How to Stop the Jazz

Statistically speaking, this is how to beat the Jazz.  More after the hop, hop, hippity, hop

KEY: Play stifling defense at the rim


Advantage: Utah.  They are 3rd in the league in at the rim attempts.  Deron Williams drives and finishes or dishes off for an easy basket.  In each of the last three Jazz losses, they averaged 55% shooting at the rim.  In their last three wins they averaged 60% at the rim. 


Silver Lining: Spurs are top five in the league at preventing easy, at the rim shots. 


Key Opponent(s): Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap – both are top ten in the league for attempts at this range


Key Player(s): Tim Duncan + rest of backcourt – it’s going to take some defensive skill to keep Jefferson and Millsap out of the paint for easy buckets – esp. when being fed by Williams on a drive



KEY: Get to the line more often than them. 


Advantage: Utah.  They average about three more freebies than the Spurs per game.  In their last four losses, the Jazz had a disparity of -4 freethrows in comparison to their opponents.  In their last four wins they averaged a +5 freethrows.


Silver Lining: San Antonio has the best opponent freethrow rate in the league at less than 25% per FGA.


Key Opponent(s): Andrei Kirilenko, Deron Williams – both average a free throw attempt for every two shots they take


Key Player(s): Richard Jefferson and Tony Parker need to get to the line more often


KEY: Guard the 3 Ball, Make the 3 ball


Advantage: San Antonio

Though the Spurs’ opponents shoot a higher % of the 3 ball against the Spurs than other teams, they also take considerably less shots from 3 point range. 


Silver Lining: The only loss this season happened when the Spurs shot a dismal 35% from 3 point land.  Not counting that loss, the Spurs shoot an average of 71% from beyond the arc! 


Key Opponent(s): Deron Williams is their only player that takes the three on a consistent basis.  He takes about 4 a game – he can create and take the shot of a screen


Key Player(s): Richard Jefferson, Matt Bonner, Manu Ginobili, Gary Neal, George Hill

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