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May 16, 2005

20-Second Timeout: Turnovers Critical

It was one of those problem areas with the Spurs that would crop up once in a while but never seemed to be a serious issue.

Turnovers were the main reason the Spurs lost to Memphis at the SBC Center, one of only three home losses during the regular season. There were other games where turnovers were a culprit too. But in recent weeks, the Spurs had been much more consistent in taking care of the ball.


The Spurs have no room to make excuses for the turnovers.
(Otto Greule Jr/NBAE/Getty)
That's why the 15 first-half turnovers in Game Four of the Conference Semifinals was surprising and set the tone for a game in which the Sonics got inspired play from their backcourt.

The Spurs are well aware of how to take back control of the series. Keep the Sonics big men off the offensive boards, make it tougher for Antonio Daniels, Luke Ridnour and Ray Allen to score, and take care of the ball.

By not committing turnovers and controlling the boards, the Sonics will be hard-pressed to get their transition game going.