SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT)

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SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#1 » by GREY 1769 » Sun Nov 7, 2021 6:30 pm

We're coming off a solid win and have an opportunity to build on it. We can't get complacent. Continuing the requisite competitive level and two-way team play will reward us again: vigilance with D to O transition, ball protection, and good to great shots.

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WHEN: Sunday, November 7, 2021, 6pm (CT)

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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#3 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 12:34 am

1ST Q: SPURS 28

THUNDER 14

Solid quick start. Good movement and balance between Js and drives. Lots of misses at the rim, though. Need to either reverse it, use the glass, or recognize not to drive on two defenders at the rim.

Love our transition game so far.

Great switching on D and help coverage after staying with drivers.

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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#4 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 12:43 am

Brick 3 brick floater brick 3

DRIVE!!!
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#5 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 12:44 am

And just as I say that ^ Lonnie drives, dishes to Drew for a dunk. That's it!
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#6 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 12:55 am

Derrick is pushing his shots now wherever he's taking them from - floaters, 3s, Js. He's just so conscious of missing that it's affecting his shooting motion. No snap in wrist. Needs to get out of his head.

Tre missing badly at rim, too.

I like that we're driving but hope we get better at recognizing weak side and back door cuts.
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Post#7 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 12:58 am

And that's what happens when you allow too much space and run out casually to contest 3s when you get a lead. Don't give a slither of room or hope.
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Post#8 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:02 am

DERRICK. JESUS. USE THE GLASS!!!
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#9 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:10 am

2ND Q: SPURS 55

THUNDER 45

They hit five 3s that Q - all way too poorly contested.

We've got tow or three players collapsing on SGA and we keep leaving their 3 shooters open. Half their shots are form the arc so it's bound to go out there and sure enough we have given up shots and a 30+ point Q.

Our backcourt has combined for FOUR points: Derrick 0-7, DJ 2-8. I've already mentioned Derrick, and we simply have to get him either closer to the glass, get him to use the glass.

We had great results with cutters from weak side and back door yet stopped using it. More P&R, too.

I thought we got into a 3-for-3 exchange too often and too early in the shot clock.

We've gotten a lot of steals and rebounds but haven't rewarded ourselves with as many points the other way as we could have and should.

USE the GLASS and DUNK whenever possible.

Also, we're a suspicious 0-0 on FTs in the entire first half. Suuuuuuuure.

Stay switching and rotating and most of all close closing out on the arc, and make sure to generate good to great made shots with glass fundamentals, Spurs.
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Post#10 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:23 am

KELDON JUST **** WENT AWAY FROM THE 3 SHOOTER WHO GOT THE BALL. LIKE LITERALLY WENT TO THE GUY TO HIS LEFT WHO DIDN'T HAVE THE BALL, AWAY FROM THE SHOOTER WHO HIT A 3. JUST... :banghead:
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Post#11 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:23 am

Breaking: We get a foul called for us!

Update: Doug misses both FTs
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Post#12 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:34 am

THAD WALKED OUT TO CONTEST THAT 3. WALKED OUT TO IT.
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Post#13 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:40 am

We are afraid to score and so we miss. Why we keep taking outside shots is beyond me.

There continues to be a huge FT disparity. Puzzling.
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Post#14 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:41 am

DEAR SPURS - If you get the ball to the basket off the glass the chances of it going in are substantially higher. Stop settling for outside shots. We need to see one go in!
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Post#15 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 1:47 am

3RD Q: SPURS 67

THUNDER 76

Twenty-point swing after we shot abysmally from everywhere. We scored 14 points that Q and allowed more drives inside and more 3s for another 30+ point Q given up on their 20-4 run.

We look very unconfident shooting the ball team-wide, like we're expecting to miss. Keldon is the only on driving hard, but still not getting FT's.
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Post#16 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 2:02 am

What do we have to do to get a FT call? I'd really like to know...
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Post#17 » by JeffReal » Mon Nov 8, 2021 2:41 am

Sounds good that I didn't watch that one.
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Post#18 » by JeffReal » Mon Nov 8, 2021 2:48 am

I notice in the box score, White 0-10 and 0 points for the game. Injury?
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 10: SPURS AT THUNDER, 7-11-2021, 6PM (CT) 

Post#19 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 3:12 am

4TH Q: SPURS 94

THUNDER 99

Lots of blame to go around. Our D was on the whole solid, and there's only so many drives you can make and get hit and not get called under the banner of 'letting them play physical' when the more physical team got to the FT line 17-20 to our 6-9!!!

They made 12 3s on 41(!) attempts but that's a low percentage. It just felt like they made so many because we made six all game. SIX. 1-for-everything in the second half.

