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Stats Recap - SA Lineups pt 2

In this recap game 2 is under the microscope and the mavs are helpless against our high-burn lineup.

GAME TWO - THE STEAL

Game Flow  --- Box Score

I say 'high burn' because the character of this  lineup is the use of all our best guys (who will need rest the soonest) and specifically using Manu and Dice with Tim/RJ as much as possible rather than using them to improve bench rotations that might not include those two.  

This is something of a risky move because at some point Tim and Dice will need to rest, probably at the same time.  That means Bonner-Blair ball (sometimes without Manu) and as effective as that was in the 82 you wouldn't want to bet your season on it.  To make it pay off you'd have to do really well when the high-burn lineup is out there, because you're probably giving a few back when Dallas's bench meets ours.

In Game Two, the 'starter' group of Duncan-Dice-RJ-Manu-Tony_or_Hill beat the Mavs by 28 points overall.  Nearly every time our best player were out there we were gaining ground against the Mavs' best players.  The classic lineup of Tony-Hill-RJ-Dice-Duncan was effective as well.  Blair (-8 in 11 min) and Bonner (-12 in 20 min) predictably struggled, even when those two played with Tony Manu and Hill (-5 in one two-minute stint).  This is the start of a trend for the Spurs in this series - The starter unit is unstoppable, the bench loses some of that lead, and three-guard lineups (regardless of the of 'bigs' employed) are not very effective overall.

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