Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: The Spurs were a beauty to watch offensively in the first half. They were clicking on all cylinders offensively, shooting over 70 percent in the first half.
Ginobili’s Season Debut: Manu Ginobili made his regular season debut tonight after sitting out the first two games with back spasms. Ginobili played just 16 minutes, but played well during his limited time, looking strong on a few of his drives to the basket. Ginobili is the facilitator for the Spurs’ bench unit, so it is critical for him to remain healthy. Without him, the second unit isn’t as cohesive on the offensive end.
Leonard and Green’s Big Night: Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green both played well offensively tonight combining for 34 points. With Ginobili playing limited minutes,San Antonio needed other players to be a perimeter threat.
Mo Williams, Mo Problems: The Jazz mounted a furious charge in the third quarter and Williams’ fingerprints were all over the comeback. Williams scored 16 of his 29 in the third quarter in a 24-5 run to erase an 18-point lead and tie the game at 79.
Go Up Strong: A seven footer like Tiago Splitter should not get his shots at the rim blocked very frequently. But Splitter’s lay-ups getting rejected has become a regular occurrence. And I’m pretty sure Splitter had at least five of his shots blocked tonight at the rim. When Splitter rolls to the rim, he has to much stronger on his finishes.