Then & Now. (via ESPN.com)
Y’all, don’t make me break down that game lol. It was pretty lame. Timmy and Beli sat. Everyone else basically coasted in limited minutes.
Little to no defense was played. The regular season is over and the Spurs will enter the postseason healthy!
Kawhi looked sharp after 4 days rest. He totaled 14 pts (6-10, 2-5 3PT) 5 reb 4 ast 2 bs. Austin Daye 13 pts, Tiago 12 pts 8 reb, Tony 12 pts 4 ast, Cory 12 pts 3 ast, Manu 10 pts 5 ast, Patty 9 pts, Danny 8 pts 6 reb.
The Spurs open the Playoffs on Easter Sunday at Noon vs the Dallas Mavericks.
Brace yourselves for the greatest photo you’ll see all year. We thought the frogging picture was great, but this is even better; WAY BETTER!!! Officially crowning this as the best selfies of the year, lol. Annd does my eyes deceive me.. or do I actually see Kawhi in this photo? bahahaha
Move over, Ellen.
It’s hard to write about a game like this because it was basically a maintenance game for the Spurs: stay sharp, don’t get hurt. Pop got the Big 3 some minutes (TD 30, TP 26, MG 22) and chose to rest Kawhi, Danny, Tiago and Patty. Still, the Spurs made a game of it. They were down by 14 with 1:45 to go in the 3Q when they strung together a 13-0 run that bled into the first two minutes of the 4Q. A minute later they ran off a 10-0 run to take an 85-80 lead. However, in the last 4 min the Spurs gave up 6 second-chance points and fouled Harden on a 3PT attempt, and that was all she wrote. Their defense tightened up in the second half, but they were poor on the defensive glass and that was a difference in the game. Somewhat strangely, both teams were stone cold from 3PT and they had just 6 turnovers each.
Marco led the team in minutes (33) and points with 17 (6-13) & 4 ast. Tim had 12 pts (4-10) 9 reb 2 ast, Jeff 12 pts (5-7) 3 reb, Boris 11 pts (5-11) 6 reb 6 ast, Cory 11 pts (5-10) 5 ast 3 reb. Tony and Manu registered 10 pts each. Baynes had 6 pts 3 reb and newcomer Damion James went for 6 pts 9 reb 2 ast.
The regular season finale will be Wednesday night, in San Antonio, vs the Lakers.
Danny Green - 4.11.14
The Green matchup, Danny vs Gerald, was fun to watch all night. It was even better to see Danny get the better of it.
This was quite a game, and it sure didn’t look like it would be early on. The Spurs came out really flat. They struggled shooting the ball, defended poorly and completely failed to match Phoenix’s energy. They gave up 37 pts in the 1Q and went down by as many as 21 pts. Only Danny Green’s 19 first half points saved them from being down more than 13 at halftime. In the 3Q the Spurs answered Phoenix with a 37-point quarter of their own: they shot 61%, got 14 pts from Tony Parker and held the Suns to 0 fast break points and only 19 total points in the quarter. The 4Q was back and forth, but the Spurs got some big time play from Kawhi and did not commit a turnover in the quarter to help bring it home. With this win, the Spurs have clinched the #1 seed and locked up homecourt throughout the playoffs. Aside from that, I think the best news is that the Spurs turned the ball over only 7 times (just once in the second half) and really turned up the defense as the game wore on. They were also reminded of the energy and pace needed to play the Suns, should the two meet in the first round.
Danny was hot from start to finish. He scored a career high 33 pts (12-17, 7-10 3PT) 4 reb 2 ast. Kawhi had 18 pts (7-14, 2-4 3PT) 5 reb 4 ast 3 steals, Tony 18 pts (9-18) 3 ast in just 24 minutes. TP looked to be coasting and/or a little rusty, but he really turned it on in that 3Q. Marco (3-11) has been off since the win streak died but he hit a couple big threes, went 4-4 on FTs and finished with 12 pts 2 steals. Boris had 11 pts (4-12) 8 reb 6 ast 2 steals while Patty had 9 pts 4 reb 4 ast. Tiago played just 16 min for 5 pts 7 reb 2 ast. Jeff played one of the better games I’ve seen him play. His halfcourt defense wasn’t bad, he grabbed 10 reb, blocked 2 shots and scored 4 pts on 2-3 shooting. Tim and Manu sat.
Next game: Monday night in Houston.