El Conclusion: Spurs look better in Game 3 loss
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|Tim Duncan, PF 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | -16
Really solid all-around game, especially considering Samuel Dalembert brought his A game too. If Tony Parker’s going to continue to disappear after the first quarter, Spurs might need to run things through Duncan.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 38 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | -7
Turnovers aside, this was a great bounce back game for Kawhi. Hit some huge shots with a hand in his face. We’re used to the steals and the defense, but the fearless shooting was key. Spurs will definitely need that Kawhi to come back in this series.
|Tiago Splitter, C 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +1
He was awesome. Continues to guard Dirk well, but his offense was spot. Finished around the rim, was aggressive moving on the pick and roll.
|Tony Parker, PG 33 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -5
This is as deceiving a stat line as you’ll ever see. He was 3-10 after the first quarter and seemed to lack any aggression whatsoever, especially in the fourth where he drove to the basket and instead of throwing up a floater or taking a 10-15 foot jump shot he was taking and nailing in the first quarter. Second game in a row he’s done this.
|Danny Green, SG 13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3
Can’t get his shot off and really isn’t doing that good a job defending either.
|Matt Bonner, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4
|Boris Diaw, PF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1
Still want to see him being more aggressive, but he looked way better today than he had in Games 1 & 2.
|Patty Mills, PG 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +7
Did a really good job pushing the ball when he was in, but the shots still aren’t falling. But he’s staying aggressive, which is important.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 33 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +10
Got the Spurs back in the game in the second half and looked like he won the game for the Spurs before Vince Carter’s silly game winner. His outside shot wasn’t falling, but he took over the offense when Parker couldn’t or wouldn’t in the second half.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 15 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6
Way, way better this game than Games 1 & 2. Didn’t play a ton of minutes and he’s having trouble staying in front of guys, but his shots were falling and he was looking for his own shot.
Thought he made all the right adjustments in the second half and he’s tightened up the rotation. Defense just needs to be better.
Two Things We Saw
- He had another huge game, but I think this time the Spurs played Monta Ellis the right way for the most part, especially in the half court. During Game 2, he got in the paint a ton. This game, Kawhi sagged off him and gave him the outside shot. That’s the right move, he just hit some of those shots tonight.
- The offense looked way more like what we’re used to seeing. 26 assists, five players in double figures and two more scored seven points. The three-pointers haven’t started falling, but the offense looked way better than it did in the first two games.