El Conclusion: Spurs fall at home to Rockets
|Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -4
He seems to be rounding in to form and he’s catching alley-oops. He had no fear going right at Dwight Howard, who I think we can still call a top five post defender in the league. This all happened playing 30 plus minutes on the second night of a back to back. I think it’s safe to say Duncan’s body feels fine.
|Boris Diaw, PF 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +3
Only played 11 minutes due to a dislocated left middle finger. Not sure how long he’ll be out. He did get the start since Houston’s starting line up is more agile than most.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Did a fine job on Harden, did a terrible job with his offense. It’s tough saying Kawhi should stop shooting mid-range jumpers because he’s been very good at them, but you’d like to see him try to get to the rack more. It’s early and it’s not something he’s used to doing, some we won’t be too harsh.
|Tony Parker, PG 38 MIN | 13-27 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 27 PTS | -1
You know why it’s an A-? Because it took Parker the better part of the game to stop leaving his man wide open on the perimeter to hit a three. Otherwise, he was brilliant. Is it possible the degree of difficulty on his layups have gone up? Maybe it was because he was driving on Howard a lot, but Tony’s play around the rim was wizardly.
|Danny Green, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -8
He started out fine and faded. I’m not entirely sure what to make of Green. The defense is still there, but so is the poor shooting at the rim and not awesome ball handling. Unfortunately he’s really living up to the Icy Hot nickname these days.
|Matt Bonner, PF 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Made a few big shots, fouled Dwight Howard on purpose, played unspectacular but fine defense. Pretty much exactly what you expect from him. Oh, and the sleeve is still there. Matt Bonner is trill.
|Tiago Splitter, C 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | 0
He was limited because of the matchup stuff, but Tiago’s been really good lately. He played solid defense on Howard and Omer Asik, had a timely block. Tiago has subtley turned himself in to one of the best defensive bigs in the league.
|Patty Mills, PG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5
He didn’t play much, but wasn’t great when he got in either. In fact, I dont remember one thing he did. He definitely didn’t get an inbounds steal, which made my night less fun.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 27 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -9
This guy just keeps getting better. And right now he is not missing from 3. In fact, he currently leads the league in 3-point shooting. He’s not the deefeder Green is, but his offense is more than making up for Green’s up and down season so far.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 11 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +6
He took a really stupid three late in the game and then didn’t get back on defense, which allowed Chandler Parsons to get a dunk to make the game two possesions. However, he is once again playing defeacto point guard for the second unit and is just so good at it right now. I think we’ll all be fine with this Manu Ginobili for the rest of the season.
|Aron Baynes, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Once again to playing time for Baynes. This could change if Diaw is out an extended amount of time with the finger injury.
|Jeff Ayres, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
|Cory Joseph, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
I thought we might see some Joseph tonight after his great performance against Orlando. But with Parker playing 38 minutes, his services weren’t really needed.
He yelled at everyone tonight. He yelled at his players for leaving guys open around the 3-point line. He yelled at the officials for missing a couple of calls. He even yelled at Kevin McHale for getting in Tim Duncan’s way on an inbounds pass right before halftime. But most importantly he inspired his team to make a run in the second half when they looked dead in the water.
One Thing We Saw
- If you play undiscipled defense, Houston will murder you with their spacing and fast break ability. Both of those things happened to the Spurs tonight. As Mike Monroe pointed out, this is only the second time the Spurs have allowed an opponent to score 100 points on them. The defense is fine.