El Conclusion: Brooklyn Nets 103, San Antonio Spurs 89
|Tiago Splitter, C 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -14
Splitter made one play early on in this one where he posted up Kevin Garnett, smacked away KG’s arm, elbow Garnett in the neck area, scored and drew the foul. It seemed like it might be a special night. Instead, that was pretty much the high point for Tiago.
|Nando de Colo, PG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +10
These are the games where Nando looks like a legitimate rotation player in the league. He’s got the freedom to play his game. Problem is, it doesn’t translate to when Pop has a full roster to work with.
|Cory Joseph, PG 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -6
CoJo contended with Danny Green for San Antonio’s best player on the night. He played active, Patty Mills-style defense and got his long arms on a lot of passes and dribbles. Offensively, he attacked with confidence and got to the free throw line seven times. Good night for Cory.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 34 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -5
I’m surprised that Belinelli didn’t have a bigger impact on the game. His percentages were excellent, but his performances haven’t been outstanding as of late. Teams could be keying on him more or perhaps he needs a few days off.
|Danny Green, SG 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -8
Your starting power forward on the night. If you didn’t know who Green was and only looked at the statline, you wouldn’t think the starting position was a strange thing.
|Aron Baynes, PF 12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +3
Even in this game, when five Spurs rotation players were missing, most of Baynes’ minutes came in garbage time.
|Matt Bonner, PF 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
Bonner entered the game as the only Spur wearing a protective face mask. He left the game with a (possibly) re-broken nose and a teammate also wearing a protective face mask. What a night.
|Jeff Ayres, C 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | -3
We really didn’t see a lot out of Ayres against the Nets. I think it’s clear that he is a player that really depends on other players setting him up. Guys like Green and Joseph were able to get opportunities within the framework of the Spurs system, but Ayres depends more on the individual brilliance of others, which there wasn’t a lot of against Brooklyn.
|Patty Mills, PG 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -22
I don’t know about you, but this is exactly what I expected from Mills when news broke earlier Thursday about Duncan, Parker and Diaw not playing against the Nets.
|Shannon Brown, PG 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -14
I’m a little surprised we didn’t see more out of Brown, but you have to expect he’s still getting settled in his new role with the team. Also, a back-to-back probably has a bigger effect on him now, after just getting back to the NBA after several months off, than it will in a couple of weeks.
Told David Aldridge “I enjoyed this very much,” in reference to the between-quarter interview.