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Apr 22 2014 12:13PM

SportVU Matchup Data: Defending Durant

With the help of SportVU, we take a closer look at Monday's playoff doubleheader to highlight some of the top player vs. player matchups, including Tony Allen's defensive effort against Kevin Durant, Zach Randolph vs. Kendrick Perkins and Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul.

Oklahoma City vs. Memphis | Golden State vs. Los Angeles

Oklahoma City vs. Memphis

Tony Allen did nice job of defending Kevin Durant, as he held him to four points on 1-of-5 shooting in 7:37 of matchup time. This is the second game in a row in which Allen held Durant in check, as Durant shot only 4-of-11 in 9:11 of matchup time with Allen in Game 1.

The Thunder used ball screen action to gain an advantage and influence a switch by the big men onto Durant at the time of the shot. This resulted in Gasol and Randolph stepping up out on the floor to contest Durant's shots while Prince and Allen struggled to fight through screens.

Allen and PrinceGasol and Randolph
FGM-FGA2-12 (17%)6-9 (66%)
3FGM-3FGA0-3 (0%)3-4 (75%)

Zach Randolph was primarily guarded by Kendrick Perkins. Randolph shot 6-of-11 for 15 points in 9:46 of matchup time with Perkins.

Marc Gasol: Interior Defense

Kendrick PerkinsSerge IbakaNick Collison
Matchup Time4:413:192:58

Golden State vs. Los Angeles

Just like Game 1, Chris Paul was most frequently guarded by Klay Thompson. Paul did not take a single shot in 3:05 of matchup time with Thompson. Paul also saw significant time being guarded by Andre Iguodala (2:37), Stephen Curry (2:09), and Draymond Green (1:50). Paul scored eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in those matchups.

Stephen Curry did a nice job of penetrating when Chris Paul was guarding him. Curry had six drives in 5:08 of matchup time with Paul. He scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting on those drives.

Blake Griffin: Half Court Offense

Draymond GreenDavid Lee
Matchup Time4:304:20