Prevention Thoughts: LAC 115, SAS 92

Clippers at Spurs (December 16)

Your recap is above, and the Preventions will follow…

But first, I have an announcement to make. I just received word from an acquaintance of mine that he will be switching web servers from good ol’ Dreamhost to some name he has yet to tell me. This is significant because he lent me web space to host my Clipper Preventions Spreadsheet which I have been working on diligently, despite the absence of my insightful writing (WordPress supposedly does not allow users like myself to upload Excel spreadsheets to their storage unless I purchase an upgrade package). Due to the switching of web servers, this will be the last Prevention Thoughts posted here on this account.

The deactivation of my web space will not affect my Prevention logs and the accompanying spreadsheet. I will continue to monitor the Clipper defense like I always have, and update the said logs and master spreadsheet on daily basis. Once the web hosting situation with my associate has been resolved, I will announce the new location for that, in addition to my website. For now, you can follow my Twitter account Wammy Giveaway for updates regarding the switch, and when my website is officially ready.

Coming home from a seven-game long trip is a blessing and a curse. You’re a professional basketball player making thousands or millions of dollars performing the sport you love to fans across the United States, away from home, away from your family and friends. You miss the dailies of your neighborhood, the recreational activities in your city, even your time zone. But the game of basketball is a demanding business goddess, and as such, there’s work to be done. You’re fighting rest and rust to defend your city against a desperate Eastern Conference opponent who is starving for a win, any win, to fight for a noble cause. And other times, the opponent seeking desperation is the Spurs of San Antonio, whose fountain of youth has already abandoned the heady veterans of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili… yet their “Remember The Alamo” pride and spirit remains, their battle-tested conquests carried on by the faces of Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter.

If you ever encountered me on Clipperblog as a commentator, you’ll notice how much I liken the Spurs to the 1920 Original Celtics. The Spurs are an old school team who praises and preaches the fundamentals of basketball like no other team in the NBA. Whereas the Miami Heat win championships by joining together three superstars to become this invincible team that nobody could defeat, the Spur’s way of winning titles is summed up in two nouns: chemistry and heart. Chemistry and heart amongst your teammates, your coach, your system, your practices, your abilities and your composure. There’s not a speck of animosity amongst players, not even a speckle of egotism. It’s not about the individual or the stat sheets, it’s about the team, how even the unlikeliest of participants can combine their skills and efforts to help them face adversity not only on the court, but in life lessons as well. These are the fundamentals of basketball the Spurs truly speak of when they play their game, and because of their good nature, their utmost respect for the game, and the sheer demand of excellence required by their coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio is invincibly good.

The only way for any team to defeat the Spurs is by breaking records. A player or team must achieve a season high or career high in any box score category. In the first 25 games, the Clippers averaged 4.9 help defenses per game. This is where a player helps his teammate on any defensive assignment. An example of this is steals: one player from the defensive end strips the ball away from the offense, with a defensive teammate standing by to recover the ball. In a previous Spurs Preventions log I did weeks ago (not featured on this website), I counted 8 successful help assignments against the New Orleans Pelicans. If we assumed that the Spurs average 8 help defenses per game, and we take this game’s results, I can prove below in the Prevention logs that the Clippers committed 15 help assignments. FIFTEEN! Before this game, the Clipper’s season high in help defense was 8. This is the Clipper’s first every game with double-digits in this category.

Protections is the Spur’s bread and butter. Every screen that is set by a combination of Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner, Jeff Ayres and Aron Baynes, combined with the team’s inane ability to hockey assist, makes for an offense that is nearly impregnable and unstoppable. Hardly do the Spurs personnel commit any illegal screens or bad passes – thank you, “Practice M. Perfect.” In the same Pelicans game that I logged, the Spurs set 17 screens and delivered two hockey assists for a total of 19 possessions protected. If you don’t understand the terminology I just wrote, I’ll translate it for you: the Spurs prevented 19 turnovers.

