El Conclusion: Spurs finish off Dallas in style

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Dallas Mavericks 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

119 San Antonio Spurs
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.

Gregg Popovich
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  • DorieStreet

    Finally, the team turned up their intensity on defense to match their execution on offense.

  • Mike Smith

    Great game by all the key players. Tough seeing Marco struggle so much this series. Once again Bonner gets high marks just for getting off the bench. .

  • lvmainman

    Wow, Pop didn’t bench Ginobili with 2 fouls and the Spurs went on a run to get the lead to 29 points.

    I’m even more confused why Ginobili got benched in Game 6.

    I’m sure Terry Stotts and Carlisle are having a 2 hr pow-wow about how to beat the Spurs as I type this.

    Mavs were a good test for facing the Trailblazers.

  • Caui sounds better than kawhi

    Im sorry if the answer sounds dumb, but game 6 is not game 7. Different aproach. It payed off, though!

  • fkj73

    Whew, glad that is over. I think it got us ready for round 2. Defensive intensity seems to be our key to victory, even more so than shot making. That said we need Mills and Belli to find their stroke.Good win Go Spurs!

  • twinm85

    i think vince didn’t get a call on patty because if you look at the replay they showed from above, patty is holding his arm back and stationary, and carter literally stretches his head out and into patty’s forearm (basically he created the contact). i know it sounds silly, but that’s what i saw and seeing carter’s approach throughout this series it was an attempted flop by creating contact and acting like he was hurt, only this time the refs actually saw it correctly and didn’t fall for it.

  • The Kawhiet Storm

    Finally, the Spurs we know and love made their way to the arena. I think they thought they were just going to get a pass in the first round like they did against the Lakers last year. It took 7 games to get them into playoff mode, and when they did, my lord was it beautiful. Now, Portland is a much more offensively talented team and they have played us tough every time for a while, not to mention the RipCity crowd is straight up RUCKUS. Should be a great series but our D will be tested. Our offense should have an easier time than with Carlisle’s schemes. That is, if the Rockets series is any indication.

  • jgonzaba

    Welcome back Spurs! You scared the shit out of us.

  • idahospur

    I got worried early in the series. I wondered with all the injuries this year and rest if our starring unit needed some time to figure out how to work together again.
    I expect the starting 5 of Portland to be a challenge. We will need Manu and the bench to put up some big numbers.
    Go Spurs Go!

  • FA

    Don’t know if someone already noticed it, but the name of this section is mistaken regarding proper grammar. It should be said “La” Conclusión in correct Spanish language, as conclusión is a feminine noun. In Spanish articles take the gender of the noun they are referred to.

  • Daniel Chevez

    You sir are a 48 minutes of hell noob.