El Conclusion: Big 3 Lead The Way As Spurs Take Game 1 Lead
|Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 9-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 21 PTS | +10Aside from a couple late rotations to Dwyane Wade (in part because he was afraid of abandoning Chris Bosh who fading to the corner), he was great on both ends of the court. He’s going to have a big, big series.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +11He has to watch the dumb fouls. I’m specifically talking about when LeBron was getting ready to take a contested 20 footer and Kawhi reached in to pick up his second foul and didn’t play the rest of the second quarter. The Spurs don’t have another guy that can defend LeBron in space 1-on-1. Hell, Kawhi can barely do it. He found his jumper late in the game to help the Spurs pull away, but not a great game overall.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 23 MIN | 5-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +1Loved what he did tonight. Dove to the basket on the pick and roll. Wasn’t overly aggressive, but still looked for his shot and didn’t shy away from contact.|
|Tony Parker, PG 37 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +13Kind of what we’ve come to expect from Tony, especially if he’s a little beat up. He starts off well, cools off, and then can turn it up in the fourth quarter. Two days off will help his ankle, but he certainly didn’t look 100 percent. Either way, good start to the series for him.|
|Danny Green, SG 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2Lesslie Stanford asks: “Can we get two grades for Danny Green. One for quarters 1-3 and one for the 4th quarter?” If only that were allowed. BUT, Lesslie is right, Danny gets an A+ for the fourth quarter but is in the D to C range for quarters 1-3. He defense was still solid but he was forcing shots, air balling floaters, etc. Let’s just be glad he stayed aggressive. So important moving forward.|
|Boris Diaw, PF 33 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +30Best two point game a guy can have. He just kept the ball moving, he kept finding open shooters. Basically he was the Swiss Army Knife he’s been all season.|
|Patty Mills, PG 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -3This is going to be an interesting series for Patty. On one hand, the Heat go small often and Tony and Patty should be able to play next to each other. On the other hand, he can the type of defender that tries to anticipate where a defender is going to try to jump a passing lane or whatever. The Heat will kill you if you guess wrong. That becomes an issue if he’s guarding a shooter, which is a problem since that’s pretty much every Miami wing player.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +22Sometimes when Manu starts off shooting hot, he can cool down and still take some ill advised shots. That didn’t really happen tonight. He had 11 assists! Pretty much the perfect Ginobili offensive game. Defensively, well, let’s just say he and Dwyane Wade aren’t great at guarding each other.|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -11Looked infinitely better than he did against Oklahoma City. The two trips to the line show he was looking for his shot and was able to get some separation to pull the trigger.|
Good call by Pop to mix and match Duncan, Splitter and Diaw. There was a lot of talk of whether Splitter would be able to stay on the court and Pop found a way to go big, then smaller with Diaw, then bring Splitter in to attack the Heat’s smaller units.
One Thing We Saw
- The air conditioning thing needs to get figured out and I’m sure it will. Pretty embarrassing moment all around for the league and the AT&T Center.