El Conclusion: Duncan gets high marks in Spurs win over Hawks

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Atlanta Hawks 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

102 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 35 MIN | 10-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 21 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +1
Can I add another plus to this? Easily Duncan’s best game of the season right down to his game winner with .4 seconds on the clock. Pretty amazing how the guy that couldn’t hit a jumper a week ago came around that screen and took such a confident shot.
Kawhi Leonard, SF 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3
We’re at this point where we have to grade Kawhi on a curve probably just a level below the Three Amigos. He is struggling offensively, so much so that Coach Pop has opted for playing the Manu Ginobili/Marco Belinelli combo over Leonard and Green at certain times of the game. His defense is there and it’s still gravy, but he needs to find his shot.
Tiago Splitter, C 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -1
Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Tiago. At this point, I tend to focus on how he and Duncan work together on defense. He’s the fifth option on offense and as long as he’s finishing around the basket and making good passes I’m fine with his offense. He had a tough assignment with Al Horford, but did a good job considering the circumstances.
Tony Parker, PG 37 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -4
Hit some big shots late and was efficient overall. He seemed content to let the Spurs play a little more inside-out since Duncan was in a bit of a zone. The ability to play a couple of different styles has been my favorite part of Tony’s game the last couple of seasons.
Danny Green, SG 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3
The best thing I can say about Green right now is at least he’s continuing to shoot, because he hit a hell of a shot late. But really, he and Kawhi struggling at the same time is a problem. Fortunately it hasn’t affected their defense too much and Manu, Marco and the rest of the bench has picked up the slack offensively.
Jeff Ayres, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | 0
Seven minutes doesn’t tell us much and I’m a little surprised we didn’t see more of him since he seemed like the ideal candidate to guard Milsap. Either way, he didn’t screw up, so there’s that.
Matt Bonner, PF 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3
Is New Balance making a Matt Bonner signature calf sleeve yet? Get on it, New Balance.
Boris Diaw, PF 30 MIN | 7-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +2
What dislocated finger? Contract Year Boris Diaw is the best kind of Boris Diaw, apparently. If I had a dislocated finger, even on my off hand, there’s a decent chance I’m not shooting 7-for-9 against fifth graders.
Patty Mills, PG 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +15
Hit half of his field goals, half his 3s, half his free throws. Just make sure we get an inbounds steal next game. Thanks.
Manu Ginobili, SG 23 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8
The shooting wasn’t awesome, but most everything else was. Is there a way for him and Belinelli to both win 6MOY? They’re brilliant together and Manu may have added a few years to his career by playing facilitator for the second unit. Also, he got to the line tonight. If he can do that and put up the assist numbers, I don’t really care what his shooting numbers look like.
Marco Belinelli, SG 25 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +8
You know, he’s been awesome. Hits timely shots, is in a mind meld with Manu. The second unit defense hasn’t been stellar, so collectively they need to tighten that up, but it’s nice to have an efficient version of Gary Neal.
Aron Baynes, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
DNP-CD, but special recognition for the 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks he produced in Austin for the Toros Sunday afternoon.
Cory Joseph, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Yep.
Gregg Popovich
Outcoached Mike Budenholzer, so that’s cool. Also, he’s been incredibly flexible with the line up combinations. The starters are struggling a little bit, so he’ll go to the bench. Still, he put trust in Leonard and Green at the end of the game,, and they rewarded that trust by hitting some pretty big shots in the fourth quarter.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Tim Duncan is awesome. I hope they make a Blu Ray about his career when all is said and done.
  2. Atlanta has been up and down this season, but I really like their core. Al Horford is probably the most underrated big in the league and the Coach Bud-Jeff Teague relationship has been quietly great so far. Throw in Milsap and Lou Williams and that’s nice starting core, especially in the East.
  • senorglory

    thanks for another excellent write up.

  • tz13

    I was impressed with Belinelli’s screen over Horford for Duncan’s winner..this guy is tough, can be 6MOTY

  • NYC

    How does Bonner end up with a +3 having played 0 mins? I know he’s the king of the plus/minus, but that is just ridiculous in a game where the Big Three were -1, -4, and -8. How does Duncan end up with -1 having put up 20-20 (and setting a record for the history books)? Matt Bonner has clearly made some kind of deal with the devil. His red hair says it all.

  • NYC

    I agree. How about some love for Italian Ice, y’all? That game-winner was made possible by a Belinelli screen on Al Horford. It looked like a garbage truck collided with a Mini Cooper, and the Mini Cooper won.

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