El Conclusion: Los Angeles Clippers 115, San Antonio Spurs 92
|Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -6
Duncan was active, aggressive, smart against the Clippers on Monday night. Didn’t shoot great but played well.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -20
I thought for a second, shortly after Tony Parker left the game, that Kawhi Leonard was going to take over this game. He had that look in his eye, or at least a look that I thought might mean that he was going to take over. It didn’t happen, but he had a solid game nonetheless.
|Tiago Splitter, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9
Not the best of injury returns, but four games off is four games off.
|Tony Parker, PG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +1
Left the game in the second half with a shin contusion after colliding with Ryan Hollins, the Fogell of the NBA. Status for Wednesday night’s game at Phoenix is uncertain, though I’m going to guess the Spurs are cautious and sit him out.
|Danny Green, SG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -14
A couple turnovers in the second quarter led to a benching to start the third quarter. Green came in later in the second half and knocked down a couple of shots, but seeing how Green responds over the next few games is something to watch.
|Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -2
*ball goes through hands and out of bounds*
|Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -13
Bobo had flashes of making an impact in this game, but it seemed few and far between. Los Angeles’ frontline might be too athletic even for him.
|Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 14 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -12
I’m not certain, but Mills may be starting to lose his grip on the backup point guard spot. Over the last couple of weeks Cory Joseph has been playing more and more minutes, though the minutes are skewed with Parker going down early on Monday night.
|Cory Joseph, PG Shot Chart 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -15
|Manu Ginobili, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +5
I don’t want to say anything and jinx it, but Manu is playing really well.
|Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -28
Belinelli never got in much of a rhythm on Monday night. The Clippers did well to contest shots out on the perimeter and force the Spurs to put the ball on the floor.
Kind of disappointed he didn’t pick up a tech in this game, though I’m always disappointed when Pop doesn’t pick up a T.
One Thing We Saw
- After last week’s win over the Raptors, I’ve seen more and more people pining for Aron Baynes to get more time. Just know that the difference between the Spurs winning a title and not will not be Aron Baynes.