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.
  • Brandon in LA

    How many games in a row will the Spurs have where the opposing point guard leaves with an injury?  If I were George Karl, I would consider sitting Ty Lawson, just to play it safe.

  • Jacky

    Rare to see Timmy loses his calm, especially after a Dirk’s block on him. (But I like it)

  • NoWay

    So, our best player is Bonner! Really??!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Some of your stats are wrong. You need to regrade your card. Splitter and Blair pretty much the same. Splitter held his own against Dirk. He was never scored on by Dirk. Bad night for Dirk 6pts. Didn’t see the last 5 min. that sucked – tech difficulties.

  • Anonymous

    If that happens versus OKC, I won’t complain.

  • Anonymous

    Forget about him passing the ball to anybody he’s going to fire away every time he gets the ball. Looks like Pop has given him the green light until he runs out of bullets.

  • Anonymous

    Those stats look like they’re from the Golden State game, by the way.

  • grego

    The game was out of hand for Dallas by the time Kidd left. 

  • grego

    He should shoot. That’s what he’s there for. As long as he rides a nice high percentage, it keeps defenses honest even if he doesn’t get a lot of attempts in a single game. 

  • Lvmainman

    Ike Diogu played the last 4:43 of the game. DNP – Coach’s Decision?

    I liked the way the Spurs demoralized the Mavericks by making 5 3 ptrs in their 1st 10 made shots.  Mavericks still look out of sync as a team.

    But, I’m starting to get worried that the Spurs are purely a 3 pt shooting team with no inside game. Duncan and Splitter have looked atrocious with their post up finishes.

  • Brandon in LA

    True, we still would have won tonight.  We caught more of a break when Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle.  Still, odd it happened two nights in a row.

  • TD BestEVER

    I think we can put to rest the Tiago/Blair argument for a while…….It’s clearly Blair    Even though both were off offensively today, Tiago just looks Horrible trying to score on other players.  He takes waaaaaayyyyy too long to make his moves on offense and it doesn’t appear that he will be able to keep up the blocks and high rebound totals.    

  • TD BestEVER

    Also for all those who watched the Hawks loose that horrible game, it’s clear that they need help.  I say move TP to ATL in a 3 way trade and land us a young PG and big prospect……… Let’s make this happen

  • http://twitter.com/blanchard48moh Jesse Blanchard

    The quick recaps are new across the TrueHoop Network, so there are still glitches we’re working through (like the stats). The coding is suppose to draw the stats directly from ESPN as they update team pages. Hopefully we’ll have it better for next game. 

  • grego

    Injuries are going to be very common in this season….

  • Bob

    Exactly. That’s what he’s there for. He’s got to do the same thing in the playoffs  if he’s taking good shots and not rushing.

  • Bob

    In all reality this was the second game of a back to back for the Mavs and the Spurs were rested. They should have won by alot.

  • Justin-ray

    The spurs were on a second night of a back to back as well you dummy…. damn some people need to think before typing

  • Ch500634

    pretty sure that these box scores are from the night before.. great game tho and the grades are still from tonight

  • Aaloudermilk

    Stats are all wrong

  • Bob

    It was the Mavs 4th game in 5 nights. That would have made a difference.

  • Anonymous

    As with anything new there’s going to be tweaking involved to perfect.  I hope you don’t end this segment/blog for it serves as a great break down of how the players did in a game if one can’t see the game such as the case with me last night.

    Would have loved to watch that one.

    Thanks to the best Spurs site on the internet and the great job y’all do.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s the problem with the nba this year.  There will be too many games that team’s will look better than the outcome suggested as well as teams really not playing as bad as it may have looked.

    And it probably will take the playoffs to get an accurate sense of how any team in this league is truly adept.

    But if the Spurs can continue to win games sans Ginobili….I’d say this team has as good a shot (maybe even better) than most of the teams in this league.  Now if only the post can solidify itself as well as the perimeter….who knows what could happen.

  • Anonymous

    By the looks of it through the stat lines and grading over the last few games…as soon as somebody in the post can establish consistent scoring/finishes around the rim the team may be setting up to be formidable for a playoff run.  Tiago would serve himself, and this team best, to quit trying that little flick shot as well as putting it on the floor when close to the rim.  He needs to learn to POWER his way to the goal when set so close to the rim.

