El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 109, Philadelphia 76ers 85
|Boris Diaw, PF 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +20
Starting in place of a napping Tim Duncan, Diaw put in a respectable shift. Bobo didn’t play great, but only a performance marginally above average was needed against the 76ers.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +18
Gregg Popovich admitted after the game that Leonard is still learning when to defer to his teammates and when he should attack offensively. It’s not something as simple as saying “Okay, it’s my turn.” It’s something that comes with having a good feel for the game. If we’ve learned anything over the two seasons Leonard has spent in San Antonio, it’s that he has an excellent feel for the game. But it’s still going to take some time.
|Tiago Splitter, C 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +15
Against a shallow 76ers frontline, Splitter jumped out to an energetic start. He played well defensively and on the boards, but his inability to finish when encountering even the slightest hint of contact is frustrating to watch.
|Tony Parker, PG 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +25
A pretty ho-hum 14 points and nine assists for Parker. A lot like San Antonio’s 7-1 start, really.
|Danny Green, SG 32 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +14
IcyHot is currently in the latter stage of his nickname. 24 points on Sunday at Madison Square Garden and 18 against Philly. As great as it is to see the bombs drop at this rate, the bump in his defensive rebounding might be a greater sign of Green’s development.
|Jeff Ayres, PF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +9
Slowly but surely Ayres is getting his footing in Pop’s system, but damn, dude couldn’t finish a dunk.
|Nando de Colo, PG 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5
Nando saw the court. That is the extent of my analysis.
|Patty Mills, PG 19 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -1
Party Thrills brought the energy, as usual, and was a big reason the Spurs jumped out to such a big first half lead. He seemed right at home with a 76ers team that wanted to push the pace.
|Cory Joseph, PG 7 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +2
Garbage time minutes for CoJo but he filled them well. I’m as surprised as anyone in Joseph sliding down the point guard pecking order and it’s looking harder and harder to leapfrog Mills.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 22 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +2
This felt like a glue game for Italian Ice. Belinelli didn’t excel in any one area, he simply seemed to fill in the cracks throughout the game for the Spurs.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +10
The most important part of Ginobili’s box score is the 13 minutes he managed to play. Well, not so many the 13 he managed to play but the 35 he was able to rest. Not a tick in the second half. The two made 3-pointers were the second-most important.
Rested Tim Duncan for the night and played Ginobili less that 15 minutes. And the Spurs won. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Three Things We Saw
- San Antonio didn’t score less than 26 points in a quarter against the 76ers. It’s hard to lose a game when you do that.
- Spencer Hawes’ headband and wristband combo for the 76ers was legit.
- The 76ers will lose a lot of games, but I suspect they’ll be fun to watch all year long.