El Conclusion: Duncan, Leonard lead way in victory over Heat
|Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +7
I wrote this morning Duncan was the Spurs overlooked MVP for this season and that exact theme rang true this game. Mills hit some big shots, Kawhi had some highlight defensive effort and Tony was the engine early, but all throughout Duncan kept plugging away, doing Duncan things.
|Boris Diaw, PF 37 MIN | 5-5 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +23
Moved in to the starting lineup because the Heat play small and he looked really, really good. I mean, he missed one free throw and that’s it. Wasn’t exactly the LeBron stopper that not smart fans made noise about last summer, but he was great overall.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 30 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +6
He was terrible shooting tonight, but everything else was great. His defensive intensity helped keep a Heat run at bay. There was a steal and dunk and then a deflection that forced a LeBron turnover that seemed to kill any momentum the Heat had.
|Tony Parker, PG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +11
He was great in the first half and disappeared in the second. That might sound like a diss, but he was so crucial in the Spurs getting out to such a big lead and the Heat made adjustments on him at the half.
|Danny Green, SG 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +10
He didn’t shoot particularly well and can still get lost defending off the ball, but the random help blocks and his work defending Dwyane Wade one-on-one is one of the reasons why he’s so crucial to the Spurs’ success.
|Matt Bonner, PF 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +8
No longer the masked. RIP Masked Red Mamba.
|Austin Daye, SF 2 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +8
The Spurs new victory cigar was really active in his two minutes of action. Nice work.
|Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +12
The Heat are a terrible match up for Splitter, mostly because they go small a ton and LeBron really likes picking on him right when it looks like he’s rolling. Nonetheless, he looked good tonight, especially finding the secondary cutter on his rolls to the rim.
|Patty Mills, PG 17 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +15
Hit some huge shots at the end of the third/start of the fourth to help quell a Heat run. Also, 10 rebounds!
|Marco Belinelli, SG 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -4
Solid overall game. Much better than when he was the primary Dwyane Wade and LeBron James defender last time they played.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +10
A very average Manu game, but he was aggressive going to the basket and I always feel like he’s heavily involved in these games where the Spurs have really high assist numbers.
Anytime you can help scheme to hold LeBron to 6-for-18 shooting, you get high marks.
Two Things We Saw
- Green’s individual defense on Wade can’t be overlooked. He was just great keeping the Spurs from having to help off the Heat shooters.
- As unnoticed as Tim Duncan’s steadiness can be, he still wasn’t the most under the radar star on the court today. That goes to Chris Bosh, who is just a match up nightmare. He can shoot over Diaw and drive past Duncan and Splitter. He’s a ton of fun to watch.