El Conclusion: Spurs finish Rodeo Road Trip with a loss

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San Antonio Spurs 85 Final

Recap | Box Score

106 Phoenix Suns
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!

Gregg Popovich

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  • Spurs fan in Australia

    What was with Splitter’s playing time? Due to return from injury or did he do something wrong during the game?

  • Francesco Grigori Di Bene

    so belinelli have a bad night like everyone else, except a -5 +/-, and the result is ” Now I know how Warriors, Raptors, Hornets and Bulls fans felt in years past.” ????

  • Graham

    It was a theme. Lackluster effort from everyone pretty much. Could have used that line for anyone who had signifigant burn with another team, just probably didn’t because it would have gotten stale. Cleveland Danny, Portland Jeff, Portland Patty……hell throw in Phoenix Shannon and Toronto Bonner.

  • Graham

    Likely minutes restriction to ease him back in.

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  • Ayres is awful

    Too bad we can’t move on from Ayres for the rest of our lives. It’s safe to say that he’s been the worst Spurs acquisition this millennium.

  • Jocco

    Seriously this guy look dumb on the court.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Because a 12th man using 3% of the team’s salary cap and 6% of the team’s minutes qualifies for your statement.

  • Stone hands

    and 93% of the defense’s And-1s