El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 112, Indiana Pacers 103
|Tim Duncan, C 32 MIN | 7-16 FG | 9-9 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | +7Automatic bump in his grade for going 9-9 from the FT line. A vintage Tim Duncan stat line.|
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +11A quiet night for Kawhi compared to previous ones since he’s been starting. I’m going to chalk it up to a very polite Kawhi not wanting to make George Hill’s return to San Antonio awkward.||DeJuan Blair, F 23 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +7Not an overwhelmingly positive night for Blair, but not a bad night either. He put in some solid minutes for the Spurs tonight. I still think he’s at his best when he’s not thinking and simply reaction. Floating into open space and pinging the ball around, much like Tiago Splitter.||Tony Parker, PG 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +5He’s good. Played the bulk of the fourth quarter and hit an important jumper late in the game to squash any potential Pacers comeback.||Daniel Green, G 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +4See Leonard, Kawhi.||Stephen Jackson, SG 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | 0Not a good shooting night for Jack. I didn’t get the impression that he had as many open shots as some of his teammates, though.||Matt Bonner, PF 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +2Highlight of the night might have been Tim Duncan’s reaction when Bonner stole a rebound off a free throw from him. It was a highly humorous expression along the lines of “Okay, it’s yours. Calm down.”||Manu Ginobili, SG 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +5He rounded out the trifecta of performances from the Spurs’ big guns. Manu is a master of deception on offense, and I love to watch it unfold.||Gary Neal, PG 17 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +2Offensive efficiency at its finest tonight.||Tiago Splitter, C 16 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2Good performance off the bench for Tiago tonight. His main role offensively is to occupy open space and finish. That’s what he did tonight.||Boris Diaw, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Didn’t play tonight. Probably not a great matchup with West and Hibbert for him.||James Anderson, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | …..||Patrick Mills, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Gary Neal and Manu Ginobili did a good job splitting the PG duties for the second unit tonight, and Neal shot well enough that Mills didn’t get in the game. He’ll have other chances.|
Four Things We Saw
- It’s got to be fun to play basketball on such an unselfish team. Tony Parker penetrated on one play and had one Pacer defending two Spurs on the right wing. Parker dished it to the Spur who wasn’t as wide open as the other, knowing that player would draw the defender and make the extra pass the even wider open player.
- The Spurs are getting so confident they’re starting to do that football thing where they make the pass before the player is even open. Tiago Splitter was curling under the basket and the ball was in his hands right as he came off a screen. The defense had no time to react.
- That Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard have both seemed to improve, or become more confident in, their corner 3s make the Spurs already dangerously efficient offense, well, more dangerous and efficient.
- According to Gary Neal, Tim Duncan decided a few games ago that the entire team should wear high white socks with their throwback jerseys for this game. Duncan thought every player on the team successfully pulled off the look. I’m undecided.