Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 2/11/13
Coming into Monday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, word had come out before tip-off that not only would Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili once again miss another game due to injuries, but Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson would join them on the sidelines. Parker with a knee related injury and Jackson for personal reasons. With no “Big 3”, how were the Spurs supposed to compete with the Eastern conference’s fourth seed, the Bulls? The answer after 48-minutes: Kawhi Leonard and a strong supporting cast. "Our top three guys were out,” said Leonard after the game in which he lead the charge with 26 points, “so I just wanted to step it up out there." Whether it was Nando De Colo’s tricky passing, Boris Diaw’s unique way of scoring, Tiago Splitter making an impact in the paint, Danny Green hitting the long ball, or Gary Neal’s shooting from off the bench, the Spurs were a handful for the Bulls as the team defeated Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back 103-89.
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