NBA Stats

May 16 2014 2:02PM

SportVU Matchup Data: Closing Time

The Thunder and Pacers picked up Game 6 wins on the road on Thursday to close out their respective series with the Clippers and Wizards. Using SportVU, we look at the matchups from Game 6 and throughout the series that were key to success for Oklahoma City and Indiana.

Thunder vs. Clippers | Pacers vs. Wizards


Thunder vs. Clippers

Kevin Durant saw much more success in his matchup with Matt Barnes in Game 6 than he did in Game 5. Durant scored 23 points off of 8-of-17 shooting in 11:28 of matchup time with Barnes in Game 6, compared to nine points on 2-of-11 shooting in 11:02 of matchup time with Barnes in Game 5.


Game 5Game 6
Matchup Time11:0211:28
FGM-FGA2-11(18%)8-17 (47%)
3FGM-3FGA1-1 (100%)3-5 (60%)
Drives54
Drive Pts44
Total Pts923

Russell Westbrook really struggled when Chris Paul was guarding him in Game 6, as he shot only 1-of-7 from the field in 8:29 of matchup time with Paul. Overall, Westbrook saw a lot of success in that matchup this series, as he shot 23-of-41 (56%) versus Paul this series, including 35 drives.


Game 6Series Totals
Matchup Time8:2947:08
FGM-FGA1-7 (14%)23-41 (56%)
3FGM-3FGA0-2 (0%)5-10 (50%)
OReb07
Steals01
Fouls110
Points262
Drives335
Drive Pts034

Chris Paul has been primarily guarded by Russell Westbrook this series, but Game 6 saw Oklahoma City cover him with Reggie Jackson for a significant chunk of game time as well.

Game 6


WestbrookJackson
Matchup Time4:294:42
FGM-FGA0-2 (0%)3-3 (100%)
3FGM-3FGA0-0 (0%)0-0 (0%)
Touches1220
Points09
Drives28
Drive Pts09

Games 1-5


WestbrookJackson
Matchup Time39:107:55
FGM-FGA15-28 (54%)3-7 (43%)
3FGM-3FGA2-6(33%)2-4 (50%)
Touches12317
Points328
Drives151
Drive Pts120

Just like in Game 5, Oklahoma City used a variety of matchups to try to slow down Blake Griffin in Game 6.


Steven AdamsSerge IbakaNick Collison
Matchup Time4:463:473:25
FGM-FGA3-5 (60%)1-3 (33%)2-6 (33%)
OReb000
Fouls121
Points735
Blocks100


Pacers vs. Wizards

Just like in Game 5, Marcin Gortat saw success versus Washington's big men in Game 6, as he shot a combined 7-of-11 versus David West, Roy Hibbert, and Ian Mahinmi.


Roy HibbertDavid WestIan Mahinmi
Matchup Time6:382:121:46
FGM-FGA6-9 (67%)1-1 (100%)0-1 (0%)
Points1220
OReb010
Fouls001

John Wall vs. George Hill

OffenseDefenseTimeTouchesFGM-FGA3FGM-3FGAFoulsDrivesDrive PtsPts
HillWall13:54201-3 (33%)1-1 (100%)0503
WallHill10:47240-4 (0%)0-1 (0%)2622

Paul George scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting in his primary matchup with Trevor Ariza. Overall, George has scored 43 points on 15-of-34 shooting against Ariza this series.


Game 6Series Totals
Matchup Time9:2859:06
Touches26149
FGM-FGA2-4 (50%)15-34 (44%)
3FGM-3FGA0-1 (0%)6-13 (46%)
Drives214
Drive Pts26
Total Pts443

Washington was able to rely on Nene offensively much more in their First Round series versus Chicago than they were versus the Pacers. This is reflected in the stats from his primary matchups, as he shot 51% on 22-of-43 shooting versus Joakim Noah in Round 1, versus a combined 40% on 21-of 53-shooting versus Roy Hibbert and David West in round 2.


vs. Noahvs. Hibbert and West
Matchup Time35:1547:35
FGM-FGA22-43 (51%)21-53 (40%)
Touches131149
Fouls57
Blocks14
Points4643