SportVU Matchup Data: East Finals Game 3
After trailing by 15 points early, the Miami Heat rallied to defeat the Indiana Pacers 99-87 on Saturday to take a 2-1 series lead. Using SportVU data, we look at some of the key matchups from Game 3 and throughout the series as a whole, including LeBron James' efficient offense when guarded by either Paul George or Lance Stephenson, the Heat shifting LeBron to defend Stephenson more in Game 3 and Hibbert's defensive effort against Miami's bigs.
Roy Hibbert Defense
Miami's big men struggled to score on Roy Hibbert, as Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Bosh scored a combined one point on 0-of-3 shooting versus Hibbert in Game 3.
|Chris Andersen||Udonis Haslem||Chris Bosh|
|FGM-FGA||0-0 (0%)||0-2 (0%)||0-1 (0%)|
LeBron James vs. Paul George and Lance Stephenson
Paul George and Lance Stephenson have really struggled to guard LeBron James throughout this series, as James has shot a combined 22-of-34 (65%) versus them, including 8-of-11 (73%) in Game 3. Lance saw a lot more time on LeBron in Game 3, as he was matched up with him for 4:10 in Game 3, compared to only 1:49 in the previous two games.
|vs. George||vs. Stephenson|
|Game 3||Series Totals||Game 3||Series Totals|
|FGM-FGA||3-5 (60%)||15-25 (60%)||5-6 (83%)||7-9 (78%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-0 (0%)||2-6 (33%)||1-1 (100%)||1-2 (50%)|
Lance Stephenson vs. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James
Lance Stephenson had primarily been guarded by Dwyane Wade in Games 1 and 2, but in Game 3 Miami placed LeBron James on Stephenson for 6:41 of matchup time, compared to 3:09 of matchup time in Games 1 and 2 combined. This move seemed to work, as Lance was much less successful shooting the ball in Game 3 than he was in Games 1 and 2.
|Game 3||LeBron James||Dwyane Wade|
|FGM-FGA||1-3 (33%)||0-2 (0%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-1 (0%)||0-1 (0%)|
|Games 1 and 2||LeBron James||Dwyane Wade|
|FGM-FGA||3-5 (60%)||8-12 (67%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||1-2 (50%)||2-3 (67%)|
Dwyane Wade vs Lance Stephenson
Stephenson has primarily been responsible for covering Dwyane Wade on the other end of the court. Wade scored 14 points on 5-of-11 (45%) shooting in 7:18 of matchup time with Stephenson in Game 3. He has scored 33 points on 14-of-27 shooting (52%) overall in 24:45 of matchup time with Stephenson this series. Eleven of Wade's 33 points in his matchup with Stephenson have come off of 17 drives.