El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 112, Dallas Mavericks 106

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Dallas Mavericks 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan, PF 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 7-9 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -1

Nearly a double-double for The Big Fundamental who, despite his excellent stat line, posted a quiet performance. Maybe I was paying too much attention to Tony Parker’s return, but I didn’t noticed any of Duncan’s 17 points.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +6

These are the numbers put up, as Matthew Tynan said to me during the game. 14-18 points, 5-8 rebounds, a couple of steals and blocks here and there. This is the player Kawhi Leonard is and it’s pretty fun to watch.

Tiago Splitter, C 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +10

Tiago converted an And 1, a reverse layup and he threw up is arms in disbelief at a non-call. That folks is what we like to call hitting for the Tiago Splitter Cycle.

Tony Parker, PG 32 MIN | 10-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +8

I don’t think the burst in transition was there yet, but everything else was. I can only hope the return of the Star Wars franchise to our lives will be as solid as Parker’s return was.

Danny Green, SG 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +13

Icy Hot didn’t shoot great, but luckily enough it wasn’t needed. Defensively he was solid.

Aron Baynes, PF 6 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4

Gregg Popovich went with a tighter big man rotation against Dallas, with really only Duncan, Splitter and Boris Diaw seeing time. What little else there was available was given to Baynes.

Boris Diaw, PF 26 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2

The elusive double-double for Bobo. Diaw was excellent against the Mavs, even if his shooting numbers could be a little better. Boris had up-fakes for days against Dallas.

Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2

A quiet night for the #PattyMillsShotCount.

Manu Ginobili, SG 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 9-10 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -4

Is a late 25-game surge going to be enough to get Manu Ginobili back into the 6th Man of the Year race? I would think so. If he continue to put up the numbers he has since he came back from injury, it’s going to be hard to ignore.

Marco Belinelli, SG 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -2

Not a lot out of Belinelli against Dallas, but you can’t expect everyone to play well every night. It’s an ecosystem and when some guys are up (Manu, Diaw) others are down.

  • spurs10

    Solid grades! Great to see the team back together again!

  • I need more cowbell

    booo! manu

  • AHeights

    So … are we going to beat the Heat on Thursday, or what? (I’ll be happy if we don’t lose by double digits and get humiliated on national TV yet again.)

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  • Tyler

    ? seriously?

  • I need more cowbell

    He cost us a championship with his turnovers.
    Never Forget!!!!

  • Tyler

    So you boo him from now on then? Makes perfect sense….

  • I need more cowbell

    I boo when people hype him up too much.
    Familiarity breeds conformity.

  • Brandon

    How easy it is to forget that we never would have had the 2003, 2005 and 2007 championships without him. I’ll take Manu and his competitiveness any day for the rest of his career. Familiarity may breed conformity, but familiarity also breeds Alzheimer’s in your case.

  • I need more cowbell

    You pay an athlete for his current and future performance not his past accolades. Tim Duncan has always been our corner stone. Without him we would never have any championships. Point Guards are replaceable.
    Manu is so competitive he can’t step aside for the younger generation to take his role. Patty and even Joseph need time to grow and Manu is blocking them.

    For everything Manu can do on offense he just can’t guard these younger guys. Its plainly obvious that the Heat, Pacers, or OKC would be a huge match up problem for Manu.

  • Brandon

    You pay an athlete for what they are worth to the team. Manu’s leadership, corporate knowledge, playmaking, and ability to be a coach on the court are why the Spurs continue to pay him (a steal at $7m per year!). Patty is a 5’11” point guard and Cory Joseph is 6’3″ in his high heels. How exactly is Manu, a 6’7″ swingman, taking playing time away from them? If anything, the Spurs are thin at the 2-3, and Pop has never asked him to guard the opposing team’s best scorer. That is Kawhi and Icy-Hot’s job.

  • Tyler

    Familiarity breeds conformity? Hmmm, so the only way to not conform is to be unfamiliar?

    That doesn’t make sense on any level.

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