Spurs Grades vs Blazers – Oh Manu


The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth game in a row on Monday Night. For the second time this season in a matter of days, the Spurs defeated the Portland Trailblazers 93 to 80. The Blazers being the team that they are, kept fighting back and chipping away at the Spurs lead.

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When the fourth quarter happened, so did Manu Ginobili. Ginobili erupted in the final quarter as he reeled off 14 in the quarter. He finished with 17. With 9 1/2 minutes left in the game, Ginobili and Danny Green each hit a three-pointer during a Spurs 12-2 run.

Kawhi Leonard returned for the Spurs after missing one game due to a upper respiratory infection. He seemed to have no effects as he led the Spurs 19 points, nine rebounds and 3 assists. This marks this sixth game leading the team in points. LaMarcus Aldridge is the other.

Now it is that time. Lets check out what grades each player received for their performance in the win.

10 points, 7 assists, 3 steals — Parker continued his strong play in the Spurs fifth straight win. Though he did not do much on the scoring end, it is the little things that Parker is doing now in his career that still makes him a threat. Controlling the game and picking his spots, not forcing passes, was key. You can’t turn the ball over against the Blazers because they can strike quickly. It all starts with the point guard and the team followed his lead.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. A

B+. 12 points, 2 assists, 1 block — Up and down. Pretty much the roller coaster ride that Green is on this season on the offensive end. There were spots in the game where Green hit key shots. Down the stretch where it matter the most. Defensively, Green and the Spurs had their hands full with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum who combined for 43 points.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

A. 19 points, 9 assists, 3 assists, 2 blocks — At this point, there is nothing that will surprise me about Kawhi Leonards stat line. First game back from fighting a respiratory infection, Leonard showed no effects during Monday nights game. I don’t want to keep sounding like a broken record but Leonard is this teams MVP. He looks comfortable in every shot that he takes even if it is a miss. Being the first option doesn’t always mean find a way to score. For Leonard he looks for teammates and makes the right decisions.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

B. 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block — Just can’t give a player a grade below a ‘C’ because he is not dropping 20 points or so. Aldridge now has two wins against his former team. Though, this outing was a total opposite of his first, Aldridge defense down the stretch helped the Spurs catapult to a win.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALRDIGE

A. 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks — “Old Man Riverwalk” was at it again Monday night. His energy this year has really carried over to the rest of the team. His stat-line on Monday night may not be perfect to some but at his age, it is a great one. Duncan was one rebound shy of a double-double. With he and Aldridge down on the block together makes for a dominating defensive stand. Duncan’s three blocks were huge in the win.. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

Nov 16, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (R) dives as he tries steal the ball from Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (L) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

A+. 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block — Extraordinary. Ginobili played at a All-Star level on Monday night, in the fourth quarter. In the first three quarters, Ginobili was a non factor. In the final quarter, different story. Ginobili helped the Spurs as they went on a 12-2 run to seemingly put the Blazers down. He scored 14 points in the final period to give the Spurs the boost they needed. Leading the second unit, Ginobili was the savior on Monday night.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. MANU GINOBILI

B. 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists — BoBo was doing what he always does, being productive. Nearly notching a double-double, Diaw also is playing at a high level this season. A key contributor to the bench as well as being able to play with the starters, Diaw is your prototypical player that knows his role and does not try to do to much in a game.. F. San Antonio Spurs. BORIS DIAW

G. San Antonio Spurs. PATTY MILLS. B. 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists — Not the best offensive performance from Mills. He shot 2-of-8 from the floor (0-2 three-point), but that did not stop Mills for being the contributor that he is as well.

B. 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists — Not the player to be looked at to score, West did a great job while he was in the game. Having a wide body, West sets screens for shooters to get open and leaves them with a great amount of space to get a shot off. He also uses his body to his advantage. Diaw and West to me are the same player, they both do what is needed to help the team win. West did just that on Monday.. F. San Antonio Spurs. DAVID WEST

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