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The Aldridge-less Spurs played a solid game at home, leading almost the whole against the ZBo-less Grizzlies. The Spurs got good looks from inside the arc and shot a decent percentage and volume from deep, topping Memphis in both categories.

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Spurs 92, Grizzlies 82 - Nov 21, '15

One game removed from shooting 37% from two, the Spurs knocked down 53% of their two-point looks, and hit 7 of 21 three point shots, which was more than enough of an advantage to top the Grizzlies, who couldn't keep up despite besting the Spurs in BCI and free throw shooting.

Tony Parker had another excellent outing, tallying 18 points on 60% shooting from the field and hitting all six of his free throws.  The Spurs are so much better with a healthy, aggressive Parker, and it's exciting to see his resurgent play two of the past three games.

Kawhi was ice cold from mid-range, going 0/5 on two-point jumpers, but hit a couple of layups, went 3/6 from beyond the arc, grabbed 7 boards and notched 3 assists and a block in a solid all-around effort.

Tim Duncan once again pitched in a ridiculously well-rounded stat line of 10 points, 10 boards, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals.  Duncan logged a lot of minutes (36) in LMA's absence, so I'd expect to see Big Fun take it easy a bit come Monday's contest with the Suns.

Manu Ginobili continues to be the Spurs' most explosive player, with a team-high 0.71 AdGS/Min in his 23 minutes of playing, contributing 15 points, 4 boards, 2 assists a steal and just one turnover.  When he's not over-used and worn down, Manu continues to provide the Spurs with a much-needed shot in the arm when he comes in off the bench.  The Spurs' ceiling is just so much higher with El Contusion in the fold.  His decision to return is perhaps the most under-appreciated aspect of the Spurs' excellent offseason.  

Last year the Spurs' early injuries forced Manu to shoulder a much heavier load in November/December, wearing him down early.  Also, paradoxically, Manu avoided the minor injuries which typically sideline him for a few games at a time, so by the time the playoffs rolled around, his play had really fallen off a cliff.  As strange as it sounds, I hope Manu has a few of these minor "hip tightness" kinds of injuries keep him off the court periodically this season, just so he and Pop aren't tempted to over-use him in the regular season.  A few extra Ws aren't worth a diminished Manu come playoff time, especially if it's the outstanding Manu of this early part of the season.

Kyle Anderson had one of his better performances, contributing 11.5 AdjGS in his 18 minutes of play.  His defense looked pretty solid, with the exception of a late miscommunication which gifted Memphis an easy bucket.  Encouraging to see Kyle contributing again in a meaningful, efficient way.

Poor Danny Green... Icy Hot has been stuck in Icy mode for most of this season, and just couldn't get it going once again, going just 1-7 from three and tossing it away four times to boot.  Whatever's going on with Danny, I hope he gets it sorted out soon.  The Spurs are a vastly better team when Danny Green demands the defense's attention and aggressive close outs.

Solid effort all in all by the Good Guys.  With luck, Aldridge will be back to help carry the team on Monday, and the Spurs can keep their nascent winning streak alive.

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Grizzlies
Shooting (eFG%) 52% 44%
Ball Handling (TO%) 19% 19%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 20% 18%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 31% 23%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Grizzlies
Pace (No. of Possessions) 92.1
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.00 0.89
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.28 1.11
2-PT FG% 52.9% 47.7%
3-PT FG% 33.3% 11.1%
FT% 77.3% 100.0%
True Shooting % 56.3% 50.3%
Spurs
Grizzlies
Offensive Rating 99.3 89.6
Defensive Rating 89.6 99.3
Net Rating 9.6 -9.6
Spurs Grizzlies
Passes / poss. 3.7 3.1
% of FGA uncontested 55.6% 37.8%
Points in the paint 40 42
Second chance points 1 6
Fast break points 15 12
Spurs Grizzlies
Assists 20 19
Steals 7 13
Turnovers 17 16
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
1.59 2.00
Spurs Grizzlies
Expected Offensive Rebounds 8.8 10.0
Offensive Rebounds 7 7
Difference -1.8 -3.0

Spurs Shot Chart

Grizzlies Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Tony Parker 32 20.4 0.64 18 Pts (6-10 FG, 6-6 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 2 TO, 1 PF 22% 66% 96.5 96.1 0.4
Kawhi Leonard 40 20.2 0.50 19 Pts (5-15 FG, 3-6 3PT, 6-8 FT) 7 Reb (2 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 PF 22% 49% 97.3 92.2 5.2
Tim Duncan 36 18.1 0.50 10 Pts (5-8 FG, ) 10 Reb (2 Off), 4 Ast, 2 Blk, 4 Stl, 3 TO, 5 PF 15% 50% 98.3 90.7 7.6
Manu Ginobili 23 16.1 0.71 15 Pts (6-11 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-2 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 27% 53% 115.8 95.5 20.3
Kyle Anderson 18 11.5 0.64 8 Pts (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT) 6 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 PF 18% 74% 83.3 86.1 -2.8
David West 25 4.3 0.18 8 Pts (3-5 FG, 2-4 FT) 5 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 TO, 4 PF 19% 42% 92.9 89.7 3.2
Danny Green 28 1.8 0.06 9 Pts (4-10 FG, 1-7 3PT ) 3 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO, 4 PF 24% 31% 91.8 86.1 5.7
Patty Mills 20 0.7 0.03 3 Pts (1-4 FG, 1-4 3PT ) 2 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 TO, 2 PF 12% 25% 99.3 83.9 15.4
Ray McCallum 0 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 0.0 0.0 0.0
Matt Bonner 0 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 0.0 0.0 0.0
Rasual Butler 6 -0.4 -0.06 0 Pts , 1 Blk, 1 TO 8% 0% 119.8 86.5 33.4
Boris Diaw 12 -0.5 -0.05 2 Pts (1-4 FG, ) 2 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 2 TO, 1 PF 23% 26% 126.9 81.5 45.4

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Spurs Index: 102.5 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 58.8% 28.4
Shooting (eFG%) 52.1% 19.4
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 82.5% 21.6
Defense (DefRtg) 89.6 22.3
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 37.8% 10.8
Total 102.5

Grizzlies Spurs Index: 93.5 Show Breakdown

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