  • Easy B

    It’s great to get back to back wins anytime this season. It looks like depth will really play a part this year, and the spurs are well geared with wings to defend the perimeter all season long. Everyone who has commented about the depth of bigs in the playoffs is right; the most redeeming feature this year is that we have better help d to offset the lack in the post. Tiago and Dajuan figure to be better in the playoffs this year as well.
    We need to maintain as a .600 ball club with Manu out. That will put us in the top half and in position to outperform the teams with the larger budgets/ deeper squads who might do better in a normal season.
    Anderson, leonard, green and Neal need to understand that they are the juggernaut that can launch the spurs far into the post- season if they can continue to realize the importance of the minutes they play in any game situation. It looks like pop wants to play all of them , but will ride the hot hand, and especially the Bowen-d.

  • Bob

    Pop’s limiting minutes might help more this season with the crazy schedule. I actually really like the defense compared to last year. I thought the post defense was improved with Splitter. Green and Kawhi seem to be able to fill the gaps on the perimeter. If the defense keeps improving the Spurs are in a good position.

  • Easy B

    Stategy for playoffs?
    Manu off the bench, introduced into game at 6 minute mark. Then he can play 36 of the remaining 42 minutes. Green/ Anderson or Leonard can fill out a line up that will go to Tim early.
    We get to start each game with Defense- first mentality. Then we get continuity through 1st and 2nd quarters.
    Start Tiago to give us maximum length, and bring Blair in around the same time as Manu .That allows Blair to make starters work harder on D, keep him out of foul trouble, and let him and Manu exploit second line-ups. Or better yet, force teams to overplay the starters.
    The keys for our offense early becomes pushing RJ down the court and getting TP in the lane.

  • Flamenico

    DUDE YOUR STATS ARE WRONG. TD didn’t shoot 6/9. parker didn’t have 21 points, he had eleven. Blair had 0 pts. wtf

  • Anonymous

    What say you?

    http://basketball.realgm.com/tradechecker/saved_trade/5971563

    Several things come to mind regarding this trade proposal.

    1) Three players to look at on the team which will be free agents next year.  Ford, Neal and Green.  All of whom will be highly sought after if they continue to perform as they have this year.  Extension negotiations prior to the end of the season to ensure the Spurs keep at least two if not all?

    2) I know Anderson was injured last year and hasn’t had a chance to fully acclimate or even know what his potential could produce.  However…if Green and Neal continue to grow and perform, would the Spurs need the “potential” Anderson may some day develop?

    3) Seraphin is a player lost in transition on the Wizards.  A player with tremendous upside at a position the Spurs could desperately use.

    Trading Anderson for Seraphin would essentially be trading players with potential by both teams.  If the Wizards continue to struggle and find themselves with a high draft pick next year…would they make this trade in hopes of selecting a post player in the draft?

    Anderson may not be the right fit in a Spurs uniform.  He certainly fits the bill as a player that could fit right in for the Wizards.

  • Anonymous

    Like it if Jefferson can prove to be consistent all year through and Neal can adapt a better defensive presence.

  • Anonymous

    Follow up.  What I would prefer is Bonner for McGee which works for the sake of trade.  Wizards are one of the worst 3 point shooting teams in the league…the Spurs one of the worst in front court production/defense.  Bonner would definitely improve them in that area while if the Wizards look to draft a big next year…how do they coexist with a front court of  Blantche, McGee, Seraphin, draft pick?

    McGee strongly fortifies the Spurs front court without overly deminsihing their 3 point effectiveness because of Jefferson, Neal, Anderson and Green on the team.

  • TD BestEVER

    Learn to read noob…… he noticed it 6 hr ago……… something wrong with ESPN Website and whatever site they are using with TrueHoop Network or something

  • TD BestEVER

    Not sure it would work with Manu on the bench……. Anderson isn’t looking all that good right now and Neal is 2 short to start……. Tiago would hurt our Offense but help our defense and with Manu sitting I’m not sure how much you really want our Offense to stagnate……….

  • Anonymous

    I have no problem with that until the bullets run out. He probably won’t run out of bullets. He has a calm about him during the regular season. Hope after all these years he’s been here he can get that monkey off his back. Remains to be seen but in the meantime fire away.

  • Anonymous

    Then we’re in trouble if that game slows down in the playoffs. It always does.

  • Anonymous

    How can you say it’s clear? Blair only had all of “0” points and no free throws. So why does Pop keep putting him down early in the game and he doen’t come back till late in the game. Looks like a trend if been watching the games. Splitter wasn’t great either but at least he drew fouls and was 3-4 from the line. That will count in a slowed down game in the playoffs. Not worried about Tiago come playoff time. And Tiago didn’t get scored on by Dirk. Dirk made one Blair uncontestedly. Your dreaming if Parker is going to be traded.

