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Popovich cites turnovers as common denominator in Spurs’ Finals losses

Jun 14, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs have been remarkably efficient in these playoffs, and have lost just four times in total through 14 postseason games.

After a San Antonio loss in Game 4 of the Finals evened the series at two games apiece, Gregg Popovich was asked on Friday if there was a common thread he could see as an area that his team needs to address in order to have the best chance of avoiding future losses.

“Oftentimes or most of the time, the great majority of the time it’s about turnovers,” Popovich said. “It’s about not taking care of the basketball. Because it’s not just, you gave them another possession. People forget you lost your possession. You might have scored one, two or three points, or four, I guess, in rare situations. But you didn’t score and the other team oftentimes‑‑ especially the better the team you play, like Miami — you turn it over and they’re going to score. It’s basically a dunk or a lay‑up at the other end of the court.

“So it’s always a swing of four points, at least. And that’s what really takes its toll. That’s why we were so happy after Game 1 when we just had four turnovers. Since then we’ve been plagued, largely due to their outstanding defense.”

The Heat are one of the most dangerous transition teams in the game, and turnovers lead to fast break opportunities at the other end that are often difficult to stop.

In Game 4, the Spurs turned it over 19 times, and Miami was able to take advantage to the tune of 23 points. By contrast, the Heat turned it over just nine times, and San Antonio was able to turn that into only eight points.

That’s a difference of 15 points, and the final margin of victory for the Heat was 16.

In the Spurs’ other loss in the series in Game 2, the difference in points off of turnovers was 17 in the Heat’s favor, in a game Miami won by 19 points.

Not surprisingly, Popovich might be onto something.

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