SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT)

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Re: GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT) 

Post#21 » by imagump1313 » Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:09 am

Our guys are soo weak going to the rim. They flail and fall over at the slightest touch with no chance of making a shot. Watch Bridges and Haywood or anyone else on Charlotte and see the difference.
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Re: GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT) 

Post#22 » by G R E Y » Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:24 am

3RD Q: SPURS 82

HORNETS 110

I have beer *sigh* lol

We started so well this 3RD Q with an 8-2 run, cut their lead to single digits a couple of times and then... run after run after run.

Our body language has "Are you **** *kidding* me?!" all over it. Arms slapping legs, grabbing face, arms out, just mystified.

They just shot the lights out, but they're bigger and using it inside as well. We're just missing cutters, not stopping post ups, and they're back to not missing from the arc. We're now missing bunnies to boot.

Sort of a woe is me / well what can we do? vibe a bit towards the end of this Q.

Just come out and play hard and win some respect, at least.
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Re: GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT) 

Post#23 » by G R E Y » Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:27 am

Keldon is doing the Lonnie and before him the DeMar special of getting right into a screener and pretending he's fighting over screen when in reality he's not going AROUND but just pushing forward.

They pass to cutter for 2 and foul.

I **** HATE the fake D effort.
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Re: GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT) 

Post#24 » by G R E Y » Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:31 am

imagump1313 wrote:Our guys are soo weak going to the rim. They flail and fall over at the slightest touch with no chance of making a shot. Watch Bridges and Haywood or anyone else on Charlotte and see the difference.

Yeah I have NO idea what we're saving our energy for...
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Re: GAME 27: SPURS VS. HORNETS, 15-12-2021, 7:30PM (CT) 

Post#25 » by G R E Y » Thu Dec 16, 2021 8:47 am

4TH Q: SPURS 115

HORNETS 131

I wonder how many of our players helped Lonnie celebrate his birthday yesterday? I wonder whether we thought, well they lost six of eight, couldn't hit a 3 vs. Dallas, hey, let's let loose a little.

Oof.

We scored 115 points - above our average; made 12-37 from 3 - both above our average; made a season-high 25-25FTs - both above our average; we lost 58-48 points in the paint but made up the 10 points by scoring 22-12 in fast break points.

But we allowed a crazy 59.3% FG efficiency, an even crazier 52.9% from 3 - and that's game.

And when I said they 'couldn't hit a 3 vs. Dallas', well they made one more than we did tonight, 13-37! It's just that Dallas did to them what they did to us, making 19-41 from 3 then (seriously, who **** shoots HALF of their attempts from 3?! Ass basketball), as they made 18-34 from 3 on us. The results for us were as the results for our opponent in their previous game.

Still we scored 115 points on our 12-37 from 3 to Hornets' 98 points on their 13-37 in their previous game. So all things being equal, we could have been in this game far more.

But with there being a big disparity beyond the 3 in several other aspects of the game, we were chasing them or on our heels for much of it.

It started with their readiness, execution, and physicality. They ran their sets like we were barely there on D. We kept on collapsing on their drives, our heads turned time and again to the basket as they spread the arc and had multiple options of attack, choosing the 3 as the weapon of choice early and often. They made 10 3s in the 1ST Q; we made 12 in the entire game *sigh*

We were late on passes, late on rotations, late in transition D - cardinal sin which got a quick timeout, the death stare and roar from a freshly shaved Pop. We got bodied badly, and it wasn't only because their players are bigger in three starting positions. They just played bigger, more physical, got into our spaces a lot on D, and got just about everything they wanted on O - made extra passes out of drive and kicks, got layups at the rim through cuts into the key, back door cuts, reverse finishes, alley oop layins because they got the mismatch of our guards inside on their bigs, rebounds which we got clobbered on 48-38, despite our 11-9 edge on O.

Derrick struggled, making only one shot in the first half, but he kept on driving. Loved the effort, the finding ways of pushing through, the getting to the FT line. He led us with 10-10FTs in the game, but outside of Jakob's 1-1FT, he was the lone starter to get FTs. Not good. We actually didn't get some fouls we should have, and got called for fouls like those hook arms or chicken wing shoves to the chest that should have been O fouls, but these are the swings and mistakes that human refs make. Frustrating, impactful, but didn't determine the outcome of the game.

We were visibly and uncharacteristically flustered and frustrated at the calls, an indication of **** things are wrong from all directions. We vacillated between making some good D plays - getting steals when collapsing in the paint and providing help D, getting up on them more on man D, getting rebounds and pushing in transition, but all it took was a weirdly uncontested TOs. The thing is, we only made 8 TOs but it cost us 14 points whereas on their 13TOs we got 10 points.

