Jazz vs. Spurs notes


– Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350

– Spurs injury report: None.

– Jazz injury report: Raja Bell (left knee surgery) and Josh Howard (left knee surgery) are out. Al Jefferson (abdominal strain) is questionable.

– Jefferson has averaged 21.5 points in his last four games against San Antonio. He’s averaged 20.4 points on 52.7 percent shooting over his last eight visits to the AT&T Center.

– The Spurs and Jazz will begin a unique back-to-back tonight. They will face other at the AT&T Center on Sunday and then fly over to Energy Solutions Arena to play the Jazz again on Monday. The last time the Spurs played the same opponent on a back-to-back was on Nov. 26-27, 2002 against the Denver Nuggets.

– With a win, the Spurs will tie their previous season high of 11 consecutive wins. Their first streak was set during Jan. 30- Feb. 20.

– The Spurs 82-point outburst from their bench against the Hornets was the most amassed from an NBA bench since Jan. 3, 2000 against Detroit.

– The Spurs last win of their win streak, coincidentally, came against the Jazz. The Spurs won 106-102 because of a timely Richard Jefferson 3-pointer, his only field goal of the night. The next night the Spurs lost by 40-points at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter in that game.

– Because of the heroics of notorious Spurs killer Goran Dragic (26 points, 11 assists) against the Lakers on Friday, the Spurs did not clinch their 15th straight playoff berth. A win tonight might make that a reality.

– The Spurs hold the longest active streak of postseason berths at 15.

– The Spurs have won five in a row over Utah including an impressive 25-2 record in their last 27 home matchups.

– The Jazz second-ranked offensive rebounding rate is only bested by the Chicago Bulls.

– Utah has recorded 10-plus offensive rebounds in 44 of 56 games. They are 23-21 in these games compared to 6-6 when they record less than 10 offensive rebounds.

– San Antonio is currently in the midst of a six game streak where they have recorded more offensive rebounders than their opponent.

– Utah has four players — Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, Jefferson and Paul Millsap — that are above-average offensive rebounders.

– Utah averages 41.3 attempts at the rim and from 3-9 feet compared to league average of 35.4. Their field goal percentage is above-average in both areas of the court.

– Utah is 28th in 3-point attempts and 29th in 3-point percentage. Only Raja Bell and Devin Harris are above-average 3-point shooters.

– Utah’s season-high in 3-pointers is seven. San Antonio — No. 1 in 3-point percentage — has bested that amount 29 times.

– The Jazz are one of the most careful teams with the ball, ranking fifth in turnover rate. When Utah surpasses their season average of 14.3 turnovers, they are 15-13 versus 14-14 when they record 13 or less turnovers.

– In their previous game, Utah outrebounded the Spurs (41-33) and posted a superior field goal percentage. San Antonio prevailed because of their perimeter shooting. Matt Bonner scored 20 points including five 3-pointers. San Antonio amassed 10 3-pointers for the night.

– Matt Bonner averaged 11.5 points and three 3-pointers in two games against Utah. If you adjust for his 3-pointers, Bonner is essentially perfect from the field with a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. It doesn’t mean anything but I thought I’d put that out there.

– Parker averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 assists in two games against the Jazz. He did so despite a 38.5 field goal percentage.

– Kawhi Leonard has posted less than five rebounds in four consecutive games, a new season-high.

– Duncan has swatted at least two blocks in four consecutive games. His season-high is nine consecutive games.

– Speaking of Timmy, he averaged 16 points and eight rebounds in two games against Utah.

Topics: Al Jefferson, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Matt Bonner, Paul Millsap, San Antonio Spurs, Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Utah Jazz

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  • rtesoro440

    With so many injured players it is doubted if the jazz can keep up with spurs. With a full compliment the spurs will win by 15.

  • LWM_sucks

     @rtesoro440 I tend to be on the low side. I see more of an eight point victory but I’m also anticipating a blowout. 

  • rtesoro440

    I have been observing that the spurs has a bad tendency to rest and relax during 3rd quarters. Their play must be consistent all thruout. And Bonner and Neal keep on firing away missed 3 pointers.