1) Kudos to Monty for not letting Steamer hit the floor last night. Monty's rotations are less maddening by the day. He did mention Withey gave us a great spark postgame. So, uh, 5 minutes coach? What gives?
2) AR should be the starting PG. Posted this on TD.com (ShamelessPel), but Brian Roberts simply cannot guard the opposing 1s and is a ball stopper on offense. We were rolling until he came into the game with 7 mins left in the 4th. Our only FG's thereafter came from BRob's 2 shots and AR's layup. I also think he'd make a good compliment to Rivers as a SG. Allowing Rivers to create for Roberts vs. Roberts creating for Rivers seems to be a no-brainer to me. Also, how Monty did not get Eric or Austin to guard Parker last night is confusing.
3) I can already hear the answer to #2 if the question gets asked by a reporter: "I really like Austin's energy off the bench." Mark it down. Book it.
4) Tonight was a perfect example of why Davis could stand to gain 10-15 pounds. Watching Duncan abuse him on the glass was pretty cool to watch. Good thing there is only 1 Tim Duncan left in the league. The combination of intelligence and skill is otherworldly. And we might hope that Davis could turn into an upgraded version of this cat one day? AND saying that doesn't even sound stupid ridiculous and impossible while I type it? Awesome.
5) I think Jason Smith is an asset to a good team and a liability to a bad one. Too frequently do our young guards try to find him for his 18 footer at the expense of running a real offense.
6) Ajinca is getting the new confirmation bias treatment from Monty now that he's forced to move on from Rivers. Monty was quoted post-game saying Ajinca needs to be in the paint more instead of shooting jumpers on offense. Somehow it's ok for Smith to take those jumpers all game though? Further, it appears to me that Ajinca actually has longer range than Smith. If you're bored, watch him in pre-game warmups Wednesday. Guy can stroke from 3 effortlessly.
7) I thought Ajinca defended Duncan well last night. He didn't try to do too much. He stood his ground and forced Duncan to shoot over a 7'2'' defender with a 7'9'' wingspan. +/- doesn't always tell the story.