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Three games into March, the San Antonio Spurs have been involved in some wild finishes, as it took a game winning shot from Kawhi Leonard last week for the Spurs to defeat the Indiana Pacers, then overtime was needed in back-to-back nights against the New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves over the weekend for San Antonio to win their first three March games. For the most part, the Spurs’ issues have mainly come on the offensive end, where shots simply aren’t going in.
The Spurs’ Free Throws as a Whole & In Crunch Time
Wednesday the NBA announced San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich had been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for February, after the Spurs went 8-2 during the month. Going 8-2 was not only the best record in the Western Conference during the month, but it was the Spurs’ defense that really put teams in a bind during those 10 games, as San Antonio had a defensive rating of 96.3 points per 100 possessions. You can see just how dominant the Spurs’ defense was in February by observing the chart below, which shows the Top-5 defenses in February and where they ranked compared to the worst defense of the month, the Denver Nuggets.
Popovich Named February Western Conference Coach of the Month
Sunday in their win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs completed their second highest assist game of the season, as they dished 37 assists on their 49 made baskets in that matchup, to blow out the Lakers by 21 points. While 37 assists are a lot in a ball game, for the Spurs, getting over 30 assists in a game isn’t something that happens too frequently this season. With an offense built around a Top-10 scorer in Kawhi Leonard and a low post/mid-range scorer in LaMarcus Aldridge, on the average night, the Spurs collect 24.0 assists per game, best for 6 th in the NBA.
Highlights: The rust was obvious for the San Antonio Spurs in the first half. Once halftime hit and the team re-charged, it would result in their first win of the season over the Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points as he led the Spurs past the Clippers 105-97 inside the Staples Center on Friday night as the unofficial second half of the season resumed.
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Spurs shake off rust to down Clippers in L.A.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has never been afraid to speak his mind. Popovich is known for his curt in-game interviews, but he has regularly criticized President Trump and his supporters in lengthy statements to the media. Before Monday’s game against the Pacers, Popovich was asked about the perspective he gained from growing up near the African-American community of Gary, Indiana, and the Air Force Academy graduate took the opportunity to speak about President Trump again.
With his second 10-day contract expiring Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs announced Sunday they’ve signed veteran Joel Anthony for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. In eight games with the Spurs, Anthony has averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.
As the 2017 All Star weekend has begun to draw near, the NBA has started to trickle out information pertaining to the weekend’s other events. Of note, it was announced Wednesday that Jonathon Simmons would be the first San Antonio Spur to play in the Rising Stars Challenge since Kawhi Leonard in 2013. Simmons’ story is well known to many fans at this point – he paid his way to a D-league tryout, that eventually led to a training camp invite, which led to a roster spot on the Spurs. The story does not end there, however
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Jonathon Simmons’ Impact
Highlights: The tale of two halves struck again for the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, but this time they would come out on top. A poor defensive first half was outdone by a high powered offensive second half.
Spurs use strong second half to run past Wolves
AT&T CENTER – Last year, from the start of the season to January 9, 2016, a Saturday, there were 11 NBA teams holding their opponents to under 100 points per game on average. Fast forward a year later, and from the start of the season to January 7, 2017, a Saturday, there are just four teams holding teams below 100 points per game. At a time when a good number of teams are aiming for layups and more 3-point attempts, there’s been a scoring boom across the NBA, as the chart below shows
After a strong month of December, the San Antonio Spurs are faced with an interesting month of January. The month provides a good mix of strong playoff teams (with 4 games against teams with records of .600 or better) and games against teams still trying to determine exactly what their identity is (with 8 games against teams with records of .400 or worse).