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The short-handed Spurs struggled to put away the winless Sixers at home, as Danny Green continued to slump and the Spurs bricked the night away before finally prevailing on the strength of their defense, rebounding and free throws.

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Spurs 92, 76ers 83 - Nov 14, '15

It wasn't pretty, but a win's a win, right?  The Spurs were short-handed, Manu and Kawhi got some rest, and the Spurs still came away with the victory.  You can't ask for much more than that.  Some quick observations:

  • The Spurs lost the most important factor, shooting, by a small margin.  It was a terrible night from the field, as the Spurs missed a lot of shots and generated just 16 looks from deep (hitting just 5 of them to boot)
  • The Spurs made up for that deficit by winning every other category: ball handling, rebounding and free throws.
  • The Spurs were +2 in turnovers, and +6.2 in expected offensive rebounds, meaning they effectively had 8 extra chances to score.  They didn't do a lot with those opportunities, but they did enough.
  • The Spurs got to the line at  a really great clip, tallying 25 FT opportunities, up from their 18.3 season average (worst in the league).  That mark would be good for 9th in the league, and if the Spurs are going to continue to eschew the three ball, they had better keep getting to the line to increase their offensive efficiency.
  • The Spurs new Twin Towers looked the part as Duncan and Aldridge 32 points, 23 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 blocks, a steal and 3 turnovers.
  • Kyle Anderson played 31 effective minutes, pitching in 10 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, a block and 3 steals.  It's exciting to see Kyle contributing over such a long stretch, even if it was against a D league squad.
  • Future fan favorite (fingers crossed) Jonathon Simmons also looked effective in his 9 minutes, tallying 2 points, 2 boards, 2 assists and a steal in that time, scoring the highest AdjGS/min for all Spurs who played more than a minute.  If he can continue to develop, the Spurs could someday have another effective, athletic option for the backup wing role.
The Spurs host the Blazers tomorrow as they look to extend their winning streak to five games. Hopefully Manu and Kawhi will be listed as active, but if not it'll be nice to get to see players like Anderson and Simmons log meaningful minutes. Go Spurs Go!

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs 76ers
Shooting (eFG%) 42% 45%
Ball Handling (TO%) 14% 16%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 26% 13%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 29% 13%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs 76ers
Pace (No. of Possessions) 96.9
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.95 0.86
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.08 1.01
2-PT FG% 40.6% 41.7%
3-PT FG% 31.3% 36.4%
FT% 84.0% 81.8%
True Shooting % 47.9% 47.8%
Spurs
76ers
Offensive Rating 93.9 86.6
Defensive Rating 86.6 93.9
Net Rating 7.3 -7.3
Spurs 76ers
Passes / poss. 3.7 3.3
% of FGA uncontested 51.8% 42.7%
Points in the paint 40 36
Second chance points 14 10
Fast break points 15 4
Spurs 76ers
Assists 23 15
Steals 10 7
Turnovers 13 15
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.54 1.47
Spurs 76ers
Expected Offensive Rebounds 11.8 12.0
Offensive Rebounds 12 6
Difference 0.2 -6.0

Spurs Shot Chart

76ers Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
LaMarcus Aldridge 34 19.8 0.58 17 Pts (5-13 FG, 7-8 FT) 19 Reb (7 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO, 2 PF 24% 50% 101.8 81.2 20.6
Tim Duncan 27 16.4 0.60 15 Pts (7-12 FG, 1-3 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 5 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 2 PF 24% 54% 108.2 78.1 30.1
Kyle Anderson 31 13.5 0.43 10 Pts (4-9 FG, 2-2 3PT ) 7 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 14% 46% 109.3 77.9 31.4
Tony Parker 25 12.7 0.51 16 Pts (5-10 FG, 6-6 FT) 2 Reb (1 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO 29% 52% 112.6 90.7 21.9
David West 17 9.9 0.57 10 Pts (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO, 3 PF 26% 56% 86.7 107.4 -20.7
Ray McCallum 13 6.9 0.52 8 Pts (4-5 FG, ) 3 Reb (0 Off), 1 TO 21% 63% 70.9 117.5 -46.6
Jonathon Simmons 9 6.2 0.73 2 Pts ( 2-2 FT) 2 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 5% 113% 78.3 126.1 -47.8
Boris Diaw 16 3.3 0.20 2 Pts (0-4 FG, 2-2 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO 15% 35% 64.3 93.2 -28.9
Rasual Butler 16 1.4 0.08 3 Pts (1-4 FG, 1-4 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 10% 24% 81.4 71.7 9.7
Patty Mills 21 1.3 0.06 5 Pts (2-11 FG, 1-6 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO 24% 19% 83.3 75.4 7.9
Matt Bonner 0 0.7 2.06 1 Pts ( 1-2 FT) , 100% 63% 113.6 0.0 113.6
Boban Marjanovic 0 0.3 1.03 0 Pts 1 Reb (0 Off), 0% 0% 113.6 0.0 113.6
Danny Green 28 -0.5 -0.02 3 Pts (1-9 FG, 1-4 3PT ) 5 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 PF 14% 20% 92.7 82.7 10.0

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Spurs Index: 104.8 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 69.7% 33.7
Shooting (eFG%) 41.8% 15.6
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 87.5% 22.9
Defense (DefRtg) 86.6 23.1
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 42.7% 9.6
Total 104.8

76ers Spurs Index: 87.5 Show Breakdown

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