SportVU Preview: Miami Heat (2) vs Charlotte Bobcats (7)
The Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats face off in the No. 2 vs. No. 7 opening round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The series tips off with Game 1 on Sunday, Apr. 20 in Miami (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC). The Heat begin their quest for a three-peat against a Bobcats team that they swept 4-0 in the regular season series.
We 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 much more. How well did Michael Kidd-Gilchrist guard LeBron James? Which team's point guards had the most success driving to the basket? Check out the stats below to find the answers.
And for additional statistical analysis on this first round matchup, be sure to check out John Schuhmann's numbers breakdown on NBA.com.
|L. James||M. Kidd-Gilchrist||23:24||2||18-30||60%||4-7||57%||6||8-9||10||1||0||48|
|K. Walker||N. Cole||21:54||1||9-16||56%||3-6||50%||6||5-5||5||0||1||26|
|A. Jefferson||C. Bosh||21:05||3||19-28||68%||0-0||0%||1||2-3||0||0||0||40|
|M. Kidd-Gilchrist||L. James||18:59||6||2-7||29%||1-1||100%||0||0-0||5||0||0||5|
|C. Bosh||A. Jefferson||18:30||2||12-23||52%||3-5||60%||3||2-3||1||0||1||29|
Though Kidd-Gilchrist and the Bobcats as a whole have been stingy on the defensive end this season (sixth in the league in defensive efficiency at 101.2 points per 100 possessions), James was able to get to wherever he wanted on the court and took 30 shots in just 23 minutes of half court matchup time against Kidd-Gilchrist in the four games Miami met Charlotte.
|LeBron vs MKG|
Charlotte failed to penetrate the ball into the teeth of the defense the way Miami was able to, due in large part to the passivity of the Bobcats' PGs. While Cole and Chalmers combined for 30 drives, Sessions and Walker contributed just 13 in the four games.
Al Jefferson was the primary defender on 49 shots attempts this year in the three games he played against the Heat, of which 34 (69%) were taken by either Chris Bosh or LeBron James. Both were very effective in scoring from the perimeter against the Bobcats' most prominent interior defender.
|Chris Bosh||LeBron James|
|FGM-FGA||12-23 (52%)||6-11 (55%)|
|3PM-3PA||3-5 (60%)||3-4 (75%)|
Despite shooting just 2-7 (29%) when guarded by LeBron, Kidd-Gilchrist was extremely active on the offensive glass, grabbing six rebounds when guarded by James. The only other player that had more than two offensive rebounds against a specific player was Al Jefferson, who snagged three offensive rebounds against Chris Bosh.