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Both teams struggled to put the ball through the net in a low-scoring Texas Showdown. The Spurs finally prevailed on the strength of their defense and marginally superior shooting.

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Spurs 88, Mavericks 83 - Nov 25, '15

Rick Carlisle is an outstanding coach, and somehow managed to keep this game close throughout.  Whenever the Spurs threatened to pull away, the Mavericks would claw their way back into it.  The Mavs tied the game with :36 to go in the third on a Devin Harris and-1, but he missed the go-ahead free throw and it felt at the time like that was the Mavs' only chance to take the lead and they wouldn't be afforded another one.  Hashtag Analysis.

The most striking thing about the numbers in this one is that the Spurs only attempted 16 shots inside the restricted area.  The Spurs average double that amount on the season so far, so it was really odd to see them generate so few easy looks.

With Dallas's defense preventing bunnies, the Spurs took a huge number of jumpshots, both mid- and long-range.  They attempted 28 threes, which is great to see, although they only hit 28.6% of them.  Fortunately, the Mavs hit even fewer, 6/22 from deep themselves.  The large quantity of jumpers was reflected in the ridiculous 69.1% of Spurs field goal attempts that were uncontested.  That number would've been a lot more impressive if the Spurs had gotten, like, any easy looks.

The Spurs had another marginal edge in 2 point shooting, notching a meh 47.2% to Dallas's even worse 45.9%.  Both teams even struggled from the line, with the Spurs hitting just 73.2% of their free throws.  It just wasn't an easy night for, you know, scoring.

At the individual level, Kawhi Leonard had another monster game, going off for an efficient 26 points on 16 shots, 8 boards, 5 assists, 2 steals and just 2 turnovers.  His 32.6 AdjGS points led the Spurs by a wide margin.  It's exciting to see Kawhi dishing out so many assists as well.  As teams start to key on him it'll be great if he can continue to find his open teammates for easy buckets.  Also, it's looking like the answer to the question of whether Kawhi will be able to maintain his average of over 20 points a game for the whole season is going to be

A thousand times yes

Tony Parker had another excellent performance, dropping 16 points to go with 8 boards and 8 assists.  If I were asked whether I thought this level of play were sustainable, (I wasn't) I'd probably hedge and say yes, so long as he isn't hampered by his hamstring or other injury issues.

LaMarcus Aldridge put up 18 with 7 boards, an assist and a block, in a solid all around effort.  Five of his boards came on the Spurs' end of the floor, as Jesus noted, and it's great to see him crashing the glass so hard and cleaning up messes on that end of the floor.

Tim Duncan had all of two points on four shots, but grabbed 9 boards, doled out 4 assists and blocked a pair of shots.  I'm not what's more remarkable - that Tim Duncan had a Usage Rate of 10%, or that he found so many other ways to contribute, leading the team in Net Rating in the process.

David West had another solid effort, hitting all three of his shots, including a buzzer beater three from the top of the key.  Now if only we could get another recent addition at PF to hit a few threes...

Poor Manu just didn't have it in this one, going 2 for 12 from the field (0 for 6 from three), netting 4 turnovers and even missing his last 3 free throws.  He did have a couple of key plays down the stretch, made some great plays defensively and grabbed some contested rebounds, but I suppose we were due a "bad Manu" appearance after a dozen games of almost exclusively "good Manu."  Rest those legs, good Manu, we eagerly await your return.

All in all, a solid, exciting win for the Good Guys.  The Spurs take on the Nuggets on Friday before playing host to the Hawks the next day.



Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Mavericks
Shooting (eFG%) 46% 45%
Ball Handling (TO%) 15% 14%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 25% 18%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 24% 14%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Mavericks
Pace (No. of Possessions) 91.8
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.96 0.90
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.09 1.00
2-PT FG% 47.2% 45.9%
3-PT FG% 28.6% 27.3%
FT% 73.7% 75.0%
True Shooting % 49.2% 47.0%
Spurs
Mavericks
Offensive Rating 96.3 89.9
Defensive Rating 89.9 96.3
Net Rating 6.4 -6.4
Spurs Mavericks
Passes / poss. 3.5 3.2
% of FGA uncontested 69.1% 48.2%
Points in the paint 24 42
Second chance points 8 3
Fast break points 10 13
Spurs Mavericks
Assists 23 21
Steals 6 7
Turnovers 13 13
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.23 2.15
Spurs Mavericks
Expected Offensive Rebounds 12.3 12.3
Offensive Rebounds 12 9
Difference -0.3 -3.3

Spurs Shot Chart

Mavericks Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Kawhi Leonard 40 32.6 0.81 26 Pts (9-16 FG, 4-7 3PT, 4-4 FT) 8 Reb (4 Off), 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO 23% 61% 98.0 90.0 7.9
Tony Parker 35 22.8 0.64 16 Pts (7-11 FG, 2-2 FT) 8 Reb (0 Off), 8 Ast, 1 TO 17% 72% 101.9 81.8 20.1
LaMarcus Aldridge 35 16.3 0.47 18 Pts (8-17 FG, 2-3 FT) 7 Reb (5 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO, 1 PF 27% 48% 100.1 88.1 12.0
David West 12 6.9 0.59 8 Pts (3-3 FG, 1-1 3PT, 1-2 FT) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 TO, 2 PF 19% 68% 89.3 99.7 -10.4
Tim Duncan 28 5.2 0.18 2 Pts (1-4 FG, ) 9 Reb (1 Off), 4 Ast, 2 Blk, 2 TO, 2 PF 10% 35% 107.7 84.6 23.1
Danny Green 26 4.1 0.16 6 Pts (2-9 FG, 2-7 3PT ) 6 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 18% 23% 94.2 90.1 4.1
Boris Diaw 10 1.6 0.16 0 Pts (0-1 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 3 Reb (2 Off), 1 Ast, 1 PF 4% 33% 78.9 101.8 -22.9
Patty Mills 17 0.4 0.02 3 Pts (1-7 FG, 1-5 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 2 Stl, 2 PF 19% 14% 83.2 103.1 -19.8
Manu Ginobili 29 0.0 0.00 9 Pts (2-12 FG, 0-6 3PT, 5-8 FT) 5 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO, 2 PF 31% 30% 97.9 89.3 8.6
Rasual Butler 7 -0.1 -0.02 0 Pts (0-1 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 7% 0% 73.3 112.5 -39.2
Kyle Anderson 2 -1.8 -0.91 0 Pts , 1 TO, 1 PF 17% 0% 82.0 40.0 42.0

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Spurs Index: 102.8 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 69.7% 33.7
Shooting (eFG%) 45.7% 17.0
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 81.6% 21.4
Defense (DefRtg) 89.9 22.3
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 48.2% 8.5
Total 102.8

Mavericks Spurs Index: 92.9 Show Breakdown

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