El Conclusion: Spurs Blow Out Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks 90 Final

Recap | Box Score

112 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +17Hyper efficient game from the Big Fundamental. He knew Dallas couldn’t keep him off the glass and attacked whenever he could. He also has a follow up dunk that we thought the Spurs players weren’t allowed to do.

Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +24With no Manu Ginobili, we were wondering where the playmaking might come from. I’m not saying Diaw completely fill in for Manu, but his six assists were awesome to see. He did a great job of getting in the middle of that Dallas zone and finding the open shooters.

Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +15Almost as efficient as Duncan. To start the game, Monta Ellis was guarding him. Took the Spurs a couple minutes to figure it out, but then they just started dumping it down low to him. Leonard excels at taking advantage of smaller defenders in the post, especially ones named Monta Ellis.

Tony Parker, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 10-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 25 PTS | +18He was great all game, but the Spurs really blew the game open in the third quarter, in part thanks to Parker’s excellent play. He went 6-6 from the field and overall just knew no one on the Mavs could stay in front of him.

Danny Green, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13Hey, look who found himself back in the starting line up! With Manu out, Pop wanted to make sure he had someone to move the ball in the second unit, so Marco Belinelli went back to the bench. It’s probably just a familiarity thing (for both the player and the fan), but Green seems to play better with the starters.

Aron Baynes, PF Shot Chart 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8Didn’t eat anyone, didn’t dunk on anyone. But he also didn’t mess up.

Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart 11 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +13Energy, energy, energy. If you haven’t come to grips with the fact that Ayres won’t be much a huge offensive factor, you’ll enjoy what he does much more. Nine rebounds in 11 minutes is pretty absurd.

Matt Bonner, PF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -5He didn’t really shoot well, at all. But he didn’t hesitate when he had an open look. Plus, anytime we get Matt Bonner dribbling is a good day. Minus for the night: No Bonner calling for an alley-oop.

Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +4#PattyMillsShotCount: 10. Needs to be higher, but this is good.

Cory Joseph, PG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +11Cory Joseph unleashed! He was also a big part of the second half run. Favorite play of the night: Belinelli throws a pretty awful pass to Mills in the corner, Mills saves it and flips to Joseph, who stepped right in to three. Spurs were already up big, but Joseph looking for his own shot like that is a good thing.

Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +8Every time he shoots a three-pointer now I think it’s going in. Makes sense since he’s shooting 51 percent from three for the season and 54 percent at home.

Gregg Popovich
He hugged Jeff Van Gundy in the third quarter interview. Night complete.

One Thing We Saw

  1. This was the perfect game following up the overtime near debacle in Memphis. Pop didn’t waive the white flag and instead played everyone but Ginobili and they responded with a blow out. Duncan and Parker stayed under 30 minutes, so their minutes stayed low-ish. Spurs now have three days off before hosting Minnesota, Sunday. Oh, and the Spurs are back in first place for the time being.