El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 108, Phoenix Suns 101

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San Antonio Spurs 108 Final
Recap | Box Score
101 Phoenix Suns
Tim Duncan, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 5-5 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +5

You’d like to see a little higher shooting percentage from the big fella, otherwise he had a great performance. The highlight has to be going 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

Kawhi Leonard, SF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Didn’t shoot well, but it looks like Gregg Popovich is getting him time on the floor where without Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, forcing him to be the go-to option on the offensive end. It’s maybe only three or four minutes at a time, but it seems they’re force-feeding Kawhi these stretches now to get him comfortable with the role come playoff time.

Tiago Splitter, C Shot Chart 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7

Hard to say, but it looks to me like Splitter is still trying to regain his sea legs. He also shot pretty well from the free throw line, which is a pleasant surprise.

Cory Joseph, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Filling in for an injured Tony Parker, CoJo got the start to keep the bench rotations intact. Joseph did fine, but it looks like his lack of playing time coupled with the consistent minutes Mills has received has vaulted Mills clearly ahead of Joseph in terms of effectiveness.

Marco Belinelli, SG Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -12

Belinelli got the start for a possibly-in-the-dog-house Danny Green. It was a solid night for Gelato, but not on the level of some of his other performances coming off the bench this season.

Jeff Ayres, PF Shot Chart 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

When he can successfully corral the pass and finish around the basket, Ayres looks great. Those are very specific criteria, though.

Matt Bonner, PF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -2

Red Rocket gonna rocket.

Boris Diaw, PF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +17

Diaw returned to the house that Boris built (not really) and had a miniature version of the performances that got him a Most Improved Player award.

Patty Mills, PG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +12

Caught the wrath of Pop a couple of times on the night for some defensive lapses/errors, but seems firmly entrenched as the backup point guard.

Danny Green, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +13

If Danny Green is in fact in the dog house, and I don’t have any knowledge to that end, just what I see on the TV, the only way he’s going to get himself out is by shooting and defending his way out.

Manu Ginobili, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 9-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +16

Gregg Popovich

Managed minutes well, won with Tony Parker out, picked up a technical, etc. Solid win.

  • td4life

    I’d still be up for experimenting with Marco in with the starters, even once Tony comes back. And, even as great as the bench has been, playing Danny with the second unit to boost their defensive potential (even though Patty does a pretty good job on the ball).

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