23 points tonight vs nets. Bonner, who had his second best game as a pro Sunday by scoring 23 against Boston, was just as good against the Nets, going 8-for-10 from the field in helping San Antonio win for the 15th time in 19 games since the start of 2009. He was at his best in the opening minutes of the third quarter, hitting his first four shots, including three 3-pointers, in transforming a 54-51 halftime lead into a 73-59 edge.
He's been more aggressive lately, you can tell his body languague is completely different than it was at the beginning of the season when Popovich and his teammates had to yell at him for passing up easy shots and he was apologetic when he missed. He's a Lamar Odom type- plenty of talent but the confidence level fluctuates, so he has to stay aggressive, keep hitting the open shots, grabbing boards, hustling.... and the Spurs just might win championship #5.
Yea Bonner's been huge lately. I love how Pop actually makes him shoot and gets mad if he doesnt shoot an open look.. he basically has the green light to shoot whenever he can no matter if its a bad night or not..
I notice if he's having a good game its pretty much over for any team the Spurs are playing. He's that important and a huge difference maker this year, along with Mason.
And props on that picture of him on the street.. he actually looks legit Maybe he should just wear baggier shorts or something in the NBA?
He is just so active on the court. He is literally EVERYWHERE he guards almost every player on the court at some point it seems like even if I dont want to be watching him somehow I find myself watching him because hes all over the screen. that and the hair
Mason says Bonner got robbed with 3-point snub
BOSTON Spurs guard Roger Mason Jr. is happy the NBA chose him to participate in the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend later this month. He just wishes he had some more company from San Antonio.
In the days leading up to the selection, Mason campaigned for center Matt Bonner he of the league's second-best 3-point percentage to join him.
There is no precedent for two players from the same team competing in the same 3-point contest, so perhaps it wasn't so surprising that, when the field was announced last week, Bonner's name was not listed.
I think he deserved to be in it just as much as anybody, Mason said. I would have loved for them to have two Spurs in there.
Set to join Mason in Phoenix are two-time winner Jason Kopono of Toronto, Indiana's Danny Granger, Orlando's Rashard Lewis, Atlanta's Mike Bibby and Miami's Daequan Cook.
Cook's inclusion is the real head-scratcher. At the time of his selection, he ranked 31st in 3-point percentage.
Bonner, who is shooting 48.9 percent from beyond the arc, has accepted his snub in typical Bonner fashion. He jokes that he will stage some sort of protest at All-Star Weekend, which he says may or may not involve streaking.
When told such an act of uncivil disobedience might negate him from consideration from future contests, Bonner laughed.
They're never going to invite me anyway, he said.
Mason, though disappointed for Bonner, will not be shooting under protest. He will be just the fifth Spurs player to participate in the contest, joining Dale Ellis (1994), Chuck Person (1995), Terry Porter (2000) and Steve Smith (2002), and hopes to become the first Spurs player to win it.
All aboard: Barring something unforeseen, today's game should mark the first meeting between the Spurs and Celtics with each team's Big Three intact.
Boston's Kevin Garnett and the Spurs' Tony Parker each sat out the Celtics' victory in Boston last season. Celtics guard Ray Allen, meanwhile, missed his team's win in San Antonio.
Tim Duncan, one of four players Spurs coach Gregg Popovich held out of Tuesday's loss at Denver, joked that he's not sure he will be in the starting lineup in Boston.
I hope to be, but there are no guarantees, Duncan said. There were some things said to Pop during the Denver game, and I don't think he appreciated it.