of position on a post-timeout Spurs set that resulted in a turnover.
|Gary Neal, PG 22 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +3
Neal struggled all night before hitting a big shot when the Spurs needed a big shot.
|Tiago Splitter, C 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -2
Tiago dominated a stretch of the 2nd quarter and was rewarded with limited playing time. I’m not sure what he could have done better to merit more playing time. But I’d like to know.
|Cory Joseph, G 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +1
He played well enough to allow Parker a chance to rest in the first half. Under normal circumstances, Joseph would be in Austin. Good marks for his effort.
Five Things We Saw
- Popovich is the most passionate person in the Spurs organization right now. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.
- The Spurs looked tired all night but finally grabbed a road victory. It wasn’t a conversation starting victory, but I’ll take it.
- Comical moment: Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard simultaneously complaining to refs about an out of bounds call. They’re both wonderful players, but it would be nice to see each player spend less time talking to the officials.
- Parker was visibly upset with Jefferson during two overtime possessions. It’s unclear what Jefferson did, but Parker barked at him more than once.
- Danny Green played 38 minutes. Popovich preferred him to Kawhi Leonard this game.