El Conclusion: Everyone contributes to Game 4 win
|Tim Duncan, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +21
Congrats to Timmy for surpassing Magic Johnson on the all-time postseason double-double list. I’m sure he cares. He was great defensively tonight, shot wasn’t falling on offense, but it wasn’t necessary.
|Boris Diaw, PF 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +15
Second best player on the floor and it’s such a difference from even last season. He’s played more minutes this series already than he did through seven games last season. Brilliant move by Pop to up his minutes and put him in the starting line up.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 39 MIN | 7-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +23
He may have been better tonight than Game 3. The efficiency, the distributing, the defense. He was everywhere tonight and if he plays another game or two like this he’s winning the Finals MVP.
|Tony Parker, PG 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +16
19 points kind of snuck up on me. He’s been great this series because he’s not forcing anything. Miami didn’t trap him as aggressively tonight so he was able to get loose and get in the paint a few times, which then gave him space for his jump shot.
|Danny Green, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -7
He was great early, which is what they needed, because then Miami wasn’t able to forget about him.
|Matt Bonner, PF 9 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6
|Tiago Splitter, C 15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1
It’s just easier for him to go up against Birdman than it is Chris Bosh or Rashard Lewis and he’s finishing at the rim. Great play in limited minutes.
|Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +7
Patrick. Thrills. Difference maker, man. He, Boris and Tiago being able to play major minutes have been huge in this series.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 28 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | +27
He didn’t do a ton stats wise, but he was also a +27 tonight, so he was doing things right. Mostly, I just didn’t see him do anything disastrous when he was being aggressive and he hit a couple of big shots.
The execution has been nothing short of staggering the last two games.
One Thing We Saw
- It’s so hard thinking about Miami losing three games in a row, even if Game 5 is a home game for San Antonio. This could still be a long series if the Spurs let up. Tough to think Duncan especially will let the Spurs ease up.