El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 102, Charlotte Bobcats 72

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Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, C 23 MIN | 6-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +7

Started off strong and put up a decent line, but like against the Bulls, Duncan didn’t shoot very efficiently.

Richard Jefferson, SF 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +16

Shot well and did decent job on the boards. Pretty much the most you can expect from RJ these days.

DeJuan Blair, F 28 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +15

Active on the boards but highly inefficient with his shooting.

Tony Parker, PG 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +11

Wasn’t relied upon to produce too much against the lowly Bobcats. 7-11 shooting is good.

Daniel Green, G 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6

Quiet night. Not much more to add to it than that.

T.J. Ford, PG 16 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | +12

Looked better in this game than on Wednesday. Still working his way back into both game shape and rhythm.

Matt Bonner, PF 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +15

Hit 3s, didn’t kill the team on D.

Gary Neal, PG 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +29

Neal was his usual self from beyond the arc. From inside it he wasn’t able to replicate the performance he had on Wednesday.

Tiago Splitter, C 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +15

Looked much more comfortable playing against the Bobcats’ bigs than Chiacgo’s. Because the Bobcat bigs are bad.

James Anderson, SG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +14

I forgot James Anderson played until it came time for me to write something about his performance.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +10

First game back after the tightness in his calves and Leonard looked strong. He crashed the boards well on offense and had a quick trigger from the perimeter, even if he didn’t hit anything.

Cory Joseph, G 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +12

I liked his assist to Bonner in the corner. He received the pass, took a half second pause to draw the defender, and then swung it to Bonner. Was still the third best UT point guard in this game, though.

Five Things We Saw

  1. This was not a fun game, but I made the most of it by enjoying the BJ Mullens experience. Mullens had a clown car night full of errors and I got a kick out of every one.
  2. Next game, watch Tim Duncan on help defense. It’s a thing of beauty.
  3. The best part of Kawhi Leonard’s performance tonight has to be the 6-6 from the free throw line. That could be a sign of good prospects for Leonard’s shooting long term.
  4. The Spurs out rebounded the Bobcats 55-37. I can’t imagine they’re going to have a higher margin again this season.
  5. I’m surprised the Spurs only had 20 assists on their 39 field goals. I feel like they usually have a higher assist percentage than that. The Bobcats had 21 assists on 31 field goals, for example.
  • MSteele_in_Eire

    Considering the way you’ve rated a lot of the other guys, I feel like you should have rated Neal a bit higher. He made some great plays from the PG spot. All other ratings seem fair. Horrible game to watch for long stretches. Thank God we won’t see them for another year.

  • sam

    i think with our players coming back from injuries , our second unit was out of rythm overall ,  esp.  on wednesday vs chicago.    tj  is still out of rythm,  green is playing with first unit,  kawai  was injuired, anderson looks awfull  his jump shot isn’t falling  and he looks like he lost his confidence is his jump shot,  splitter was coming back from injury.    

    today they played better,   i know it is the bobcats,  and chicago is solid team.   honestly  i fear them more than miami  because miami has no shot blockers  inside.    hopefully we  have favorable match up in the playoffs.

  • junierizzle

    Good win. I knew they would win but I wanted to make sure they would blow me out like everyone else has.

  • junierizzle

    *blow THEM out.

  • theghostofjh

    I’ll take the easy win. There’s not much else to say. The team basically did two things right: rebound and hit the open 3-pointers. But otherwise it was pretty sloppy and uninspiring. We better be a little more focused Sunday.

  • aespurs

    i know the stat line says blair was ineffective on offense but i remember like three of those missed attempts coming from offensive boards that he tried to tip in instead of coming down with the ball and going back up hard. so i say that, without those shots, you could say he was 2-5 or 2-6. still not great but a little more respectable. now im not making excuses for him, but hes still learning. he also has to learn his height disadvantage a little bit better. one of those missed shots he was blocked and just made the wrong choice after a move. he got the ball on the low block, backed down, made a reeeeeally nice quick spin toward the hoop that i thought gave him an amazing look for a baby hook but instead he faked the hook, drop stepped and tried to lay it in. sometimes that move will work but he needs to learn when. if his defender were quicker on his spin and hook, then he needs to drop step so his defender jumps for the baby hook and loses him for the lay in. but his defender was slow so he shouldve let up a baby hook instead of drop stepping and letting his defender get a second chance after making a mistake. just saying we’re hard on blair but hes still learning. everyones gota agree hes a great talent, he just has to get smarter. 

  • Bankshot21

    In a game we won by 30 Danny Green found a way to get a negative +/-. That says alot to me. He is better suited coming off the pine.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I disagree I fear Miami more. All you have to do is take out or limit Rose and the series is yours. Hopefully KL can be the answer for that. 

