El Conclusion: Miami Heat 109, San Antonio Spurs 93
|Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -4
With Udonis Haslem out of the starting lineup, Duncan had his best scoring game of the series in terms of both points and efficiency but it wasn’t quite enough for the Spurs.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -6
Leonard played solid defense on LeBron James, but the league MVP was in attack mode all night. When James is able to knock down those long 2s the Spurs were offering up, it’s hard to defend him.
|Tiago Splitter, C 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -11
What a horrible game from Splitter. At least he hit his free throws, I guess.
|Tony Parker, PG 32 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -6
Parker had a great first half and was pretty much shut down in the second. TP didn’t score after halftime and dished out just three assists.
|Danny Green, SG 36 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -4
Green had two misses from the arc and still hit 60 percent of his 3s. It’s pretty incredible what this guy is doing in the Finals.
|Matt Bonner, PF 7 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4
Most of Bonner’s minutes came in garbage time tonight.
|Boris Diaw, C 11 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +3
After not playing in Game 3, Boris Diaw had a surprisingly positive impact on this game for the Spurs. He hit a corner 3, got a fast break layup and played some decent defense.
|Gary Neal, PG 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -15
Still gunnin’. Still drainin’
|Cory Joseph, PG 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -9
Nine pretty anonymous minutes for CoJo in Game 4. Didn’t play good, didn’t make any major mistakes. Basically, he’s sucking up minutes when Parker is off the floor.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 26 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -22
Manu Ginobili has a hard time helping the Spurs offense when the only thing he can do is come off a pick and jump-pass or shoot a long, contested 3-pointer.
I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but the rotations felt weird from Pop in this game. These are the things you do in the Finals, though, especially when the other team changes their starting lineup significantly. The offense was different as well. A lot less Tony Parker running off screens away from the ball, but that could have something to do with the hamstring strain for TP.
Five Things We Saw
- I wonder how much money Tiago Splitter cost himself this summer with tonight’s performance, and likewise how much Gary Neal earned with his continued hot shooting. But then again, the NBA has a way of overlooking games like these when it comes time to cut the check for 7-footers.
- That Gary Neal and Danny Green continue to shoot this well is one of the great stories of this series.
- Norris Cole played great D on Tony Parker in the first half, one of the few Heat players who could stay in front of him. But like we said, the second half was a different animal for Parker. The Heat defense really improved and the Spurs offense looked a lot like it did in the second half of Game 2.
- It’s nights like tonight that make me wonder how close Manu Ginobili is to retirement this summer. I don’t think it happen, but nights like Thursday night make me think.
- Dwyane Wade was great in this game and I wonder how much of that had to do with Tiago Splitter starting out defending him. That, if anything, showed how little of a threat the Spurs thought Wade was entering Game 4. Was it inspiration? Or were the shots just falling? I’m curious to see if he can keep it up for three more games.