Game 1 Grades: Thunder 98, Spurs 101

May 27, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives the lane against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second half in game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at the AT

Matt Bonner, PF 10:50 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +1

It was a bit disappointing see Bonner go cold again, because this is an opponent Bonner actually matches up well with. However, his postseason struggles continued. Grade: C-

Boris Diaw, PF 21:47 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -8

Not a horrible night, but Thunder benefited from a less aggressive Diaw not as aggressive, than Blair would’ve been in the paint. Grade: C+

Tim Duncan, C 35:00 MIN | 6-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +9

Duncan really has to knock down those easy chip shots. This game could’ve been a lot worse if Timmeh could’ve took advantage down-low. Grade: B

Manu Ginobili, SG 34:03 MIN | 9-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 26 PTS | +8

This was the kind of game Manu needed. San Antonio was down nine, and Manu helped rally the Spurs and close out a hard-earned victory. Once again, depth triumphs and Manu gave Pop nasty tonight. Grade: A+

Danny Green, G 15:33 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

The Thunder guards are good, and they proved that tonight. Green couldn’t find any rhythm, and he will need to pick up some of the load, because Manu can not be going 120 mph every game this series. Grade: D+

Stephen Jackson, SG 23:12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +11

Average, but he had the best plus/minus. That’s gotta count for something. Grade: B-

Kawhi Leonard, SF 25:09 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -16

The Rookie vs. The Scoring Champ went as you would expect. The rookie lost. Honestly it’s hard to pick on Kawhi, because KD is going to get his points. Grade: C

Gary Neal, PG 23:41 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +7

Yet again, Neal showed he’s not just a three-pointer shooter. Neal did what any coach would want out of a back-up point guard, and his effort is going to need to sustain through this series.  Grade: B+

Tony Parker, PG 38:06 MIN | 6-15 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | +8

Parker put Westbrook to work. However, Russell did the same thing right back. Oh how fun this point guard battle is going to be. Grade: A-

Tiago Splitter, C 12:38 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +2

It’s hard to defend Tiago, or talk good about him, after his stints at the charity stripe. God help us if Brooks installs a “Hack-a-Splitter” strategy. Grade: B-

Conclusion. The Thunder missed a golden opportunity. San Antonio was just too good in the end, though. Too clutch, and were lucky the shots fell when it really counted. It should be not alarming to anyone the way the Spurs played the first three quarters. Most of their missed shots go in 9-out-of-10 times. However, the Spurs were out-of-sync, but gathered themselves and got nasty in the fourth.

Topics: NBA Playoffs 2012, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference Finals

Want more from Air Alamo?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.