El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 99, Houston Rockets 91
|Tim Duncan, C 31 MIN | 9-12 FG | 7-10 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 25 PTS | +6
A good game from Tim Duncan on both ends of the floor. It’s hard to know when games like this will come from TD, so it’s good the Spurs didn’t waste it.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -15
Surprising game from RJ. Not that he only scored six points, but that all of them were 2s and he only attempted one 3-pointer.
|DeJuan Blair, F 20 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -14
Blair is hit or miss when he’s gambling for steals on defense. Tonight he was a hit, but he the offense was worse when he was on the floor.
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-8 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +3
Like Duncan, Tony Parker led the way in the second half. He only racked up four assists, but I’d venture to guess he had twice as many hockey assists. I give him a bump over Duncan for the tough defensive assignment on Kyle Lowry.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 8 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -15
Struggled at the beginning of the game both offensively and defensively. Didn’t appear much after that. Not his night, but he’ll be back.
|Matt Bonner, PF 28 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-7 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +20
Did I just see 10 boards and some solid one-on-one defense against Luis Scola. No, that can’t be right.
|Daniel Green, G 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | +14
I thought he was pressing in the first half with his college coach Roy Williams sitting court side. He played much more under control in the second half and did his damnedest chasing Kevin Martin around.
|Gary Neal, PG 34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +26
Gary Neal ended up starting the second half instead of Kawhi Leonard and did an admirable job. Made plays on both the offensive and defensive ends.
|Tiago Splitter, C 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +2
Didn’t play a lot, but produced in the time he was in there. Will probably see more minutes on Thursday night against NOLA.
|James Anderson, SG 13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +13
A rare first half appearance for Mr. Anderson. James was actually a vital piece of the lineup that got the Spurs back into the game in the second half.
|Cory Joseph, G DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
I hate giving and F for not playing, but there’s not an incomplete option. Just read that as an incomplete.
Five Things We Saw
- The Spurs played the majority of the second half with three shooters on the floor with one big down low. This opened up the lane a lot of created some opportunities for open shots on the perimeter.
- I said over and over again early in the season when James Anderson fell out of the rotation that he would get a chance to regain his spot. Admittedly, I started to lose my faith. Good to see him play some important minutes.
- If you want to distract yourself during the next Spurs game, simply follow Danny Green on the floor. He floats around the floor effortlessly and never seems to reach top speed, and yet he’s always in the play.
- If I had to guess, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and James Anderson’s minutes will fluctuate for the remainder of the season. Because all are unproven commodities over the long term, the coaching staff will probably ride the hot hands and play guys based on matchups.
- The Spurs had a lot of trouble stopping the pick-and-pop with Patrick Patterson in the second half. Patterson would set a pick on the wing and flash to the baseline for an open 12-footer.