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Lessons from game 4 for game 5

Game four can be summed up in two halves. The first half where the Spurs looked like they were on their way to evening the series, and the second half where Memphis’ defense absolutely propelled a blow out to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 series lead.

So seeing how the Spurs will be hoping to avoid elimination tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, let’s see what lessons can be learned before tipoff from game four. With that being said, I’m turning to the visual format of the shot charts from game four and here’s what the shot chart reveals about the game which can be carried over tonight.

First Quarter:

The Spurs came out shooting well as they were able to get the majority of their shots in the paint and outside of three feet they were able to connect on 4 of 8 shooting. They led the Grizzlies 26 to 21 after one.

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Second Quarter:

The Spurs’ three point shots (3 made) began to fall, but Memphis countered back with three three-pointers of their own as the Spurs went into half time with a 50 to 48 lead. However, look again at where Memphis was getting their points.

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Third Quarter:

For these next two quarters, watch as the amount of missed shots begins to spread. The Spurs only made a few jump shots beyond three feet. Memphis was able to sink a mixture of shots inside and outside the paint as they took a commanding 78 to 65 lead into the final quarter.

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Fourth Quarter:

The Spurs’ shooting beyond 15-feet continued to decline as they only made a few shots behind the free throw line. Memphis spread the shooting with two three pointers and inside/outside shooting. The Grizzlies ended game four with a 104 to 86 win.

Now Spurs fans, you see the difference in the two halves shooting wise, can the team put together a full game tonight?

Paul Garcia

About Paul Garcia

Paul is a San Antonio Spurs credentialed media member for Project Spurs. He covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX and the 2013 NBA Finals.

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