  • Titletown99030507d

    In those situations that’s all your getting from him. He’s had 3 years to adjust and it hasn’t happened. You can not teach height. Simple as that. From here on out in his NBA career he has to be clever and get to the rim by himself for the easy wide open under the rim shot. And even some of those don’t fall. That’s why he rushes shots and misses them when the defense comes and gives him pressure. If that dude was 6″10 he would be an all -star and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I agree. From what I see from Green on the offensive flow of the game from the time he sets foot on the court he has to start shooting 3’s. He doesn’t get others involved or look to the low block  in my opinion he just shoots threes as he sees fit. If he would get the guys involved down low then get the obvious outside shot that would fair better for the team as a whole when we play the better teams. We already have Neal, RJ, and Bonner throwing up 3 point attempts. I wish he would be more like Manu. Green is a ball hog. But I don’t say it in a bad way. He just needs to make better choices. By the way how many times last night did you see Splitter roll to the rim  and instead the ball handlers decided to take extra passes around the arc? What the hell is that? Even Tiago raising his hands in frustration. I’m surprised Pop doesn’t tell his boys to look to the elephant in the room. They need to fix that.

  • theghostofjh

    There’s no way KL’s the answer for that. Rose is a flat-out superstar with tremendous speed and athleticism. There’s no real answer for him. Play him physical, try to limit the positive effect he has on his teammates, and last but not least …… pray. He’s a true a nightmare. Unfortunately, however, so is Miami.

  • theghostofjh

    Height is a huge hurdle, but it does not confine DLB to mediocrity. You also seem to think that 2 1/2 years of NBA experience is a lot for someone that has not even reached age 23. It is not.

  • TD BestEVER

    The Spurs live by the 3…………….If they didn’t feed TD on the roll to the rim in his prime, they are not gonna do it for Tiago.  Tiago has to get more like Blair if he wants to get more shots…….. Blair constantly flashes and demands the ball and he also slips alot of picks to get himself open, usually for that floater shot of his.   Sometimes Blair flashes to the strong side or even into the paint when TD is posting to try and get a shot attempt.   Even to the point where I get upset that he is taking away good looks for TD.  But this is what you have to do if you WANT THE BALL…….. you have to go to it and make yourself avalable under the rim.  Not just on the roll, but just on quick cuts and flashes as well.

  • TD BestEVER

     It’s not his height it’s his lack of patience……. And for the record, Tiago gets off fewer shots than Blair because Tiago doesn’t the ball up in traffic as much as Blair.  Tiago scores most of his on either posts ups or just extremely wide open shots that Blair would hit at a high rate if he had those as well.  Not as high as Tiago hits them, but well over 50% and would bring his average up.  But for all his height problems he was able to get 6 defensive rebounds in 28min. That tells me that he can play against bigger players just fine, just needs be more patient when going to score.

  • Titletown99030507d

    How old do you have to be with 3 years experience. Tell me what’s the magic number?

  • Titletown99030507d

    Splitter’s not stupid, if the shot isn’t there he’s not going to waste an offensive POSSESION like Blair does missing shots because they’re not there. Instead he’d rather pass to an open mman and get the assist as he is a good passer for a big as many have noted.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Then they will die by the 3 if that’s what they’re depending on. Back then it was easier to do so because Timmy dominated the post for most of the game and if they doubled him he’d just kick it out. The primary flow of the game was Timmy dominating the post not the 3. Today they have to shoot the three. But if they utilize Tiago on the pick and roll more than they are they would have another aspect to this offense but your coach has to play Blair with Timmy a lot because he cant play with nobody else thus taking away valuable time from Tiago to utilize his screen and roll and pick and roll skills. Why is it then many coaches have praised his pnr and snr stating that he’s one of the best in the league to do this. Not enough opportunity for this man to operate. Before he got injured he was kicking ass and now they have to ease him back in. When the playoffs are here he will get those minutes and prove you wrong.

  • Titletown99030507d

    Please TD, That was the bobcats. They have a ferocious front court. Right. Splitter finishes with a better FG % than Blair does at the end of the season. Period. Did it ever occur to you he screens better than Blair and allows others to get their shots off way better than Blair would. On offense and defense I prefer Splitter over Blair anyday. That’s not even close. Where was he most of the game in Chicago when eveybody else was playing the important parts of the game? Why is sitting for so long after the first sub. Even Bonner is taking his minutes.

  • LPspursFan

    about
    Green being a starter or coming off the bench, imo, this team – when completely
    healthy – is crazy deep.

    by the
    end of the season, i’d expect the starting 5 to be Tim, Tony, Manu, DB and
    RJ…so Green/Neal will be the primary scorers for the 2nd unit with TJ as the
    back-up point and Tiago the back-up to Timmy.

