Jun 06, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Stephen Jackson (3) reacts after scoring against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half in game six of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Game 6 Grades: Spurs 99, Thunder 107

DeJuan Blair, C 0:35 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

In an arena where he’s put up 28 points and 21 rebounds in one night, Blair didn’t get the call for a big role Wednesday. Grade: Incomplete

Boris Diaw, PF 25:04 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +1

I like the fact Diaw didn’t take away any shots from guys who needed to be shooting. With a bit more production, though, and you’re looking at a potential Game 7. Grade: C-

Tim Duncan, C 40:36 MIN | 11-23 FG | 3-4 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -3

At his age, Duncan should be not carrying this heavy of a load. He hit a few jumpers, got to the rim a few times, showing how much he still has left in him. I hope this is not the last of #VintageDuncan. Grade: A+

Manu Ginobili, SG 35:49 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -14

After destroying the Thunder in Game 5, Manu went just 2-8 from beyond the arc. He could’ve changed the course of the game, but Ginobili wasn’t quite ready last night. Grade: B

Danny Green, G 3:44 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1

Green’s confidence all but dissipated after this series. He never could get his shots to fall, and Pop took him out of the equation. Grade: Incomplete

Stephen Jackson, SG 32:04 MIN | 6-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 23 PTS | -4

Jackson did little wrong. He knocked down three’s, brought some attitude to this team, and his experience showed. He knows how to step up in a big game. Grade: A+

Kawhi Leonard, SF 40:43 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6

The rookie side of Kawhi was apparent, but he has a really bright future ahead of him. Grade: C+

Gary Neal, PG 19:14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -2

While Neal dealt with a stomach bug, he still gave it a go Wednesday. He once again put up some bad shots, and he has to regain control of his shot. We know he’s clutch, but Neal isn’t showing it. Grade: D

Tony Parker, PG 41:33 MIN | 12-27 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 29 PTS | -5

He got everything he wanted in the first half, but then he did a disappearing act in the second. TP tried getting it back late, but was unable to help lift this Spurs team to victory. Grade: A+

Tiago Splitter, C 0:39 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Tiago got an earful from Pop. Hoping he can figure out the NBA by next season. Grade: Incomplete

Conclusion. San Antonio couldn’t have played a better first half in a hostile environment. But they blew their lead, let the Thunder feed off the home crowd, and with 0:00 left in the 4th, the Oklahoma City was celebrating and the Spurs were heading back to the locker room with their fourth straight loss. A tough one to watch in the end, and the season comes to a sad close. For what appeared to be the best Spurs team in franchise history, they showed their inexperience as a group and were throttled by not a better Thunder team, but hungrier.

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

  • Evilmd80

    It looked to me that after the Spurs got punched squarely in the face in game 3 that most of the players, with the exception of Ginobili, Duncan, and Jackson, played scared.  Even TP became less aggressive in games 4 and 5 before HAVING to take over game 6.  I understand part of that is Sefolosha’s D, but a bigger part of that is TP’s mentality.  I was becoming more and more leery about all of the hype that started to surround the Spurs (although I bought into it like most fans) and think that that may have crept in to their minds (though, they’d never admit as much).  We got next season!! Go Spurs Go!!

  • AirAlamo1

     @Evilmd80  I don’t think San Antonio is the type of team that will let the media hype get to their heads. I think they were simply outclassed and Oklahoma City, blessed with superior talent, executed a lot better than usual making it nearly impossible to defeat the Thunder. Their pin down set for Durant was simple, yet absolutely devastating.