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The Spurs Are Good

San Antonio Spurs 132 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Charlotte Bobcats
Bismack Biyombo, PF 33 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Dunlap’s second new addition to the starting lineup, as Biyombo replaced the suddenly sinking Byron Mullens. Typical Biz – 8 rebounds and two blocks.

Jeffery Taylor, SF 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -17

Held onto his starting spot for another night and managed to shoot well from the field. Tried his hand guarding Parker, though not with much success (no Bobcat could claim such, however).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 26 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | -4

Suffered a bruised tailbone after hitting the deck on a drive to the hoop late in the first half, though he did return after the break. Recorded three blocks, one of which was at the expense of the Big Fundamental.

DeSagana Diop, C 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -1

Started.

Kemba Walker, PG 31 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 23 PTS | -11

Kemba was one of the few bright spots for the Bobcats. He’s certainly improved his 3-point shot since last season, though his three makes were dwarfed by the Spurs exploits.

Brendan Haywood, C 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -13

Limited minutes tonight coming off the bench. Outside of four boards, not much else to report.

Byron Mullens, C 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -20

Back-to-back games in which Byron has played less than 15 minutes. Coach Dunlap must’ve read the Kobe Assist article as well. Continues to take threes. Continues to miss threes. Two lazy passes both turned into turnovers that went the other way for baskets. I’m starting to notice some bad body language as well.

Ramon Sessions, PG 24 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -22

He got his shots up, but the majority of them didn’t go in.

Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -27

Played with good energy and shot well once again. Showed some range on a 3-pointer (again, encouraging). I would love to see Dunlap slide Taylor to the 3 and MKG to the 4 (a la LeBron) and insert Henderson into the starting lineup at SG. Doubt it will happen though.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats defense was pitiful. Clearly. Parker routinely broke down the defense via penetration and kicked the ball out for wide open three-point attempts. Slow defensive rotation didn’t help the cause either.
  2. Threes. And more threes. The Spurs made 19 baskets from beyond the arc on only 34 attempts. Danny Green was borderline unconscious, converting on all but two of his nine attempts.
  3. Shades of 2011-2012. Sadly, the past two contests have been reminiscent of the debacle that was last season. They’ll get an opportunity to reverse course as everybody’s favorite non-Bobcat, Stephen Curry, comes to town Monday as the Warriors visit the Queen City

6 comments to The Spurs Are Good

  • SirGladiator

    Tonight’s loss was so much nicer, because A. We didn’t give away an easy win in frustrating fashion, and B. We only lost because the other team hit a record number of 3s. We lost by 30 points, but of course at a certain point when a team is hitting everything they throw at the basket from 3 point land things are gonna get out of hand, it doesnt matter who you are. Besides, take away those 57 points, and we’re the ones that won by almost 30! Teams are gonna get lucky like that, but then again we’ll have nights when we get lucky like that too. The key is that when they werent getting insanely lucky from 3, we were doing really well, we broke 100 points against one of the best teams around, pretty good stuff. If they were having an average-poor night from 3, we win and win easily, and thats not bad against a 16-4 team.

    On a side note, in regard to Stephan Curry, it was shocking that he signed that long term extension instead of coming to Charlotte like we all expected. I don’t know why he wanted to do something stupid like that, but now that he has, there’s really no reason for Dell Curry to still be the on commentary, when we’ve got somebody so much better in Stephanie Ready. It made sense to keep him around when he was the reason Stephan was coming to Charlotte, but now that he isn’t, let’s make the switch. It’s always so much nicer when Dell has the night off and Stephanie is on commentary, let’s give him the night off every night from now on. Maybe he can have some other kind of role as an assistant coach or assistant trainer or something, I know he’s a Charlotte legend and I’d hate to see him not part of the team at all, but he isn’t needed on commentary anymore, it should be Ready time now because she’s SO much better. And on a personal note, I hope we play REALLY bigtime D on Stephan and give him the payback he deserves for disrespecting us, particularly in favor of a team like that. Honestly, even if it means we lose the game, if we double team him all night and hold him to single digits, that’ll be as good as a win for me.

    • Rick

      Almost any team in the league would hit over 40% of 3′s when they are that wide open. The Spurs had lots of easy high percentage looks whenever they wanted.

      I’d rather get a frustrating loss than a blowout one any time. These guys need to know that they can play with any team in the league- there is 0% chance of making the playoffs, so wins and losses aren’t as important as being competitive night in and night out.

      • Mathew Lewis

        Agree, Rick. Not all 3-point attempts are the same. The Spurs high percentage from beyond the arc was due largely in part to how wide open their players were at times.

        Also agree that competitiveness is paramount at this juncture as it helps build the identity of the organization.

  • Edmond

    Losing isn’t the worst thing in the world either.. We need another good lottery pick anyways.

  • Bobby

    1. Is there any reason that we did not go to a man defense after they broke the zone down so efficiently?

    2. What is wrong with Haywood is he injured? He doesn’t look like the same guy that started the season.

    3. Why did Kemba come out when he was obviously on fire in the first?

    If anyone can help answer any of these questions, I would be very grateful.

    • Mathew Lewis

      1. I can’t say.

      2. Haven’t heard anything on the injury front.

      3. Seems like Dunlap just stuck with his normal rotation/substitution pattern.