El Conclusion: Spurs pull even behind Foreign Legion
|Tim Duncan, PF 38 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -6Duncan’s always important to the Spurs success, but he was dealing with foul trouble throughout the second half. The Mavs are also doing a great job denying him the ball in the post. He also had the biggest contest of the series at the end of the game, altering Monta Ellis runner just enough.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 38 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +6The defense was great. Not many players are able to go for a rebound but then go out and contest a three-pointer. Still, he hasn’t been able to get his offense going. He’s only shooting 30 percent from three-point range, but overall, outside of game 3 he hasn’t had a rhythm he had post all-star break.|
|Tiago Splitter, C 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +5He’s been really good this series. His defense on Dirk has been top notch. He’s always going to struggle with contested shots at the rim, so I’m at a point where I just accept that’s going to happen. The other thing he’s done really well is work the two man game with Manu Ginobili. Anytime he sets a screen for Manu you just feel like good things will happen.|
|Tony Parker, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +314 shots says he was more aggressive, but until he hit that jumper at the end of the game, it didn’t feel much different than the end of Game 3. Shot chart says he’s still more active at the start of the game than the end, but it did felt like he was trying to do more, especially in the fourth quarter.|
|Danny Green, SG 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -9Complete non-factor and then he started chucking up long 2’s. That’s a great way to get benched.|
|Boris Diaw, PF 28 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | 0As aggressive as we’ve seen him this series. Took advantage of the mismatches that came his way. The only knock is his defense on Dirk. For the most part he’s doing a pretty good job, but he’ll sag off him way too often to help on someone driving to the rack.|
|Patty Mills, PG 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +8Felt like he shot more than five times. He was all over the court and played with a ton of energy.|
|Manu Ginobili, SG 28 MIN | 7-14 FG | 8-11 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +11If the Spurs win the series, Ginobili will be the MVP. Spurs were a +11 when he was in the game tonight and is a +17 for the series. He’s been the catalyst on offense and at this point, if Danny Green’s not playing, the Spurs have to be content with their shooting guard being better offensively than Monta Ellis.|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7One shot. That’s all you can muster? One shot?|
Ran into a little trouble when both Duncan and Splitter ran into foul trouble, which happened right in the middle of Dallas’ second half run. Otherwise, the Spurs did a great job of coming out with energy in the first half and did a good job of responding to Dallas’ third quarter run.
One Thing We Saw
- I don’t know whether to feel good or bad about this win. Probably good, though I’d feel better if it had been a 10 or 15 point win. But whatever, best of three series with two games in San Antonio. Buckle up.