El Conclusion: Spurs finish off Dallas in style
|Tim Duncan, PF 31 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +23Getting his offense going in non-pick and roll situations felt like the final piece to the offensive puzzle. His defense was great as well, aside from sagging a little too far south on some shooters.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +15Mid-range game was clicking today and while he didn’t log any steals, his defense was all over the place. One thing, and we’ll see how Portland plays him, that Leonard needs to work on is making more confident decisions with the basketball. There were a few times where he over dribbled. It’s not a huge deal, because he’s not asked to handle the ball all that often, but it’s something to keep an eye on.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 15 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +15The first eh game of the series, mostly because Dallas went small. Bright side, he got some decent rest for Tuesday’s game and he’ll need it, he’s going to have to defend LaMarcus Aldridge as well as he did Dirk for the Spurs to win next round.|
|Tony Parker, PG 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 10-13 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 32 PTS | +13That’s the Tony Parker we were expecting all series long. Aggressive, efficient, got to the free throw line.|
|Danny Green, SG 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +21Couple of shots that were a little too quick early in the shot clock, but overall a much better end of the series than beginning.|
|Aron Baynes, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8#LetTheBangerEat|
|Matt Bonner, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -8#LetBonnerOop|
|Boris Diaw, PF 27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +16Pretty, pretty good. The Spurs struggle to rebound when he’s on the court, but overall he allowed the Spurs to go small and still feel bigger than most small line ups.|
|Patty Mills, PG 17 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +17He drilled Vince Carter with what looked like a flying forearm and got away with it. That was pretty incredible. Aside from that, he was good but not great. His energy and hustle has been making up for this not great shooting, but you’d hope to see him find his shot next round.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 8-9 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +32Excellent bounce back game from the game 6 stinker. Six steals!|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -11“Has Belinelli become the human victory cigar?”- Matt Tynan. Pretty much sums up Marco’s series.|
Great job countering the Mavs third quarter run. Going small felt like a bad idea initially, but they figured out everything Dallas threw at them.
Three Things We Saw
- From a style stand point, this series is the perfect preview for next round. LaMarcus Aldridge is another mid-range assassin, and Damian Lillard is probably as ridiculously fast as Monta Ellis. He’s a better shooter, but not as good at finishing at the rim. Another tough task for Danny Green.
- While no one wanted or saw seven games in this series coming, but pretty awesome that we got Duncan-Dirk one last time (if it is the last time they play each other in the playoffs).
- The bench finally looked better, but will have to be back to regular season form to take advantage of Portland’s thin bench. Something to watch Tuesday.