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Author: Collin Reid

The Denver Nuggets’ Game 3 Defense

With a sample size of one game, it can be hard to know if a large change in style was an adjustment made by the coaching staff or the players taking what the defense was giving them in that particular game, but the Spurs played differently than they usually do in Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets. The Spurs, who were last in the league in frequency of possessions that begin in transition during the regular season at 11.5%, had 20.2% of their possessions begin with what CleaningTheGlass calls a “transition play.” As a reference, the Spurs began 5.4%...

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Analyzing the Denver Nuggets’ Defense in Game 1

Project Spurs illustration/Courtesy: @NBATV As Paul Garcia pointed out in the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets’ series preview on the Spurscast last week, the Spurs are one of the best teams in the league at running halfcourt offense, ranking 4th in the league at 100.0 points per 100 possessions. In Game 1, the Spurs had the exact same points per 100 possessions in halfcourt offense while the Nuggets only scored 90.7 points per 100 possessions in the halfcourt. If this series becomes a halfcourt battle, it favors the Spurs, and Game 1 showed that. While DeMar DeRozan and...

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