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The Spurs gave up 19 second chance and 16 fast break points, but got loads of good looks from two and hit the threes they took as they topped the Blazers in Aldridge's return to Portland

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Spurs 113, Trail Blazers 101 - Nov 11, '15

The Spurs played a pretty good all-around game in this one, benefitting from really solid play from a lot of different guys, with 8 players notching .40 AdjGS/minute or higher.  No really out-of-this-world performances, just sustainable team basketball.

They didn't perform terribly well on fast breaks and second chance points, as the Blazers scored 16 in transition and somehow parlayed just 10 offensive rebounds into a ridiculous 19 points.  The Spurs, on the other hand, scored just 6 on their 8 offensive boards.  Odd.

The Spurs didn't take a lot (or enough) threes in this one with just 15 attempts, which is a bit concerning, but they nailed 46.7% of the ones they took.  So the Spurs were a bit fortunate in that regard.

Two point field goal percentage continues to be outstanding as the Spurs are hitting over 54% from inside the arc this season.  They lead the league in simple FG%, but since so few of those looks are threes, their effective FG% is third in the league behind Golden State and OKC.  We've said it many times before, but it's going to be really crucial for the Spurs to find ways to get more looks from deep if they want to keep pace with top Western conference squads.

Manu Ginobili continues to be dynamite in a bottle, contributing 14 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in 22 minutes of play.  I don't think anyone expected Manu to start the season so well.  I hope he can keep it up over the course of a long season.

Diaw, Ginobili and Mills continue to lead a marvelously effective second unit.  The change in offensive style when they check in is outright jarring.

The Spurs' starters lack of offensive rhythm has mostly been attributed to incorporating Aldridge, but I wonder if it's not something more simple.  Last year, the Spurs first unit struggled with their spacing when both Duncan and Splitter shared the floor.  Aldridge replacing Sparkles has only compounded that problem, as the Spurs not only have two bigs clogging the paint, but another isolation-heavy player to accommodate.

Yet it seems that when Duncan heads to the bench and Aldridge moves to center with Leonard and the second unit, the Spurs offense comes to life.  Which makes me wonder how much of the starter's offensive woes are primarily due to their neo-Twin Towers lineup.  The Duncan-Aldridge pairing is the Spurs 5th least effective two-man lineup, with a -1.6 Net Rating in 155 minutes of play.

Of course, that figure mirrors the Spurs starting unit at large, and it's hard to tease out how much of the disfunction is simply those two sharing the court.  It'll be interesting to see if Duncan and Aldridge share the floor as much as the season goes on, or if Pop opts to play one of the two alongside Diaw or West in smaller lineups.

All in all, it was a solid win as the Spurs overcame some big Portland advantages in second chance and transition points by executing well offensively and harassing the Blazers into poor, contested looks all night long.  Let's keep the wins coming.

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Trail Blazers
Shooting (eFG%) 57% 49%
Ball Handling (TO%) 12% 9%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 24% 23%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 22% 26%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Trail Blazers
Pace (No. of Possessions) 95.0
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.19 1.06
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.38 1.15
2-PT FG% 58.2% 45.5%
3-PT FG% 46.7% 40.9%
FT% 77.8% 60.9%
True Shooting % 62.8% 51.5%
Spurs
Trail Blazers
Offensive Rating 121.6 104.0
Defensive Rating 104.0 121.6
Net Rating 17.6 -17.6
Spurs Trail Blazers
Passes / poss. 3.7 2.6
% of FGA uncontested 45.1% 31.8%
Points in the paint 46 36
Second chance points 6 19
Fast break points 7 16
Spurs Trail Blazers
Assists 27 26
Steals 4 6
Turnovers 11 9
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.82 3.56
Spurs Trail Blazers
Expected Offensive Rebounds 8.5 11.0
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Difference -0.5 -1.0

Spurs Shot Chart

Trail Blazers Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Kawhi Leonard 35 19.1 0.55 20 Pts (7-14 FG, 1-5 3PT, 5-5 FT) 7 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 3 PF 24% 61% 119.0 116.8 2.2
LaMarcus Aldridge 35 15.7 0.45 23 Pts (9-18 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-6 FT) 6 Reb (2 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO, 3 PF 33% 49% 123.2 116.8 6.5
Tim Duncan 21 14.5 0.68 12 Pts (5-7 FG, 2-3 FT) 6 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 3 PF 22% 68% 105.5 122.0 -16.5
Manu Ginobili 22 14.3 0.64 14 Pts (6-12 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-1 FT) 5 Reb (4 Off), 3 Ast, 3 PF 25% 59% 132.9 96.2 36.7
Tony Parker 30 12.7 0.43 11 Pts (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 PF 15% 71% 115.4 114.7 0.7
Danny Green 31 11.7 0.38 11 Pts (4-6 FG, 3-4 3PT, 0-1 FT) 4 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 2 PF 10% 67% 111.3 111.0 0.3
Rasual Butler 15 8.0 0.53 5 Pts (2-3 FG, 1-1 3PT ) 3 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO 12% 61% 138.5 78.3 60.2
Boris Diaw 18 7.5 0.42 6 Pts (3-6 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 5 Reb (2 Off), 4 Ast, 1 TO, 2 PF 18% 54% 131.1 90.1 41.0
Patty Mills 18 7.3 0.40 7 Pts (3-3 FG, 1-1 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 TO 10% 73% 131.9 86.6 45.3
David West 13 1.8 0.14 4 Pts (2-5 FG, ) 3 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO, 2 PF 27% 35% 113.6 77.6 36.0
Matt Bonner 1 0.4 0.39 0 Pts 1 Reb (0 Off), 0% 0% 200.0 0.0 200.0
Kyle Anderson 1 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 200.0 0.0 200.0
Ray McCallum 1 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 200.0 0.0 200.0

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Spurs Index: 101.8 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 58.7% 28.4
Shooting (eFG%) 56.7% 21.1
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 77.3% 20.2
Defense (DefRtg) 104.0 19.3
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 31.8% 12.8
Total 101.8

Trail Blazers Spurs Index: 95.1 Show Breakdown

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