Remember that screens and hockey assist help prevent turnovers. In the Clippers-Spurs game, San Antonio was able to protect 21 possessions by way of 19 screens and a pair of hockey assists. The Clippers did fairly well with 19 protected possessions by combining 3 hockey assists and 16 screens. Los Angeles had a total of 19 turnovers for the game, but while the number looks worrisome, their 19 protected possessions keeps the Clipper’s differential to an even zero. The Spurs may have protected 21 possessions of their own, but the 22 caused by the Clippers left San Antonio with an extra turnover, and was literally the difference maker in the Clipper’s victory.

I leave you now with not one, but TWO prevention logs. As I stated before, follow me on Twitter for the latest updates regarding the web hosting switch. As fanfiction writer Racewing once said, “Catch ya on the flip side!”

CLIPPERS SIDE
Total Points Prevented: 46 PTS
Possessions Lost: 17

CLIPPER PREVENTION LOGS (December 16)

Players
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CP - Chris Paul
JR - J.J. Redick
JD - Jared Dudley
BG - Blake Griffin
DJ - DeAndre Jordan
DC - Darren Collison
JC - Jamal Crawford
MB - Matt Barnes
AJ - Antawn Jamison
BM - Byron Mullens
MW - Maalik Wayns
WG - Willie Green
RB - Reggie Bullock
SJ - Stephen Jackson
RH - Ryan Hollins

Abbreviations
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PTS - Points
ORB - Offensive Rebound
AST - Assist
BLK - Block
STL - Steal
CON - Contested
OFF - Offensive Foul
TOV - Turnover
CLK - Timed violation
FTO - Forced Turnover
TIP - Tipback
SAVE - Saved possession
SCR - Screen/pick
HAS - Hockey assist
DELAY - Dead ball situation
DEF - Deflected out-of-bounds
JMP - Jump ball
POS - Possession
(H) - Help

All events are written in order.
Times are written in mm:ss.

1st Quarter
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1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 10:54
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 10:21
1 TOV - 1 HAS - BG 10:21
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 9:58
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG,DJ 9:37
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ 8:50
1 DELAY - DEF - DJ 8:29
1 POS - 1 OFF - JC 8:27
1 POS - 1 SAVE - JD 8:14
1 POS - 1 TIP - DJ 8:02
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 3:35
1 AST - 1 STL - CP,WG(H) 3:23
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 2:24
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 0:54
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DC,BG(H) 0:01

2nd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 11:43
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 11:03
1 POS - 1 FTO - SJ 10:38
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 9:27
1 POS - 1 STL - DC,JD(H) 9:14
3 PTS - 1 CON - DC 8:46
1 POS - 1 OFF - DC 8:22
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ,SJ 7:22
1 TOV - 1 HAS - WG 7:22
1 POS - 1 STL - DC,DJ(H) 7:16
1 DELAY - DEF - DJ 6:55
1 AST - 1 STL - CP,WG(H) 6:48
2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ,SJ(H) 6:22
1 AST - 1 FTO - JD,DJ 5:59
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 3:42
2 PTS - 1 CON - DJ 2:02
1 POS - 1 ORB - JC 0:54

MISSED CREDITS
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3 PTS - 1 CON - JD 1ST 8:45 (counter-steal)
3 PTS - 1 CON - JD 3RD 10:24 (travel)

3rd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 BLK - DJ 11:43
1 TOV - 1 SCR - DJ 11:22
1 AST - 1 FTO - CP 10:18
2 PTS - 1 CON - BG,JD(H) 8:18
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH 7:53
2 PTS - 1 CON - RH 7:11
1 POS - 1 ORB - JD 6:58
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG,CP 6:43
1 AST - 1 STL - JD 6:07
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 5:58
1 POS - 1 FTO - BG 5:41
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 4:40
1 POS - 1 ORB - CP 2:19
2 PTS - 1 OFF - BG 1:48
1 AST - 1 FTO - BG 1:08
1 POS - 1 OFF - DC 0:30
3 PTS - 1 FTO - CP 0:01

