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By the Numbers: Spurs smother the Suns

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The Spurs came out and made short work of the struggling Suns, leading by as much as 31 in the first half before cruising to a 33 point victory.

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Spurs 112, Suns 79 - Dec 30, '15

This game was... not very close. The Suns simply could not match the Spurs even without Tim Duncan, and this one very quickly turned into a route. Let's look at the numbers from the blowout:

  • The Spurs earned an 18 percentage point advantage in effective Field Goal percentage. Wow. Look at their shot chart - the Spurs shot well above league average (green) from 10 of the 14 shooting zones. That's what 61% eFG looks like.
  • To top it off, the Spurs also turned the ball over less, rebounded a bit better, and got to the line a whole lot more than the Suns, presumably for the sole purpose of depriving Phoenix of any positive takeaways from this one.
  • San Antonio's new Big Three of Leonard, Aldridge and Parker all came up big, going a combined 19/30 from the field.
  • Bizarrely, Kawhi Leonard did not record a single rebound in 29 minutes of play. That's one I have not seen before. It didn't affect his AdjGS numbers too terribly though, as he still led the team with 19.5.
  • Boban Marjanovic returned to earth from an efficiency standpoint, going just 2-6 from the field, but made his presence felt by nabbing 12 caroms in just 15 minutes of play. He also looked pretty serviceable on defense, not getting embarrassed even when guarding a solid NBA center in Tyson Chandler. I hope we see more and more of everyone's favorite (sorry Pop) Serb.

  • Diaw had another excellent outing, and continues to show off his ability to own most defenders one-on-one. Just need to cut down on a few of those turnovers.
  • Jonathan Simmons also played well. showcasing his athleticism and body control finishing in the lane on a number of difficult looks.
  • You know, just about every Spur had a solid game this time around, and the scoreboard shows it. The Spurs wrap up an historic December in which they boasted an NBA record 20.4 Net Rating*. The Spurs face a tougher schedule in 2016, but hopefully they can continue their great momentum into the new year.

  • * For a month in which more than 10 games were played. The Net Rating statistic began to be recorded in 1996-1997.

    Four Factors (def.)

    Spurs Suns
    Shooting (eFG%) 61% 43%
    Ball Handling (TO%) 13% 16%
    Off Rebounding (OR%) 18% 17%
    Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 43% 22%

    Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

    Spurs Suns
    Pace (No. of Possessions) 96.7
    Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.16 0.82
    Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.47 0.98
    2-PT FG% 59.7% 42.9%
    3-PT FG% 42.9% 27.8%
    FT% 60.6% 55.6%
    True Shooting % 61.9% 44.4%
    Spurs
    Suns
    Offensive Rating 114.8 82.4
    Defensive Rating 82.4 114.8
    Net Rating 32.5 -32.5
    Spurs Suns
    Passes / poss. 2.8 2.5
    % of FGA uncontested 50.0% 38.3%
    Points in the paint 42 38
    Second chance points 8 14
    Fast break points 11 11
    Spurs Suns
    Assists 26 18
    Steals 13 6
    Turnovers 13 15
    Ball Control Index (BCI)
    (Assists + Steals) / TO
    3.00 1.60
    Spurs Suns
    Expected Offensive Rebounds 8.5 12.0
    Offensive Rebounds 6 8
    Difference -2.5 -4.0

    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 29 19.5 0.67 19 Pts (6-10 FG, 3-4 3PT, 4-4 FT) , 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 20% 72% 120.2 78.8 41.4
    LaMarcus Aldridge 29 19.2 0.66 21 Pts (8-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-10 FT) 12 Reb (2 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 TO, 2 PF 30% 59% 116.8 87.3 29.5
    Tony Parker 23 17.5 0.77 12 Pts (5-8 FG, 1-1 3PT, 1-3 FT) 3 Reb (0 Off), 7 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 22% 64% 105.1 84.3 20.8
    Boris Diaw 20 9.7 0.50 13 Pts (5-7 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-5 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO, 1 PF 28% 50% 125.0 85.1 39.9
    Boban Marjanovic 15 8.2 0.54 7 Pts (2-6 FG, 3-4 FT) 12 Reb (2 Off), 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 2 PF 26% 41% 108.7 56.7 52.0
    Kyle Anderson 9 7.3 0.80 7 Pts (3-3 FG, 1-1 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 1 Blk, 1 PF 19% 104% 105.1 67.6 37.5
    Manu Ginobili 18 6.9 0.39 5 Pts (2-5 FG, 1-2 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 TO 17% 46% 125.0 83.4 41.6
    Jonathon Simmons 19 6.7 0.36 8 Pts (3-4 FG, 2-4 FT) 3 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 TO, 2 PF 16% 63% 106.9 88.0 19.0
    Patty Mills 17 6.6 0.39 7 Pts (3-5 FG, 1-2 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 15% 54% 130.7 85.1 45.6
    David West 20 4.8 0.24 4 Pts (2-6 FG, ) 5 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 PF 15% 42% 107.9 84.2 23.7
    Danny Green 21 4.6 0.22 7 Pts (3-6 FG, 1-3 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 TO, 2 PF 16% 44% 109.9 87.7 22.3
    Ray McCallum 8 2.3 0.28 2 Pts (1-2 FG, ) , 3 Ast, 1 TO 19% 52% 105.7 71.6 34.1
    Matt Bonner 12 -1.3 -0.11 0 Pts (0-2 FG, 0-2 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 PF 8% 0% 112.2 97.3 14.9

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    Spurs Index: 108.5 (def.)

    Factor Value Score
    Passing (AST%) 60.5% 29.2
    Shooting (eFG%) 60.5% 22.5
    Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 83.3% 21.8
    Defense (DefRtg) 82.4 24.3
    Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 38.3% 10.7
    Total 108.5

    Suns Spurs Index: 90.2 Show Breakdown

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