Game #11: Spurs @ JazzHands

Do you know what you get when you search for images of Gregg Popovich? A picture of him yelling.

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Do you know what you get when you search for images of Jerry Sloan? A picture of him yelling.

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If I were to ask you who said the following, you'd probably default to Pop.

"I could have passed the ball into Yao sitting on the bench he was so wide open. He got what he wanted and we didn't put any defensive pressure on him."

But you would be wrong. Coincidence? I think not. The CIA should be proud.

And now, your resident hack preview.


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San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz
Where: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City

When: 11/19/2010, 8:00PM Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: KENS, FSUT


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By the Numbers

Data source: basketball-reference.com

Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 111.5 3rd
Defensive Efficiency 103.4 7th
Defensive Rebound Rate
75.6% 6th
Offensive Rebound Rate 27.7% 11th
Field Goal Percentage 46.8% 9th
3-Point FG Percentage 44.2% 1st
Free Throw Percentage
78.7% 10th
Turnover Percentage
14.1% 12th
Category Stat Rank
Offensive Efficiency 107.7 11th
Defensive Efficiency 106.4 10th
Defensive Rebound Rate
69.8% 26th
Offensive Rebound Rate 25.7% 20th
Field Goal Percentage 45.8% 11th
3-Point FG Percentage 33.1% 24th
Free Throw Percentage
79.0% 8th
Turnover Percentage 12.9% 9th
Record Wins Losses
Overall 9 1
Conference 5
1
Division 1 1
Home 5
1
Away 4
0
Position Conference Division
Record Tie - 1st Tie - 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Manu Ginobili
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan

Key Bench Players
George Hill
Tiago Splitter
Antonio McDyess

Record Wins Losses
Overall 8
4
Conference 1
2
Division 2 4
Home 3 2
Away 5
2
Position Conference Division
Record 4th 1st
Lineups

Starters
PG: Deron Williams
SG: Raja Bell
SF: Andrei Kirilenko
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Al Jefferson

Key Bench Players
C.J. Miles
Ronnie Price
Francisco Elson

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Power Forward
Center
Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Despite the outside distractions, Tony played a whale of a game against Chicago. The Wee Frenchman is still dishing out the assists, along with getting to the basket for his wacky layups, but Williams is the top PG in the league, in my opinion.

SG: Raja is going to get his Bell rung when Manu whips by him for another otstanding dunk!

SF: Even when he isn't playing well, RJ is playing well this year (read it again - that does make sense). I'm giving the edge to RAGE, because he's become more explosive this year.

PF: Millsap has been a beast this year. DeJuan, not so much.

C: Jefferson seems to have fit in well with the Jazz. Timmeh hasn't had to carry the team this year.

Bench

George is playing better, Matt is shooting lights out, and Tiago could do well, considering the Jazz don't have a strong bench down low. IT'S OKAY TO PLAY THE BIG NEW GUY, POP! CDECK WOULD APPRECIATE IT! Other than Miles, the Jazz bench seems a little thin, but it certainly hasn't hurt them on the comeback trail.

Coaching

Usually I would have this as a tie, as I respect the hell out of Sloan. He's a great coach, and it's a shame he's never won COY. However, he will not be at the game in order to attend a family funeral, so the advantage goes to his CIA brother.

Intangibles

The Jazz put together an unbelievable string of comebacks these past two weeks. These guys are tough, and I, for one, won't feel comfortable with any lead.

Mojo

We pulled out our own version of the comeback against the Bulls.

Prediction

Yes, we're on the road. Yes, this is a FIGABABA. But the Spurs' sheer offensive weaponry, along with the absence of Sloan, should give us enough to continue the early season roll (I hope).

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell - You know the drill. Best analysis on the Spurs-o-net.

Jazz

SLC Dunk (SBNation) - They're a little miffed that Millsap isn't on the All-Star ballot. And they should be.

Following Along

TV

KENS, NBA League Pass

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

As always, NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. You can also shoot an email to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com (IMPORTANT: Please include your PtR username in the email for reference) for further assistance.

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