Tiago Splitter, Spurs
Tiago Splitter is rarely called upon to score. So it was no big deal that he put in just nine points. Especially since two of those points were from a critical tip-in with about 30 seconds left in the game.
Rebounding and defense is his role, and he was great at the former Friday night, snagging 14 boards.
Defensively, though, Splitter was unable to contain Pau Gasol for much of this game. He generally looked more concerned with being in help position than being with Gasol. That's fine, as long as you can recover when your man has the ball. Splitter didn't do a great job at that Friday night.
Overall Grade: B-
Pau Gasol, Lakers
The lone bright spot for the Lakers starting unit Friday night was Pau Gasol. This should come as no surprise, as he's basically been that in all three LA games this season.
Even when playing with four other guys who didn't command a ton of attention from the Spurs, Gasol still found ways to get to the open spots on the floor for his mid-range jump shot.
He went 8-of-17 from the field for 20 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.
All season, he's looked like LA's best player—by a long shot. But D'Antoni's double-digit deep rotation is limiting Gasol's minutes. Friday night, he played 29. You have to find some way to get your best player on the floor for more than that, right?
Overall Grade: A