Final Quarter
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1 AST - 1 STL - DJ,DC(H) 11:27
1 POS - 1 FTO - DJ,DC(H) 11:06
1 AST - 1 STL - JC,DC(H) 10:08
2 PTS - 1 CON - DC 9:50
2 PTS - 1 CON - SJ,DJ(H) 8:14
3 PTS - 1 CON - JC 6:45
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD 5:59
1 POS - 1 SAVE - CP 5:50
1 DELAY - DEF - DJ 5:37
2 PTS - 1 STL - JD,DJ(H) 5:25
1 POS - 1 ORB - BG 5:14
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 4:56
1 POS - 1 STL - JC 4:18
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BG 3:24
1 POS - 1 STL - CP,BG(H) 3:15
1 TOV - 1 HAS - CP 3:08
1 AST - 1 STL - WG,BG(H) 2:38
3 PTS - 1 CON - DC 2:11
2 PTS - 1 CON - JD,SJ(H) 1:30
1 TOV - 1 SCR - SJ 0:45
-- END --

SPURS SIDE
Total Points Prevented: 40 PTS
Possessions Lost: 12

SPURS PREVENTION LOGS (December 16)

Players
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TP - Tony Parker
DG - Danny Green
MB - Marco Belinelli
TD - Tim Duncan
BD - Boris Diaw
PM - Patty Mills
MG - Manu Ginobili
KL - Kawhi Leonard
BO - Matt Bonner
TS - Tiago Splitter
CJ - Cory Joseph
NC - Nando De Colo
JA - Jeff Ayres
AB - Aron Baynes

Abbreviations
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PTS - Points
ORB - Offensive Rebound
AST - Assist
BLK - Block
STL - Steal
CON - Contested
OFF - Offensive Foul
TOV - Turnover
CLK - Timed violation
FTO - Forced Turnover
TIP - Tipback
SAVE - Saved possession
SCR - Screen/pick
HAS - Hockey assist
DELAY - Dead ball situation
DEF - Deflected out-of-bounds
JMP - Jump ball
POS - Possession
(H) - Help

All events are written in order.
Time codes are written as mm:ss.

1st Quarter
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1 AST - 1 STL - TP 11:09
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 9:15
1 POS - 1 STL - KL 8:43
3 PTS - 1 CON - DG 7:19
2 PTS - 1 CON - TP 6:41
1 POS - 1 STL - TS,MG(H) 6:19
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BD 5:35
2 PTS - 1 CON - BD 5:17
2 PTS - 1 CON - TP 4:40
1 TOV - 1 HAS - KL 3:59
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 3:10
2 PTS - 1 CON - TD 2:52
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 2:36
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 1:40
2 PTS - 1 BLK - TD,MB(H) 1:19

2nd Quarter
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2 PTS - 1 BLK - PM 11:32
1 POS - 1 CLK - PM,MB,JA 11:19
1 AST - 1 STL - JA,MB(H) 10:49
1 TOV - 1 SCR - JA 9:41
1 POS - 1 STL - BD,MG(H) 8:32
1 POS - 1 OFF - CJ 5:18
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 4:56
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 2:46
1 POS - 1 CLK - TP,KL,JA,TD 2:22 (3 sec.)
3 PTS - 1 CON - MG 1:53
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 1:06
1 AST - 1 STL - TD 0:50
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 0:02

MISSED CREDITS
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1 POS - 1 STL - DG,PM(H) 4TH 5:54 (counter-steal)

3rd Quarter
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1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD,TS 9:11
1 TOV - 1 HAS - TP 9:11
1 POS - 1 OFF - MB 8:56
2 PTS - 1 CON - KL 8:36
3 PTS - 1 OFF - TP 8:08
3 PTS - 1 CON - MB 7:42
2 PTS - 1 CON - BD 5:34
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 4:17
1 POS - 1 SAVE - TD 3:14
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 3:14
2 PTS - 1 CON - JA,CJ(H) 0:44
2 PTS - 1 BLK - BD,BO(H) 0:00

Final Quarter
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3 PTS - 1 CON - BO 11:40
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BD 10:35
1 POS - 1 FTO - MG 10:04
1 POS - 1 FTO - DG 9:30
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BD 9:17
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TS 7:43
2 PTS - 1 CON - TS 7:16
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TS 7:08
3 PTS - 1 CON - PM 6:18
1 POS - 1 ORB - KL 4:37
1 TOV - 1 SCR - TD 3:51
1 POS - 1 STL - DG 1:51
1 TOV - 1 SCR - BO 0:36
-- END --

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