El Conclusion: Spurs wins equal passing grades
|Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 16 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +19
Seriously, where’d that stat line come from? He started the game 0-5!
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +2
He was great in his second game back, especially in the first half when no other Spur (save Patty Mills) could get anything going offensively. We took the plus away because he got rim checked on a dunk attempt. Hard.
|Tiago Splitter, C 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8
Didn’t do a ton tonight for whatever reason. He did hit a 20 foot jumper which was about as weird to see as you’d imagine.
|Cory Joseph, PG 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Once it was apparent the Spurs were going to need as much offense as possible against the stingy Bobcats, Pop opted for Mills or Ginobili running the point instead of Joseph.
|Danny Green, SG 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2
Not a great Danny Green game, but he hit half his 3-pointers. He also took one 40 footer that almost ended with his body disappearing somewhere in Atascosa County.
|Aron Baynes, PF 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2
He started the second quarter and we didn’t see him again. Pretty random.
|Matt Bonner, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
We only saw him during the fourth quarter. Also random.
|Boris Diaw, PF 30 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +6
It was a strange game for Bobo. On one hand, Charlotte’s front line isn’t the largest and you figured he’d be more aggressive than four shot attempts. But, he also had seven assists and some solid defense, including a couple of blocks.
|Patty Mills, PG 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +21
Hit some big shots pretty much anytime the Spurs needed some scores. I love Patty Mills.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 26 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +17
At the start of the season, I started the #Manu6MOY movement. That kinda went away when he got hurt. Now it’s a race to see who the Spurs most impactful reserve is. It’s still Manu, but Patty is giving him a run for his money.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 31 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +2
Gary Neal was really trying to out-duel Belinelli. Fortunately, every time Neal hit a big shot, it felt like Marco responded. No one is benefitting more than Belinelli from everyone getting healthy. His role becomes so much more focused, which is to say his role becomes “wait for Manu to find you for an open score.”
|Gregg PopovichDid a really good job altering the rotation to put more offense in. The Bobcats are not a great offensive team and outside of Kemba Walker, don’t have a ton of one-on-one scorers. This allowed Pop to play an offensive heavy line up more often, which helped them pull away.|
Two Things We Saw
- The Bobcats are likely going to be a really annoying team for someone to play in the first round. Miami or Indiana probably takes care of them in four or five games. But if they get to the five or six seed they’re going to make it a really long series, win or lose.
- We saw another Kawhi Leonard post play tonight. I hope we see a lot more of Kawhi Leonard post play. It’s a great development.