El Conclusion: Such a Meh Performance

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San Antonio Spurs 100 Final

Recap | Box Score

109 Detroit Pistons
Tim Duncan, PF 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 11 PTS | -21Stat line looks fine below, but he had six turnovers. Pretty big chunk of that 19 the Spurs had.

Aron Baynes, PF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | 0He fouls. A lot. Which is good for your second or third big guy off the bench. It’s not good when he starts.

Tony Parker, PG 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -18Had this really nice stretch in the second quarter and that was about it. Clearly Pop wanted to get him rest once he saw things getting out of hand.

Nando de Colo, PG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +2Started off the game looking good and it went downhill from there. One time I took an Astronomy class in college. First four weeks I had an A. By the mid-term I had a B. Ended the class with a C. Nando’s night was just like that.

Danny Green, SG 24 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -20STOP HURTING YOUR HAND (seriously though, it sounds like he’s OK, but the All-Star break can’t get here soon enough).

Matt Bonner, PF 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +9#LetBonnerShoot

Boris Diaw, PF 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -8For a while he seemed like the only guy not turning the ball over in the first half. See the note about Tony Parker to sum up his second half.

Jeff Ayres, C 17 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +2Some nice dunks around the basket, but limited offense otherwise. Also, he let some passes bounce right off his hands. So pretty much your typical Jeff Ayres game.

Patty Mills, PG 14 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +3Party tweaked his ankle. That’s why we saw so much second half Nando. That’s what we call a downgrade.

Cory Joseph, PG 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +10I don’t know if it’s as trade bait or proving he can be a valuable member of the rotation come playoff time, but Joseph has really taken advantage of the extra playing time. He always plays hard and seems to fill up the box score when he gets the minutes. And his PER is now up around league average.

Shannon Brown, PG 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7Might be his last game as a Spurs since his 10 day is about to run out. Was aggressive in his fourth quarter minutes. Probably wouldn’t hurt to sign him to another 10 day just to make sure they have the bodies for when Kawhi and Manu return.

Marco Belinelli, SG 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -11Seemed to find that 3-point shooting stroke he had been missing. Hopefully that carries into Boston and then Saturday’s 3-Point Shootout.

Tiago Splitter, C DNP RIGHT SHIN CONTUSION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Get healthy, big fella.

Gregg Popovich
He rarely looks happy (as has been covered) but he looked downright pissed this game. Huge let down game for the Spurs.

One Thing We Saw

  1. It’s tough to ever say a team didn’t care about a game, but the Spurs weren’t really “up” for this one. It’s a mid-season road game. These things happen. Probably shouldn’t happen Wednesday in Boston though.
  • I need more cowbell

    There didnt seeem to be alot of effort and pretty sloppy game for the spurs.
    I really liked the cutting to the hoop by Nando and the other point guards though.

  • spurs10

    It was such a bad game turnover wise. We didn’t protect the ball worth a damn. My biggest question is who do we want to win tomorrow with the freethrOklahoma Thunderefs and the Blazers..??

  • TheFG21

    With TS out, that was a really bad match-up game for us. The Pistons massacred the Spurs in the Paint at will. Too much for our bigs Ayres and Baynes.

  • chromao

    This is one of the most lifeless Spurs games I have watched. Let’s be realistic here: despite the record, this Spurs team is *not* a contender. We probably will advance to the second round, after a tough firts round, before been knocked out by the blazers, rockets or thunder (if we fall to 4th seed). Come on, if we continue to be decimeted by injuries, we may not even win a single game against these teams in the regular season. Last year we were much more consistent all year, won games against every oponent , except Miami (both games bein very close despite the starting lineups), and beat a full Thunder team twice (once around the all star game). This year we have mostly been inconsistent, and are feasting on the lesser teams only because they mostly are not trying hard enough to win! No player has been consistent. Duncan started slowly and is giving everything he’s got and at his age (and comparing to other players his age like Garnett) his numbers are pretty impressive. Parker has been mostly disisterested, as if he is only waiting to be traded for the impending rebuilding (his body language tells “I have done my part to give Duncan a 5th title, only to be robbed by poor decisions by Pop in game 6 of the 2013 finals , putting none other that the franchise player on the bench for the most important play of his historied career – he would most certainly pulled down one of those two rebounds – followed by putting me on the bench at the end of overtime!”). Ginobili, despite the effort, is a shadow of his former self. Splitter is injury prone, aparently injury-soft, and given his lack of mobility, useless in certain games, Leonard has not improved as we antecipated, Green has regressed sharply, De Colo and Baynes are soft, Belinelli and Diaw are good role players, but cannot carry the load once one of the big three are hurting or having a bad night. The others are mostly effort, but struggle against phisical , athletic teams like Portland, Oklahoma, Houston, LA Clippers, Miami, Indiana (i.e. every contender!). We have no backup for Leonard (in a league full of strong small forward stars who can play power forward in small lineups – James, Durant, George, Anthony, Chandler, Batum) Even the amount of comments here have declined significantly, as if we are preparing ourselves to the impending end of an era.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Take a deep breath and calm down. Consider the following:
    Spurs have lost 62 games to injuries, including 49 missed games by 4 of the top 8 players.

    And yet:
    Still 2nd in Western Conference standings.
    Still 4th in league in point differential (better predictor of playoff success than record).
    Only 1 team is ahead of the Spurs in both Offensive and Defensive efficiency (OKC).
    No player averaging more than 31 mpg (only Tony is over the 30 mpg mark at 30.9 mpg).

    External variables:
    OKC stumbles as they reintegrate Westbrook back into the line-up.
    Portland struggles as the minutes heavy starting line-up wears down.
    Chris Paul doesn’t come back at 100%.

    And if the wheels come off, the Spurs could have up to $13 million in cap space this summer, and $52 million the next summer.

    There’s a present AND a future. Enjoy the ride, man.

  • ThatBigGuy

    Jalen Rose says Spurs are interested in Philly’s Evan Turner. A trade involving Bonner/DeColo gets it done (both expiring, add 2nd rounder for sweetener). You would think Turner’s shooting % would increase within Pop’s system and provide instant depth at the 3. But he does play the same position and needs a contract extension at the same time as Kawhi. I’d rather stand pat, renounce free agents and decline QO’s this summer, then offer Lance Stephenson a 4yr/$50 million deal. He’s young, good at both ends of the court, and would pair nicely with Kawhi. Plus, Spurs could still retain several of their own free agents (any combo of Bonner, Diaw, Mills, Baynes, De Colo) via Bird Rights and/or salary exceptions.

  • Lee Baek Rok

    And who should be the next Spurs coach if Pop retires? i have a pet theory about David Blatt waiting for Pop to retire so he could run a tight ship in the NBA.

  • fkj74

    We will be fine once healthy. Go Spurs!

  • Michael Banks

    chill man kawhi has gotten better, what do you expect from someone who only plays 28 minutes a game and only shoots 9 shots a game. Hard for any player to have a breakout season with such limited opportunity.

  • Tyler

    We most likely won’t have the space to make an offer like that to Stephenson (unless TD retires). And while I’m meh on Turner, I have to think Philly would need a 1st rounder to even consider a deal. They’re barely above the salary floor, so expiring contracts don’t hold the same value to them as they might to a team at or above the tax line.

    The FO will have an interesting decision to make on Kawhi this summer – extend him or let him go through restricted FA (similar to Favors/Haywood for Utah last summer). I’d bet they extend him this summer – they’ll probably get a slight discount given his uneven play this year. Something like 4yr/$40M would be a fair.

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