El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 93, Memphis Grizzlies 89

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Memphis Grizzlies 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +22

Battled foul trouble for most of the second half, but made some big shots in the overtime period. Duncan was a rock defensively, as well.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 40 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +15

Hard to accurately judge this game. An efficient 12 points on nine shots. Nine rebounds. But why does it feel like he should’ve provided more?

Tiago Splitter, C 34 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -10

Offensively, Splitter played really well for the Spurs. In Game 1, Splitter had moments where he was passive. That was not the case in Game 2, as the Brazilian finished a handful of dunks off of Tony Parker dimes and played strong inside.

Tony Parker, PG 42 MIN | 6-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 18 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +12

Parker narrowly misses out on an A+ because of his inefficiency from the floor. 15 points on 20 shots is not what you what. That said, Parker was a force of nature in the San Antonio offense.

Danny Green, SG 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +12

3-for-4 from 3. Decent defense (three blocks!) all night. Pretty good outing from Mr. Icy/Hot.

Matt Bonner, PF 27 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12

Bonner hit his first 3 of the game, but missed the next three. He’s still playing good defense and not getting burned on that end, but you’d hope his shooting is better in Game 3.

Boris Diaw, C 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2

Not as good a game from Diaw as we saw in the first contest this series. It felt like Diaw passed up a lot of decent spot-up opportunities in order to put the ball on the floor. It’s not exactly a new thing for Bobo, but the team seemed better served by Diaw simply catching-and-shooting. Defense was solid again, though.

Gary Neal, PG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -11

Didn’t shoot all that well, felt like he passed up a couple open looks from 3 for more contested 2s. Not what you would expect. The one 3 he hit was crucial, though.

Cory Joseph, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -8

His one free throw was pretty important. Otherwise, this was kind of a “meh” game for CoJo.

Manu Ginobili, SG 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +2

See Joseph, Cory.

  • Spurs fan in Australia

    I thought the Spurs, particularly Parker, looked tired in the 4th quarter which left the team taking a lot of jump shots. Also, when was the last time Duncan almost fouled out of a game in 3 quarters? Some of those calls were shit.
    Lastly, I thought Ginobili flagrant was a bit harsh, but surely the league has to warn/fine Allen for the acting after the foul.

  • lucas5spurs

    Hey Andrew, i can clearly notice that you don´t like Manu at all, You never have good words for him, he hadn´t shoot well lately but he is doing other stuff, like taking control of the team offense when tony and timmy are resting, and he makes the second unit play very well, something that not even tony can do. Plus in those runs were the spurs are starting to lose control pop puts Manu to take control of the game again, like in game 1 in the 3rd quarter. Come on Andrew you can do it better with Manu, he as important as Tony and Timmmy

  • neverthehero

    I felt the biggest issue was not playing Green more 27 mins? Dude was feeling it. Also KL mixed those two open threes that really would have broken open the game. 3 days rest is God sent at this point

  • Colin

    “Come on Andrew you can do it better with Manu, he as important as Tony and Timmmy”

    He’s more inconsistent than Tony and Timmy at this point in his career, that’s all. A coach simply can’t count Manu for X points/game and O assists/game, steals/game, etc.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Agree they have to do something about that fake injury.

  • Titletown99030507d

    My favorite sequence of the game came before the end of the half with that defensive stand under the rim where KL started the block party and continued with Timmy then Splitter coming off Gasol from way back at the key decided to get into the ruckus and get some of that. That was good to the eyes. I wore the DVR back button out on that one. Just awesome! GSG!

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    That’s not true. Manu is one of my favorite people, not just players, in the league. He’s a genuinely good dude. But that’s not to say I can’t call it like I see it and criticize him from time to time.

  • Jon Richey

    Being a true fan means calling it like it is. Manu isn’t playing great. That’s a fact no matter how much I love him. He IS showing up in big moments, either making a big mistake or hitting a big shot, but the big shots have been way more important. “This is what I do.” Indeed.

  • http://profiles.google.com/lordxar Ray Briggs II

    There should have been a grade for Pop here and I think it would have been a C. He let some questionable lineups sit out their WAY to long, especially during the comeback. And only 27 minutes for Green who is having a good series.

  • TheFG21

    I enjoyed that sequence too! And finally the frustrated foul on TD! TD should have grabbed his head too!

  • Dusty

    Am I the only one who kinda feels labeling Danny Green “Mr. Icy/Hot” is disrespectful? He’s a flat out shooting stud. This year on wide open 3’s, he hit 56%, second only to Stephen Curry. Maybe he was icy during last year’s playoff series against Thunder(every shooter has funks), but this year he deserves to be called “Mr. Hot” if he’s gonna be called anything at all

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  • BobbyKe

    The Spurs significantly outplayed the Grizzlies. The foul trouble in 4th Quarter & the Spurs being a bit out of gas was the only real reasons the Grizzlies came back. Even during the comeback, it never seemed like Memphis was playing good at all

    Memphis would need to start getting hot on jumpers to win this series & they just don’t have enough good shooters to do that. And I feel the Spurs will be a better complete game after 3 days off. Expect Spurs to win Game 3, lose Game 4 & end it in Game 5

  • Andrew G

    You can’t have your Spurs filter on all the time. You take the good with the bad; the duality of Manu. When he turned the ball over, and subsequently got the flagrant on Allen, I couldn’t help but yell “GINOBILI!!”

    He won’t always impress you with his play, but he sure is entertaining to watch.

  • Titletown99030507d

    LOL! And squirm on the floor like it’s the end of the world.

  • Shifty

    Nitpicking:
    I wouldn’t blame Bonner for at least 2 of his misses. The passes were awfully off target and had to reach out for them. Also, for some reason, he was ignored more than once by Tony and Manu.
    I haven’t check but I think Pop sat Green too long in the fourth. He was in the Hot part of his nickname and should’ve been used more.

  • Titletown99030507d

    It’s those 44% times we call him icy.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Wow! I’m going to Vegas. But on a serious note I’m looking at a game 7. Only because they have run the table on the Clips and Thunder once they started winning. That’s the key phrase “once they started winning”. So if the Grizz win game 3 then buckle up for the ride.
    But if they loose this thing is over and the Spurs can start viewing LBJ film.

  • STIJL

    Ginobili has been hit or miss the entire playoffs. His hits are huge in big time moments. But he’s had his fair share of misses (not just shots) that has made things more difficult than they need to be.

    The good; The Bad; The Ugly. Manu plays like a cheap Italian Western that some how pans out in the end.

  • STIJL

    Interesting point which could be said for the whole team. In the end, they were playing tired. And when playing tired, not just shots will be off, but the ability to be crisp in all aspects of the game. Including passing and rebounding.

  • Bry

    Yes. That was absolutely monstrous. It immediately reminded me of why I’m not a fan of soccer. FAKING a head injury at a crucial moment in the waning seconds of a WCF game!? Then as soon as he got the harsh call he wanted showed no signs whatsoever of injury, calming sank his two penalty shots and went on as if nothing had happened. Stern has already commented on his distaste for flopping, and wanting to find ways to punish/discourage it. Well, this was an extremely rare case of a player FAKING AN INJURY live during a game, and the punishment should be as harsh as possible. Because, as they say, if he gets away with and is rewarded for his deception and acting, then it would encourage this to happen more in the future. And for me personally, I used to respect Tony Allen, even after the damage he did to the Spurs in 2011. No longer. He’s dead to me, as is any player that would stoop to faking an injury to try and lie and cheat their way to victory. Just awful.

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