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San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways from Loss to Utah Jazz

By George Middleton
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On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Utah Jazz. The Jazz were 5-16 going into the contest and have the second worst record in the Western conference. The loss was a bit surprising for the Spurs, considering the fact that the Utah Jazz had played the night before against the Sacramento Kings. Tony Parker missed the game with a left hamstring strain.

Below are some takeaways from the Spurs-Jazz game:

1. Tim Duncan Had A Big Game

The Spurs don’t lose too often, especially when Tim Duncan plays the way he did on Tuesday. Duncan finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Not only did Duncan dominate on offense, he was excellent on the other end, as he had four blocks and three steals. Opposing bigs Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors did combine for 33 points and 23 rebounds, but Duncan did his job.

2. Free Throw Shooting Cost Them

This season the Spurs are at a respectable 78% from the free throw line. However their bad night at the free throw line cost them. The Spurs shot 14-23 from the charity stripe. Kawhi Leonard made 2-5, while Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli both made 3-5. In a contest they lost by only four points, it was arguably the difference.

3. Manu Ginobili Struggled

With Parker out it is expected for Ginobili to do more than usual, but that didn’t happen on Tuesday. Ginobili went for 10 points and 8 assists, but had 4 turnovers and shot a poor 3-17 from the field. It was certainly one of the worst shooting nights in Ginobili’s career.

4. Spurs Had Opportunites

The Spurs didn’t play to their standards on Tuesday night, but they did do one thing well. The Spurs created turnover opportunities, as they had 12 steals. The Jazz turned it over a total of 18 times. If the Spurs create turnovers like they did against Utah there won’t be many losses for this veteran team.

Next: San Antonio Spurs: Player Grades In Loss to Utah Jazz

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