I though our 14-point lead early was at least as much a function of their missing shots as of our moving the ball and getting better shot attempts.

The shots we kept missing closer to the rim were not fundamental off the glass attempts, and it put pressure on the shots we were making even less - 3s.

We had our own 14-point Q in the 3RD as they had in the 1ST and while they were allowed to be very physical on us inthat they were rewarded with foul calls, the same can't be said the other way. So it was one layer after another of issues that eroded our confidence: we didn't get the calls at the rim, we didn't get calls in the key, and we were taken out of our shots all over the place. If you're trying various ways to score but don't get foul calls it takes the wind out of your sails. The issue, too, is that we got outhustled on the D end and so that 14-point Q represents a complete capitulation of giving up a Q on both ends.

It wasn't all on the calls, though. That early lead didn't feel safe because we left a lot of points on the floor, especially at the rim with missed bunnies and floaters.

Derrick was an abysmal 0-10 (0-4 from 3). It feels like he's pushing to justify his contract and is in the midst of frozen-itis. He's shrunk as a reader of plays, as the assertive difference maker on O, is having a hard time with his dribble and picking it up too early, and is driving to the rim with physicality but lack of body control or balance he used to have and so his finishes around the basket are all over the place misses; DJ was 5-19 (0-4 from 3), Lonnie was 5-14 (3-10 from 3), and Devin was 3-12 (0-5 from 3). Doug was 2-5 from 3, 4-10 overall, and Drew was a terrific 7-8, but those are the guys opponents want scoring with those attempts. Keldon was the lone success scoring-wise on a terrific 9-16 with lots of bulldozing through the key and even then he got 4FT chances for the effort. Six Spurs were in double figures, but what stands out are the missed opportunities.

We put up 100 shots so the pace was good, but we were scared to miss throughout the second half, especially in that 3RD Q. But leading up to it, we had chances to get 30+ points in Qs and we didn't. We got another double digit lead and stopped playing the way that got us god points. We got into 3-for-3 exchanges, we kept taking outside shots early in the clock, we didn't use back door and weak side cuts enough, and we looked vulnerable after a confident early start. When they took 3s it was a feeling of momentum shifting; when we took shots it felt like inevitable misses. If that comes across a TV screen it must wreak of it in the locker room.

We showed desperation but not killer instinct, and though we won the final Q, we scored only 35 points in the entire second half. We got 60-44 points in the paint but it feels like from the eye test the second half was at least a tie in this category, if not a win for the opponent.

Add to that a 57-46 rebound advantage for them, including crucially 15-11 on O meant they had a lot of second chances that added to the momentum swing. I'm still upset at Jakob for being careless and being out forthis crucial stretch of games. We were largely outbodied and it felt like we wilted because we weren't getting calls.

And yet we STILL got the lead back in the 4TH Q only to allow open left corner 3s - where we kept getting burned earlier - and points inside and gave the game away with poor execution and lack of team play that accrued throughout the game and bit us in the end.

Pop was upset after this one and really it felt like we gave this one away:
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Interesting that he didn't say in the 3RD Q but the 2ND where the momentum shift already happened. Feels like Pop is ready to take the kid gloves off, or at least push the team more to not get so complacent time and again when we get leads.

We can only control what we can, so the calls going whichever way is what it is. There's no other way to look at this other than a bad loss. The good things we did - Keldon passing more in the schemes and passing ahead in transition, us pushing the ball in a good pace, great rotations and deflections on D were overshadowed by self-deafeating play; the lack of hard closeouts at the arc eventually caught us, the poor shot selection caught us, and the lack of execution caught us.

Chip has to try hypnosis or something. The 3s are an issue. It's mostly confidence as I don't think anyone is hitting them at their averages.

We have to learn that leads don't mean letting up but doubling down on good habits. Hopefully this one stings enough that we get it through our heads and learn to not settle for outside shot exchanges, to keep moving the ball and off of it, and for the love of basketball to guard the arc with hustle.

How we respond to this one is important for us. Back to the drawing board of fundamental play.

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Post#20 » by GREY 1769 » Mon Nov 8, 2021 3:51 am

JeffReal wrote:I notice in the box score, White 0-10 and 0 points for the game. Injury?

Alas, thank goodness for small mercies, no he's not injured.

But the poor shooting is clearly in his head. He's pushing his shots and his wrist is stiff, sort of palming it forward, directing it at the basket, and for all those missed floaters and drives, he has stopped using the glass. I wonder if the weight of his contract is pressuring him to perform and it's resulting in just a variety of misses from just about everywhere.
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