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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Encouraging trends after three games

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3. The Spurs' defense is already showing signs of its power

While giving up 121 points to the Milwaukee Bucks significantly skewed the data, the eye test shows this Spurs team is already light years ahead of recent versions of the team defensively.

While they have a wealth of individual talent on that end of the floor (Murray, Poeltl, White, Vassell), it's their cohesion as one defensive unit that's helping them wreak havoc on opponents. Any time you have two different guys blocking the same shot, you know the effort is there.

The Spurs' ability to force turnovers has kept them in games where they're struggling in other areas too. The 19.7 turnovers per game they're causing are second in the NBA, and the 21.7 points per game they're scoring off those turnovers is fifth. Last season, those numbers were 13.2 (19th) and 15.7 (21st).

With the lineups they're capable of fielding on a nightly basis, I would expect San Antonio to keep forcing turnovers at a decent rate while also improving their fast break points per game. Their 13.3 fast break points per game has them currently tied for 15th, but they're capable of being a top-10 team in this category when you look at the roster.

Through three games, the Spurs are giving up 106.7 points per game (11th) and have a defensive rating of 106.3 (15th). It's still too early to tell where they truly belong compared to others defensively, but a top-10 defense is also a decent possibility with this squad.

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As we start to get more data with the season continuing, we'll start to really be able to see this team's potential. For now, though, early signs are encouraging.