It was quite the entertaining game last night between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. From coach Gregg Popovich sending the "Big 3" and Danny Green back to San Antonio, NBA Commissioner David Stern not liking that move one bit to the Spurs' second unit almost pulling out the win over the NBA champs, there was much for Spurs fans to be cheering about last night.
And though the Spurs came up a bit short despite not having a full squad, Tiago Splitter and James Anderson provided some nice highlights against the Heat.
Splitter with some fancy passing:
Anderson with the huge block on Mike Miller:
I don't like that we lost, although there is obviously a good reason why we lost and it's easier to swallow. I'm just happy that our bench guys got some extremely valuable playing time, especially De Colo. I know he had 5 turnovers, but he's a rookie, and I wasn't mad at him at all for making those passes. He is learning, and hopefully, he is that much more comfortable and can be better for us down the road.
Also would like to congratulate James Anderson on how hard he played. The block on Miller was well done. And even Joseph showed his improvements. Tiago is becoming a star, and Bonner was a beast who showed some good IQ on being where he needed to be. Too bad there was not a better play set up for Bonner down the stretch. San Antonio should have won that game. Some IQ mistakes cost them greatly in crunch time. Leaving a passing lane open to Allen in the last two minutes has killed many teams, as it did Spurs. Too bad that play and the theft of Neal pretty much spoiled a great night. But, it was a great learning opportunity under real pressure.
You have to love the play of all the team last night. But, sure will be glad when Neal learns to pass the ball or seek to find the open hot player instead of running it into a wall and giving it up from seemingly clear unwise decisions. He is a great shooter, but getting some Ginobbli or Diaw smarts would help him. He took so many shots last night when he was having a sort of mediocre shooting night, while Bonner was hot, and Tiago was playing great pick n roll, and has the experience to handle the pressure down low. Does anyone else agree that Neal needs to trust his teammates more and show better Basketball IQ? Also, Nando de Colo is going to be great once he learns Popovich style defensive IQ.