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Takeaways From Spurs In The First Week of NBA Action

By George Middleton

Now that the first week of the NBA season has concluded, there are a few things that I either learned about the San Antonio Spurs or that I need to point out. The Spurs went 1-1 in the first week, as they beat a tough Dallas Mavericks team by 1 and they lost to a young Phoenix Suns team by 5. The Spurs have a strange beginning to the season to say the least. They start the season with a four day rest and then play five games in seven days.

Tony Parker Can Shoot

Maybe it’s a two game thing or maybe Tony Parker can shoot now. Parker, who is a career 32% three point shooter and makes less than half a three per game in his career, is 6-6 in two games from beyond the arc. This is not a typo. We all know Parker can stroke it from 15-20 feet, but maybe his range has extended. He also tied his career in three pointers made in a game, with four against Dallas.

– Hot Shooting

As I stated in my previous point, Parker has been lights out, but he is not the only one! The Spurs have made 22 threes in two games and are shooting 42%. Marco Belinelli and Danny Green have combined to hit 9-18 from downtown. The Spurs might be without one of their better shooters (Patty Mills) for a while, but they are in good hands.

Tiago Splitter is Missed

While the Spurs look solid in their first two games, they are surely missing Tiago Splitter. Splitter is a terrific rebounder, that helps the Spurs defense by changing shots, not necessarily blocking shots. In the first two games of the season, the Spurs are averaging 41.5 rebounds. Last year they averaged a solid 43.3 per game. Hopefully Splitter is back sooner than later.

-Different Game, Different Lineup

The Spurs have played two games and they have had some adjustments in their starting lineup. In their first game, they started Parker, Belinelli, Green, Matt Bonner, and Tim Duncan. In game two they started Parker, Green, Kawhi Leonard, Austin Daye, and Duncan. With Splitter out Coach Gregg Popovich is matching up with the opposition. In the second game he started Daye, who didn’t play in the opener and Bonner didn’t play, after starting the opener.

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