El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 93, Dallas Mavericks 71
|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
- A horrible third quarter.
- The Mavs were 1-19 from three, which makes me want to vomit. Was more missed shots than good defense, in my opinion.
- 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.
- Richard Jefferson is still playing well, seven games into the season. I’m interested to see how long he can stay consistent and engaged.
- 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.