El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 104, Boston Celtics 93
|Tim Duncan, PF 28 MIN | 3-13 FG | 7-8 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +2
Tim Duncan started this game 2-for-2. He proceeded to shoot 1-for-11 the rest of the way. It’s a little too early to panic about Duncan’s shooting woes and what that may signal about his freshness, but we’re getting close.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +4
Kawhi was quiet for three quarters, but he made some noise in the third. Leonard had 12 points, five rebounds and two steals in the period, which turned a tie ballgame at halftime into all the advantage San Antonio needed.
|Tiago Splitter, C 23 MIN | 4-4 FG | 3-6 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3
Splitter had a double-double and hit all four of his field goals. This constitutes a very good game from Tiago.
|Tony Parker, PG 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +8
Parker continues to do the things we’ve come to expect from him over the last three or four seasons. His efficiency has improved as the season developed, you just have to be concerned that he’ll get burnt out again in the playoffs like last year.
|Danny Green, SG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +8
All 11 of Icy Hot’s points came in the fourth quarter when the Spurs had built a small lead. Green’s three 3s helped increase the San Antonio advantage and keep this game from becoming interesting.
|Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | +10
Bobo made some very nice plays offensively and battled the physical Jared Sullinger hard on the other end, but this was a weird game for Diaw. He drew the ire of Gregg Popovich when Bobo allowed the Celtics to get a layup at the third quarter buzzer and he took a couple of shots to the chin from Sullinger elbows. Diaw’s numbers look alright, but I venture to guess he wasn’t happy about this game. He also had a nice move in the post in the first half that I dubbed the Dream Jiggle.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +9
The Manu Ginobili passing clinic was in full effect against Boston. We were treated to the whip around pass from the 3-point line, the lead pass over the top to a cutting Tony Parker and a authentic no-look to Danny Green in the corner.