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Spurs team record for opposing FG % is 25.9 pct, Detroit in 1999. PHX down to 21 pct.
The Spurs are 2:03 minutes away from holding the Suns below 20 points in three straight individual quarters. PHX has 15 right now, 39 total
So, does Bob Sarver storm the mic and offer to give fans their money back now ... or does he wait until Suns are down an even 40?
Aron Baynes has just been fantastic tonight.
17 points for Kawhi now. Mills with the steal, fed Manu, who fed Kawhi. SA by 30.
Looking forward to reading some think pieces about how the Spurs are back after one excellent result.
12 points for Aron Baynes. He's 6/6 from the free throw line. SA by 30.
I'm going to preemptively invoke the Winston Wolf Rule.
"Catchphrase from last year." - Tim Duncan
6:36 left in the 3Q and the Spurs lead by 32 points - Pop timeout.
There's a little of that trademark Parker burst. Jets to the rim for the layup, Spurs up 59-29.
Parker now has 6 points, just attacked the rim. SA leads by 30.
15 points for Kawhi, scores out of the post.
Speaking of maximum carnage, if BAYNES ever writes a biography, there's his title. You're welcome, Aron.
Parker sinks his first jumper, SA leads by 29.
Suns shot chart looks about like what you'd expect -- maximum carnage. http://t.co/X7FnQ55nMW
Kawhi's got 13 points and 7 boards after he takes the rebound and goes coast to coast.
Last RT is pretty amazing...
Correction, the Spurs lead the Suns 51-24 at half.
Parker is not making shots. But he's at least looking more decisive, to my eyes. Had a drive and dump to Duncan earlier that seemed vintage
Spurs' Offense in 2Q: 27 points, 44% shooting, 3 TOs only, 6 ast on 10 FGM. SA defense in 2Q: 11 points for PHX, 4/22 shooting, 6 TOs
My favorite thing at Taco Cabana? Waving on my way by en route to Taco Palenque.
Half: Kawhi Leonard: 11 points, 6 boards, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Danny Green: 12 points. Aron Baynes: 10 points, 6 boards.
Spurs up 51-24 at the break. Phoenix is shooting 8 for 43, 18.6 percent. Point total is a franchise low, apparently.
Danny Green nails a 26-footer at the horn. Spurs take 51-24 lead into break. Fitting end to the half.
So this is Max Contract Leonard: 9 pts, 6 rebs, 3 stls, 2 blks in 1st half.
Analytic introduced at Sloan measures individual D, shows how tough Kawhi makes it to shoot from perimeter; Bledsoe discovering it 1st hand
Halftime will probably be good for Suns to regroup. Right now, body language doesn't look like a team that's going to roar back.
Kawhi joins Baynes in double-digit scoring before half with 11 points now. SA by 24.
Parker gets on the scoreboard after the direct pass from Manu. SA by 22, largest lead of the night.
Manu is dropping some dimes tonight. Another gorgeous feed underneath, spoon feeds Parker. Five assists for him.
The Spurs are 2:26 minutes from holding the Suns to back-to-back quarters with less than 20 points. PHX currently has 11 in 2Q.
What I'm learning: Spurs can get by with either Parker or Leonard shooting poorly. But not both. Leonard's been great tonight. Spurs up 20.
Totally different players, but he does remind me a ton of Big Game James every once in a while.
9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block for Kawhi now. Parker was more aggressive in attacking for a layup, but he missed the shot.
Kawhi Worthy swoops to the hoop.
Mmm, nice half-court bounce pass by Bledsoe.
After starting 0/5 from three, Danny Green helps the Spurs sink their first three. SA back up 20. Green has 9 points.
Parker won't be back, like that's a permanent distinction, until he starts hitting that mid-range shot on the regular. Just missed, 0 for 5.
Suns are giving Parker the jumper but he still can't connect. He's now 0/5 shooting in the game, 0/4 on jumpers.
Pop thinks refs are bailing out an out-of-control Eric Bledsoe right now. I kind of agree.
Spurs point in the paint: 22. Suns total points: 20. SA leads 39-20 with 4:38 left in 2Q.
Bad choice by Kawhi. Passes to Duncan in a crowd, made the great catch but had no room to dribble. Offensive foul.
Spurs turnover = Suns bucket on the other end. SA lead cut to 16.
Spurs up 18, and still haven't connected from 3-point range. And Parker remains scoreless. Playing D, protecting ball can go a long way.
Spurs lead by 18 with 6:25 until half. Kawhi has 7 points, 5 boards, 2 steals, 1 block. Baynes 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block.
10 first half points for the Baynes off the bench. SA back up 20.
Pop hates being up 20 in the first half but Suns are gonna have to help themselves a bit
20-point game in PHX. Suns are 4 for 28.
