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By: Ashlei KingFOX San AntonioFacebook | Twitter | EmailSAN ANTONIO - Some police officers are taking extra measures to protect themselves. While the San Antonio Police Department is not equipping its officers with body cameras, some officers have purchased pen cameras.The pen cameras record audio and video, but the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association says there are be some legal concerns when it comes to cameras."It can be a double-edged sword sometimes,” Det. Michael Helle, association president, said.Helle said while cameras are beneficial, there are some major privacy issues."At some point you have to protect the rights of the complainant as well and I think some people are just not taking that into consideration,” he said.Helle said some people believe all recordings, even those with victims of abuse, should be fair game for being released in court."You have some people that feel that there's no gray area. It's you give it all to me. It's all matter of public record,” Helle said.Texas lawmakers are currently deciding if all police should be required to wear body cameras.
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By PAUL GARCIAProjectSpurs.com
Even as they were rolling over their final 25 games of the regular season, there was still one trend from the overall season that was continuing to affect the San Antonio Spurs – their shooting and scoring on the road.
Over their last 25 games, where the Spurs won 21 of those matches, San Antonio shot 47% from the field, 35% from three and scored 104 points per game, compared to shooting 52% at home, 40% from three, and scoring 113 points in the AT&T Center over that stretch.
In their first Playoff game of their 2015 campaign, the Spurs’ shooting woes on the road continued, as they shot 37% from the floor, 30% from three, and were held to just 92 points. Credit has to be given to the Los Angeles Clippers’ defense, as they were able to march on to the 107-92 victory in Game 1 over the Spurs.
Here were some key areas of the matchup in Game 1 between the Spurs and Clippers.
The Spurs’ Offense
As mentioned above, the Spurs had a rough night shooting the ball, and it didn’t help that they turned the ball over 15 times and only made 54% of their 26 free throws. Outside of Kawhi Leonard (18 points), Marco Belinelli (11 points), and Patty Mills (9 points), who all shot over 50% from the floor, none of the Spurs’ other players who played core minutes had a good shooting night.
While some of the Spurs’ misses were open, like Danny Green and Boris Diaw, who shot a combined 1-of-12 from 3-point range, the Clippers’ defense also made some of the Spurs’ shots very difficult throughout the night for San Antonio. Via the SportVU numbers, the Clippers contested 56 of the Spurs’ shots and San Antonio shot 38% on those looks. Even with the Clippers allowing 36 uncontested shots, the Spurs only made 33% of them. With DeAndre Jordan (14 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Blake Griffin (3 blocks) anchoring the paint, it was tough for San Antonio to attack the rim, as the team only scored 40 points in the paint on 20-of-44 shooting. Even when the Spurs found themselves open under the rim for a brief second, they looked hesitant to put the shot up or on some cases missed point-blank layups likely thinking Jordan was going to block their shot.
Though Leonard scored 18 points while shooting 58% from the floor, his number of shot attempts were limited due to the Clippers’ defensive scheme on him. With Leonard having a scoring advantage against any of the Clippers’ perimeter players, it was apparent the way the Clippers planned to limit Leonard was by doubling him quickly when he caught the ball in the post or in either corner, or by always making sure Jordan and Griffin were ready to provide help defense in the event Leonard attacked the paint.
With Leonard being the Spurs’ leading scorer and number one option on offense, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich will have to find a way around the Clippers’ initial game plan of limiting Leonard’s shot attempts.
The Spurs’ bench gave them 43 points and 14 of the team’s 25 assists, but outside of Belinelli and Mills, the Spurs’ bench played much like the starters in shooting a low percentage on their shots.
The Spurs’ Defense
Outside of the second quarter, where San Antonio held the Clippers to just 19 points, the Clippers got what they wanted for most of the night against the Spurs’ defense, as they scored 28-30 points in the first, third and fourth quarters.
The Clippers shot 51% from the floor and 56% from 3-point range. On the season, the Clippers shot 38% from 3-point range and as you look at the SportVU numbers, you’ll notice the whether contested or uncontested, the Clippers had the hot hand on this night. The Spurs contested 52 of the Clippers’ shots and the Clippers still shot 46% on those looks. On the 26 uncontested looks the Spurs allowed, the Clippers were almost automatic, knocking down 62% of them.
For the Clippers on offense, most possessions begin with Chris Paul, and he was the floor master Sunday. Paul would finish with 32 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals with just three turnovers, while he knocked down 13 of 20 shots and 3-of-5 three pointers. Whether it was out of the pick-and-roll, in isolation, or on the break, Paul had a good rhythm Sunday. Defensively, Tony Parker did guard Paul for a majority of the game, but at different times, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph also got their share of possessions on Paul.
It’s fair to say after Game 1, Parker guarding Paul for a majority of the game may not remain the Spurs’ main option.
Next to Paul was Blake Griffin, who took over the Twitter talk with two entertaining dunks over Aron Baynes. Griffin had been a problem for the Spurs’ defense in the regular season, and with Tiago Splitter playing less than 10 minutes, due to his recovery from his calf injury, the Spurs couldn’t find a big to contain Griffin.
Griffin erupted with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks, while he shot 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Whether it was Splitter, Diaw, Baynes or Duncan, the Spurs’ frontcourt couldn’t find an answer for limiting Griffin any time he attacked, as he shot 57% from inside of 15 feet.
Though the Clippers’ bench only scored 22 points and only three players played over 10 minutes off their bench, Jamal Crawford being an instant offensive option was huge for them. Crawford took and made some difficult shots (6-of-8 on contested shots) on his way to 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in just 22:34 minutes of play. The Clippers capitalized on the Spurs’ 15 turnovers, as Los Angeles scored 17 of their 23 transition points off those turnovers.
Game 2 Wednesday
Both teams will have two days off now to prepare for Game 2, which will tip-off at 9:30 PM CST in Los Angeles. Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers took the first pawn in this chess match, which means it’s now Popovich’s turn to make his counter move.
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