Your Spurs / T-Wolves nightcap
Tim will be along in the morning with a proper recap, but in the meantime we wanted to get some thoughts and observations on the game up. Something for you to voice your opinions on the game, while they’re still fresh in your head.
First, the basics: San Antonio won 107-96 and six Spurs were in double figures. And now, some bullet-points on San Antonio’s 32nd win of the season:
- The Spurs were spent equal time crisp and crap on the offensive end against the Timberwolves, there really was no middle ground. San Antonio shot 47% from the floor and 11-22 from the 3-point line. Yet they committed 17 turnovers. Again.
- The rim microphones are entirely too sensitive in Minneapolis. That, or the Target Center echoes like the Grand Canyon. Time after time I was able to clearly hear what the players were yelling, expletives all. Tim Duncan, watch your language sir.
- In the second quarter, Manu Ginobili hit a short, Tony Parker-esque floater in the middle of the lane. When he did, I had one thought: when did he add that shot to his arsenal? I don’t believe that was a shot he came into the league with, but I can’t remember when that was incorporated into his game.
- George Hill seemed to snap out of his shooting slump. Hill was 5-8 from the field and 2-2 for 3, finishing with 13 points. Hill shot 9-33 over the previous three games.
- Tim Duncan’s feet may not be as quick as the once were, but his footwork is as fluid as all get out. One of my favorite things to watch is when he journeys out to the perimeter to set a pick for Manu or Tony Parker, and right before the ballhandler takes off, Duncan changes the angle of his pick or which side of the defender he will pick. Having played with Parker and Ginobili for so long, the timing is beautiful to watch.
- What may be the most talked about stretch from this game came in the third quarter, when the T-Wolves were called for five technical fouls in a very short span. Two T’s went to Wolves’ Head Coach Kurt Rambis, who was shown the door. Lots of frustration for the Timberwolves players and their fans after that.
- There was a funny moment early in the fourth quarter when the Spurs had one of their fits of good ball movement. The ball zipped around the perimeter before Parker fired it down low to a wide open Antonio McDyess for a dunk. In the background, Luke Ridnour could be seen on the bench, hanging his head in what I can only assume wasÂ embarrassmentÂ or shame. Or disappointment.
- In the end, the Spurs executed on a handful of possessions down the stretch and leave Minnesota with a 4-0 sweep this season against the Timberwolves.