The San Antonio Spurs appeared to be in the right direction after a 24-11 lead against the Phoenix Suns to end the first quarter. Things changed quickly as the Suns outscored the Spurs in each of the final three quarters, winning the game 94-89.
The Spurs were outscored 58-44 in the second half, allowing Isaiah Thomas to go for 18 second half points.
The Spurs had their chance to tie the game with six seconds remaining down 92-89, but they got a five second violation when inbounding the ball.
Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Dallas game!
Tony Parker went for 19 points and 6 assists in 30 minutes. His defense wasn’t bad as neither Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic got going in the game, which was a bit surprising. Parker did have four turnovers, which explains the minus next to the A. [/grade A-]
Danny Green had what you called an average game. His stat line doesn’t reflect that, as he finished with 3 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Green did play terrific defense and had two blocks as well. Expect a better offensive performance from him on Wednesday against Atlanta. [/grade C-]
Kawhi Leonard made his season debut against the Suns after missing game one with an eye infection. Leonard missed all five of his field goals, but made all six of his free throws. Despite being rusty on offense, he grabbed 8 rebounds. Expect a better performance offensively on Wednesday from Leonard.[/grade C+]
This was a clear example of playing a player due to the way he matches up with the opposition. After not playing Daye in the opener, coach Gregg Popovich decided to start Austin Daye to defend one of the Morris twins. Daye got some stops here and there, as the Morris twins combined for four field goal makes in the 19 minutes Daye played. Daye finished with 6 points (2-6 threes), two steals, and four fouls. If Daye wants to have a role on the Spurs he must stop picking up fouls like he did today. [/grade B-]
With Tiago Splitter out, Tim Duncan makes another start at center. Duncan finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Duncan was very efficient, as he went 6-11 from the field. His defense was solid, but it wasn’t Tim Duncan defense. .[/grade B]
The Spurs bench combined for 39 points and it seemed like everyone not named Ginobili (2 points in 25 minutes) played exceptionally well. Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli shined for the Spurs. Diaw finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Belinelli on the other hand, had 9 points, but had 8 in the fourth quarter. Cory Joseph also played well in limited action (14 minutes), going for 7 points and 5 rebounds. Ginobili did have 20 points in the first game, so expect a bounce back game against Atlanta. They still got outscored by the Suns bench, 44-39, who were led by Isaiah Thomas who scored 23 points. [/grade B+]
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