El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 102, Memphis Grizzlies 86
|Tim Duncan, PF 32 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6
First, the good news: Tim Duncan knocked down a jumper. Now the bad. Duncan still finished 37.5 percent from the field, including missing one wide open layup off a nice bounce pass from Tiago Splitter. At least his defense was much needed against Memphis.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 33 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4
Through three and a half quarters, I though Friday night was easily Leonard’s best performance of the season. Kawhi crashed the boards hard, skying above everyone to grab rebounds. He was aggressive, offensively, not hesitating to put the ball on the floor and take shots he’s comfortable with. I also thought his passing was as good as it’s been, he made a number of good passes, even if it didn’t result in an assist.
|Tiago Splitter, C 26 MIN | 7-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +7
Like Leonard, this was easily Splitter’s best game of the season. His physical defense was paramount in slowing down Zach Randolph and his offense was as good as it’s been all season. He even knocked down an open 18-foot jump shot. Maybe Nene knew something we didn’t.
|Tony Parker, PG 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +2
Parker’s four turnovers allude to a sloppier game than normal for him, but the Grizzlies deserve plenty of credit for that. Memphis did well to keep Parker out of his normal driving lanes and forced several errant passes.
|Danny Green, SG 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -4
Not a lot on Friday night for Icy Hot, but that’s the life of a role player. He’ll have another night where he tears it up.
|Boris Diaw, PF 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +8
Bobo took a tumble into camera row during this game and pulled up with a knock on his side. Otherwise, Diaw didn’t make a huge impact against the physical Grizzlies frontline.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 27 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +18
This was a Ginobili game. Manu attacked the paint well, knocked down a couple of jumpers and made some fantastic passes. You get the idea that Manu’s passing ability will never leave him, no matter how old he gets. For that, we’re all lucky.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 20 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +10
Belinelli is proving to be a very good fit for the Spurs with his caulk-like game. I keep waiting for the bottom to fall out of his performances, but I’m still waiting.
Pop did fine. More importantly, we came up with a name for the thing he does when he’s so frustrated that he leans over with his hands on his knees. Thanks to the Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski and myself, that will now be known as the “Full Ginobili,” because it’s a move you can find Pop doing often when Manu engages in a play Pop doesn’t quite approve of.
One Thing We Saw
- There were more off-target passes than I can remember seeing in a Spurs game this season. A number of plays featured passes behind a cutter that either led to deflections or outright steals.