El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 93, Dallas Mavericks 71

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Dallas Mavericks 71 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, C 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +17

Didn’t shoot well, but didn’t really matter. He did rest most of the second half, so there’s that.

Richard Jefferson, SF 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +30

Aggressive on the boards early, helping DeJuan Blair and Tim Duncan. Knocked down some open shoots too.

DeJuan Blair, F 18 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +16

Did the best he could defending Dirk, though I think Dirk’s fatigue had more impact on the misses. Made some nifty passes offensively and battled on the boards. Solid.

Tony Parker, PG 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 11 PTS | +21

Quiet night, but he repeatedly found Spurs shooters open in the corners during the Spurs’ big first half.

Gary Neal, PG 20 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +17

Knocked down some shots early but still looked both fatigued and rusty. Was more effective as a starter than James Anderson was last night.

T.J. Ford, PG 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +1

Another good showing for TJ. Dude just knows how to play basketball, even if he doesn’t have a grasp on the set plays for the Spurs.

Matt Bonner, PF 25 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 17 PTS | +2

Knocked down shots, which is his main job. See last night.

Ike Diogu, PF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS |

Incomplete. Still needs to find his sea legs.

Daniel Green, G 24 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +8

Picked up where he left off last night. Hustled and found himself in the right spots more often than not. Likes to shoot.

Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 0-2 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +7

Pretty anonymous night for Tiago, but he’s going to have those.

James Anderson, SG 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -4

Poor James Anderson, he lost his starting spot after one game and only had six minutes of garbage time tonight to show for it. Was effective in his minutes, which is how Danny Green got to where he is.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Hustled on defense but looked gun shy on offense, even in garbage time when I would guess he has more of a green light to take shots.

Five Things We Saw

  1. A horrible third quarter.
  2. The Mavs were 1-19 from three, which makes me want to vomit. Was more missed shots than good defense, in my opinion.
  3. The Spurs were at least able to limit the older guys’ minutes in the second half, not doing that thing they tend to do where they blow big leads. Credit the Mavs’ fatigue for that.
  4. Richard Jefferson is still playing well, seven games into the season. I’m interested to see how long he can stay consistent and engaged.
  5. Danny Green is slowly solidifying the role as the “guy assigned to best perimeter scorer on the floor not named Dirk Nowitzki.” A title most recently held by George Hill.
  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    There was a problem last night in the app that we use to generate these posts and it pulled the box score info from the Golden State game, as many of you noticed. I updated it by hand to reflect the box score numbers from last night’s game.

    To give you guys some background in how I’m grading these guys, I’m grading them in terms of what is expected of them. So Matt Bonner got an A, but that doesn’t mean I think he was the best player on the team. It simply means I think he did his job the best of anybody on the team last night. I have greater expectations of some of them than I do Matty.

  • Anonymous

    Sarcasm TD.You think I meant that? But it holds true for TP also.There are so many that feel TP will retire a Spur.

  • Anonymous

    Good let him play so he can take the next step. ATL/ Denver sounds good to me.

  • Anonymous

    A jokingly curious question from this statement..

    “2. The Mavs were 1-19 from three, which makes me want to vomit…”
    Does that mean you’re a quasi Mavs fan?  :)Being a main contributor on a Spurs’ blog site…You can plead the 5th. :)

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Nope, bad shooting makes me nauseous. 

  • AG

    Green goes 3-10 and you give him an A?  Man, I want to take your class

  • Bob

    Despite Splitter stuggling his defense has been constant.

  • Bob

    I don’t think the fans will care as much if TP is moved. Fans were threatening to not buy tickets if Manu wasn’t resigned.

  • Transgojobot

    In fairness to Danny Green, some of misses came as a result off the ball hitting the back iron or missed tip-ins. I thought many of his offensive attempts were fairly good. Plus, he never gave up trying to drive or taking that open shot. As long as Danny remains assertive, those shots will eventually fall.

  • TD BestEVER

    A quick side note……Brandon Wright looked very good from Dallas in his 4-5 min……… Spurs should have picked him up…..>Another mistake in a series of mistakes from our FO

  • spectator

    i agree with trans – i counted at least 3 tip in attempts that may all be converted in any other game; those misses were not his fault; quite the opposite – it shows he can be assertive on the offensive glass.

    otherwise, green shot well and defended well enough in quarters 2-4. he got torched in the 1st by terry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=173600134 Ryan McShane

    Interesting thing about +/- 7 games into the season for the Spurs…

    Highest individual +/- player: Richard Jefferson (+57)
    Lowest individual +/- player: Kawhi Leonard (-12)
    http://www.nba.com/statistics/plusminus/plusminus_sort.jsp?pcomb=1&season=22011&split=9&team=Spurs 

  • Bankshot21

    I miss George Hill.