I wish DJ would get to the FT line more. Do we just accept this isn't a part of his game? He's averaging barely more than in his rookie season, going from just under one to just over two attempts per game. And though he has improved just about every statistical category, his FG efficiency is fairly consistently unremarkable (though in fairness it also hasn't dropped with higher volume). He's slightly framed and does drive, but does it in a way that's more slithery and more about avoiding contact rather than going into bigger players. He's found a way to make crafty baskets at the rim with those high off glass layins. But he's almost 10% less efficient from the FT line compared to last season. For all the justified criticism Jakob gets at the FT line, we need DJ to improve here. Is it 'fair' to criticize this one aspect of his game given he's improved so much in so many other areas, basically shouldering the team with his consistency through our earlier struggles. Fair or not, he's taken on the mantle of a leader, he wants it, and though it wasn't a deciding factor in this game, it's a floor raising team factor in the broader context of the rest of the season. Just something that stood out in an otherwise unremarkable 4-11, 2-5 from 3 game. He did lead the team with 9 assists, grabbed 6 boards (1 on O), 1 steal.

They focused on mitigating our interior dominance and Jakob was largely muted in this game, only 4-7, 1-1FT for 9 points, 1 steal, and only 4 rebounds (2 on O). He got bodied down low on both ends and driven on or shot on when he switched out to cover the arc. He only played 25 minutes, Drew chipped in 7 minutes, and Jock, 6, to finish the 4TH Q, and Thad, 4 at some point in the 3RD. They all combined for 14 points. Add Diop who played bigs minutes in small-ball situations, and our bigs rotation scored 18 points. If you count Doug there it was 28 from six players. Two of their bench bigs all but matched the output. We need a bigger, more floor spreading PF presence who cna absorb physicality on D and make some post up moves on O.

Spurs twitter got into a bit of a tizzy over Thad's zero first half minutes and only four for the game, but the December 15 turning point of trade availability must be a factor.

Doug flat out struggled, particularly on 3s, scoring 4-12, 2-8 from 3, 1 O board, 2 assists, and 1 steal. True as the designated 3s sniper he gets focused on more, and true he missed some bunnies on drives, but in the last 10 games he's slightly below his season and career average from 3, and 10% below his home average of 49% from 3.

Keldon, to his credit, has become our most efficient 3s shooter, and he (3-7) and Bryn (3-6) were the only Spurs who made three 3s. They were out top scorers, 21 (9-16 -- team-high, 3 boards, 1 assist) and 25 points (6-11, 10-10FTs, 1 board, 1 assist), respectively, and kept both the starters and bench going. Devin was really the only other bench scorer who contributed well - 4-9, 0-2 from 3, 2-2FTs, 2 boards (1 on O), 1 steal, 1 block. Terrific running out in transition, great dunks, some good D contributions on a bench-high but rather quiet 24 minutes. Tre's size and game wasn't effective in this game (1-5, 0-1 from 3, 3 boards, 3 assists). He was part of four main bench players, in which he and Diop combined for 6 points.

We didn't do a good job contesting 3s, but even when we did they flat out made 3s time and again. And the same went for their drives and awkward off-balance shots. The perimeter frustration of pestering their guards into bad passes wasn't on point, nor were the secondary rotations, nor the last line of defense, be it at the basket or the arc. On the other end, we missed our 3s, we missed bunnies at the rim, we missed floaters in the key, etc., etc. It was just one of those nightmare games when it feels like you're running in place. But that also takes responsibility away from what we could and need to do better.

Despite our struggles, making only 39-90FGs, we still scored 115 points. It's better than our 11th 108.8PPG, and even better than their tied for fifth 111.1PPG. They actually shot below their 37 3s per game average, but made four more than their fourth best in the league 14.3 3s per game.

If I keep going back to the 3s it's because it was the means and consequence of the sweet spot (for them) and perfect storm (for us) of their good shooting and our poor play, particularly on defense. And it opened up our paint where they made all but five of their other shots. They connected on 51-86 shots, and we didn't do nearly enough to make it harder for them. Not sure if we played the percentages or to the expectations of their recent record, but they caught us, early and often.

Even if you tip your hat on contested makes, I hope their pouring it on, their indicating that we're too small and they're our 'fathers' after drives that we got pushed out of the way on, their cocky 'let's see if I can make this one go in' takes sting enough to leave a bitter taste that makes us laser focused in film and execution in the next road stretch of games. One team had won 6 of 9, another lost 6 of 8, and it looked like these results were for opposite teams tonight. It's true that bigger, athletic high-3s shooting teams are a more challenging match-up for us. And we did trim a 30-point deficit to a more respectable 16-point one, to whatever extent that makes its own point.

We can blame refs or basketball gods or just lucky shooting or it being just not our night, but frankly we ought to look at ourselves for the fix. Less libations and excuses, more moxie and focus.
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