El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 96, New Orleans Pelicans 80

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New Orleans Pelicans 80 Final
Recap | Box Score
96 San Antonio Spurs
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +15

Boris came in and did his thing, but overall didn’t make a huge impact on the game. Bobo over-passed a little bit and could’ve finished better. He’ll have better nights.

Tim Duncan, PF 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-5 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +27

Flirted with a triple-double in limited minutes and could’ve put pressure on a quadruple-double if he were playing playoff minutes. Then again, he wouldn’t be facing the New Orleans Pelicans in the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +12

Sort of a bizarro Kawhi Leonard night on Saturday. He didn’t make many of the disruptive plays we’re accustomed to seeing but instead played an efficient floor game offensively. Leonard continues to grow as a player and Gregg Popovich talked postgame about his increasing enthusiasm for being a stopper on the defensive end of the floor. Sweeter words have probably never graced Spurs fans’ ears.

Tony Parker, PG 23 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +18

I don’t think there’s any reason for Spurs fans to panic based on the last two or three games for Parker, but it is a little peculiar to see his lack of production recently. I’d place more stock in the three games coming up next week. Let’s talk then.

Marco Belinelli, SG 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +19

Thing you should do next time you watch a Spurs game: pay attention to how Marco Belinelli catches a pass on the run. It’s like taking a photograph of a horse running, there are no feet on the ground at the time. Otherwise, he shot really well against the Pelicans in Danny Green’s absence.

Aron Baynes, PF 9 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -11

Baynsie nearly traveled when Cory Joseph mistakenly passed the ball out to Baynes near the top of the key in transition, which was fun. The Big Aussie left the game in the fourth quarter holding his chest, but in the locker room afterwards it sounded like he was just battling some allergies. [Update: Also, maybe Tim Duncan popped him in the chest during a late timeout..]

Austin Daye, SF 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Nothing doing for Daye on Saturday night, but you can’t count on him to produce every time he gets minutes. He’s just not that player.

Jeff Ayres, C 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -4

Productive 17 minutes for Ayres, though that production is always a result of the playmaking of others, so long as Ayres can get a handle on the pass.

Patty Mills, PG 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -2

Shooters gon’ keep on shooting.

Cory Joseph, PG 23 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Duncan did his postgame press conference in front of Joseph’s locker again, which led to Joseph throwing a balled up stat sheet at Duncan on Cory’s way to the shower. Joseph missed, to which he lamented his continued off-target evening. The Duncan-Joseph rivalry continues to escalate.

Manu Ginobili, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +13

Beautifully-efficient night from Ginobili in his 21 minutes. If you could extrapolate this evening to 35 minutes a game during the playoffs, you’d probably have a championship team.

Tiago Splitter, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Interesting that Splitter sat the game out, unannounced. He was dressed for action, but saw no minutes. Likely a result of Gregg Popovich being careful with his sometimes fragile center.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Danny Green sat out for the second straight game with inflammation in his right foot. I watched Green warm up a couple hours before the game and he moved around fine, I was a little surprised to hear he wouldn’t be suiting up. Then again, there wasn’t much reason for him to. I would expect Icy Hot to be available when the Spurs play Indy on Monday night.
  2. Tim Duncan really didn’t want to cross halfcourt in this game, you guys. There were a number of occasions where the Spurs appeared to have a shot at some transition points, so Duncan made no effort to join his teammates on offense. More often than not, San Antonio wasn’t able to get a quick bucket and Duncan reluctantly trudged down court to participate in some halfcourt sets.
  3. No Anthony Davis for the Pelicans on Saturday night, which was really disappointing. He’s a fun one to watch.
  • neverthehero

    Fun times trying to translate a few word typos :), jokes aside, I’m getting concerned about the Spurs free-throw %, seems to have become spotty. Cause for concern?

  • I need more cowbell

    Is the spurs offense so efficient now that most teams can’t keep up with their scoring?
    It seems like even when the spurs are sloppy with the ball or lackadaisical on D they still win.

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