SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT)

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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#21 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 1:52 am

3RD Q: SPURS 80

76ERS 97

Well, we actually won another Q, 27-26, after winning the 2ND Q 34-32.

Lonnie is having himself a nice comeback game now actually.

Bryn and Primo both have 7 points; Bryn on 11 shots, Primo on 4.

Still nothing from Joe or Tyler...

DJ's already at 30 minutes played. Not many other options, but hopefully he stays in the 30s.
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#22 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 1:53 am

**** off, Bryn.
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#23 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 1:56 am

7-2 run for us to start the 4TH Q to bring their lead down to 12 and force a timeout. Interesting... Imagine if we went on a 3s making spree...
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#24 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 1:59 am

When in doubt, call a timeout and run a play to get the switch on Bryn. Gets caught on screen, open lane, rinse, repeat.
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#25 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:02 am

The kid's special. That feel:
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#26 » by imagump1313 » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:06 am

G R E Y wrote:**** off, Bryn.


This should be the Spurs 2022 motto! :lol: :lol:
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#27 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:07 am

LMAO nice try, Bryn. Basket goes to the player who did all the work:
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#28 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:08 am

imagump1313 wrote:
G R E Y wrote:**** off, Bryn.


This should be the Spurs 2022 motto! :lol: :lol:

I'm literally cackling! :lol: :lol: :lol:

And yeah... Like we have no one else to play, but Jesus I'd but Joe out there if all misses are equal, let's give the kid some development time.
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#29 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:09 am

DID... DID WE JUST HAVE FOUR SPURS UNDER THE BASKET AND MISS NOT ONLY A LAYUP BUT TWO PUTBACKS BECAUSE WE DID THEM ONE HANDED RATHER THAN WITH FUNDAMANTALS?
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#30 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:13 am

Why has Bryn regressed? Is it because he thinks he's a vet? Or because he has to 'lead'? Well he's doing it by bad example. By this stage he should know he's not the **** ball handling guy. Over and over. I shouldn't let it get to me. Only a few minutes left. But I'd love to see Lonnie or Joe or nobody - just 5 on 4 LOL - than Bryn in. Just so stupid on both ends, Christ Almighty give me patience...
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#31 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:15 am

Nobody's rotating on the back door cuts, geez...
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#32 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:17 am

I only recognize Drew in our lineup.

EDIT: Oh there's Cacok...
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Post#33 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 2:23 am

76ers announcer: "76ers outplay their opponent..." well **** LOL
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Re: SPURS GAME DAY! GAME 39: SPURS AT 76ERS, 7-1-2022, 6PM (CT) 

Post#34 » by G R E Y » Sat Jan 8, 2022 7:33 am

4TH Q: SPURS 100

76ERS 119

I'm happy we reached the 100-point mark after all.

Yeah we lost by a big margin, but the final three Qs were within 2-1-2 points. So really it was that 1ST Q that damned us. You could argue that once they got the big lead it was a matter of not playing with their food too much and so we made it interesting cutting their 20-point lead several times, once into single digits.

But they are healthier and with their dominant talent C playing, it was tough to match. It would have been anyway, but we normally have more weapons available on both ends than we did tonight. Tough being out seven players - and strange to be writing that - but we also didn't control what was within our grasp to do so.

A slow 1ST Q start did us in. With three new starters in Bryn, Keita, and Primo, chemistry was going to be a real-time adjustment, and that it was. It didn't help that our two regular starters didn't score in the opening 12 minutes. Primo was leading us with 5 points. Oof.

Once again getting to the FT line was an issue for us (their 21-27 to our 15-20, though our efficiency was better, including Jakob's), as was rebounding (49-to our 39, 12-11 on O for them). We usually win the points in the paint battle but fell short in this game 58-46. We had 22 assists on our 100 points, and only 12 TOs - much improved over the last couple of games at least - although we gave up 16 points on them and earned 11 off of theirs.

They made a concerted effort to push quickly in transition off of our misses, and we frankly didn't do a good job getting back on D especially early in the game which set the tone. We didn't start strong, and paid the price.

DJ got better as the game progressed, leading us again in scoring with 27 on 10-23, 3-6 from 3(!), 4-5FTs, along with 5 boards (1 on O), 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

He defined Swiss Army knife production as he led us in points, FGAs, FGs, made 3s, attempted and made FTs, assists, and steals.

But he also led us with 6TOs, a by-product of being not only the go-to scorer but main distributor, O initiator, and defender. He was doubled often and fought hard to get out of them, but the results were spotty. It didn't help that we didn't do a good enough job coming to the ball to help him out. DJ also worked hard to get free from their talented perimeter defenders, and that they needed to double him is a testament to his ability to keep making impactful plays. So now we know that DJ getting doubled is something that needs work - film and practice.

We also had a tendency to make one handed passes - looking at you Lonnie and Bryn - which is a bad habit I hope we curb quickly. Not sure how we think it's ok as it telegraphs the play, but sure passes find their targets better. It's small things that add up, and you always want good habits to be ingrained, especially in pressure situations when we resort to practiced muscle memory.

