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.
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 5||Game 6|
|3FGM-3FGA||1-1 (100%)||3-5 (60%)|
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 6||Series Totals|
|FGM-FGA||1-7 (14%)||23-41 (56%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-2 (0%)||5-10 (50%)|
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.
|FGM-FGA||0-2 (0%)||3-3 (100%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-0 (0%)||0-0 (0%)|
|FGM-FGA||15-28 (54%)||3-7 (43%)|
Just like in Game 5, Oklahoma City used a variety of matchups to try to slow down Blake Griffin in Game 6.
|Steven Adams||Serge Ibaka||Nick Collison|
|FGM-FGA||3-5 (60%)||1-3 (33%)||2-6 (33%)|
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 Hibbert||David West||Ian Mahinmi|
|FGM-FGA||6-9 (67%)||1-1 (100%)||0-1 (0%)|
John Wall vs. George Hill
|Hill||Wall||13:54||20||1-3 (33%)||1-1 (100%)||0||5||0||3|
|Wall||Hill||10:47||24||0-4 (0%)||0-1 (0%)||2||6||2||2|
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 6||Series Totals|
|FGM-FGA||2-4 (50%)||15-34 (44%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-1 (0%)||6-13 (46%)|
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. Noah||vs. Hibbert and West|
|FGM-FGA||22-43 (51%)||21-53 (40%)|