El Conclusión: Spurs bounce back in impressive blowout fashion

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Oklahoma City Thunder 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
117 San Antonio Spurs
Matt Bonner, PF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6

The Spurs set the tone from the onset by starting Bonner, his first start of the season (the only Spur to have not been in the opening lineup yet this year). He didn’t have a good night, but the clear strategy to space the floor in a countermove to Ibaka’s return and resulting impact made a huge difference in this game. There hasn’t been any room to work in Games 3 and 4, but on Thursday the lanes to the basket opened once more. Again, didn’t play very well, but his presence alone earned him a grade of 80+.

Tim Duncan, PF 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 6-7 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +18

Tim was just a monster. With a little extra space around the paint, a sustained tempo and, sure, a little home-cooking, the Big Fundamental went back to work and became just the fourth 38-year-old in league history to put up at least 22 points and 12 rebounds in a playoff game (Kareem, Malone, Parish). Just so damn good.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 33 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +22

Kawhi was SO much more assertive in this one after essentially disappearing in the team’s two games in Oklahoma City. This team is different when he’s that aggressive, and when the space is there for him to work he’s capable of doing so much more. He also played some damn good defense, this time on Russ, and was a team-high +22 for the game.

Tony Parker, PG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +15

Tony has bounced back well from his Game 3 disaster, and he hasn’t played much in the last couple of blowouts (loss, win). Parker has set the tone and is finding ways to get to the rim and evade OKC’s shot-blockers.

Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Danny is a different player at home. When he’s knocking down shots like that, this team hits another level. On top of that, he played well as the primary defender of Durant. Pop pulled a switch and planted Kawhi on Westbrook, and it seemed to work well. Great game from Danny, now let’s see if he can replicate that in Oklahoma City.

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

Just garbage time for Baynesie in this one.

Boris Diaw, PF 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +19

Bonner started the game, but Diaw’s time at the ‘four’ is what really made the difference. Since really cranking it up a notch late in Game 4, Boris has been awesome in all facets of the game, and tonight he was hitting his outside shot. When he does that, the impact is massive. He was a +19 for the game, second only to Leonard’s +22.

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

Got into it with Derek Fisher in garbage time, which means OH YOU’RE DAAAAAAMN RIGHT HE GETS AN A+.

Tiago Splitter, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +16

Thought he responded very well to coming off the bench for the first time all postseason. Was nothing spectacular, but remained as solid as he’s typically been. More importantly, the Spurs maintained a high level of play when he was in the game.

Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +14

A little home court never hurt nobody’s shooting stroke. It was good to see the ball go in the basket for Patty again.

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

I’m giving him an A+ because players are still referring to his dunk as “inspirational.” In all honesty, it meant something to this team.

Manu Ginobili, SG 21 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +15

Just brilliant tonight. Again. When he’s playing with this sort of aggressiveness while staying in control (0 turnovers), the Spurs are a different animal entirely.

Marco Belinelli, SG 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +8

Marco’s saving himself for Game 6 and whatever comes after that, right? Right.

Gregg Popovich

Made adjustments that worked really well. He spaced the floor by starting Bonner and maintained that by staggering the minutes of Duncan and Splitter. He switched the Leonard’s defensive assignment from Durant to Westbrook to keep their ignition switch from flipping on. And he had some brilliant Xs and Os change-ups that I’ll get to in the next couple of days. On top of it all, the 65-year-old coach’s relentless energy is unmatched. Watching him physically explaining to Kawhi how to defend Russ was just gold. A+ for life.

One Thing We Saw

  1. I have a 28-point margin to work on, so you’ll get my thoughts there. DON’T BE MAD, BRO!
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  • lvmainman

    Kudos to Pop. Kudos. Well done.

    Pop followed my suggestion of starting Bonner. He ran more plays. The Ginobili/Duncan inbound give and go in the 2nd qtr! He tried the Mills elevator door top of the key play – didn’t work. Ran an awesome play to start the 4th qtr to get Green an uncontested look at a 3 that he knocked down.

    Ginobili – no turnovers, making great passes, attacking the paint, and making three’s.

    Great game.

    Still don’t like them running Westbrook and Jackson off the 3 point line. They were 3 for 8. That’s better than normal. I’d much rather they jack 3′s than shoot layups and FT’s. I was thinking of holding the big 3 out for game 6, but they didn’t play as many minutes as I thought they would have to.

    Great job overall by the Spurs.

  • Bussman

    I love #TheRedMamba… He sets the tone!

    #GoodManu with 3 turnovers in 5 games… He already have more points than Tony…

    Tim, just being the Best PF of the history of the game #VeryGrosso

  • camnpat

    In those games Ginobili is playing well (which have been more than the bad games this postseason) he is almost 1:1 on points/minutes. Sometimes those high turnover games cloud the fact that he is extremely efficient in scoring a lot in very few minutes.

    Anyway, great victory all around. If they can just give it their all for 48 more minutes, instead of adding the extra pressure of coming home for a game 7, it would be fantastic.

  • Realist

    Mathew at what point will admit u hate patty mills and have a man crush on Corey Joseph. All year you underscore mills. I like cojo but that doesn’t mean I undersell mills and overrate cojo to do it

  • Saxmann

    you’re the man!

  • I need more cowbell

    true that

  • RawJa777

    Patty’s misses were TWO open three pointers at the beginning of the 4th quarter that would’ve iced the game. He hit a big shot at the beginning of the second quarter and one in garbage time. B+ is a perfect score here.

  • Joseph Dooley

    I was shocked to see Tiago had zero shot attempts, but 6/8 free throws and assisted on a Patty Mills tre. No wasted possessions with him! Plus he was on the floor when we had that great run to close the first quarter. B+ at least for him.