El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 122, Oklahoma City Thunder 105
|Tim Duncan, PF 29 MIN | 11-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | +8
He cannot be stopped without Ibaka in the line up. Perkins has to act as the primary pick and roll defender, meaning Duncan’s going to have a small defender on him a ton. He’s too smart for Steven Adams, too big for everyone else.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 39 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12
Man he went off in the second half. Spin moves (plural), steals and transition finger rolls. Durant was 10-19 from the field, but only had four free throw attempts. That’s going to be key this series: Making Durant work for his points and not giving him a ton of free throws.
|Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +8
It looks like Scott Brooks is going to go small pretty often this series. Only 19 minutes tonight, but he bottled up the paint and converted easy baskets. That’s what you need from him this series.
|Tony Parker, PG 36 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +12
#HAMSTRONG. He looked great. Didn’t force a thing on offense.
|Danny Green, SG 27 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +30
Missed one shot tonight and played excellent defense, mostly on Russell Westbrook.
|Aron Baynes, PF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +5
The Banger played with great energy. Drew a charge from Kevin Durant, executed the pick and roll with Manu almost as nicely as Tiago would. The Spurs are bigger than the Thunder and seem to be ready to take advantage of that.
|Boris Diaw, PF 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -2
Bobo is going to be big this series if Oklahoma City goes small as much as they did tonight. He’s mobile enough to play center at their SUPER small line up and bigger than guys like Durant, Caron Butler.
|Patty Mills, PG 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10
Plenty of energy, fearless shooting, but didn’t force any bad shots up. With the Spurs in front for most of the game, it was really important for no one to take dumb shots.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 27 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +12
You were all worried about him. He got some rest and looked spry, especially in the second half. He was key in the comeback after the Thunder made their third quarter run. His pick and roll work could pick Oklahoma City apart if they don’t make some adjustments soon.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +2
Here’s how I’m going to gauge Belinelli this series: Did I notice him out there? If I didn’t, I won’t grade him too harshly because it probably also means I’m not going to complain about his bad defense tonight. He was fine tonight. Didn’t make any egregious defensive errors and hit a couple of open shots.
Seemed to have an answer for everything Scotty Brooks tried.
Two Things We Saw
- Obviously the paint was WIDE OPEN and the Thunder will try to adjust to that in the second half, but I’m not sure they have the personnel to keep San Antonio out of the paint. And if they do collapse the paint, it’ll create a little more space for open 3’s. One way or another, the Spurs are going to be able to score this series.
- Kawhi. Lots of fun Kawhi tonight. If he stays aggressive, Durant’s going to be exhausted at the end of games. 41 minutes of having to work that hard on both ends will have Durant tired by Game 4.