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.
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.
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.