20 point game, Kawhi has 7 points.
That really was a great contest by BAYNES. Can't make a clean vertical challenge any better than that.
We are three minutes into the second quarter, and the Suns have made four field goals. They have missed 23.
Leonard already up to 6 pts, 4 rebs with 1 block, 1 steal.
Again, post All-Star Break, Phoenix has been the 2nd best offense in the league. Being held to 13 points early through 2 quarters by SA.
The Spurs are on an 8-0 run to start the 2Q. SA defense holding Suns to 4/27 shooting and 6 turnovers. Kawhi is locking down Bledsoe.
Kawhi, that's just not fair. Spurs go up by 19 now with the Kawhi dunk in open court.
The Spurs are just out-energizing these guys right now. Funny how blah a team can look (this time PHX) when the ball isn't going in.
KAWHI LEONARD FREAK MODE ACTIVATED
30-13 Spurs early in second quarter.
It's honestly difficult where Spurs would be without Baynes, who was signed like two days before training camp or something.
Spurs by 17 early in 2Q.
I think the last time the Suns made a basket, Steve Nash shot it.
Am I watching BAYNES play basketball (8 pts, 5 rebs off the bench), or the pit fighting montage from Conan?
The Spurs take a 15 point lead after Baynes' free throws. He has 8 points off the bench. PHX recently beat OKC.
Baynes has 8 points and five boards in 7 minutes off the bench.
Aron Baynes wins this year's "Patty Mills Award" as Aussie who couldn't get off the bench last yr, but now has become kind of indispensable.
Baynes has such an advantage in the paint right now. Just had to stand under the rim for the offensive board. SA w/ 16 points in paint.
1Q: Spurs 24, Suns 13. SA defense holds PHX to 4/21 shooting w/ 3 turnovers. SA outscores PHX 14-4 in paint. Splitter 6 points. SA 48% FG
Spurs' offense is looking more familiar, with ball moving, guards attacking. If they could make open 3s (0 for4), might be running away.
BAYNES, the Alabaster Barbarian, whistled for the offensive foul.
Manu with 2 assists, as he feeds the Baynes. SA goes up 11. Baynes should have an advantage vs. lighter PHX frontcourt.
Mentioned that Manu is the same way. He immediately pipes up, "Man, they hate that guy around here." Moral of the story: PS losses sting.
One of my more favorite exchanges, talking to the PHX AP reporter about what a good guy Goran Dragic was to deal with.
Spurs now have their largest lead at 9 points, as the defense is holding PHX to 2/11 shooting early. PHX also with 2 turnovers.
That's what loafing will do to your rep. Otherwise, one of the NBA's more pleasant and likable players.
Suns meanwhile shooting 16.7 percent. Which ought to improve, but Spurs doing a good job to limiting them to jumpers.
Parker's 0/4 shooting in the 1Q. Missed a tear drop and the rest are jumpers.
Boris, still getting lightly booed in PHX
Spurs off to a nice start, up 17-4. But Parker again starting slow. 0 for 4.
Manu finds Tiago through the middle of traffic for the layup and the Spurs have 14 points. PHX defense showing that 26th ranking post ASB.
Manu...that was sexy. Bullet no-look pass underneath to the uncovered Splitter.
Problem with the shot clock. Lauren Holtkamp asks the operator to "please" re-set it. Joey would have told them to go eff themselves first.
PJ Tucker tried to post Danny Green. Guess he didn't read the scouting report that Green's a pretty good shot blocker for a SG.
Kawhi basically caged in Bledsoe. Bledsoe tried to use the screen, Kawhi cut him off, then Leonard's arm forced a steal on Len.
Danny Green's reverse layups aren't quite as majestic as Manu's.
Duncan stuffs Len at the rim, wins the ensuing jump ball. Greatness.
Defensively, the Spurs have Kawhi Leonard guarding Eric Bledsoe, the Suns' leading scorer post ASB. Parker's guarding Knight.
Great start for Los Spurs, out to an 8-0 lead against PHX
And it's an 8-0 run for San Antonio to start the game. Splitter 4 points.
Everything coming up Spurs so far. Suns still looking for first bucket.
Post-All Star break after the trades they made, the Suns rank 2nd in Offense and 26th in Defense.
I only covered 6 of 9 games on RRT, didn't play a single second, and I'm completely wiped out. Can only imagine how players must feel.
Suns are young, hungry, like to push and are fighting for playoff spot. Not exactly the best matchup for Spurs on b2b to close rodeo trip.
Or, put another way, it's how most sane NBA teams in 2015 use analytics.
EVENTUALLY, got Pop to talk in general about how the Spurs value analytics, which is pretty much what we suspected: http://t.co/n41VehujEw