El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 107, Memphis Grizzlies 97
|Tim Duncan, C 35 MIN | 10-15 FG | 8-11 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 28 PTS | -1
The Spurs went to Duncan down low several possessions in a row to start the fourth quarter. Old school.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Struggled in the first half, much like he did against LA, but played with more aggression in the second half.
|DeJuan Blair, F 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -5
Didn’t start the second half and didn’t play at all in the third and fourth quarters. Pop said after the game that he started Diaw in order to get Boris acclimated to the team more. No mention of Blair not making an appearance.
|Tony Parker, PG 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +10
A bit of a bounce-back game, then again it shouldn’t be too hard for an All-Star to improve on last night’s performance. There was a stretch in the second half where Parker blew a layup and let a jumpshot slip completely out of his hands. After that, Parker appeared to get down on himself and didn’t show the leadership tendencies that he’d improved upon so much this season.
|Daniel Green, G 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +2
Not a great shooting night from two but he knocked down a couple of 3s and was solid on defense. He did, however, blow a layup in the same bad stretch that Tony Parker had.
|Stephen Jackson, SG 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +11
I feel similar about Jackson’s night as I do Green’s, although Jackson didn’t shoot as well. Jack did hit a 3 early in the game as a part of back-to-back triples with Manu.
|Matt Bonner, PF 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +22
Shot poorly from 3 in the first quarter (0-4) but battled Randolph hard on defense and took a head on collision from Marc Gasol like a champ. Sort of.
|Boris Diaw, PF 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -7
Started the second half for Blair and knocked down a 3-pointer. Diaw looked lost on offense at times in the first half though, possibly necessitating his insertion into the lineup in the second half.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 11-11 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | +11
A vintage line from Ginobili and he was the emotional leader on the floor down the stretch while Tony Parker battled frustrations. Made plays that we expect from Manu Ginobili when the Spurs win.
|Gary Neal, PG 13 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +0
Gary Neal is not back to health yet. I saw him in the locker room after the game with a couple types of medication and when Danny Green asked him if he felt any better, he just shook his head and left the locker room. Hit his only 3 and made a nice off-balance shot on a drive to the hoop. Solid considering his condition.
|Tiago Splitter, C 13 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +11
Quiet night for Splitter thanks to the performance and workload from Tim Duncan. Battled when he was on the court but didn’t see a lot of time.
Five Things We Saw
- There was a dude with a customized Spurs jersey in the crowd with the last name F U Haters. I contemplated walking over to him and shaking his hand.
- I get the impression Patty Mills is still not in NBA condition. He works out with one of the Spurs’ assistant strength and conditioning coaches before the game and does a lot of stretches. This is almost two hours before the game, long before you see guys getting stretched out just ahead of the national anthem. At times you can see him doing these in the huddle during timeouts.
- The ball movement was much better in this game than the last. San Antonio got back to the movement that gets teams completely off balance where the ball goes inside, then back out, then driving in and back out to the perimeter for an open shot.
- This Grizzlies team, while good and dangerous in areas that can hurt the Spurs, simply doesn’t scare me as much as last year’s team. Losing Darrell Arthur to a torn Achilles hurts, but so does trading Sam Young and not re-signing Shane Battier. One of the biggest reasons for Memphis’ success last year was the physicality of their perimeter players and that wasn’t there tonight. Although, Tony Allen did sit out with an injury.
- Spurs were beat on the boards 26-18 in the first half but finished tied at 41 when all was said and done.