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SA Spurs: 3 Stats that absolutely must improve in 2022

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1. Opponent 3-point FG %

Gone are the days when you only have to worry about two or three guys being a threat from deep at any given time. The modern NBA lineup now usually has at least three shooters on the court and often even four or all five.

The Rockets' 6-10 center Christian Wood shot 6-of-10 from 3-point range against the Spurs last season. Minnesota's 6-9 center Naz Reid buried 6 of 11 attempts in his three games against San Antonio. Unfortunately, that was a running theme all season long -- the Spurs giving up wide-open threes to guys at all positions.

The 37.7% the Spurs allowed from the outside ranked them 23rd overall, but when you look at their 3-point defense at home, it gets even worse. San Antonio allowed a staggering 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc at the AT&T Center last season, only better than the Sacramento Kings (39.7) and Cleveland Cavaliers (39.3). Strangely enough, they only allowed 36% shooting from downtown on the road, which was the sixth-best mark in the league.

For whatever reason, San Antonio was far less disciplined at chasing their men off the line at home than on the road, which likely accounted for such a dramatic difference in percentage allowed. On the road, opponents shot 35.9% on 16.7 wide-open attempts per game. At home, those numbers jumped to 40.4% on 18.1 attempts.

With some of the older guys now gone, maybe that will help the Spurs with their quickness around the perimeter. In any event, Gregg Popovich will need to make a concerted effort to make sure his guys don't get lazy covering shooters this season, especially at home.

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