San Antonio Spurs Defensive Improvements Portend Strong Finish

January 12th, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Hello again.

That might have been Gregg Popovich's initial reaction after his club stymied a third straight opponent with the suffocating defense that marked and defined four title runs. The Spurs finished a rare home-and-home against the Timberwolves by trouncing Minnesota 107-96. The lowly Wolves shot 37 percent in both games.

The Indiana Pacers can relate. Friday night, they shot less than 38 percent and managed just one fourth-quarter field goal against a silver and black coverage that has regained its swagger after embarrassing vacations in New York and Boston.

The Knicks racked up 128 points on 53 percent shooting, while the Celtics held on for dear life behind a 61-percent shooting night. Those performances rank as the worst, statistically speaking, in the Tim Duncan era.

Excluding those aberrations, the Spurs defense since a late December, businesslike disposal of the Washington Wizards has caused opponents' offenses to experience lethal power outages.

I conducted some crack research last week, hoping to prove that a team with Amar'e Stoudemire or Steve Nash can now roll up 110-plus p ...

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