El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 110, Memphis Grizzlies 108 (OT)
|Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 9-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 17 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +5
Frankly, I’m running out of things to write about how baffled I am at what Tim Duncan does at his age and with the mileage he has on his tires. But if he can still produce, so can I. He was awesome.
|Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9
The box score numbers look like an empty cupboard, but his impact was greater than that. He played active defense on Zach Randolph and did the screen-setting that he said he would. I’m not mad at him.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-9 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +17
A highly-efficient 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Outside of the solo assist, this was the bizarro Carmelo Anthony game (/waits for Melo supporters to blast me on Twitter). Honestly, I’m surprised to see that Leonard his two of his four 3-point attempts. They snuck up on me.
|Tony Parker, PG Shot Chart 40 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -4
This was sort of the opposite of Leonard’s game. The Grizzlies typically do a good job defending Parker, and even without Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, Memphis was able to do it again. If Duncan, Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili hadn’t played the way they did, it would’ve looked like Mike Conley far outplayed Parker on this night.
|Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -6
Gelato had one of those up-and-down nights. He scored 19 points and hit some big shots for the Spurs, but he also committed some dumb turnovers (four total on the night) and played occasionally spotty defense.
|Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +3
Bobo was quiet long stretches of this game and then made some fantastic, aggressive moves to the basket in others. Diaw hit both of his shot attempts in overtime which, you know, came in handy in a two-point victory.
|Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +6
11 points on four shots in 13 points. Patty Mills is a busy man and getting buckets is what he’s got to do.
|Danny Green, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -6
|Manu Ginobili, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -3
Terrible shooting night, just look at the 3-point shot chart, but he distributed well on a night where Tony Parker wasn’t at his best and hit the game-winner late.
He wanted to shave any minutes he could off of his starters’ nights with Dallas looming on Wednesday night, and instead they got an extra five minutes of game time. Best laid plans and all that.
Five Things We Saw
- The 12-0 run by the Grizzlies late in this one, when it should’ve been done and dusted, threw a wrench into the Spurs’ plans. San Antonio plays Dallas in San Antonio on the second night of a back-to-back, so the extra minutes the Spurs starters picked up in overtime were no bueno.
- On his game-winning basket, Ginobili picked up what looked like a minor injury. Not sure if it was a cramp, pull or what. The Spurs play the Mavericks on Wednesday night and then are off for three days before playing again Sunday evening. If Manu can’t (or won’t be allowed to) go against Dallas, he’ll have plenty of time to rest for the rest of the week.
- I hope there were lots of people who turned this game off after Belinelli’s 3-pointer with 1:59 left gave the Spurs a 12-point lead, only to check the score Wednesday morning (hopefully on 48minutesofhell.com!) and see that this game went to overtime. If this is you, OMG YOU MISSED THE BEST OVERTIME EVER!
- 25 pushups for the next Spur who throws a pass between Tim Duncan’s legs.
- One of the positives of Belinelli replacing Danny Green in the starting lineup is how active Gelato is moving without the ball. Green will mainly rotate around the perimeter and from baseline to baseline, but Belinelli is constantly cutting to the basket. And with a great passing team like the Spurs, there are plenty of easy, and fancy, layups to be had.