El Conclusion: Lots of good as the Spurs advance
|Tim Duncan, PF 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +17
Solid all-around night. Didn’t force a ton, helped stop a couple of Portland runs. He also saw some time on LaMarcus Aldridge in the second half and forced him into some tough shots.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 35 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +23
Man oh man. He was everywhere tonight. Had two highlight fast break dunks. He made his outside shots and really looked comfortable stepping up once they knew Parker wasn’t coming back.
|Tiago Splitter, C 28 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8
Seven assists?! Didn’t even realize that happened. He made everything difficult for LaMarcus Aldridge.
|Tony Parker, PG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0
Looks like his hamstring is OK. He’s got close to a week to get it better.
|Danny Green, SG 35 MIN | 9-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +23
The pull up 3′s were working, the stand still 3′s were working and the mid-range game was working. If I were building the perfect Danny Green game, this would’ve been it.
|Aron Baynes, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9
|Matt Bonner, PF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3
|Boris Diaw, PF 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +5
Shot eight times in 20 minutes. That’s the aggressiveness he’ll need next round regardless of who they play. He struggles guarding Aldridge, but won’t see anyone like that in the WCF.
|Patty Mills, PG 26 MIN | 8-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +17
He took a couple of ill-advised shots, but overall he was awesome filling in for Parker. He gave Portland a completely different look they weren’t able to adapt to. They kept going under screens and he kept pulling up and taking open shots.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 19 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -2
We can talk about his shot struggling, which is definitely a concern, but he’s still the Spurs second best ball handler and toughest competitor. I think the rest is going to do him wonders for next round.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3
Shot didn’t fall, but he was aggressive looking for it. All you can ask from him.
Two Things We Saw
- Really tough to overstate how good Kawhi was this game. Aggressive, smart play. If Oklahoma City holds on, watching him guard Kevin Durant is going to be awesome. I think he’ll also be able to do work in the post against whoever is guarding him.
- I imagine five days off will help Tony Parker get right. There’s no travel involved for him until late next week. Getting that rest is going to be key because he’s going to need to be at a Games 1-3 of this series level for the Spurs to win next round.