El Conclusion: Spurs finish Rodeo Road Trip with a loss
|Tim Duncan, PF 21 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -14
Always hard to judge a Duncan game when the Spurs are getting pounced. He was aggressive early on and made all five of his free throw attempts. Coming up we may see an even better version of Duncan. He got the All-Star break, then only played two games this week and now has four days off between games. That’s a lot of rest.
|Boris Diaw, PF 23 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -22Now I know how Bobcats fans felt a couple of years ago. Sort of. I’m sure he was trying, but he looked terrible.|
|Cory Joseph, PG 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -24
Safe to say Joseph’s time in the D-League is done, right? Nando’s gone, which ends that part of the position battle and him and Patty play such different roles that there should be a least a little playing time for both.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5Man those shot numbers. Now I know how Warriors, Raptors, Hornets and Bulls fans felt in years past.|
|Danny Green, SG 30 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -18
Three turnovers aren’t great, but staying aggressive is probably key for Green when guys are injured or getting rest.
|Aron Baynes, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1
It was unleashed.
|Matt Bonner, PF 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +1
Bonner’s first extended run in what feels like forever, so that should give you a good capsule of how things went tonight.
|Jeff Ayres, C 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -15
Let’s move on.
|Tiago Splitter, C 6 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5
I got nothing.
|Patty Mills, PG 25 MIN | 2-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | 0
He had to come back to earth eventually, right? The whole game was one big heat check.
|Shannon Brown, PG 17 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -12
If this is his last game, thanks for the effort, Shannon. You should definitely be on someone’s roster.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -2
Same rules apply for Ginobili and Duncan here. Hard to gauge his game. I’m just glad he looks healthy.
|Austin Daye, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
See you next week, Austin!
I’m sure he about killed someone in the first half, and then figured it was a lost cause in the second half.
Three Things We Saw
- Overall, the Rodeo Road Trip gets an A+. To finish 6-3 with all the injuries is pretty astounding. Again, it wasn’t just like one guy was injured, it was different guys coming in and out of the line up at various times.
- Six of the Spurs next eight games are at home. They don’t play again until Wednesday, at home against the Detroit Pistons, who smacked them around pretty good at the beginning of the trip. That game was played without Tiago Splitter, who is crucial against a front line like Detroit’s.
- All-Star game aside, Tony Parker hasn’t played since February 10. It’s still unclear when he’s coming back, but let’s assume he sits for this next three game home stand and returns Tuesday, March 4 vs. The Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s three full weeks of rest. That would also give him a game back before a TNT match up at home against the Miami Heat. Just keep all that in mind.