El Conclusion: Spurs grade out well in huge comeback


Phoenix Suns 104 Final

Recap | Box Score

112 San Antonio Spurs
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.


Gregg Popovich

Great job by Pop deciding to go small for almost the entire second half.

One Thing We Saw

  1. 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.
  • td4life

    You know Matty B makes his own sandwiches. Probably a tuna salad on toast (with capers that masked the fact that the tuna was a off). This is what happens when you are overconfident, Sandwich Guy. I bet he would have gotten the start, if healthy.

  • td4life

    That was one exciting game. I know it was a back-to-back and we were missing two of our stars, but it feels like we dodged a bullet with their best player out. They are exactly the kind of team that gives us trouble, so it’s a good test forcing our guys to look for their own shot more to cut down on turnovers. But if they weren’t so young, that game isn’t so easy to seize back. I’m pretty sure OKC won’t brick so many shots. I mean, can you imagine the Suns with a clutch KD on their team? Yikes.
    That said, Danny Gr33n had himself a KD type of game tonight. 33 on 17!
    And Mr. Popovich has done a truly masterful job helping develop Leonard into a complete player. The Spurs have themselves another big time player heading into the playoffs. Some of the plays he’s making out there, he might as well be Larry freaking Bird.
    Great win and a great season. GSG!

  • interxavier

    Who should Pop sit out in the next two games? Tony, Kawhi, Manu, Tim, or Tiago?

  • NYC

    OK, so we put Parker up on blocks from now until game 4 of the first round, right? Right?
    So help me God if anybody on this team gets injured. I will burn this mother down. I’ll do it.

  • Jimbo

    And I’m like, “You better not! You better not!”

    Great comeback, glad to see home court sewn up. If LAC beats OKC in the 2nd round, I really really like the Spurs chances.

  • DorieStreet

    All of the above except Tony

  • DorieStreet

    I’d sit Marco Monday night and Boris in the finale.

  • DorieStreet

    Best trade for the 2013-14 season was Doc Rivers to the Clippers.