El Conclusion: Duncan, Parker brilliant in Game 1 win

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Dallas Mavericks 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 38 MIN | 12-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | +24
Every time the Spurs needed something to happen, Duncan was there. The air got sucked out of the building when TD and Monta Ellis banged knees, but Duncan said he’s fine, so that’s a sigh of relief.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 31 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +23
The shooting wasn’t there, but he continued to hound the perimeter guys, get key rebounds, etc. He was part of the reason Monta Ellis wasn’t awesome today.

Tiago Splitter, C 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8
Missed a couple of bunnies (not a bad Easter pun, I promise), but his defense was awesome and he used the size mismatch he has to his advantage. He was also great defending the pick and roll, which is something he doesn’t get a ton of credit for.

Tony Parker, PG 34 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +20
He was brilliant early and late, and “eh” in between. Duncan sparked the Spurs comeback and then a Parker assist and back to back baskets helped the Spurs pull ahead for good. There isn’t anyone the Mavs have that can stop Parker one-on-one and the Spurs are going to exploit that as much as they can.

Danny Green, SG 24 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
His defense was fine, but not great outside of a couple of great blocks. He got two shots off, which is not great, but credit to Rick Carlisle and the Mavs for running most of the Spurs shooters off the 3-point line.

Matt Bonner, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
#LetBonnerShoot #LetBonnerWearPlaidShoes

Boris Diaw, PF 23 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -22
Shot wasn’t there and he wasn’t aggressive until late in the shot clock, especially when Duncan went out.

Patty Mills, PG 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -15
Shot wasn’t there and he couldn’t stay with the Mavs guards, who torched the Spurs in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Manu Ginobili, SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | +1
Hit some big 3’s and got to the line pretty effectively. He was really responsible for keeping the Spurs afloat in the third quarter.

Marco Belinelli, SG 12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6
Let’s just move on.

Gregg Popovich Great job not listening to idiots like me and bringing Parker, Duncan and Leonard back in earlier than normal. Pop trusts the process way more than anyone on the planet. Also, great moment with Craig Sager, Jr. #GetWellSager

Two Things We Saw

  1. Credit to the Mavs for contesting almost every Spur 3-point attempt. That group holding this Spurs squad to 90 points is a credit to Rick Carlisle’s coaching ability.
  2. The Spurs shot 3-17 from 3-point range. I’d be stunned if that happened again. Kawhi, Patty and Danny are all going to shoot better at some point this series. Basically, I guess we should all feel good the Spurs played as bad as they could’ve and got away with the win.