El Conclusión: Spurs survive loss of Parker to win WCF


San Antonio Spurs 112 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Oklahoma City Thunder
Matt Bonner, PF 14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -3
Started again, hit a couple of threes. Regardless of how Bonner played, the Spurs’ strategy to just spread the floor was a huge deal. This team’s offensive game plan totally changed over the last two games, to the point where it was the difference in everything.

Tim Duncan, PF 39 MIN | 6-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +10
That last shot he hit over Reggie Jackson won the game. Just one more all-world shot in his career at 38 years old. He couldn’t have been better in that moment.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 44 MIN | 8-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -6
A massively aggressive game for the young Leonard. He’s ready to roll for another matchup with LeBron. Here we go. By the way, made the play of the game with the block/steal on Westbrook toward the end.

Tony Parker, PG 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11
Please get healthy. We’ll let you know about the injury as we hear about it.

Danny Green, SG 38 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +15
Get that 3-point shot ready. And that chase-down block.

Boris Diaw, PF 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 7-10 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +10
Boris Diaw scored 26 points. This was a late-season pickup more than two years ago, and he’s now become one of the top six most important players on this team. At the very least. What an unbelievable player.

Tiago Splitter, C 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +2
Accepted his temporary ‘demotion’ to the bench… it’ll likely last into the Finals, as the Heat offer a similar problem. Tiago is ready for his job responsibilities this season.

Patty Mills, PG 18 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +5
Patty made his impact on the defensive side of the ball. Legitimately. If he’s not hitting his shot, he pitching in elsewhere.

Cory Joseph, PG 7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +7
This guy has made more out of his situation than anything you could’ve imagined. Amazing the way he’s played in this series.

Manu Ginobili, SG 33 MIN | 4-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +4
Manu fucking Ginobili. You wanted to bury him after last season’s Finals. He’s simply amazing. One of the best players to ever play this game comes through with a huge 3-pointer to help clinch the win.

Marco Belinelli, SG 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -8
Hit a three that meant a lot. Every little thing helps.

Gregg Popovich
Just great. As always. What can you say?

  • Turd Ferguson

    not to nit pick here (but that is a luxury we have as spurs fans) but if Duncan couldn’t have been better then why not the “A+”?

  • Alex Cornell

    Danny Green with only a B-????? His defense — especially the timely steals against Durant and WB were HUGE!

  • spurs10

    Man wonderful comments, wonderful game!

  • k191

    The steals were cancelled out by a couple of stupid passes, which were stolen for baskets. And Green’s shooting was ugly in the 1st, which is how Spurs fell behind in the first place.
    B- sounds fair.

  • Fred

    CoJo is the man!

  • Stephen

    was 6 for 14, thats why. But showed up big at the end, hence the A

  • Josh

    Tough grades.

  • Gregg Poposnitch

    Then he could have played better.

  • NYC


    Suck it, Derek Fisher. Tim Duncan cares not for your tears and drinks your milkshake.
    Let’s hear it for the Big Croissant! Walrus for MVP. Bring on the rematch. Go Spurs Go!

  • Realist

    Wow u so overrate cojo – he is solid and reliable – I’m glad we have him ~ Matt declare your allegiances to him

  • Governmentname

    He’s basically the “Norris Cole” of the Spurs

  • Governmentname

    He was stating that Timmay couldn’t have played any better when they team needed him most.

  • Governmentname

    -Danny was the one that threw the pass (intended for a wide open Diaw) that Russy intercepted & scored off it to make it a 2 point game w/ under 2 min remaining.
    -He also didn’t put pressure on Russy & let him dart into the paint which resulted in 2 FTs at the end of regulation to send it into OT.
    -Plus, he telegraphed a post entry pass in the 1st quarter that Russy easily picked off & took it down the court (resulted in 2 FTs).
    -…& of course missed a bunch of WIDE open shots in the 1st half

  • SpurredOn

    Pop may throw out what some term “junk” lineups but the man knows what he’s doing whether or not it works. A brilliant mind to craft game plans, adjust, then adjust again on the fly in stressed circumstances. Team wins like this start with coaching leadership and run through the end of the bench. Even more impressive considering that Pop lost is top assistants after last season. The new guys on the bench are putting in work. Prepared professionals all around.

    Tremendous, tremendous win. Consider the opponent, location, series circumstance, and then Tony’s injury. The Spurs just won a series 4-2 where their star point-guard played with a bad hamstring the first two games, then a bad ankle the final two. With all the hoopla and excuse making about Ibaka’s injury, Tony being far less than 100% this series is as forgotten or unacknowledged as was his hamstring during last year’s Finals. Thank goodness excellent Spurs’ team play earned this squad another series clinching win despite not having their best offensive player, and that the Ibaka alibi was laid to rest. He played, he was fine, he squad still got blown out in San Antonio, then beat at home. We’ll not have to hear about what would’ve been had he played, and we know we wouldn’t have received the same context had Parker’s health (and/or an uncalled goaltend) contributed to holding back the Spurs. Appreciate these players, this squad, and the memorable playoff runs they are providing.

  • Otto

    Ibaka will no longer play in these playoffs. :-)

  • Anwar Winston

    I’ve seen it here and on twitter from a few beat writers, but that last shot Duncan hit was not over Ibaka. Reggie Jackson was guarding him which is why Russell Westbrook came so furiously with the double team. I agree it belongs in the rafters with many of his other clutch shots, just wanted to point that out. #GOSPURSGO

  • Darnell Brushaud McVea

    “…in that moment”. I was thinking the same thing, but I believe it’s that final shot that it’s being referenced when saying Timmy couldn’t have been better at that moment

  • baracuda2222

    I found his site last year durig our playoff ru. Awesome to see a site devoted to true Spurs fans, it feels like a small class from back in school or something (let’s face it, there aren’t many of us). The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the stress over he next few weeks as nohing short of that Trophy is acceptable; I want one more SO bad. GO SPURS GO !