El Conclusion: Very uneven effort for Spurs in Game 4
|Tim Duncan, PF 27 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -14
For starters, no one gets an A tonight. Second, Duncan was fine tonight. He looked like he was going to get going in the third quarter, scoring six straight. But the Trail Blazers kept making shots. When it was time for normal rest, we didn’t see Duncan back on the court again. So at least there was plenty of second half rest.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -15
Also looked good for the most part. His mid-range game is so good so early in his career. I’m guessing he’s going to be draped all over Nicolas Batum in game 5.
|Tiago Splitter, C 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -13
His defense was fine. Sometimes LaMarcus Aldridge is going to make those mid-range shots. He seemed hesitant on offense, double pumping once too many, altering his lay-ups in mid-air, etc. He’s been great this postseason, so we’ll call that a blip.
|Tony Parker, PG 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -17
Did that thing where he starts hot and fades. Portland did a good job of not letting him get wide open looks, especially in the third quarter. Unclear if he’ll see all Nic Batum all the time in game 5. But, he has to stay aggressive. Only took three shots in the third quarter.
|Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +2
He got his shot going late, but if he’s not making them he can’t play because it allows Damian Lillard to basically coast on defense. Got himself going a little late, so maybe that will carry over to Game 5.
|Aron Baynes, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +6
His problem is he can’t guard the pick and roll as well as Duncan and Splitter, which isn’t surprising. However, he can’t stay in front of LaMarcus Aldridge either. Portland was really attacking the pick and roll tonight, so Baynes struggled.
|Matt Bonner, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8
|Boris Diaw, PF 21 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -9
He looked pretty good offensively, but he was terrible trying to guard Aldridge. That’s a little on him and a little on the coaching staff for not sending help, but he cannot guard Aldridge.
|Jeff Ayres, C 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +8
His jump shot looks like it’s in slow motion.
|Patty Mills, PG 14 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -2
Nice game from Patty, stayed aggressive, etc. If anyone else was hitting their outside shots we’d probably be previewing the Western Conference Finals right now.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
Nothing went well for him tonight. When that jumper isn’t falling, you’d like to see him get crafty and just start attacking the basket.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 25 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -6
He started off playing pretty well, cutting to the basket, getting himself some space to operate. He faded a little late but that pretty sums up everyone’s night.
I was mostly surprised we didn’t see more help getting sent to help on Aldridge, but the Spurs hate sending the help when there are so many shooters on the court.