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By the Numbers: Spurs fizzle in New Orleans

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The Spurs struggled against a full-strength New Orleans squad which fought hard and earned just their second win of the season. The shots weren't falling for San Antonio, and the Spurs couldn't make up for it in any other facet of the game, as their 6 game winning streak came to an end.

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Spurs 90, Pelicans 104 - Nov 20, '15

The Spurs weren't full strength, as Manu Ginobili sat out his second straight and LaMarcus Aldridge tweaked his ankle, costing the Spurs an effective option early on.  LMA would return and lead the Spurs in AdjGS, but the Spurs were never able to really find both their offensive rhythm and slow down New Orleans.  Some observations:

  • The Spurs are still incredibly weak to quick opposing point guards.  They don't seem to have anyone capable of stopping players like Ish Smith (17 points and 13 assists)from slicing and dicing their way to layups and assists.  I feel anxious ever time the Spurs play a team with that kind of point guard.  Popovich even turned to Ray McCallum late in the game in a last-ditch effort to stem the hemorrhaging.  Smith promptly tossed Anthony Davis a vicious alley-oop.
  • There was a stretch at the end of the 3rd quarter into the early 4th in which the Spurs scored 19 points in just four minutes and cut the lead to just 1.  Unfortunately the Spurs struggled to contain the Pelicans during their run, and when the Spurs cooled off the Pelicans continued to get good looks and pulled away for good.  A couple of defensive stops during that run could've spelled a different outcome.  Missed opportunities.
  • The Spurs were hot from deep once more, going 9/17 - one more three in five fewer attempts than their NO counterparts.  Seventeen looks is not very many though, and this is even more discouraging because the Spurs clearly benefitted from some good fortune, hitting so many.
  • From shorter range, the Spurs were downright awful, going 37.3% as a team from two.  That's not going to win you very many games, and as I've said before, it's probably a pretty good sign you didn't play very well offensively.
  • The Spurs controlled the ball well, with just 8 turnovers, but they failed to take the ball away to a significant degree, and lost the battle of the boards as their passive play led to a measly 5 offensive rebounds.  End result: just 10 combined second chance and fast break points.
  • No one had particularly atrocious game, but there just weren't enough solid, efficient contributors for the Spurs to keep pace in this one.  Aldridge and Leonard both looked like All Stars, but they were they only meaningful contributors on offense, as Parker was inefficient, Danny struggled and Duncan played just 19 minutes as Popovich presumably rests him for Saturday's matchup against the Grizzlies.

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Pelicans
Shooting (eFG%) 46% 50%
Ball Handling (TO%) 9% 10%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 10% 16%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 19% 19%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Pelicans
Pace (No. of Possessions) 96.3
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.93 1.08
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.07 1.18
2-PT FG% 37.3% 48.5%
3-PT FG% 52.9% 36.4%
FT% 81.3% 94.1%
True Shooting % 49.4% 54.5%
Spurs
Pelicans
Offensive Rating 95.7 105.6
Defensive Rating 105.6 95.7
Net Rating -9.9 9.9
Spurs Pelicans
Passes / poss. 3.2 2.9
% of FGA uncontested 41.7% 46.6%
Points in the paint 28 46
Second chance points 4 6
Fast break points 6 7
Spurs Pelicans
Assists 22 26
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 8 9
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
3.38 3.22
Spurs Pelicans
Expected Offensive Rebounds 12.8 11.3
Offensive Rebounds 5 7
Difference -7.8 -4.3

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Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
LaMarcus Aldridge 32 21.2 0.66 20 Pts (8-18 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT) 11 Reb (3 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 PF 30% 51% 94.6 100.4 -5.7
Kawhi Leonard 37 19.4 0.53 22 Pts (9-20 FG, 3-5 3PT, 1-2 FT) 5 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 2 PF 27% 45% 92.7 96.2 -3.5
Tony Parker 32 11.6 0.37 10 Pts (3-10 FG, 4-4 FT) 5 Reb (0 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 PF 18% 51% 114.5 100.5 13.9
Patty Mills 22 10.3 0.47 11 Pts (4-9 FG, 3-5 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 Stl, 3 TO, 1 PF 26% 36% 96.3 129.9 -33.6
Boris Diaw 25 8.7 0.35 5 Pts (2-3 FG, 1-1 3PT ) 4 Reb (1 Off), 4 Ast, 1 TO, 1 PF 8% 62% 104.8 121.3 -16.5
Tim Duncan 19 6.3 0.33 6 Pts (2-6 FG, 2-2 FT) , 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 2 PF 17% 49% 98.6 76.3 22.3
David West 11 6.3 0.57 5 Pts (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT) 2 Reb (1 Off), 1 Blk, 2 PF 12% 87% 105.2 130.5 -25.3
Danny Green 33 5.2 0.16 6 Pts (2-8 FG, 2-4 3PT ) 8 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO, 1 PF 15% 27% 106.1 115.1 -9.0
Kyle Anderson 7 3.4 0.46 1 Pts (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 2 Blk, 14% 42% 77.6 84.6 -7.0
Boban Marjanovic 3 0.4 0.13 2 Pts (1-1 FG, ) , 1 TO, 1 PF 40% 43% 40.0 80.0 -40.0
Jonathon Simmons 3 -0.5 -0.17 0 Pts (0-1 FG, ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 20% 0% 40.0 80.0 -40.0
Ray McCallum 7 -0.6 -0.10 0 Pts (0-1 FG, ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 PF 8% 0% 50.0 78.7 -28.7
Rasual Butler 10 -1.5 -0.15 2 Pts (1-4 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 TO, 1 PF 24% 17% 45.0 112.7 -67.7

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Spurs Index: 98.1 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 64.7% 31.3
Shooting (eFG%) 45.8% 17.1
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 84.4% 22.1
Defense (DefRtg) 105.6 19.0
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 46.6% 8.8
Total 98.1

Pelicans Spurs Index: 104.3 Show Breakdown

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