  • Anonymous

    While your at it move Manu and Timmy. Riiiight.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that Pop can rely on just about the entire team especially being young and having young legs will be huge to tire out most of those teams that aren’t that deep and out of shape. I don’t think the Mavs are that deep and it showed. Especially in that small ball 3 point guard rotation of TP Neal, and TJ pushing the ball and tiring out the defense. That’s why you’ve been seen Pop on the sidelines jumping up and down to push the ball.
    I really don’t know if any of those teams that aren’t that deep can sustain the season or even be acclimated by the time the playoffs start. They just might be too tired. Unfortunately the great teams are deep. We’ll see.

  • Anonymous

    The times he tried that he got fouled quickly because teams know he’s been having problems at the line. But this year is a little different. He’s been shooting better at the line. 3-4 last night.

  • Anonymous

    We are going to have to live with it because that is his shot  other than rolling to the rim on a dunk or reverse lay up under the rim which most of the time he’s good.

  • Anonymous

    It all depends what the strategy is? Do we run straight out of the gate then Blair needs to start with Manu. Do we start defensively in the paint then Tiago needs to start with Tim. But my guess this season Pop has learned from his mistake from last season and what your seeing here now is most likely what’s going to go down in the playoffs. The difference here is we have some young players that are playing very good defense on the perimeter so I see a fast game to go with that perimeter defense and that in a sense will force the issue of the opponents hand to go big to get their points in the paint thus forcing us sending Tiago in to help out in that scenario. But it can backfire for the opponent if Pop leaves the small group out there to run circles around the their bigs. I’ve come to grips with the time  Splitter will be getting and even in the playoffs. Looks like 15-20 minutes the way Bonner is shooting. But the difference this year is  he’s contributing to the team in some form of manner anyway. Can’t lose.

  • Anonymous

    Bonner for McGee would be like the Memphis trade when Pau went to the Lakers. No way they are letting him go. And for Bonner? The only way he leaves the Wiz is for more money after this season as a free agent and their FO don’t match it (not a possibility). But having lots of money under the cap next season I would go after him but at what price? Anybody?

  • Anonymous

    WAS is in no hurry to make trades. Although they might be looking to cut ties with Blatche when the moment arrives, chances are they wait until after the draft lottery to see if they get dibbs on Anthony Davis, or another top PF. I don’t doubt they would listen to offers for McGee… but again what’s the rush? Anderson can’t hold much appeal for WAS as they already have 2 young scorers at the position.

    Mid-season trades aren’t a Spurs gambit… the ’08 Kurt Thomas acquisition didn’t even work out for them (Funny, though, that old man KT has been a TERRIFIC fit everywhere he has gone since then). If the Spurs are gonna seriously upgrade their post rotation, it will be done in the summer. How do we get Steven Adams?

  • Bry

    Not much, the guy has about the lowest B-ball IQ that you can find for a starter in the NBA. I can’t believe he’s been around basketball his whole life and doesn’t even seem to have a semblance of a clue. Look at the highlights of their game against Howard and watch how many times he leaves Howard (somebody who probably will finish in the top 5 for the league MVP voting like a dozen times in his career) to try to get a cheap block on some nobody Magic player. The guy is clueless. That would drive Pop insane.

  • Anonymous

    But there’s where Pop comes in. He’s a teacher and motivator. I’m sdure he could mold this kid in to something special.

  • Anonymous

    Having said that maybe Splitter is a better fit somewhere else. Maybe in OKC coming off the bench.

  • Anonymous

    “Mid-season trades aren’t a Spurs gambit…”

    Apparently either is early season trades when I hear/see this going down.  Speights to Memphis from Sixers.  Would have been nice if the Spurs could have pulled that one off.  For what it involved…the Spurs probably could have been in the mix without losing too much in the deal.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/nba/01/04/trade.ap/index.html

  • Anonymous

    Though what they need more than anything is heart, IQ, and heart, I think ATL would benefit from Tiago Splitter. I’d offer him for their first rounder, the same offer I’d make to a half dozen teams, including DEN and PHI. Teams which would benefit from Splitter and are looking to take the next step, whereas imo SA needs to look ahead to the next era.

  • TD BestEVER

    I have said it 100 times there are some players that if you EVER move the fans would NEVER forgive you and you would have a HARD TIME getting ANYBODY to play for you again…….. 

    No matter how bad they are on the court at times you can never run off a franchise player……they have to ask to be traded…..

  • TD BestEVER

    I know he will not be traded because our FO has no balls and can’t seem to grasp the big picture……..Maximize TD/Manu remaining years…….that’s why they signed Ike Diagou or whatever his name is…….Another yes man to quiet the critics and seem like they are addressing the need.