El Conclusion: Spurs pull away from Lakers despite shaky D
|Tim Duncan, PF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 16 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +28Very strong defensive game for Timmy. Didn’t need to score as much because Pau is better than almost every other Lakers defender, which allowed Duncan to find open guys left and right.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 34 MIN | 8-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +17The 22 points snuck up on me. Everything else did not. Not reflected on the box score, he put the clamps on Xavier Henry after he dropped in 17 first half points. It seems silly to say something like that, but Henry really killed the Spurs in the first half.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 22 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +12We should just start calling 10 points, 8 boards and 2 assists just another Tiago game. In the second half, Pop brought him off the bench, in part to give Duncan a little break guarding Pau, who is still awesome by the way.|
|Tony Parker, PG 33 MIN | 11-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +23Started slow and then just ate any defender alive and finished in the lane with his typical trickiness.|
|Danny Green, SG 24 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +15The defense wasn’t the great and there were a couple of stupid passes, but when Green shoots over 50 percent and scores in double figures it’s a good day overall.|
|Aron Baynes, PF 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7Continued getting some short minutes in the first half, but that didn’t last long.|
|Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6The six assists just shows how crucial he is to helping facilitate the Spurs offense.|
|Patty Mills, PG 15 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -7Wasn’t great, but he did hit a couple of big shots in the fourth when it looked like the Lakers could make a run.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 22 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | 0#Manu6MOY|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +3Started hitting shots in the second half, but man was he not focused on defense. It’s not that he’s a bad defender. I mean, he’s not great, but he was awful tonight and Pop let him hear about it a couple of times.|
Can’t imagine he was thrilled with the defensive effort, but hey, 11 in a row.
Two Things We Saw
- The ball movement is out of control right now. I don’t know who is slowing that down. Maybe OKC because they tend to do that well and there’s always Miami’s Flying Death Machine, but really, the offense looks incredible at the moment.
- Next up for the Spurs are the Sacramento Kings, who tend to play well at home, or at least play teams close at home. Then there’s a road back to back at Golden State. So 13 in a row is possible, but it’s going to be tough.