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That’s an interesting point about the Spurs’ defense. Kind of funny, too — back before everyone started to learn about the advantages of Moreyball (and around the time Popovich was starting to borrow heavily from it), a few advanced-stat people would always talk about how the Spurs’ defense was all about funneling opposing players into the midrange to take contested shots, because the players/coaches didn’t always understand what they were giving up in efficiency by taking more contested midrange shots than average.

Now that teams understand why it’s good to shoot at the rim or behind the line, the Spurs seem to have shifted to giving up the midrange, trusting that teams won’t always understand what they’re giving up in efficiency by declining an open midrange shot.

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