El Conclusion: Lots of good grades in Spurs win over Pistons
|Tim Duncan, PF 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +17
One of those quiet good Duncan games. He also dunked on Josh Smith… on a fast break. So that was cool.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +23
Air-balled his first shot attempt, missed a bunny on the next one and then it was off to the races. Missing a month and a half of action can make you forget how dynamic he is at turning defense into offense.
|Tiago Splitter, C 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +23
We were all celebrating Kawhi’s return, wondering what happened to Manu’s shoe, everyone on the Spurs was zipping the ball around including Tiago. Fourth quarter rolled around and I was stunned to see his stat line.
|Cory Joseph, PG 13 MIN | 2-2 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -4
The key to Joseph starting for Parker is finding a good mix of taking care of the ball and being aggressive in finding shots for himself and his teammates. He confidently stepped in to a couple of shots and got to the line six times.
|Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3
Back in the starting line up with the usual bunch of starters, save Parker. He still looked for his own shot and made half his 3s. Successful night.
|Aron Baynes, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5
Ruined Austin Daye’s first point as a Spur with a lane violation.
|Boris Diaw, PF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +4
Solid Bobo game. He even played some small forward against the Piston’s super large starting line up.
|Austin Daye, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5
We’re giving him a B because he got to the free throw line the first time he touched the ball and would’ve scored had Baynes not stepped in the lane for a violation.
|Jeff Ayres, C 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10
Got a lot of first quarter minutes and it paid off. He was all over the place on the glass, which helped keep the Spurs in the game once the turnovers started piling up.
|Patty Mills, PG 21 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -8
He wasn’t Rodeo Road Trip Mills, but he was good enough. The big question is how are his minutes affected by Parker’s return.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +19
The Shoe Explosion Game! Aside from a gross start to the game, he was brilliant and really sparked the Foreign Legion’s passing barrage. Also set a record for quickest shoe change in a NBA game.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 27 MIN | 6-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +4
Spicy. All kinds of spicy.
A nearly healthy squad for the first time in nearly two months. What he does with the rotations now that guys like Mills have emerged is going to be fascinating to watch.
One Thing We Saw
- The Spurs, along with the Clippers, are apparently front runners for Danny Granger. That would add some further intrigue to the rotation, but I do think the added size behind Kawhi would help things assuming Granger’s healthy.