El Conclusion: Spurs grade out well in huge comeback
|Austin Daye, SF 14 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5
Yeah, the shot wasn’t falling tonight, but he didn’t force anything and showed he’s willing to move the ball, which is what you want from anyone coming off this Spurs bench.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +3
Another great all-around performance. He’s averaging three assists a game in April right now. I think we’ve all thought his ball handling and playmaking are the last piece to him being a truly complete player. But, if he’s getting three assists a night he’s farther along in that process than we all thought.
|Tiago Splitter, C 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -11
Only 16 minutes, but he was affective on the glass during that time. He probably won’t sit the next couple games, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he passes 20 minutes in either of the last two.
|Tony Parker, PG 24 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -15
Seemed to be kicking off any rust in the first half, but really sparked the Spurs run in the second half that got him back into the game. Will be very curious to see if he plays at all again before the playoffs start.
|Danny Green, SG 38 MIN | 12-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | +23
It wasn’t just the three-point shooting, though he looked like early in the Finals Danny Green tonight. He also did a great job moving without the ball towards the basket. These random Danny Green games are a lot of fun to watch.
|Boris Diaw, PF 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +13
Poor shooting aside, this was a great all-around Bobo game.
|Jeff Ayres, C 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +10
He missed a couple of defensive assignments, but overall his energy and athleticism was the perfect counter to a guy like Miles Plumlee. If the Spurs and Suns meeting in the first round, which feels likely at this point, Ayres could play a big factor.
|Patty Mills, PG 28 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +17
I feel like he scored more points than this but that might be because it felt like everyone of his made baskets were big baskets.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +5
Terrible first half, great second half. I’m starting to feel like this might get said a lot during the postseason.
|Matt Bonner, PF DNP FOOD POISONING MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
WHICH SANDWICH ARTIST DID THIS TO HIM?! TELL ME! I WANT HIS NAME!
Great job by Pop deciding to go small for almost the entire second half.
One Thing We Saw
- Really one of the better all around performances we’ve seen all season in the second half. With games against Houston and the Lakers ahead, the Spurs could’ve punted on this game and clinched home court next week. Now guys can get nearly a full week of rest before things get going in the playoffs.