Manu Ginobili’s overthrown pass that went through the basket fooled nearly everyone in the arena on Tuesday night, including San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
I did not [see the ball go in], in all honestly. I did not, Popovich said. Then everybody started grabbing me and saying the ball went in. I said, ‘Yeah, the ball went in!’ I acted like I knew what was going on.
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Referees eventually credited the basket to Ginobili but incorrectly ruled it a two-point basket. After a review at the end of the quarter, it was changed to a 3-pointer.
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Both DraftKings and FanDuel feature a five-game main slate that begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, thus you won’t find the earlier games included in today’s breakdown.
David Steele: Odd stat quirk for this game: The host Rams are 4-4 in their building. The losses are to Washington in Week 2, to Seattle in Week 5, a showdown with the Eagles in Week 14 when Nick Foles had to finish the game, and last week’s finale against the 49ers, when LA rested several starters. Discount most or all of them for these purposes, considering the circumstances? It’s unlikely there will be a problem of a home-field disadvantage with a large and rabid crowd expected.
More conventional stats pit the Rams with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL, against a Falcons defense that has carried them down the stretch as Ryan and the offense has been hit-and-miss. Over the last six weeks the Falcons have given up 23 points or fewer in each game; that included two games against the Saints and single ones against the Vikings and Panthers, all potent offenses.