    And
    that still leaves Kawhi and Matty…

    it just
    seems to me we have enough experience and enough diversity of skill at varying
    positions that Pop should be able to mix and match line-ups based on
    match-ups…

    I think
    it also helps us with BS refs putting different players in foul trouble…

    I
    envision a rotation where either Tim or Tiago are on the court at all times,
    and then down the stretch you run with Tony, Manu, ANY-ONE-OF-OUR-3-POINT-SHOOTERS
    (Kawhi if we need defense, or Neal, RJ or Bonner depending on who’s hot or
    not), Tiago and Timmy.

    imo,
    that’s as strong a closing unit as any team in the league

  • LPspursFan

    about
    Green being a starter or coming off the bench, imo, this team – when completely
    healthy – is crazy deep.

    by the
    end of the season, i’d expect the starting 5 to be Tim, Tony, Manu, DB and
    RJ…so Green/Neal will be the primary scorers for the 2nd unit with TJ as the
    back-up point and Tiago the back-up to Timmy.

    And
    that still leaves Kawhi and Matty…

    it just
    seems to me we have enough experience and enough diversity of skill at varying
    positions that Pop should be able to mix and match line-ups based on
    match-ups…

    I think
    it also helps us with BS refs putting different players in foul trouble…

    I
    envision a rotation where either Tim or Tiago are on the court at all times,
    and then down the stretch you run with Tony, Manu, ANY-ONE-OF-OUR-3-POINT-SHOOTERS
    (Kawhi if we need defense, or Neal, RJ or Bonner depending on who’s hot or
    not), Tiago and Timmy.

    imo,
    that’s as strong a closing unit as any team in the league

  • Hobson13

    Yeah, if he were 6’10” we’d be comparing him to Al Jefferson.  However, if he were that tall, it’s much more unlikely he’d have fallen so far in the draft.  So close and yet so far…

  • TD BestEVER

    DUDE YOU CAN’T READ or INTERPRET what people are saying……I NEVER said Blair would shoot a higher %. I said when uncontested Blair shots a high %, NOT AS HIGH AS TIAGO, but very high.   Also Bonner TAKES both of there minutes… or did you not notice Bonner being the 1st Big off the bench and TD coming back in for Tiago not Bonner later on………..And as far as the better screen setter….AGAIN LEARN TO INTERPRET what I’m saying………

    Because Tiago sets better picks, the ball handler is open more often and since we don’t have true PG other than TJ, they shoot more………

    Blair slips more picks, meaning he is open and not the ball handler….combine that with the fact the he will shoot bad shots in too much traffic at times……and he gets more shots up than Tiago who basically needs the same thing as RJ needs.  A PG that passes 1st.

  • TD BestEVER

     So is Blair, that why they get about the same amount of assists per 36m played.  Difference is just like Bonner, you are only gonna get so many really good looks, you have to take some tough shots if you want to be a big time scorer……or play against a bunch of bad teams……Look a TD, he takes tough or bad shots, and so does Manu, TP…….  This is the difference between a role player and a star player……. Star players have to force the issue at times and still shoot a good %.   So in plain in simple terms so that you understand.  TIAGO NEEDS TO BE MORE SELFISH!!!!    He has to learn how to get himself open more if he wants to score more.

  • TD BestEVER

    I don’t buy the Blair can’t play with anybody esle GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POP likes his rotation like this and he plays it like this…….  If POP loves Bonner, Tiago so much then why doens’t he just sit Blair and then start Tiago and only play Blair 10mpg or so with TD or Tiago……… many teams run a 3 big man rotation with the 4th seeing little to no time.

  • theghostofjh

    Good point.

  • theghostofjh

    “Where was he most of the game in Chicago when eveybody else was playing the important parts of the game? Why is sitting for so long after the first sub. Even Bonner is taking his minutes.”

    Simple, because Pop has a boner for Bonner! With 9 points and 9 rebounds in 23 minutes, Blair should have been put back in the game with TD at the 7 minute mark to finish. Period.

  • theghostofjh

    There is no magic number. Young guys with superior physical attributes and superstar-level talent (and above average maturity) are more likely to be highly developed and productive in the first 2-3 years of their NBA career. These would be players like Durant, Rose, etc. Blair is far from that category. He will take more time to develop, and particularly so on a deep, highly successful team where his opportunities are more limited. And if you notice, Splitter is a more polished player than Blair in no small part due to him playing professionally for TEN years, with loads of opportunity to gain steady, significant minutes, often as a go-to-guy. 

  • Bry

    I agree. When they have their full roster healthy, they are extremely difficult to defend, and not undersized at all.