El Conclusión: San Antonio Spurs 120, Oklahoma City Thunder 111
|Tim Duncan, C 36 MIN | 2-11 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +16
Loses some marks for the poor shooting night, but everything else was what you want from Duncan. Tony Parker can thank Duncan’s screen setting for many of the open mid-range jumpers he got tonight.
|Kawhi Leonard, SF 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +9
If you wondered whether or not Kawhi Leonard could come through with a big performance in a heated playoff game, Tuesday night should’ve told you. He knocked down open 3 after open 3 and did the lion’s share on Kevin Durant… And only committed one foul.
|Boris Diaw, PF 27 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +12
A stretch in the third quarter displayed exactly why he is starting for this team. First, he knocked down a open 3-pointer. On the following play, he caught the ball on the perimeter and went by his man to the basket for a verse layup. Foul trouble held him back a little tonight, but he’s still fitting in very well with this Spurs team.
|Tony Parker, PG 40 MIN | 16-21 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 34 PTS | +15
I don’t know where to begin. He came out firing and made almost all of the big plays tonight for San Antonio. He constantly got the ball to his spots and converted at an extremely high clip. He was masterful.
|Daniel Green, G 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +14
Green recovered from his shaky Game 1 somewhat, but he missed shots in the second half when the Spurs were dying of thirst offensively.
|Stephen Jackson, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | 0
Wasn’t relied upon in Game 2 quite like he was in Game 1. So things go for a role player on a team that’s won 20 games in a row. Picked up a technical foul for good measure, so there’s that.
|Matt Bonner, PF 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -4
Similar to Green, Bonne hit a 3 in the first half. I’m getting the feeling he’s not going to be much of a factor in this series, for better or worse.
|Manu Ginobili, SG 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -3
In his Manu Ginobili-like way, he filled in the crack when it came to making big plays in this game. He wasn’t as successful defending James Harden as he was in Game 1 but Manu’s 3-pointer in the fourth quarter was as big a shot as this game had.
|Gary Neal, PG 9 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -6
See Jackson, Stephen.
|Tiago Splitter, C 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 6-12 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -6
Poor Tiago Splitter was the butt of all the hack-a-_____ jokes tonight. He looked like such a sad panda when he was getting fouled. Hit 6-10 during that stretch, though.
Five Things We Saw
- I’m curious if it might be a good thing that the Spurs didn’t go on to blow out the Thunder in this game. Close game reps are an important thing and the Spurs didn’t seem all that pleased after this game ended, despite the win. They might need some anger or edge to start Game 3 considering OKC is likely to play with a dangerous combination of excitement and desperation back home.
- I’m not completely concerned with Danny Green’s performances so far in the Western Conference Finals, but I’m not comfortable either. A big performance on the road will go some ways to easing my discomfort, however.
- I can’t emphasize how awesome Tony Parker’s performance was tonight. It was the type that Hall of Fame highlights are pulled from.
- Durant, Westbrook and Harden combined for 88 of the Thunder’s 111 points. I’m curious where OKC can go from here to expect to win four out of the next five games.
- As of writing this, the Spurs have not lost in 48 days.