El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 99, Golden State Warriors 90

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San Antonio Spurs 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Golden State Warriors
Boris Diaw, PF 32 MIN | 2-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +14
Boris has had a ROUGH couple of games, but I thought he played good defense against the Warriors. Without Duncan, that’s the least you can ask for. Not to mention, he put forth his usually solid effort as a distributor. But man, that shooting percentage.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +12
Kawhi’s offensive game is still very much a work in progress; but regardless of shooting performances, those individual moments — whether it be on defense or on the boards — are hugely impactful.

Tiago Splitter, C 35 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-8 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +9
The streak continues: When the Tiago scores 10+, the Spurs are 22-0. If y’all aren’t sold on this guy’s effectiveness yet, get with the show. He was fantastic against Golden State without Duncan in the lineup.

Tony Parker, PG 28 MIN | 8-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -1
That crossover, spin-move was amazing. Parker just did his thing in this one, 20 points in 28 minutes is good enough for me. Without the other two parts of the Big Three, he was the stabilizer.

Danny Green, SG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +8
Whoa! 40 minutes! And it’s because he was so damn solid. Spotting up, off the dribble, making solid pocket passes out of pick-and-rolls — Danny is better than ever.

Aron Baynes, PF 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -1
He continues to be that fourth big, and he keeps playing well. Baynes might even be a playoff rotation guy by the time the postseason rolls around. He just takes up space and makes life physically difficult for the opposition.

Austin Daye, SF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2
I don’t care: In the four minutes he played, he was fantastic. Daye played some solid defense, smart offense and made one great pass to top it off. Don’t get used to this, but Daye might be more than a “let’s acquiesce to Nando’s trade request” guy.

Jeff Ayres, C 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -5
To Jeff’s credit, he keeps working really hard. I may be alone on this, but I still think he’s going to come into play later … situationally, of course. (Remember: grades are on a curve. A guy like Boris has more expectations heaped upon him, so he’s graded more harshly.) (After further review: Ayres wasn’t good in this game. He missed badly on some roll opportunities and just seemed to be forcing the issues at times. Ugh. Kinda brutal. He does not get a ‘B’. I’m still hopeful.)

Patty Mills, PG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +10
Bad shooting, but five assists and four steals. Patty always finds a way to contribute.

Cory Joseph, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0
Loving Cory’s fresh cut.

Marco Belinelli, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +1
Marco keeps doing his thing. It’s now commonplace.

Matt Bonner, PF DNP RIGHT CALF MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Rest up, Matty!

Manu Ginobili, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Love the rest.

Gregg PopovichWhat else?

One Thing We Saw

  1. The way this team is playing right now is kind of beyond words. I’m honestly not sure I’ve seen them play any better offensively. The way the ball is moving, the confidence with which these guys are pulling the trigger, the aggressive style they’re employing — it’s so solid. I’m really not sure what else to say in this space.
  • Ayres a B? LMAO

    A couple of these grades are……yeah…………….no.

  • Childish Gambino

    Tiago points really snuck up on me.
    I only wished he was as aggressive as Boris. Kinda disappeared at times.

  • spurs10

    Thanks for the grades! Get the curve explanation, but Boris was still a bit low. He is going to be a big part in our chances to get one more shot at a title.
    I’m glad you reconsidered Ayres, as I remember at least three TO’s in a row, seemingly every time he touched the ball. I actually like the guy, but his handles, or lack thereof, is worrisome. He’s had some good stretches where his rebounding really made a difference, but last night was brutal at times.
    Appreciate your insight and analysis. I’m with you, this team is looking mighty strong offensively. I think we are biding our time and only flipping the switch defensively in the fourth quarters in some of these games. I have a good feeling that we are poising ourselves for a chance at redemption.

  • Dapimp Ofdayear

    Tiago still sucks, he plays so much smaller than he is.

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