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The Spurs made some mistakes, but capitalized on an even greater number of miscues by the Suns, scorching the nets from everywhere except the free throw line. Also, Kawhi Leonard is a killing machine.

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Spurs 98, Suns 84 - Nov 23, '15

The Spurs played some sloppy basketball, but the Suns more than returned the favor as both teams combined for a mind-boggling 48 turnovers, exactly one per minute of play.  Fortunately the Spurs were -8 in the dubious statistic, as their 20 turnovers might have been costly in another game.

San Antonio got lots of good looks on offense, with their two-point FG% bolstered by 16 fast break points as they hit 53.2% of their looks inside the arc, to go with 45% of their looks from deep as Danny Green made his presence felt (in a good way at last), going 4-9 from long range.  The only place the Spurs struggled was the free throw line, where they hit just 5 of 10.

Tony Parker scored 20 points on just 13 shots and tallied 8 assists as he continues to look spry and aggressive, powering the Spurs first unit and punishing defenses on the pick and roll.  The difference between the Spurs ceiling with a healthy versus hampered Tony is stark.  Hopefully he can stay healthy as the season wears on, because this version of TP makes the Spurs machine hum.

Kawhi Leonard was an outright monster, as he scored 24 points, grabbed 13 boards, dished out 4 assists, nabbed 4 steals, and blocked a shot.  He is turning into a remorseless killing machine on both ends of the floor and it's amazing to watch him destroy opponents.  Kawhi did an especially good job pushing the ball up the floor and finishing fast breaks in style.  The Spurs don't always get out in transition, but they are hard to beat when they manage to.

The Adjusted Game Score per minute numbers for Spurs not name Green, Parker or Leonard don't look all that impressive, but that's largely due to Kawhi just gobbling them all up with a ravenous 31.4 AdjGS mark.  The "Adjusted" part of Adjusted Game Score takes the number of actual points scored by a team and distributes them according to each player's "Game Score" contribution.  So when a player goes off like Kawhi, the rest of the team's numbers drop.  I don't think the rest of the team is going to complain though.

The Spurs take on Dirk and the Mavs tomorrow night (a game I'll be attending in person, woo hoo!) as they look to extend their winning streak to three.

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Suns
Shooting (eFG%) 57% 51%
Ball Handling (TO%) 22% 29%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 28% 25%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 12% 14%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Suns
Pace (No. of Possessions) 96.4
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.02 0.87
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.20 1.15
2-PT FG% 53.2% 50.0%
3-PT FG% 45.0% 36.8%
FT% 50.0% 90.0%
True Shooting % 56.7% 54.3%
Spurs
Suns
Offensive Rating 101.7 87.1
Defensive Rating 87.1 101.7
Net Rating 14.5 -14.5
Spurs Suns
Passes / poss. 3.4 3.0
% of FGA uncontested 51.2% 39.7%
Points in the paint 46 38
Second chance points 20 6
Fast break points 16 15
Spurs Suns
Assists 21 23
Steals 18 13
Turnovers 20 28
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
1.95 1.29
Spurs Suns
Expected Offensive Rebounds 9.8 9.0
Offensive Rebounds 11 9
Difference 1.2 -0.0

Spurs Shot Chart

Suns Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Kawhi Leonard 37 31.4 0.84 24 Pts (11-18 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-1 FT) 13 Reb (3 Off), 4 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 Stl, 3 TO, 1 PF 26% 58% 98.0 90.7 7.3
Tony Parker 32 21.9 0.68 20 Pts (10-13 FG, 0-2 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 TO, 4 PF 26% 63% 118.2 84.1 34.1
Danny Green 34 17.0 0.50 18 Pts (7-15 FG, 4-9 3PT ) 6 Reb (1 Off), 4 Ast, 1 TO, 2 PF 21% 52% 106.5 96.8 9.8
Tim Duncan 32 8.8 0.28 7 Pts (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT) 8 Reb (3 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 Stl, 2 TO, 3 PF 14% 41% 117.8 86.6 31.2
Patty Mills 28 8.7 0.31 10 Pts (4-8 FG, 2-5 3PT ) , 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 TO, 2 PF 15% 43% 105.6 92.9 12.7
David West 22 5.7 0.26 5 Pts (2-7 FG, 1-1 FT) 3 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 18% 36% 103.0 72.0 31.0
Manu Ginobili 19 5.3 0.27 8 Pts (3-8 FG, 2-4 3PT ) 4 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 1 PF 24% 33% 91.3 85.1 6.2
Kyle Anderson 8 1.6 0.21 2 Pts (1-3 FG, ) , 2 Stl, 1 TO 25% 25% 86.7 66.9 19.8
Boban Marjanovic 5 1.1 0.23 2 Pts (1-1 FG, 0-2 FT) 1 Reb (1 Off), 1 Blk, 1 TO, 1 PF 22% 31% 73.5 82.7 -9.2
Jonathon Simmons 7 0.6 0.09 2 Pts (1-1 FG, ) , 3 PF 8% 100% 78.4 82.6 -4.2
Ray McCallum 1 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 0.0 87.2 -87.2
Rasual Butler 1 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 0.0 87.2 -87.2
Boris Diaw 13 -4.0 -0.31 0 Pts (0-2 FG, ) 2 Reb (1 Off), 2 TO, 2 PF 12% 0% 74.4 90.7 -16.3

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Spurs Index: 98.2 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 50.0% 24.2
Shooting (eFG%) 56.7% 21.1
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 75.0% 19.6
Defense (DefRtg) 87.1 23.0
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 39.7% 10.3
Total 98.2

Suns Spurs Index: 98.2 Show Breakdown

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