We seem to be using the high low pass more but this got deflected enough that it stood out. We had a challenging bigs battle but in general we must do a better job making the pass inside in terms of timing and accuracy as well as the bigs have to establish position better. We generally seal well, but giving a target hand helps.

Primo is terrific in terms of both the right time and touch passes inside (he's been making them in G-League regularly to smaller bigs), and he's very good in giving a clear target hand when he cuts across the key.

Hands on balls is a work in progress. Our bigs and at times our guards have a habit of tippy tapping the ball in rather than getting hands on it and puttingit back with surety. I get it, it's a way of getting a speed advantage over the opponent, but we're sacrificing accuracy. Jock manages to get both hands on the ball consistently, but Jakob resorts mainly to punching out the ball or tipping it in off the glass. He rarely dunks it in rebound putbacks. Just keeping hands on the ball to ensure possession or putback like Jock does stands out.

I thought we brought in Tyler and Lamb for their 3s. Lamb shot right away, but Johnson was not only pointless he was without FGs. Zero attempts in 12 minutes. It's tough when there are brand new players, and so hopefully we get over it quickly and just let it fly.

Pop ran a 10-player unit. DJ led us with 36 minutes, one of three players in the 30+ range, long with Bryn and Jakob. The latter I can understand, but Bryn? He's just lucky we were short so many players. Brutal ball handling, brutal defense, brutal efficiency. Flashbacks to when he started by default. *shudders* But he's different here because he acts like he should take on a leadership role in making plays. Too often we ran too much clock because Bryn over dribbled then picked up his dribble and spent more time looking for someone to pass it to.

He did get a steal and a block (?!) along with 3 assists and 5 boards (1 on O) but he was 3-14 (*deep breaths*), 1-7 from 3 (why God why!) for a starter-low 7 points. He took some forced, contested shots, chasing efficiency; he pressed for much of the night and just didn't have it.

Our bigs were actually serviceable collectively. Jakob was a workhorse scoring 17 points on 7-12, 3-4FTs(!), team high 6 boards (2 on O), one each of assist, steal, and block, not to mention several shots he altered at the rim. He finished the game with just the two fouls, but those were ones he committed in the first two minutes of the game which took him out. Drew was 2-4, 2-2FTs, along with team high 3 O boards (4 in total), and 2 assists. And Jock struggled with efficiency (3-7, 2-5 from 3 for 8 points) but he's also the lone big who spread the floor so it gave us a different look. He grabbed 2 boards and made 2 blocks.

Primo (4-7, 1-3 from 3) and Keita (3-6, 1-2 from 3, 2-2FTs) looked comfortable in their roles, each scoring 9 points and contributing well based on their roles. Keita was a solid defender and finisher close to the rim. He grabbed 5 boards; Primo showed flashes of the all-around contributor he will grow to be, getting 2 boards (1 on O), 2 assists, a steal and a block. He made a couple of weak passes inside that were easily picked off, but it's good experience for him and post-game he said he wanted to look at film to clean up his decision making. Love his attitude.

Lonnie put on a show for the hometown crowd. What started as in efficient Lonnie turned into oohs and aaahs on drives and crafty finishes at the rim. Of course there was also the Lonnie giveth, Lonnie taketh away version where he made a 3 and in the next play tossed a pass to the stands. Pop's patience tested once again. It's interesting to see his reaction with the mask on. He called Lonnie over for a chat lol and his eyes had that exasperated paternal 'Why did that happen again?' look.

But he led the bench in scoring with 13 on 5-11, 1-3 from 3, 2-2FTs, with 4 boards and 2 assists. Overall it was good Lonnie that showed up, all the more impressive given it was his first game back from protocols. Can't help but wonder how we'd have fared if had a full team but it doesn't do to dwell. We can only do what we can with who we have. Sort of felt like the recent signings were more of a formality to be able to field a team as the three of them combined for 3FGAs and 1 point. Hopefully they can watch some film and acclimate to the basic plays quickly, or become far more assertive with their shots.

Overall we weren't as efficient as we can be even with the roster we now have so improving on 41.3%FGs shouldn't be hard. We missed a lot of bunnies in the key and in putback attempts, some of it contested by their active bigs, others self-inflicted with wrong angles off the glass. We faced a tough defensive team so with some practice and versus less diligent defenders we should get more of the shots we usually do. But it's the D that stood out, not in the best way. Regardless of who is playing, it doesn't affect out ability to run back on D, our ability to front bigs, to box out, and to rotate to the right places. Too often we got caught ball watching while they cut backdoor on us uncontested, and too often we didn't run out fully to the arc for their shots (looking at you, Lonnie, who still has a tendency to keep his hands at his sides on shooters. SO bizarre). And that's on top of Bryn once again getting stuck on screens or guiding a driver into the big and then not rotating out to the shooter. Finally, our hustle and will to win from the start needs to be there. Strong start sets the tone, generates the right momentum, and conserves energy so that we're not chasing leads and chipping away at them but getting ahead and working to stay there.

We stayed with a strong team for three Qs despite our depleted state, so there are some positives to take even from a game with a lopsided result. Next film session, next man up, next opportunity to play up to our capabilities.

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