NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs (6-0) vs. Clippers (4-5)
May 17, 2012; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) gets fouled while shooting against Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams (behind) during the second half in game two of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the AT
– Time: 2:30 p.m.
– TV: ABC
– Radio: 1200 WOAI, 1350 KCOR
– Clippers injury report: None.
– Spurs injury report: None.
– Best Game 2 plus/minus: Eric Bledsoe (four points, two rebounds and two assists) posted a team high +8 in 22:50.
– Worst Game 2 plus/minus: Chris Paul (10 points, five assists and eight turnovers) posted a team low -22 in 33:45.
– Paul’s eight turnovers was a season high.
– The Spurs are grabbing 55.4% of available rebounds against the Clippers.
– Through two games, the Spurs have outscored the Clippers by 15.6 points per 100 possessions.
– The Clippers — the 12th-ranked 3-point shooting team — is shooting 56.3% from behind the arc this series.
– Breaking down their 3-point shooting further: The Clippers are shooting 70% percent from the corner, a level of efficiency even the notoriously corner 3-pointer cognizant Spurs can’t match. On non-corner 3’s, the Clippers are shooting 50%.
– They are, however, shooting 39.3% on shots inside the paint compared to 61.3% for the Spurs.
– Transition battle: The Spurs and Clippers aren’t completely taking advantage of transition opportunities. The Clippers outscored the Spurs by two points in transition in two games.
– The Clippers averaged 20.8 assists in the regular season but they have only mustered 16 per game against the Spurs.
– Los Angeles scored 1.12 points per possession on pick-and-rolls in Game 2. They ran pick-and-rolls 28.9% of the time.
– Their most proficient pick-and-roll ball handler, Paul, struggled in pick-and-rolls all night. He turned the ball over three times and he finished with a woeful 0.50 PPP.
– San Antonio scored 1.41 PPP in transition in Game 2; 17.4% of their possessions were classified as ‘transition’ opportunities. The Spurs averaged 1.24 PPP per transition attempt during the regular season.
– Tim Duncan scored 1.14 PPP on post-ups, up from 0.81 in the regular season. Duncan post-ups make up 87.5% of the Spurs’ post-up possessions during the playoffs.
– Manu Ginobili and Danny Green are both averaging 2 PPP on cuts this series. The Spurs’ 1.64 PPP on cuts leads all playoff teams.
Information courtesy of Basketball Reference, mySynergy Sports.com and NBA.com/Stats