NBA Stats

May 9 2014 3:06PM

SportVU Matchup Data: Defending Home Court

The Spurs and Heat successfully defended homecourt on Thursday and head to Portland and Brooklyn, respectively, with 2-0 series leads. Using SportVU data, we'll take a look at the key matchups they won in Game 2, including Tiago Splitter's defensive effort on LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh's efficient offensive output against Kevin Garnett, and more.

Trail Blazers vs. Spurs | Nets vs. Heat


Trail Blazers vs. Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge was primarily defended by Tiago Splittler and Boris Diaw on the night.


Tiago SplitterBoris DiawTim Duncan
Matchup Time7:303:191:29
Touches*20103
FGM-FGA2-133-41-5
Points682
*Was the primary defender at the time of the player gaining possession.

[For more on Splitter's defense on Aldridge Thursday night, check out John Schuhmann's film study column.]

Wesley Matthews had success when defending Tony Parker. In almost 10 minutes of half-court matchup time he held Parker to 2-of-8 shooting.

Nicolas Batum did a majority of his damage when matched up with Ginobili and Parker -- going 3-for-4 from downtown and scoring nine points against the pair.

The Trail Blazers tried to match up Lillard on Ginobili while the two were in the game. Ginobili took advantage of the mismatch and went 6-for-12 from the floor and had nine drives.

Kawhi Leonard converted his four 3-pointers against three different defenders (Batum 2, Matthews 1, Lillard 1).


Nets vs. Heat

Chris Bosh put together an excellent Game 2 versus the Nets, primarily being defended by Kevin Garnett. When Garnett was the primary defender Bosh shot 4-of-7 and scored eight of his 18 points.


GarnettTeletovicPlumlee
Matchup Time4:462:582:36
Touches1136
FGM-FGA4-71-10-1
Points822

LeBron James spent most of his time defending Paul Pierce, allowing 3-of-6 shooting for seven points. Throughout the game LeBron limited Brooklyn to 5-of-13 shooting when he was the primary defender.

A bright spot for the Brooklyn Nets was Mirza Teletovic, pouring in 20 points in Game 2. He capitalized on his matchup with Rashard Lewis going 3-for-3 from downtown.

Shaun Livingston had some success guarding LeBron, limiting him to 1-of-5 shooting during their time matched up.