El Conclusion: Spurs fall to Thunder, win streak is kaput
|Tim Duncan, PF 28 MIN | 5-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -9
Did a good job getting to the line, but boy does Oklahoma City’s front line give him fits. Serge Ibaka makes it hard for him to get clean looks and Kendrick Perkins is so big, Duncan struggles to get good position against him. That being said, he still had 17 and 8 and it probably would’ve been more had a couple of calls gone his way.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | 0
Two of the three first half fouls he picked up were pretty dumb. It forced Coach Pop to sit him at the start of the third quarter, which is when Oklahoma City went on their run. Other than that he was great and did an amazing job forcing Kevin Durant into some tough looks in the first half.
|Tiago Splitter, C 19 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -2
Two teams Splitter has the toughest time with is Oklahoma City and Miami, which is unfortunate but should not diminish his overall value to the Spurs. The second half started with Splitter on the bench and Diaw in the starting line up. Maybe that should be the plan from now on because he’s much better suited to tangle with the Steven Adams/Nick Collison duo.
|Tony Parker, PG 26 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -4
Probably a little tired from playing close to 30 minutes the night before, but he wasn’t awesome for the most part. Like almost every other Spur, he seemed bothered by Ibaka in the middle.
|Danny Green, SG 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -5
Looked pretty confident shooting, even though Oklahoma City was doing their best to run him off the 3-point line. It’s not a shot I look forward to seeing, but his one dribble pull up looks a lot better than it used to.
|Boris Diaw, PF 25 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -16
A lot of the Spurs turnovers came from Oklahoma City being aggressive in the passing lanes and the Spurs overpassing. Diaw was definitely the main culprit of this. His four turnovers came from a lack of assertiveness. There were several occasions where you just wanted him to look for his own shot instead of making the extra pass.
|Damion James, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2
Call this is a “welcome to the team” B.
|Jeff Ayres, C 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1
Eh, it’ll be interesting to see if he can produce against Oklahoma City’s second unit, but he’s a little too small to be effective against Ibaka and Perkins.
|Patty Mills, PG 24 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -11
The lone A+ of the night. Keep shooting, Patty. There’s definitely going to be a game or two where that aggression is needed.
|Cory Joseph, PG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2
Curious if we see CoJo get playoff minutes to try to check Russell Westbrook if these teams meet in the postseason.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 30 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -16
Shot wasn’t there for most of the game and he had four turnovers. Unclear if this had to do with OKC’s defense or the fact that he was tired from playing five games in seven nights.
I don’t think he cares that much about the outcome, just that outside of the third quarter, the Spurs were even with the Thunder. Plus playing a team that’s locked in on defense gives them some tape on what they can work on.
Three Things We Saw
- This game shows how important Danny Green’s defense is. If he can’t stay in front of Russell Westbrook, the Spurs are toast. Kawhi Leonard can’t slide over on him if Durant’s in.
- Trying not to take too much away from this game because of the crazy schedule the Spurs had just gone through and the fact that there was no Manu Ginobili, whose shot creation was sorely missed. Make no mistake, this team presents the biggest problem for San Antonio, but that doesn’t mean the Spurs can’t win a series against the Thunder.
- Tonight we saw a decent amount of a Tony Parker-Patty Mills backcourt. I haven’t seen the plus minus during their shared time yet, but it was an interesting countermove to the Westbrook-Reggie Jackson combo.