El Conclusion: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 100
|Tim Duncan, PF 44 MIN | 13-21 FG | 4-5 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +16
It’s hard to ask much more than what the Spurs got from Duncan in this one, although only five of his 30 points came in the second half and overtime. That’s the only disappointment with Duncan’s performance.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 46 MIN | 9-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 22 PTS | +11
Kawhi Leonard played a hell of a game. Considering he has so much room to grow in his game, it’s incredible to watch what he’s doing in the NBA Finals at 21 years old.
|Tony Parker, PG 43 MIN | 6-23 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +8
Parker played a decent, if inefficient, game in Game 6, but was clearly gassed down the stretch. So much so that the Spurs went with a lot of defense for offense substitutions and TP settled for a lot of long 2s down the stretch. No turnovers either.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 35 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 9 PTS | -21
When Manu Ginobili has almost as many turnovers as points, that’s not a good thing.
|Danny Green, SG 41 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12
The Heat clearly made an effort to shut down Green’s open looks in Game 6. The result was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range and a quiet night from IcyHot. Probably a good bet his chances at a Finals MVP went away with this one.
|Boris Diaw, C 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +1
Boris continues to play well in the stretches he’s in the game. His passing is excellent if overabundant and he made several hustle plays for the Spurs, especially in the first half.
|Tiago Splitter, C 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -13
Not a lot from Tiago, but the back-to-back buckets he scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter were rather important. Duncan was resting and the Heat had just cut the Spurs’ lead to single digits. Splitter somehow got a couple to go and kept some cushion for San Antonio.
|Gary Neal, PG 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -5
Like Green, Neal didn’t have a lot going for him offensively. Unlike Green, Neal can’t make up for it on the defensive end.
I’m sure his decision not to call a timeout late in the overtime period when the Spurs got the ball and Tony Parker was on the bench will be debated for hours on end tonight, tomorrow and in the hours leading up to Game 7. Generally, I’m in favor of getting the ball and going.
Two Things We Saw
- The Spurs will regret the free throws they missed late in this game. Ginobili, Leonard and Parker all missed freebies late in the fourth quarter and overtime that could’ve put this one to bed.
- We get a Game 7. This is what it’s all about. Be excited.