Some quick thoughts about tonight’s game.
Three Bigs: I found it interesting that Gregg Popovich went with a three bigman line-up with Boris Diaw playing small forward for stretches of the game. I’m not sure if this is something that Popovich will go to often, but I thought Diaw played reasonably well at the three-spot.
Splitter’s Big Night: Tiago Splitter had what was easily his best game of the season finishing with 23 points. It’s hard to stay mad at Splitter when he is playing with this kind of activity. Tonight, he was boxing his man out, setting good picks and finishing strong at the rim. You have to wonder “Why not more often?” when you see Splitter playing this well because we all know he has the talent
Tim and Tony: Tim Duncan was well…Tim Duncan (20 points and 15 rebounds) generating efficient shot attempts while anchoring the Spurs’ defense. Tony Parker had 26 points, but I also thought he played some pretty good defense on Jason Terry was part of the reason why he was held to just two points after the first quarter.
Thanks Brandon: The Celtics were on the verge of finishing the game without an offensive rebound. It would have been the first time in Celtics history that it happened, but Brandon Bass gave the Celtics a small victory tonight giving Boston their one and only offensive rebound with less than two minutes to go.
Glass Half Full: It was refreshing to watch San Antonio dominate the glass tonight. Rebounding has been a big issue so far this season for the Spurs, before this game they were 19th in defensive rebound rate. Tonight,the Spurs out-rebounded the Celtics 41-25. But when you factor in the Celtics ranking dead-last in offensive rebounding and the Spurs shooting 58 percent from the field, there weren’t many total rebounds available for Boston.