NBA Stats

May 21 2014 4:08PM

SportVU Matchup Data: East Finals Game 2

The Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday to even the series at 1-1 as the series shifts to Miami for Saturday's Game 3. We take a look at the SportVU data to examine the defensive matchups from Game 2, including Miami's adjustment with LeBron James' defensive assignments.


Paul George vs. Ray Allen

Paul George really struggled on the offensive end in Game 2, primarily in the first half. What was particularly concerning for Indiana was that Miami was able to place Ray Allen on George instead of James and Indiana was unable to make adjustments to take advantage of the matchup. Ray Allen guarded George for 3:17 and George scored just two points from the free throw line and shot 0-2, both attempts coming from beyond the arc.

Matchup TimeTouchesFGFG%3FG3FG%FoulsFTBlocksStealsPoints
3:17110-200-2022-2012

LeBron James' Defensive Assignments

Paul George was the only player among the top 3 from both games in minutes guarded for James, as he spent much more time on smaller offensive players in Game 2. Perhaps the most interesting change for James was that after guarding George Hill for just 25 seconds in Game 1, he spent nearly 5 minutes guarding him in Game 2 and Hill only touched the ball four times in that span and shot 0-1.

Game 2

GeorgeHillStephenson
Matchup Time6:084:501:47
Total Def MP15:4815:4815:48
% of Matchup Time39%31%11%
Touches2341
FG0-40-13-5
FG%0%0%60%
3FG0-10-11-2
3FG%0%0%50%
Blocks111
Steals100
Points109

Game 1

WestGeorgeScola
Matchup Time7:443:081:50
Total Def MP15:2915:2915:29
% of Matchup Time50%20%12%
Touches27104
FG3-43-60-0
FG%75%50%0%
3FG0-01-30-0
3FG%0%33%0%
Blocks000
Steals010
Points670

Dwyane Wade vs. Lance Stephenson

The Heat looked to get Dwyane Wade involved early and often while being guarded by Lance Stephenson, averaging 3.56 touches per minute guarded which was his highest against any defender. Stephenson did well guarding him, allowing just six points on 43% shooting.

DefenderMatchup TimeTouchesTouches/MinFGFG%Points
Stephenson7:18263.563-743%6
Hill1:5842.031-1100%2
George0:3511.711-250%2
Hibbert0:3311.822-2100%4
Luis Scola0:1514.001-1100%3