SportVU Matchup Data: Comeback Kids
The Clippers and Pacers both overcame huge deficits to pick up crucial Game 4 wins on Sunday. Using SportVU data, we'll look at some of the top matchups from those games, including the Clippers going with a small lineup during their fourth-quarter rally and Paul George going off in the second half against the Wizards.
Chris Paul guarding Kevin Durant in the fourth quarter on Sunday night was a significant shift from the Clippers' previous defensive scheme, with Paul guarding Durant for just 15% of the time while he was on the floor in the first three games but increasing to 27% last night. While Durant has been dominant when guarded by Paul, the Thunder were unable to take advantage of the Clippers' attempts to go small at the end of Game 4.
|Game 4||Games 1-3|
|Total Def MP||16:37||50:34|
|% of Matchup Time||27%||15%|
The Clippers shot just 3-of-21 (14%) from 3-point range in Game 4, with eight of those attempts coming against Kevin Durant. In the postseason, Durant has held opponents to just 29% from long range, and the Clippers made just one of those attempts against Durant Sunday night.
Though for the majority of the time Serge Ibaka defended Blake Griffin in the half-court, there were possessions down the stretch where he was guarded by Durant. In this limited matchup time, Griffin scored more points against Durant (seven), than he did against any other defender, and fared far better than he did against Ibaka Sunday night.
The Wizards had no answer for Paul George in Game 4, as he recorded a playoff career-high 39 points on seven made baskets from beyond the arc. In particular, Trevor Ariza struggled to contain George, despite holding George to just 7-of-19 (37%) shooting over the first three games.
After playing sparingly in the first couple games, Drew Gooden received more minutes in Game 4. He was one of three Wizards that Hibbert guarded on the defensive end, and Gooden clearly had the best night against the Pacers' interior defender.
|Nene||M. Gortat||D. Gooden|
|Total Def MP||13:43||13:43||13:43|
|% of Matchup Time||30||29||26|
After allowing just 15 drives through the first three games, all of which came from John Wall, George Hill gave up eight Sunday night. This was due in large part to Andre Miller who took it to the basket 10 times, the most of any Washington player, after have just four total drives in the series before last night.
|Game 4||Games 1-3|
|Driver||Drives||Drive Pts||Drives||Drive Pts|