El Conclusion: San Antonio Spurs 92, Washington Wizards 79
|Tim Duncan, PF 26 MIN | 1-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -3
It was just a horrid shooting night from Tim Duncan against the Wizards. Duncan couldn’t buy a bucket from any location, whether it was up close or 18-feet away.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -4
It was an efficient night for Kawhi Leonard, despite not making a lot of noise in this game. 13 points on seven shots and hitting half of his 3-pointers is plenty enough to call it a successful night.
|Tiago Splitter, C 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +20
TIAGO SPLITTER GOT NENE TO BITE ON A SHOT FAKE 15 FEET AWAY FROM THE BASKET.
|Tony Parker, PG 25 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -1
One assist? Weird. This is right about the time in the season that Tony Parker’s shooting efficiency improves. 16 points on nine shots sounds about right.
|Danny Green, SG 22 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +2
0-for-3 from 3-point land for IcyHot, but no one is really losing any sleep over his performance against the Wizards.
|Jeff Ayres, PF 16 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +8
Had a monster slam off a nifty pass from Nando late in the game, a dunk that he didn’t miss.
|Boris Diaw, PF 18 MIN | 7-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +20
Bobo was committed to the camo night on Wednesday night. He came to the arena in camo shoes, a camo t-shirt and a camo beanie. He also had 15 points. Coincidence? I think not.
|Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +15
Patty Thrills knocked down a big 3-pointer in the third quarter with the Spurs holding just a five point lead. Mills wasn’t his usual everywhere-at-once self, but it didn’t matter.
|Marco Belinelli, SG 23 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +19
The league blessed San Antonio with a breezy early season schedule and Belinelli might be the biggest beneficiary of that. It has helped him get his footing in the system and enabled him to put up lines like tonight’s. He seems like a better fit for the Spurs than Gary Neal was, but San Antonio hasn’t needed someone to create shots out of nothing on the second unit yet, once a specialty of Neal’s.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +15
Ginobili produced a very average performance against the Wizards on Wednesday night, and I mean that in the nicest way. He was the catalyst for San Antonio’s third quarter run that put Washington away, but that isn’t replicated in the box score.
Nobody played more than 26 minutes, so there you go.
Two Things We Saw
- The biggest thing to come out of Wednesday night’s win over the Wizards are the camouflage uniforms. They’re striking to see in contrast with the white warmup shirts the Spurs were wearing before the game. I didn’t hate them. I can’t say I particularly liked them, but they weren’t awful. The numbers on the back of the jerseys looked good from a distance, but it was hard to see anything on the front of the shirts. The black and silver trim down the sides didn’t look at home, either. A solid effort, but I think they miss the mark in the end.
- San Antonio committed 17 turnovers and didn’t look sharp in the first half of this game. The Spurs overpassed and overdribbled several times against the Wizards. One play even featured Tony Parker dribbling into a situation where he had no planned release valve, which is a rarity for the Spurs, and turned it over. Not the best of performances for San Antonio, but it’s a win.