Last night the Spurs were leading the Warriors by four when Bonner and De Colo joined Ginobili, Leonard and Diaw on the court. Neal would eventually come in for Leonard. When the Diaw-Bonner front court was broken up, the Warriors led by 5. This is how the Spurs finished their offensive possessions during that span: Manu gets a screen from Diaw and uses it to attack Carl Landry. He gets to the basket and scores. Leonard was still on the court next to De Colo and the aforementioned trio. The Spurs move the ball around until it gets to Kawhi Leonard, who receives a high screen from Diaw. Landry stays with Leonard until Barnes gets back, knowing that Diaw won't roll to the basket. Leonard takes a contested long jumper and misses. Manu Ginobili tries to call Boris Diaw for a screen early in the shot clock but when Diaw doesn't arrive fast enough, he tries to attack the still not set defense. He gets separation through a spin move but can't sink it.
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