Spurscast Ep. 536: San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets Round One Playoff Preview

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In episode 536, Spurscast host Paul Garcia and Project Spurs writer Collin Reid preview the upcoming San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets playoff series in detail. From individual player matchups to strengths and weaknesses on both ends of the floor, their conversation goes in all sorts of directions for this series.

As mentioned in the episode, here are the statistics that were used. The stats were collected from NBA.com/stats and CleaningTheGlass.com.

Rotation Lineups – Spurs

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WhiteForbesDeRozanAldridgePoeltl
MillsBelinelliGay
Bertans

Rotation Lineups – Nuggets

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MurrayHarrisBartonMillsapJokic
MorrisBeasleyCraigPlumlee

Spurs Scoring

Category SeasonRankRating
Points Per 100 Possessions113.5 PP/1005thElite
Halfcourt Points Per Play100 PP/1004thElite
eFG %53.8%6thElite
Rim Accuracy65.6%5thElite
All Mid-Range Accuracy44.2%2ndElite
Corner 3PT Accuracy46.5%1stElite
Non-Corner 3PT Accuracy38.4%2ndElite
Bench Points Per Game38.3 points11thGood
Fast Break Points10.4 points28thImprovement

Nuggets Scoring

Category SeasonRankRating
Points Per 100 Possessions112.9 PP/1007thElite
Halfcourt Points Per Play95.3 PP/10014thAverage
eFG %53.1%12thGood
Rim Accuracy63.2%14thAverage
All Mid-Range Accuracy42.9%6thElite
Corner 3PT Accuracy39.6%9thGood
Non-Corner 3PT Accuracy34.5%20thImprovement
Bench Points Per Game37.9 points13thAverage
Fast Break Points12.6 points15thAverage

Where do the Spurs frequently take shots from?

AreaSeasonRankRating
Frequency at Rim26.5%30thOuch
Frequency All Mid-Range46.9%1stElite
Frequency All Threes26.6%30thOuch
Free Throw Rate19.4 P/100 FGA18thImprovement

Where do the Nuggets frequently take shots from?

AreaSeasonRankRating
Frequency at Rim35.3%21stOuch
Frequency All Mid-Range32.3%14thAverage
Frequency All Threes32.4%15thAverage
Free Throw Rate17.7 P/100 FGA26thUgh

Spurs Ball Movement

Category SeasonRankRating
Turnover %12%1stElite
Assisted Made Baskets58%22ndImprovement
Passes Per Game280.8 Passes27thOuch
Secondary Assists Per Game3.2 assists11thGood

Nuggets Ball Movement

Category SeasonRankRating
Turnover %13.8%13thAverage
Assisted Made Baskets65.3%2ndElite
Passes Per Game309.4 Passes7thElite
Secondary Assists Per Game3.7 assists4thElite

Spurs Defense

Category SeasonRankRating
Points Per 100 Possessions111.5 PP/10020thImprovement
Opp Halfcourt Points Per Play95.3 PP/10019thImprovement
Opp eFG%53.2%20thImprovement
Opp Offensive Rebound %24.2%5thElite
Opp Free Throw Rate17.4 P/100 FGA2ndElite
Opp Frequency Off Live Rebounds28.9%16thAverage
Opp Points Added off Live Rebounds+1.2 PP/10019thImprovement
OPP Fast Break Points14.1 points20thImprovement

Nuggets Defense

Category SeasonRankRating
Points Per 100 Possessions109.2 PP/10011thGood
Opp Halfcourt Points Per Play94.5 PP/10014thAverage
Opp eFG%52.4%14thAverage
Opp Offensive Rebound %24.6%8thGood
Opp Free Throw Rate19.5 P/100 FGA15thAverage
Opp Frequency Off Live Rebounds26.9%7thGood
Opp Points Added off Live Rebounds+1 PP/10013thAverage
OPP Fast Break Points12.2 points6thElite

Where do opponents shoot from and how accurate are they against the Spurs’ defense?

Shot LocationsSeasonRankRating
Opp Frequency at Rim32.7%3rdElite
Opp Accuracy at Rim63.3%18thImprovement
Opp Frequency All Mid-Range34%25thElite
Opp Accuracy All Mid-Range43.2%29thUgh
Opp Frequency Corner 3PT7.1%10thGood
Opp Accuracy Corner 3PT39.6%20thImprovement
Opp Frequency Non-Corner 3PT26.2%20thImprovement
Opp Accuracy Non-Corner 3PT35.6%19thImprovement

Where do opponents shoot from and how accurate are they against the Nuggets’ defense?

Shot LocationsSeasonRankRating
Opp Frequency at Rim37.6%24thUgh
Opp Accuracy at Rim63.1%16thAverage
Opp Frequency All Mid-Range28%6thUgh
Opp Accuracy All Mid-Range40.3%16thAverage
Opp Frequency Corner 3PT9.8%30thOuch
Opp Accuracy Corner 3PT38.4%17thAverage
Opp Frequency Non-Corner 3PT24.6%12thGood
Opp Accuracy Non-Corner 3PT32.8%1stElite

The ratings were a system I created early in the season in my Spurs Evaluation series.

Elite – Rank near Top 5
Good – Rank near Top 10
Average – Rank near 15th
Improvement – Rank near 20th
Ugh – Rank near 25th
Ouch – Rank near 30th

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