May 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at the AT

Game 5 Grades: Thunder 108, Spurs 103

DeJuan Blair, C 6:48 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -10

Definitely did not get the type of production we wanted out of Blair, but I still feel like if he was unleashed earlier, Blair could have got into a groove. Grade: D

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

I remember him stepping in for a second, and thankfully, never saw him again. Grade: Incomplete

Boris Diaw, PF 24:49 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +10

Even with Perkins and Ibaka struggling a bit tonight, Diaw struggled, but did not rely as much on the three and got down low, and I hope to see that more in Game 6. Grade: C+

Tim Duncan, C 33:09 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +17

Just seeing his look of pain made me upset. Duncan, as old as he is, played his heart out. For a split-second, I thought he was about to pull up that three at the end of the game, but it was Manu who needed to take it. I know Duncan is going to play like it’s his last Wednesday. Hopefully it isn’t. Grade: A

Manu Ginobili, SG 38:26 MIN | 11-21 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 34 PTS | +13

Ginobili got the start tonight, and if you just forget about the loss for a minute, this is yet another one of his classic performances. He didn’t get the game-tying bucket, but what a game for Manu. Hope his intensity can sustain in Game 6. Grade: A+

Danny Green, G 3:47 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Manu took most of Green’s playing time, so not much to say here. Green will have to do some serious work to earn back his spot. Grade: D

Stephen Jackson, SG 30:12 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -15

Still continuing to knock down those trey’s, and he’s been a pleasant surprise for this series. Jack has shown up and provided good points off the bench. Defense is the only thing he needs improvement. Grade: B+

Kawhi Leonard, SF 35:47 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -2

10 rebounds, but Kawhi rarely shot the ball. He was waiting in the corner, but with Parker and Manu driving and finishing or drawing a foul, Leonard’s numbers dropped. Grade: B-

Gary Neal, PG 15:06 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -17

Inexcusable. Neal took some horrible shots, and made life easy for the Thunder guards. Grade: D

Tony Parker, PG 40:53 MIN | 5-14 FG | 10-12 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -1

Parker lived at the line tonight. He continually drew the fouls attacking the basket, and that’s what I like seeing. However, if he gets a few more to fall in and the and-one, the Spurs win this ball game. Grade: A-

Tiago Splitter, C 10:14 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -12

In the second unit, Splitter was nothing to write home about. He did have one nice cut to the basket, but the Thunder have the pick-and-roll covered well. Nothing you can do about it. Grade: C

Conclusion. Spurs don’t turn the ball over 21 times, make a few more shots here and there, and this is a totally different result. However, they did not lie down, and fought for their lives. Not sure how much is left in the tank, though, after this back-and-forth affair.

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