Sunday, March 6, 2011
Spurs experience reversal of fortune
By ESPN Stats & Info
As good as the San Antonio Spurs were against the Miami Heat, they were just as bad against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
It was a rare lopsided loss for the Spurs, a game in which they were never really in contention. How rare? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 28-point halftime deficit was the largest the Spurs have ever faced on their home floor.
The biggest change for the Spurs came in their inability to score inside. They were 18-for-26 from inside five feet in their easy win over the Heat on Friday night, but Sunday they were an uncharacteristic 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) against the Lakers.
Tim Duncan’s 1-for-7 from the field epitomized San Antonio’s woes. The Spurs were outscored by 29 points with Duncan on the court, the worst plus-minus he posted since registering a minus-29 against these same Lakers on November 28, 2003.
It’s the second time this season Duncan shot 1-for-7 from the field, both at home against the Lakers. Prior to this season, Duncan had only two home games in his entire career in which he had one field goal or fewer.
If you watched SportsCenter, you probably heard the stat – the Heat are now 1-for-18 this season in the final 10 seconds of regulation when trailing by three points or fewer. But that’s not the only troublesome number to come out of this game.
The Bulls completely took away Miami’s isolation offense, holding the Heat to 1-for-7 shooting on plays where a potential shooter is isolated against his defender. The Heat typically score 13 points per game on such plays, according to video review, but the Bulls held them to just three points on Sunday.
And although Chris Bosh was 9-for-14 from the field, he struggled again against Joakim Noah. Bosh was 3-for-8 from the field when Noah was the primary defender against him. In the last two games against the Bulls, Bosh is 4-for-14 when Noah is guarding him.
One other nugget related to the Heat's 1-for-18 in "crunch time." James' former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, may not be having the best season, but they are 5-for-11 in similar situations in 2010-11.
The best trivia question with which you can stump your friends from tonight’s action would be to ask them who the four players in the NBA are who each have three triple-doubles this season.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala joined LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Russell Westbrook with a 15-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort in a 125-117 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors.
This marks the second time that Iguodala has had three triple-doubles in a season. He also did so in 2006-2007. A check of Basketball-Reference.com shows us that the last 76ers player with more was Charles Barkley, who had five in 1986-87. It was Iguodala's second straight triple-double, the first time a 76ers player had done that since Aaron McKie in 2000-2001.
Also noteworthy for Philadelphia was Evan Turner’s 20 points, the second-best scoring effort of his brief NBA career. In Turner’s 28 minutes on the floor, the 76ers outscored the Warriors by 25 points.