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SportVU: Defensive Matchup Notes from Day 1

As part of our playoff preview, we used SportVU data to highlight defensive matchup stats in order to dig into some of the one-on-one duels for each series. Now that the Playoffs are underway, we can see how each of those matchups is playing out and see which players have an advantage.

  • FGM-A
    1-5
    Joe Johnson
    vs. DeMar DeRozan
    8:21 of matchup time
    4-4
    Joe Johnson
    vs. John Salmons
    3:34 of matchup time
  • FGM-A
    4-11
    Kevin Durant
    vs. Tony Allen
    9-14 FG vs. all others
  • PTS
    8
    Chris Paul
    vs. Klay Thompson
    2-9 FG (both 3s), 2 FTs
  • DRV
    10
    Jeff Teague
    vs. George Hill
    14 pts on those drives

This Day in NBA History: "God Disguised as Michael Jordan"

On April 20, 1986, Michael Jordan scored an NBA Playoff record 63 points in a 135-131 double-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. Jordan shot 22-of-41 from the field and 19-of-21 from the line en route to breaking Elgin Baylor's previous mark of 61 points set during the 1962 NBA Finals. After the game, Boston's Larry Bird shook his head and proclaimed "It's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."

  • Most points scored, NBA Playoff game
    63
    Michael Jordan
    Chicago at Boston
    April 20, 1986 (2 OT)
    61
    Elgin Baylor
    Los Angeles at Boston
    April 14, 1962
    56
    Wilt Chamberlain
    Philadelphia vs. Syracuse
    March 22, 1962
    56
    Michael Jordan
    Chicago at Miami
    April 29, 1992
    56
    Charles Barkley
    Phoenix at Golden State
    May 4, 1994

SportVU Preview: San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8)

Before the Spurs and Mavs tip off their Texas showdown on Sunday, let's take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this opening round series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and more.

  • MIN FGM-A 3FGM-A PTS
    18:16 12-24 0-0 28
    Dirk Nowitzki
    While being guarded by Boris Diaw
  • MIN FGM-A DRV PTS
    16:42 10-18 13 24
    Tony Parker
    While being guarded by Jose Calderon

SportVU Preview: Miami Heat (2) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7)

Before the Heat begin their quest for a three-peat on Sunday, let's take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and more.

  • MIN FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A DRV DRV PTS
    23:24 18-30 4-7 8-9 10 9
    LeBron James
    While being guarded by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • MIN FGM-A FG% PTS
    21:05 19-28 67.9% 40
    Al Jefferson
    While being guarded by Chris Bosh

SportVU Preview: Chicago Bulls (4) vs. Washington Wizards (5)

Before the Bulls and Wizards tip off their opening round series on Sunday, let's take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and more.

  • MIN FGM-A FG%
    18:43 6-17 35.3%
    John Wall
    While being guarded by Kirk Hinrich
  • MIN FGM-A PTS OREB
    21:23 7-12 18 6
    Joakim Noah
    While being guarded by Marcin Gortat
  • MIN FGM-A PTS
    12:11 6-17 21
    Marcin Gortat
    While being guarded by Joakim Noah

SportVU Preview: Houston Rockets (4) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5)

Before the Rockets and Blazers tip off their opening round series on Sunday, let's take a closer look at some of the key matchups in this series with the help of SportVU player tracking technology. The SportVU data allows us to look at specific player vs. player matchup stats in a variety of categories such as drives, rebounds, the amount of time each defender spent guarding a player and more.

  • MIN FGM-A 3FGM-A PTS
    29:36 11-19 5-9 35
    James Harden
    While being guarded by Wesley Matthews
  • MIN FGM-A 3FGM-A PTS
    10:12 6-9 4-4 23
    James Harden
    While being guarded by Nicolas Batum
  • DRV DRV PTS PPD
    17 16 0.94
    Damian Lillard
    While being guarded by Patrick Beverley

2013-14 Season Official Leaders

The 2013-14 regular season has officially come to an end, so it is time to crown this year's statistical champions. Kevin Durant won his fourth scoring title in five seasons, becoming the first player to do so since Michael Jordan won seven straight from 1987 to 1993. Durant joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson and George Gervin as the only players to win four or more scoring titles. The Clippers duo of Chris Paul (assists and steals) and DeAndre Jordan (rebounds and field goal percentage) each led two categories.

