NBA Stats

Apr 28 2014 6:14PM

SportVU Matchup Data: A Cumulative Look at the Playoffs To Date

Each morning we post a matchup data reports on the previous day's games, so we can track player matchups and examine adjustments being made from game-to-game. Today, we also take a look at the playoffs as a whole through the first nine days and take a look at some of the top matchups and story lines that have played out thus far. (Stats through games played on Apr. 27)

Top Matchups | Hibbert Defending Millsap and Antic | James Harden from Behind the Arc | Deron Williams vs. Kyle Lowry |
Durant and Westbrook Primary Matchups | Mike Conley Drives | Top Defensive Matchups


Top Matchups

OffenseDefenderTimeTouchesFG FG%3FG 3FG%FoulFTDrivesBlksStlsPts
D. LillardP. Beverley42:597510-2442%5-1242%95-5171230
M. GasolS. Ibaka41:2713318-4045%0-00%85-614041
P. GeorgeD. Carroll40:4312610-3132%4-1040%48-10121132
K. LowryD. Williams37:57877-2330%2-825%108-9170124
P. BeverleyD. Lillard36:02296-1443%1-520%12-470015
W. MatthewsJ. Harden33:33768-2532%0-70%54-450320
K. HinrichJ. Wall33:22786-2129%0-70%30-2160412
B. BealJ. Butler33:011209-2045%6-967%26-6110130
J. HardenW. Matthews32:538216-3842%4-1429%108-8170344
K. DurantT. Allen32:14796-2623%1-813%55-650018


Hibbert Defending Millsap and Antic

Hibbert has been matched up against the Millsap and Antic duo for nearly 80% of his total time playing half-court defense which has been causing fits for him on the defensive end. Both have displayed the ability to take and make 3 pointers to draw Hibbert out of the lane, and Millsap's quickness had led to opportunities for him to attack the basket from the perimeter.


Paul MillsapPero Antic
Matchup Time18:0810:32
Total Def Time36:3936:39
% of Total50%29%
FG8-172-6
FG%47%33%
3FG3-52-4
3FG%60%50%
Drives90
Points226


James Harden from Behind the Arc

James Harden leads all players in the playoffs with 41 3-point attempts, but has shot just 19% on these shots in the half court. While shooting well below 50% regardless of who has defended him, he has greatly struggled when the Trail Blazers frontcourt has been contesting his shot, shooting just 2-of-17 (12%) when guarded by someone other than Matthews, Lillard, or Williams.

DefenderMatchup Time3FG 3FG%FGFG%
Wesley Matthews32:534-1429%16-3842%
Nicolas Batum14:371-520%6-1638%
Damian Lillard4:570-20%2-633%
LaMarcus Aldridge3:370-70%1-166%
Robin Lopez3:251-333%1-813%
Mo Williams2:361-333%2-633%
Dorell Wright1:030-10%1-333%
Joel Freeland0:270-10%0-40%


Deron Williams vs. Kyle Lowry

The matchup of Williams and Lowry has been one of the more entertaining point guard battles of the first round, with Williams taking the challenge of matching up with one of the best point guards in the NBA for nearly 70% of the time in defensive half-court sets. To this point, Williams has the upper hand, nearly matching Lowry's output in shots made and points despite covering Lowry for over twice the amount of time that Lowry has guarded Williams on defense.

Lowry vs. Williams
Matchup Time37:57
Total Def Time55:02
% of Total69%
FG7-23
FG%30%
3FG2-8
3FG%25%
eFG%35%
Fouls10
FT8-9
Drives17
Drive Pts17
Points24

Williams vs. Lowry
Matchup Time17:39
Total Def Time52:39
% of Total34%
FG8-20
FG%40%
3FG4-8
3FG%50%
eFG%50%
Fouls6
FT1-1
Drives11
Drive Pts4
Points21


Durant and Westbrook Primary Matchups

The Memphis Grizzlies have stifled one of the NBA's most potent offensive attacks by forcing contested shots for two of the best scorers in the league. This is reflected in their primary matchups to this point in the series, where the Grizzlies have been successful regardless of their defender.

Durant


T. AllenT. Prince
Matchup Time32:1413:35
FG6-264-20
FG%23%20%
3FG1-80-7
3FG%13%0%
eFG%2520
Points2821

Westbrook


C. LeeM. Conley
Matchup Time18:5617:17
FG8-2710-26
FG%30%38%
3FG2-91-10
3FG%22%10%
eFG%3340
Points3032


Mike Conley Drives

Despite finishing the season just outside the top 15 players in the NBA in both drives per game and points derived from drives per game, Conley leads all players thus far in both categories with 48 drives and 40 points from drives. Among the three players that have defended him at least 5 minutes in the half court, Thabo Sefolosha has done the best in limiting his ability to penetrate.


SefoloshaWestbrookJackson
Matchup Time19:4717:4416:04
Touches394728
Drives91113
Drives/Min0.460.620.81
Drive Pts4128
Pts/Min0.200.680.50


Top Defensive Matchups

OffenseDefenderTimeTouchesFG FG%3FG 3FG%eFG%PointsStopsPossStop%
P. AnticD. West15:31441-138%0-80%8%2121392%
J. HardenL. Aldridge3:3791-166%0-70%6%3192190%
D. WilliamsJ. Valanciunas2:1872-1118%0-30%18%4121486%
R. WestbrookB. Udrih2:3962-1020%0-30%20%481080%
D. AugustinNene1:3232-1020%1-617%25%6101377%
K. DurantT. Prince13:35344-2020%0-70%20%9162176%
J. TeagueD. West2:1853-1127%0-20%27%691275%
K. HinrichJ. Wall33:22786-2129%0-70%29%12192673%
K. DurantT. Allen32:14796-2623%1-813%25%18202871%
B. BealT. Gibson1:5475-1533%1-1100%37%11121771%
Poss: Possessions are when the offensive player attempts a shot, the ball is stolen, or draws a foul leading to FTAs
Stop: Stops are when the offensive player either misses a shot or the ball is stolen

Notable among the top players in Stop% with at least 10 FGAs against are David West, who has been effective against a big (Antic) and a guard (Teague), and Kevin Durant, who appears twice on the list with Prince and Allen both creating issues for him on the offensive end.