El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 95, Sacramento Kings 93

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Sacramento Kings 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
95 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 33 MIN | 8-13 FG | 7-12 FT | 17 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +4

As Jeff McDonald correctly pointed out on Twitter, now that the All-Star reserves have been announce and Duncan has safely been given the weekend off, he can finally relax and play some basketball.

Tiago Splitter, C 17 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -7

Looked alright after 11 games out with injury. Moved well, though I would imagine his conditioning is still lacking. That being said, his movement didn’t look limited on Saturday night against the Kings.

Tony Parker, PG 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -7

Oh, I don’t know. He was good, alright?

Shannon Brown, PG 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +5

Shannon Brown’s last NBA game was on October 22. Watching him tonight in his debut for the Spurs, a game in which he started, you wouldn’t be able to tell other than the two missed shots. Solid start to his 10-day contract.

Cory Joseph, PG 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -14

He had one really impressive block in the second half, otherwise it was a fairly quiet game for CoJo.

Matt Bonner, PF 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +6

The Matt Bonner Takeover stretch in the fourth quarter turned the tables. Seriously. Spurs were down three points and then there was a Bonner 3, followed by a long 2 and then a layup. The masked Red Rocket scored seven points in four possessions and it gave the Spurs some much needed momentum in the final period. Am I make too much out of it? Absolutely. But it was fun, and that’s why we watch basketball.

Boris Diaw, PF 29 MIN | 5-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1

We saw the usual performance of strangely efficient shooting from Boris, a lot of spins and fakes and him somehow defending one of the league’s better scoring wings adequately. Rudy Gay had just one point in the fourth quarter on 0-for-5 shooting, when Boris was playing a lot of 3 alongside Duncan and Bonner. Diaw is the modern day Scottie Pippen, is what I’m getting at.

Jeff Ayres, C 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -3

Well, you know, he was out there. And he ran around. And he didn’t really commit any dumb fouls or drop any passes.

Nando de Colo, PG 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +5

Does it really matter?

Patty Mills, PG 22 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +13

#PattyMillsShotCount: 14!!!!!

Marco Belinelli, SG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +7

Considering Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard were still out, this is a surprisingly quiet game from Belinelli.

  • SAJKinBigD

    No Grade for Pop and no “# Things We Saw Tonight”?
    Seriously, though, it was nice to get the W before the RRT. Still only 1 loss to a sub-.500 team?

  • jamberg

    Exactly. It’ll be nice to go against some average East teams as we get healthy in the RRT. We should be 2nd in the West going into the break, which is all we could ask for based on our injuries.

  • yeahisaidspurs

    Bonner should get an A.

  • I need more cowbell

    Time to tank.

  • I need more cowbell

    Horrible Game. Why are we struggling so much on offense?
    Can anyone create their own shot outside of parker, mills and Duncan?
    Nope. Time to tank it up guys.

  • I need more cowbell

    Bonner should never get an A.
    No matter how good he plays hell always be a role player.

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  • samhl

    I would like to know y doesn’t pop use Diaw more to guard athletic forwards more instead of kawai, I think it is more ideal for the spurs to have diaw guard players like lebron, durant, rudy gay, aldridge.

    i think when spurs struggle against teams like heat , thunder , portland, because they force us to go small with kawai at 4 . it is just that we don’t have a backup small forward and all our guards don’t have the size. I mean parker struggles against physical guards like westbrok , and manu is older now and u can’t expect him to play the forword position, and Pop is not playing Green (he is injured now), Belinelli is great pick up but it is ideal to play him the guard position , he is not famous as a physical player.

    I understand that we have a lot of injuries now, and I don’t think Diaw will completely stop Durant or Lebron, But I think he showed that he can slow them down, (playoffs last year against lebron) , today against Gay, etc. I remember in 2005, 2007 when the Spurs won the championship , we didn’t panic because a super star goes for 30 , we just need to shut down all role players. Reggie jackson , Lamb, Wade , because we can have kawai guard those players and he is capable of shutting those players down. last year we lost the games wade scored well against us in the finals, we are 3-0 against OKC

  • yeahisaidspurs

    Stupid comment. Role players can’t be superlarive in their roles? Pig ignorant.

  • yeahisaidspurs

    Did I say ignorant already? Double that! But then you’re a Kings supporter anyway, arn’t you, COWBELL? Go home.

  • Lee Baek Rok

    Its only for this exam.

  • I need more cowbell

    Never. You want bonner to get a big head and demand a better contract.
    Keep giving him A’s and see what happens. Its on you buddy.

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    Alright folks, to your corners. Please keep the discussion cordial. Spurs aren’t tanking, so let’s move on from that point.