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By the Numbers: Cavaliers get revenge in blow out of Spurs

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The Spurs got blown out on the road for the second time this week, falling by 14 in Cleveland. San Antonio struggled defensively in Tim Duncan's absence, allowing 61% of Cleveland's 2s and 39% of their 3s to fall.

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Spurs 103, Cavaliers 117 - Jan 30, '16

For the second time this week, the Spurs got their butts handed to them on the road by a top tier opponent. Let's look at the numbers:

  • 61% - Cleveland's 2 point FG%. It's hard to win when you give up so many good looks. Without the services of Tim Duncan, the Spurs really don't have a serviceable rim protector. Take a look at the Cavs FG% in the restricted area if you dare.  (it's 71% )
  • 53% - 60% eFG% - San Antonio actually scored efficiently enough from the field to win most games, but when you allow your opponent to go 60% eFG, that doesn't cut it.
  • San Antonio wasted a great ballhandling effort, with just 6 turnovers in the whole game, after a wobbly start saw the Cavs score some easy transition buckets.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's phantom third foul really hurt the Spurs, taking away their most effective scorer for the remainder of the half and depriving them of their second best rim protector.
  • Manu Ginobili had one of those nights where he looks like there's not much of anything left in the tank. Fortunately, the memory of his 20 point pasting of the Lakers last week is still fresh in my mind, so I'm not going to read too much into this one.

Boy oh boy have the Spurs felt Duncan's absence. He is pretty clearly the glue that holds San Antonio's historically great defense together, and without his calming influence, impeccable positioning and rim protection, the league's best defense has completely floundered in two of the past three games. Let's hope that knee calms down quickly, because I don't enjoy losing weeks (the first this season).

I know it's a tiny sample size and came against two of the three best teams in the league, but watching the Spurs struggle without Duncan makes me quite a bit more nervous to proclaim the Spurs title contenders should Duncan decide to hang it up at the end of this season. They'll have an enormous hole to fill whenever he does make that decision, and it will extend far deeper than Timmy's 8.9 points and 7.5 boards per game would suggest.

Hopefully we hear some good news on the Timmy front and can put this week behind us. There's a soft schedule next week with the Magic, Pelicans and Mavs, so the Spurs shouldn't be in too much trouble even if it's a longer timetable than we'd like.

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Cavaliers
Shooting (eFG%) 53% 60%
Ball Handling (TO%) 7% 11%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 20% 29%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 26% 26%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Cavaliers
Pace (No. of Possessions) 89.7
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.15 1.30
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.27 1.43
2-PT FG% 54.0% 61.0%
3-PT FG% 33.3% 39.1%
FT% 81.0% 85.7%
True Shooting % 57.1% 64.1%
Spurs
Cavaliers
Offensive Rating 116.7 128.2
Defensive Rating 128.2 116.7
Net Rating -11.5 11.5
Spurs Cavaliers
Passes / poss. 3.5 3.3
% of FGA uncontested 39.5% 48.8%
Points in the paint 46 52
Second chance points 13 11
Fast break points 7 14
Spurs Cavaliers
Assists 20 24
Steals 2 4
Turnovers 6 9
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
3.67 3.11
Spurs Cavaliers
Expected Offensive Rebounds 10.3 8.5
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Difference -2.3 1.5

Spurs Shot Chart

Cavaliers Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Kawhi Leonard 35 22.3 0.63 24 Pts (7-15 FG, 3-7 3PT, 7-8 FT) 6 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 2 TO, 2 PF 28% 55% 111.1 127.5 -16.4
Kyle Anderson 18 14.8 0.81 10 Pts (4-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT) 3 Reb (1 Off), 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 26% 65% 137.1 126.3 10.7
Tony Parker 24 12.8 0.53 13 Pts (5-10 FG, 3-4 FT) 4 Reb (0 Off), 6 Ast, 3 TO, 1 PF 28% 53% 100.3 124.1 -23.8
LaMarcus Aldridge 26 12.7 0.49 15 Pts (7-11 FG, 1-2 FT) 2 Reb (1 Off), 3 PF 22% 64% 122.2 137.2 -15.0
Jonathon Simmons 18 10.1 0.55 8 Pts (4-5 FG, ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 3 PF 16% 84% 127.3 113.8 13.5
Boris Diaw 16 9.3 0.57 7 Pts (3-5 FG, 1-1 FT) 4 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 16% 69% 110.4 139.2 -28.8
David West 24 8.8 0.37 8 Pts (4-6 FG, ) 3 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 2 PF 12% 70% 107.8 129.0 -21.2
Danny Green 23 6.7 0.29 5 Pts (2-4 FG, 1-3 3PT ) 3 Reb (2 Off), 1 Ast, 1 PF 9% 56% 114.6 129.3 -14.7
Boban Marjanovic 10 4.7 0.47 3 Pts (0-1 FG, 3-4 FT) 3 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 PF 16% 67% 108.2 101.5 6.7
Manu Ginobili 18 1.2 0.07 6 Pts (2-10 FG, 2-4 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 PF 26% 24% 115.2 139.2 -24.0
Rasual Butler 3 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 128.9 50.0 78.9
Matt Bonner 3 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 128.9 50.0 78.9
Patty Mills 21 -0.3 -0.01 4 Pts (2-6 FG, 0-3 3PT ) , 2 Ast, 1 TO, 3 PF 18% 36% 136.9 140.7 -3.8

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Spurs Index: 86.4 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 50.0% 24.2
Shooting (eFG%) 53.1% 19.8
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 70.6% 18.5
Defense (DefRtg) 128.2 15.6
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 48.8% 8.4
Total 86.4

Cavaliers Spurs Index: 96.8 Show Breakdown

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