  • PTS
    32.0
    K. Durant
  • REB
    13.6
    D. Jordan
  • AST
    10.7
    C. Paul
  • STL
    2.48
    C. Paul
  • BLK
    2.82
    A. Davis
  • FG%
    67.6%
    D. Jordan
  • FT%
    94.0%
    B. Roberts
  • 3FG%
    47.2%
    K. Korver

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Aldridge took 899 midrange shots this season, the most of any player. Houston's entire team took 728 (!), by far the fewest in the NBA

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Key for Blazers:continuity. 4 guys(Lillard,Batum,Lopez,Matthews) started all 82 in '13-14, 1st time in POR history(1st in NBA since '10-11)

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Dwight avg. 25.5 PPG vs. the Blazers, his highest mark against any West team (HOU 3-1). More preview stats here: http://t.co/o2CHjW1n4S

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Nene had shot just 12/29 (41.4%) v. CHI this season (6-17 when guarded by Noah). Hit 7/10 in that 1st half alone though, primarily v. Noah

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#ThisDateInHistory 4/20/1986: MJ scored an #NBAPlayoffs record 63pts, despite a 2OT loss to a legendary Celtics club http://t.co/opraW7tqs0

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The Wall-Hinrich matchup will be 1 to watch. Wall shot just 6/17 when guarded by Hinrich this season, but 5/9 v. DJ Augustin #BULLSvWIZARDS

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How crucial is J-Wall to @WashWizards offense? This season, he led the NBA in Time of Possession/Game (7.8min), ranked 2nd Touches/Gm (95.0)

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While defended by Noah this season (15:29 of matchup time), Gortat found great success, hitting 9/13 FGAs More here: http://t.co/yIbAtuBHe6

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Led by Noah, @chicagobulls ranked 2nd in assist rate post All-Star. More nuggets in this #BULLSvWIZARDS preview: http://t.co/NcUaL1LNH4

Player Tracking

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What is Player Tracking?

Using six cameras installed in the catwalks of every NBA arena, SportVU software tracks the movements of every player on the court and the basketball 25 times per second. More

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Shot Charts

With shot charts, you can see the location of every shot from every player or team, the distribution of their shot attempts and how successful they are from different areas of the floor.

Durant's Scoring Streak

Kevin Durant scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games. During the streak, he averaged 38.0 points on 54.4 percent shooting from the field. Shot Chart | Stats
  • PTS
    38.0
  • FG%
    54.4
  • 3P%
    42.0
  • FT%
    87.9

Beyond The Numbers

PTS, in 23 min, LBJ vs. MKG
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Preview: Heat vs. Bobcats

With the help of SportVU, we take a closer look at the player vs. player matchups in this series, including LeBron James' dominant numbers against the defense of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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Western Conference Player of the Month

Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Player of the Month

Al Jefferson
Charlotte Bobcats
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Player of the Month

Blake Griffin
Los Angeles Clippers
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Player of the Month

LeBron James
Miami Heat
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Player of the Month

Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Player of the Month

Carmelo Anthony
New York Knicks
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Player of the Month

Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Player of the Month

LeBron James
Miami Heat
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Player of the Month

Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Player of the Month

Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Gorgui Dieng
Minnesota Timberwolves
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Michael Carter-Williams
Philadelphia 76ers
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Nick Clathes
Memphis Grizzlies
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Victor Oladipo
Orlando Magic
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Trey Burke
Utah Jazz
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Michael Carter-Williams
Philadelphia 76ers
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Trey Burke
Utah Jazz
Press Release
Player Profile

Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Victor Oladipo
Orlando Magic
Press Release
Player Profile

Western Conference Rookie of the Month

Ben McLemore
Sacramento Kings
Press Release
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Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Michael Carter-Williams
Philadelphia 76ers
Press Release
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Most Valuable Player

2012-13: LeBron James

Defensive Player of the Year

2012-13: Marc Gasol

Rookie of the Year

2012-13: Damian Lillard

Sixth Man of the Year

2012-13:
J.R. Smith

Most Improved Player

2012-13: Paul George

Coach of the Year

2012-13: George Karl

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