Recently, the San Antonio Spurs have done a good job of creating open shots, but they aren’t going in. For example, Tony Parker had nobody within 10 feet of him in the right corner, and he still missed a wide-open three.
Why? Well, the previous statement kind of answers the question. Parker took just 24 corner threes all year, proving that it’s just not a comfortable shot. Confused by the unfamiliarity, his shot was out of rhythm and he missed.
That’s the problem the Spurs face right now. They rely so heavily on creating spacing to get the shots they want, but when a team closes off that space, as the Thunder have done so beautifully in this game, the Spurs are pushed to areas of the court they don’t want to be. Without a dynamic offensive threat capable of scoring all over the court (besides maybe Manu Ginobili), this is problematic.
You could say this is the downside of extreme efficiency.