Reserve swingman Marco Belinelli , a candidate for the back of a milk carton during the series against Dallas, has 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting over the two wins against Portland.
And reserve forward Boris Diaw, who had seven of his 12 points during a 46-second span that sparked a 23-6 Spurs run early in the second quarter, was the first name Stotts mentioned during his postgame news conference.
"We're all contributing. We're all feeling important," said Ginobili, who had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in Game 2. "We've got a deep team. We know that. That's a plus against guys that have got to play 40 minutes every night."
Stotts said, "They come at you in waves. Everybody that plays in the game is aggressive. They make shots, and we just have to sustain our focus, alertness and our intensity no matter who is in the game."
It was obvious that the Spurs would have a big advantage in the battle of the benches entering the series, but that's been enhanced by Portland sixth man Mo Williams' nagging groin injury, which limited him to less than nine minutes Thursday night.
The Blazers have to hope Williams heals over the next couple of days and that some of the Moda Center's home cooking can help an offense that ranked among the NBA's elite all season get rolling again.
That starts with Aldridge, who embraces the responsibility of being the tone-setter for a Portland team has been in huge halftime holes in the first two games of this series. He's challenging himself and every one of his teammates to be better for Game 3, which Aldridge called the "biggest game of our postseason."
Portland left San Antonio feeling like it had taken two of the Spurs' best punches.
"We have, but we don't feel like we've given them ours," Aldridge said. "We haven't played good offensively one game yet. We haven't put together a defensive game like we can. We had a bad first quarter last game, and we had a bad second quarter tonight. We haven't played our game yet."
The Spurs, meanwhile, are still playing like it's Game 7.