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The short-handed Jazz were no match for a Spurs team that sat Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge ... just to keep things interesting.

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Spurs 123, Jazz 98 - Jan 6, '16

Here's what was noteworthy about another blowout in the AT%T Center:

  • The Spurs shot an outrageous 66% effective Field Goal percentage while holding the Jazz to a merely good 51%. That's one way to win games.
  • Just 33.7% of San Antonio's field goal attempts were uncontested. This is primarily due to the fact that with Aldridge and Parker sitting and Kawhi playing limited minutes, the Spurs' shot selection looked more like the typical 2015-2016 3s-and-layups distribution, with 44 looks coming from close range and 21 from downtown. San Antonio's 127.2 OffRtg is a good reminder of just how efficient that combination can be.
  • In his second game back from a three-game rest for a sore knee, Tim Duncan led the Spurs in minutes, points and assists, putting up 18/8/6. This serves as a reminder that Tim's reduced offensive production this season is entirely a product of Timmy holding back and letting the other stars do their thing. Should Aldridge ever need an extended rest, Spurs fans can still count on 20/10s from Duncan on the regs. Which is crazy.
  • David West was on fire, shooting 7-8 from the field, good for 14 points, 13 boards, 4 assists and a steal. He showed no hesitation in knocking down his shots from the elbows and is everything the Spurs hoped he would be.
  • Kawhi played just 23 minutes as Pop exhibited mercy, but it was enough to tally an efficient 15 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. He continues to look for shooters in the corners, which is an exciting new facet to his game.
  • Boban Marjanovic had a very Boban night with 13 points, 7 boards and a block in a career high 19 minutes of play. He spent much of the night matched up against another 7'3" Center in Tibor Pleiß, whose own height seemed to limit Boban at times from going crazy like he did against the T-Wolves. Still, a great effort from a guy who continues to prove his worth as a backup center.
  • Boban's 7'3" was clearly taller than Tibor's, so I think the Boban is sandbagging us here. Or maybe the rest of the league is ... exaggerating?
  • Manu tried to force a couple of passes inside to Boban and wound up with 4 turnovers on the night, but continued to look sharp as he has all season as he pitched in 14 points, 2 boards, 5 assists and a steal.
  • Great contributions from Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson; both pitched in 13 efficient points on a combined 11-16 shooting. Concerns about the Spurs' wing depth in the early season appear to have been much overblown.
  • A solid outing from Ray McCallum, who scored 10 points, dished out 3 assists and came up with a block and 2 steals with just a single turnover on the night. It's good to see him get some run on a night Tony Parker sat. I suspect he'll be sent back to Austin to get some more playing time once TP returns, but it's good to have an energetic guy like him ready to back up Tony. [Insert obligatory "of course he's no Cory Joseph yet" remark here]
  • San Antonio hosts the Knicks Friday, before a SEGABABA against Brooklyn and Detroit next week. Go Spurs Go!

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Jazz
Shooting (eFG%) 66% 51%
Ball Handling (TO%) 13% 20%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 25% 25%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 15% 23%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Jazz
Pace (No. of Possessions) 96.3
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.28 1.02
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.43 1.24
2-PT FG% 66.2% 49.2%
3-PT FG% 42.9% 38.9%
FT% 76.9% 94.4%
True Shooting % 67.1% 56.4%
Spurs
Jazz
Offensive Rating 127.2 102.2
Defensive Rating 102.2 127.2
Net Rating 25.0 -25.0
Spurs Jazz
Passes / poss. 3.5 3.4
% of FGA uncontested 33.7% 30.4%
Points in the paint 68 36
Second chance points 14 11
Fast break points 5 12
Spurs Jazz
Assists 34 21
Steals 10 8
Turnovers 13 18
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
3.38 1.61
Spurs Jazz
Expected Offensive Rebounds 8.0 10.0
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Difference -0.0 -0.0

Spurs Shot Chart

Jazz Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Tim Duncan 26 21.4 0.83 18 Pts (8-13 FG, 2-2 FT) 8 Reb (2 Off), 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 PF 25% 73% 144.4 94.5 49.9
David West 25 19.4 0.78 14 Pts (7-8 FG, ) 13 Reb (2 Off), 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 3 PF 17% 80% 145.4 102.3 43.1
Kawhi Leonard 23 14.4 0.62 15 Pts (6-11 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-1 FT) 4 Reb (0 Off), 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO 28% 52% 132.9 99.3 33.6
Boban Marjanovic 19 14.3 0.75 13 Pts (5-7 FG, 3-6 FT) 7 Reb (3 Off), 1 Blk, 24% 69% 107.9 112.2 -4.3
Kyle Anderson 19 12.2 0.64 13 Pts (6-9 FG, 1-1 FT) 3 Reb (1 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 2 PF 25% 65% 126.1 112.7 13.5
Ray McCallum 25 10.3 0.41 10 Pts (4-7 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-2 FT) , 3 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 Stl, 1 TO, 3 PF 16% 63% 124.8 105.8 19.0
Manu Ginobili 23 10.3 0.45 14 Pts (6-10 FG, 2-4 3PT ) 2 Reb (0 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 TO, 3 PF 29% 48% 116.9 102.8 14.1
Jonathon Simmons 17 8.0 0.46 13 Pts (5-7 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-1 FT) , 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 4 PF 25% 51% 117.9 97.0 20.9
Danny Green 11 5.9 0.53 6 Pts (2-3 FG, 2-2 3PT ) , 2 Ast, 2 PF 12% 75% 151.7 105.5 46.1
Boris Diaw 16 5.0 0.30 2 Pts (1-2 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 6 Ast, 1 TO 9% 63% 106.4 101.7 4.8
Rasual Butler 6 1.1 0.20 2 Pts (1-2 FG, 0-1 3PT ) , 16% 50% 117.8 83.0 34.9
Matt Bonner 7 1.0 0.15 3 Pts (1-3 FG, 1-2 3PT ) , 1 PF 18% 33% 111.7 103.1 8.6
Patty Mills 23 -0.4 -0.02 0 Pts (0-4 FG, 0-2 3PT ) , 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 8% 19% 129.8 98.4 31.5

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Spurs Index: 108.7 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 65.4% 31.6
Shooting (eFG%) 65.7% 24.5
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 75.0% 19.6
Defense (DefRtg) 102.2 19.6
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 30.4% 13.4
Total 108.7

Jazz Spurs Index: 94.0 Show Breakdown

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