San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns: Post Game Grades


The San Antonio Spurs (28-6) defeated the Phoenix Suns (12-22) 112-79 to win their 28th consecutive game at the AT&T Center and improving to 19-0 at the AT&T Center.

The Good: Tony Parker was a man on a mission. He came out and played very aggressive against a Suns team that was lacking their leading scorer in Eric Bledsoe. Parker had his way against the Suns backcourt. Getting into the lane at will and finding LaMarcus Aldridge for his mid-range jumper, which he was knocking down all night, made for a great night for Parker. Aldridge had a game-high 21 points to go with his 12 rebounds.

As a team, the Spurs shot a blistering 56.6 percent from the floor and assisted on 26 of the teams 43 baskets. Defensively, as they have been doing all season long, the Spurs clamped down once against the Suns and made it hard for them to get any flow going on offense. Spurs held the Suns to 39 percent from the floor. They also forced 15 turnovers.

The Bad: Though the score showed their dominance against the Suns, there are areas that the Spurs did not do so well at Wednesday night. Taking care of the ball has been an issue, and on Wednesday night the team fumbled again. As a team the Spurs had 13 turnovers. Though, the Suns were not taking an advantage in the miscues, other teams will.

During parts of the game, the Spurs would not settle down, make an extra pass besides just taking an open shot. There were a few times during the game when the Spurs would over shoot their teammates.

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One in fact was Aldridge saw a streaking Ginobili down the side and overshot him. Cross court passes also are dangerous. Spurs had a few of which could of been picked off. Spurs have to take care of the ball and not force passes into the lanes or across court.

X-Factor: It has to be the play of the bench. Though they had as much points as the Suns (49), the Spurs do not miss a beat when the second unit comes in. Boris Diaw led with 13 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of play. He continues to play at a high-level and showed an array of moves. Jonathon Simmons, whom is the closest thing to the Spurs highlight reel, came in to provide positive minutes as well. He finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Boban Marjanovic has been getting just as loud of an ovation as Kawhi Leonard this time around when he enters the game. In 15 minutes of play, Marjanovic pulled down 12 rebounds and had seven points.

12 points (5-of-8 FG), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals, +9 — In 22 minutes of playing time, Parker put his stamp on the Spurs win against the Suns from the opening tip-off. Parker came out looking to prove a point. His defensive pressure on the Suns guards made for a frustrating night for them. Parker had four steals in the game. Offensively he had seven assists finding his favorite target LaMarcus Aldridge on plenty of drive and dish moves. Parker finished with 12 points on the night.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. A+

A. 7 points (1-of-3 3P), 1 assists, 2 rebounds, +9 — He may not be doing much scoring but his defense really shines for the Spurs. Green though had some highlight plays during the Spurs romp of the Suns. Green received a pass from Kawhi Leonard and ended with a flush. Next trip down, Green nailed his lone 3-pointer of the game from the top of the key.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

KAWHI LEONARD. A+. 19 points (6-of-10 FG), 2 assists, 2 steals, +24 — Leonard was held without a rebound for the first time this season. That did not stop the Spurs superstar for putting his stamp on the game. He finished with 19 points and showed his improvement from downtown as he hit three from beyond the arc. He ranked third in the NBA in 3-point percentage.. SF. San Antonio Spurs

A+. 21 points (8-of-12 FG), 2 assists, 12 rebounds — His mid-range game was deadly Wednesday. Aldridge has come into his own and the rest of the team know where he will be on the floor. Aldridge has good mid-range game and he makes it easy for the Spurs guards to find him as he moves into position. His 21 points and 13 rebound game made it his 10th double-double of the season.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

A. 4 points (2-of-6 FG), 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 block — David West got his second straight start of the season as he filled in for Tim Duncan whom is nursing a sore knee. The bruiser played quality minutes. He finished with four points and five rebounds.. C. San Antonio Spurs. DAVID WEST

49 points, 12 assists, 24 rebounds — Continuing to be key in Spurs victories this season, the second unit provided minutes and production for the Spurs. Boris Diaw was the catalyst on Wednesday as he used an array of moves to get to the basket. He finished with 13 points. Boban Marjanovic played 15 minutes and pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with his seven points. Manu Ginobili had the highlight of the night as he put a pass right on target from his rear to a streaking Leonard who finished it with a layup.. Bench. San Antonio Spurs. SECOND UNIT. A+

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