Making Sense of the Spurs’ Losses with Numbers, Plus Raja Bell Talk

December 7th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
I do not worship statistics the way John Schumann and John Hollinger do. However, I wanted to see if numbers might help me understand the San Antonio Spurs' early season struggles.

The Spurs' two-game losing streak is perplexing, infuriating, and frustrating.

Didn't Owner Peter Holt sign off on a $80 million payroll so his squad would have no trouble dispatching the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics?

The team's performance thus far has been inconsistent, to be kind. One night, they defend like the Spurs of old but shoot like blind men. The next, they cannot secure any rebounds or suppress the itch to give the ball to the opposing squad.

The second game of the season in Chicago offers the best example. The offense was dreadful for most of the night, but the defense and rebounding showed promise.

In the first half, initial shot coverage was stupendous, but Chicago stayed close with offensive board after offensive board.

In the second half, the Spurs out-rebounded the Bulls but couldn't keep them out of the paint or from getting high-percentage looks.

The team's best defensive moments have be ...

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