Here are some quick thoughts on tonight’s game
No Rest For the Big Three: There was some speculation that the Spurs’ big three of Tony Parker (15 points), Tim Duncan (14 points, four assists and two blocks) and Manu Ginobili (15 points and five assists) wouldn’t play tonight after playing a combined 135 minutes yesterday. This certainly had all of the makings of a game Gregg Popovich would be content to have them sit out. However, all of them took the court tonight, but more importantly none of them played more than 25 minutes
Tired Legs?: Even after coming off of a double overtime win yesterday, Duncan and company still had enough gas in the tank to dismantle the Wizards on the second night of a back-to-back.
Front-court passing: Part of what makes the Spurs offense so difficult to defend is the passing ability of their front-court players. Boris Diaw, Duncan and Tiago Splitter are capable of finding the open man on the move. Tonight, their play-making was on full display with a combined 12 assists between them.
Tough Test Coming Up: Ginobili, Gary Neal and Danny Green deserve credit for holding down the fort while small forwards Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard continue to be out of the line-up nursing injuries. But they will have their work cut out for them Thursday night against the Miami Heat and their perimeter assault led by LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
If Jackson and Leonard were healthy, we’d see both of them guarding James on the perimeter and the low-post. On Thursday, we’ll probably see Green getting most of the work guarding James and Wade.