El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 101, Houston Rockets 95
|Tim Duncan, C 38 MIN | 7-17 FG | 3-6 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | +8
Played a lot of minutes, but he played like the Tim Duncan old… err, young. Missed free throws and all.
|Richard Jefferson, SF 37 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | +3
Didn’t shoot great but made enough plays to stay in the game. He’ll have better nights, but this wasn’t RJ regressing to the disappointing play of old.
|DeJuan Blair, F 16 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +1
He pulled up for a jumpshot on the first play of the game without hesitation and knocked it down. That was pretty much the highlight of his night.
|Tony Parker, PG 45 MIN | 12-22 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 28 PTS | +13
He needs to just sleep through tomorrow on into Friday. Like RJ, Tony Parker made enough plays for the Spurs tonight.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +13
Kawhi is a player. He’s got a future for the Spurs.
|Matt Bonner, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -1
His help defense looked better, but he’s still not getting a lot of looks on the perimeter.
|Daniel Green, G 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | 0
An improvement over last night, but he still hasn’t recaptured the magic of last week.
|Gary Neal, PG 21 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -5
Gary looked tired tonight. Several of his shots were as flat as west Texas when leaving his hand.
|Tiago Splitter, C 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2
Tiago Splitter is a hustle player. He made plenty of those types of plays tonight, though his numbers don’t quite reflect that.
|James Anderson, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | 0
I still firmly believe that James will get a chance to recapture a place in the Spurs rotation again this season. It’ll happen.
Five Things We Saw
- Pop relied heavily on a lineup of Parker, Leonard, RJ, Tiago and Duncan. I’m guessing that’s what Pop feels is his best defensive lineup that doesn’t take too much away on offense.
- I don’t care how old and slow he gets, I love watching Tim Duncan play basketball.
- Kawhi Leonard took a deep breath before nailing the free throw that put the Spurs up four late.
- It’s games like this that will earn the trust of his teammates for Kawhi Leonard, if they hadn’t already. He’s someone you can count on to make a play.
- I don’t know what Pop’s strategy is, long term, this season with the minutes the core guys played the last couple of games. When is the last time Parker played 40+ minutes and Duncan just below 40 in the regular season? This is not sustainable.