Grades; San Antonio Spurs 106, Brooklyn Nets 79

Grades
San Antonio Spurs 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
79 Brooklyn Nets
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF 28 MIN | 12-17 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +21 +/-LA ruled the day. While his teammates started a little cold, Aldridge had everything going. In the first quarter he shot 5-of-6 for 10 points and five rebounds. His five makes were as pure as they come, nothing but the bottom. Aldridge’s teammates recognized who had the hot hand. He stayed aggressive and involved throughout the game for a highly efficient, All-Star performance.

Kawhi Leonard, SF 30 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-5 3FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +19 +/-Kawhi didn’t get many touches early because LaMarcus was rolling. Perhaps as a result, he forced a few attempts. But he settled into the game nicely, working into rhythm with a baseline drive for a reverse layup and a backdoor cut for the lob from Timmy. When the Nets went on a 6-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, Kawhi came back in the game and hit two threes to put things right.

Tim Duncan, C 22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11 +/-Brook Lopez got off to a hot start but Duncan did a better job making the Nets’ center work when they matched up again in the second quarter. He made himself available under the basket for a couple easy points when Aldridge got doubled and filled a lane for a nice feed from Parker. He also hit a mid-range jumper, the first I’ve seen him make in a while. That’s always a good sign for the Spurs.

Tony Parker, PG 25 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +21 +/-He uncharacteristically failed to finish some nice drives. Even his bread-and-butter floater hopped out on him. He did a fair job setting the table. Having had five days off before the Knicks game and another two before the game in Brooklyn, it was probably most important for him to get up and down the floor a few times. We’ll see how he looks on the back end of the back-to-back in Detroit.

Danny Green, SG 20 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +19 +/-Not a great night for Danny offensively but he defended well. One of the holes that has sometimes popped up in his defense is a tendency overrun the shooter and take himself out of plays. He’s done a much better job of late just staying in control and contesting the shot. It’s that kind of defensive balance (among other things, of course) that makes Kawhi so great.

David West, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +5 +/-He didn’t have the length to bother Brook Lopez, who was rolling early, but he was a stabilizing force with a group of youngsters trying to maintain the lead in the fourth quarter. Don’t look now but he’s shooting 55.8 percent from the floor this season.

Kyle Anderson, SF 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +7 +/-Kyle got to return to his roots and play some point guard in a lineup with Green, Bonner, West and Marjanovic for a few minutes in the fourth quarter. Unsurprisingly, he was plenty comfortable bringing the ball up and initiating the offense. He’ll create no matter where he is on the floor though, and he did so in this game setting up West and Marjanovic for easy buckets.

Boban Marjanovic, C 13 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +8 +/-The Spurs were up 11 when Marjanovic entered the game with 5:09 remaining in the third quarter. By the time the quarter ended the Spurs owned a 21-point lead. Coincidence? I think not. Marjanovic had 7 points and assisted on a Manu three in that span. By the time the last few minutes of the game rolled around–after he had thrown a no-look bounce pass to Danny, collected an offensive rebound and dunked home the follow all in one possession–the borough of Brooklyn had become another of Boban’s conquests. Fans with floor seats were grabbing their heads in awe and holding up their hands for high fives. Is there no heart Boban can’t win?

Matt Bonner, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2 +/-His lone attempt was a tough one, and it provided Boban an offensive rebound that led to another of his thundering, crowd pleasing dunks. Matt’s just giving the people what they want.

Boris Diaw, C 18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 3FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9 +/-Still bullying his way to productive scoring nights down low, and he somehow got a three ball that hit several parts of the rim to drop. He’s currently shooting 39.5 percent on 38 attempts from three this season, up from 32 percent last year. Got to keep the defense honest.

Patty Mills, PG 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +4 +/-Patty hasn’t scored or even shot much in the past three games. He’s 1-of-9 from the floor in that span, though he does have seven assists to one turnover. Maybe he’s turning over a new leaf and becoming a pass-first point guard. Okay, not really. But the team’s been winning and his shooting hasn’t really been needed. That could change soon.

Jonathon Simmons, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2 +/-Not much burn for the rookie tonight but he showed no fear in defending Joe Johnson and came up with a nice dunk on the other end. It wasn’t one of those uncontested dunks, either. He just drove to the rim and powered over anyone daring to get in his way.

Manu Ginobili, SG 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +7 +/-Hard to see how he could’ve been much better in his 18 minutes. He orchestrated beautifully for his teammates, especially Boban, shot the ball well and even came up with a couple steals.

Gregg Popovich
Spread the minutes around on the first night of a b2b and gave Kyle Anderson minutes at point guard in the fourth. That’s fun.

One Thing We Saw

  1. he Spurs really made a point of getting the ball to Aldridge after his hot start. At times they struggled to make the entry pass and committed a few turnovers trying to go to him, but the effort was commendable.

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