Spurs Grades vs Suns: Team Effort

By Michael Rehome
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The San Antonio Spurs with their 98 to 84 win against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night reached a team high 18 steals.

It was a total team effort defensively for the Spurs, whom records their second-consecutive win. Kawhi Leonard as he has done so all season long led the way for the silver and black. He finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

David West got his first start as a member of the Spurs for the injured LaMarcus Aldridge whom is sidelined with a mild left ankle sprain. West finished with five points, three rebounds and three steals.

The big key to this game was the defense of the Spurs. They held a Suns team that was coming in averaging just over 106 points per game. They were held to 84. Stifling defense and great communication on the floor led to the shut-down of the Suns offense.

As a team, the Spurs forced 28 turnovers and had a season-high 18 steals.

Offensively, San Antonio shot 51-percent from the floor. Danny Green was 4-of-9 from 3-point range. He finished with 18 points.

Tony Parker continued his strong fourth quarter play. He finished with 20 points. He also added eight assistss and three steals.

PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. A+. 20 points, 8 assists, 3 steals — It is starting to become a norm for Tony Parker when the fourth quarter begins. This is his time to takeover. He did once again, Monday night. Parker orchestrated a fourth quarter that saw the Spurs at one point clinging for life then another, going on a run. His leadership down the stretch in games is showing.

SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. A. 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists — Danny Green looked his best on Monday night. He looked more at ease when shooting. He hit four 3-pointers. Hopefully this game will help catapult Green and give him more confidence during games.

A+. 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block — What more can you say about this kid. He brings it every single night. Leonard is really the Spurs go to player on both ends of the floor. It truly starts and ends with his play. He did it all Monday night. His length causes a huge problem for opponents. Holding the ball for a split second only gives Leonard enough time to snatch it, he did just that.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

Nov 23, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward David West (30) shoots the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

DAVID WEST. B+. 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals — I thought West fit in nicely in the lineup. His number was called, he went in and did not try to do anything extra, he just played his game. He scored five points but the Spurs are not looking for him to be a big scorer.. PF. San Antonio Spurs

TIM DUNCAN. B+. 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals — You can sit and talk about what Duncan brings to this team each and every time he steps on the floor, he is a leader, and is well-respected by his teammates. Though his scoring has dipped tremendously, Duncan still does the right things during games to keep his team in position to win. His solid play Monday night propelled the team to their second-straight win.. C. San Antonio Spurs

SECOND UNIT. B. 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists — The bench were outscored by the Suns but still managed to knock down big shots. Patty Mills led the bench with 10 points as Manu Ginobili finished with 8. Not the best game production wise from the second unit.. Bench. San Antonio Spurs

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