Spurs Waste Another Opportunity
The Spurs lost 97-95 last night to the Shaq-less and LeBron-less Cavaliers who also played with only 1/2 of Antawn Jamison. How did it come to this? Well, I’m glad you asked. Allow me to break it down box-score-commentary style.
You know how all season long I have been saying that Roger Mason should be playing more? Well, consider this my official “backing away” from that stance. Mason was Mr. Clutch last year but has turned into Mr. Clank this year, and at no moment was it more evident than him missing a wide open three-pointer that would have tied the game against Cleveland with mere seconds left. Now don’t misunderstand me here, I still think Keith Bogans should never see the light of day, and I don’t exactly miss Michael Finley. It just really sucks that we are not getting the little bit we need out of some guys this year on a consistent basis.
The Brotherhood of Suck
Keith Bogans: 22 Minutes, 0-of-2 from the field, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover. Same old, same old from KB – how he manages to start every game is beyond me. I am starting to wonder if he is blackmailing someone.
Roger Mason: 25 Minutes, 1-of-10 from the field (0-of-8 from downtown), 0-of-1 from the the free throw line, 2 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
Ian Mahinmi: 5 Minutes, 0-of-1 from the field, 1-of-2 from the free throw line, 1 point, 1 rebound, 3 turnovers. I can live with him not doing anything special since he gets almost no burn and only a sliver of playing time on occasion – but 3 turnovers? OMGWTFBBQ?
The “At Least They Showed a Pulse” Awards
DeJuan Blair: 11 Minutes, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 0-of-3 from the field. Foul trouble didn’t help his cause.
Antonio McDyess: 15 Minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds. At least he didn’t turn the ball over.
Richard Jefferson: 28 minutes, 3 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. He only took 3 shots, but had the most rebounds of any Spurs player – in fact he tied Anderson Varejao for the most in the game. I will settle for the word “odd” here.
Malik Hairston: 6 Minutes, 2 points (1-of-2 from the field), 3 rebounds. He also had 2 fouls and a turnover, but he gets some love here because he basically averaged one rebound every two minutes he was in the game. We call that hustle.
The Guys Who Gave Us Hope
Manu Ginobili: 37 Minutes, 38 points (12-of-23 from the field, including 7-of-11 from downtown and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals. Manu started the game and played his heart out – if the Spurs lose him this off-season then we are in big, big trouble.
George Hill: 38 Minutes, 23 points (8 -of-13 from the field), 3 rebounds, 4 assists. He did not have a single foul or turnover in the game… wow.
Tim Duncan: 34 Minutes, 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks. A decent all-around game, but he really didn’t bring it on the boards. Getting out rebounded by RJ and Ginobili - not to mention JJ Hickson, Mo Williams, and Varejao – is not what we are looking for from TD.
Matt Bonner: 19 Minutes, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist. Not bad at all for 19 minutes.
Other Stats From the Game
-Popovich played 11 guys last night. Now part of me is semi-disgusted that he would have so many different players in the game. How is that supposed to work out exactly? Isn’t that kind of counter to building team chemistry? I could ramble on about that, but the truth is – Pop hadto play all those guys because he had so much trouble getting much of anything out of the Suck Brothers (KB and Mase) last night. (BTW, I know how “Suck Brothers” sounds and I don’t care, they sucked and deserve any and all negative connotations associated with the label “Suck Brothers”.)
-The Spurs had 14 turnovers last night – 5 from the BoS.
-The Spurs shot 41.7% in the game. If you take out the BoS’s B.S., the Spurs shot 47.9% – that’s a huge difference.
-Cleveland had 40 Points in the Paint and 14 Fast Break Points compared to 30 Points in the Paint and 12 Fast Break Points for the Spurs. That’s a 12 point difference right there – so again I will point to Roger Mason’s refusal to do much of anything beyond jacking up errant three-pointers as a significant problem last night.
Now I am even more disappointed that LeBron and Shaq were out. At least there would be some dignity in losing that battle. Instead we have to look forward to (hopefully) beating the Knicks and Timberwolves and pretending that the Cleveland game didn’t happen. Yay.