By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — Only one Western Conference team has a winning record against the San Antonio Spurs over the last six seasons. That team is the Portland Trail Blazers (14-7), who the Spurs haven’t faced in the postseason since they won their first championship in 1999.
Through the years, the Spurs have had a hard time slowing the Portland offense down. And this season, doing that has been tougher than ever. The Blazers ranked fifth in offensive efficiency in the regular season and first in the first round.
Of course, the Spurs were the best team in the league in the regular season. They’re looking to get back to The Finals, but have another tough challenge ahead.
Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 1 and No. 5 seeds in the Western Conference, as well as the four games they played against each other.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the first round.
San Antonio Spurs (62-20)
Beat Dallas in 7 games.
Pace: 94.2 (5)
OffRtg: 110.2 (3)
DefRtg: 106.8 (9)
NetRtg: +3.4 (6)
- Best shooting team of the first round, with an effective field goal percentage of 54.3 percent.
- Shot 22-for-24 on clutch-time free throws.
- Marco Belinelli had the worst individual plus-minus (minus-60) of the first round.
- Danny Green was the only player to make more than half of his 3-pointers on at least 20 attempts.
- Tony Parker led the first round with 13.3 drives per game.
- For regular season Spurs notes, see their first round preview.
Portland Trail Blazers (54-28)
Beat Houston in 6 games.
Pace: 95.9 (3)
OffRtg: 111.8 (1)
DefRtg: 109.8 (13)
NetRtg: +1.9 (8)
- Most efficient offense of the first round, scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions.
- Worst defensive rebounding team of the first round, grabbing just 64.7 percent of available defensive boards.
- Held the Rockets to just 2-for-19 from 3-point range in clutch time.
- Damian Lillard was the only player to attempt at least 10 clutch-time free throws and not miss one.
- Lillard attempted 5.5 pull-up 3-pointers per game, most in the first round.
- For regular season Blazers notes, see their first round preview.
- No Spurs starter played in all four games. Their starting lineup played just 19 minutes in two games.
- The Blazers outscored the Spurs by 15.0 points per 100 possessions in 82 minutes with Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge on the floor together.
- Manu Ginobili averaged 17.3 points against the Blazers, his highest scoring average vs. any opponent against whom he played at least three games.
- Wesley Matthews shot 12-for-23 (52 percent) from 3-point range, his best mark against any Western Conference opponent.
- Aldridge played in three of the four meetings and was defended by Boris Diaw for about the same amount of time (11:56) as he was defended by Duncan (11:51).
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