Commonly appreciated for being 6'10" and one of the best three point shooters in the NBA, Bonner's making his money against the Los Angeles Lakers not just from the work he's doing above the arc, but also the work he's putting in down low against Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
He played sparingly for most of the regular season, but with Boris Diaw out and Stephen Jackson cut, the Spurs were left with no other choice but to give Bonner an increased roll in the first round. It was a dicey proposition heading in to the series, but after two games, Bonner has held his ground against Howard and Gasol. After game 2, Head coach Gregg Popovich praised Bonner's work on defense against Howard.
"Matty's a tough-minded individual. He's a heck of a competitor and a great team guy. He'll do whatever we ask him to do. I think his family worries about him and the things we ask him to do out there," Popovich said. "He did everything he could. Obviously, he's outmatched physically, but he never stopped working. That's for sure. He was a big part of what we did tonight."no comments