SportVU Matchup Data: NBA Finals, Game 4
The Spurs took a commanding 3-1 series lead following their 21-point victory in Game 4 on Thursday night in Miami. Using SportVU data, we break down the top matchups from San Antonio's win, including Kawhi Leonard vs. LeBron James, the Spurs point guards vs. Mario Chalmers, Boris Diaw vs. Dwyane Wade and more.
Boris Diaw vs Dwyane Wade
When the Heat went small in Game 4, Boris Diaw really took advantage of his matchup with Dwyane Wade, as he scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting in 3:37 of matchup time with Wade. Diaw was also guarded by Chris Bosh for 4:01 and Rashard Lewis for 3:55, but only took and missed two shots combined in that matchup.
|FGM-FGA||3-3 (100%)||0-2 (0%)|
Kawhi Leonard vs. LeBron James
Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James continued to be matched up with each other for most of the game in Game 4. LeBron has scored 45 points on 16-of-25 shooting (64%) in 29:54 of matchup time with Kawhi this series. Kawhi has scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting (62%) in 24:55 of matchup time with LeBron this series.
|Leonard||James||9:08||21||4-6 (67%)||1-1 (100%)||2||5||4||10|
|James||Leonard||8:27||28||4-7 (57%)||2-3 (67%)||0||5||4||11|
Spurs PGs vs Mario Chalmers
San Antonio's point guards were able to take advantage offensively of their matchups with Mario Chalmers in Game 4, as Tony Parker and Patty Mills scored a combined 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting versus Chalmers.
|FGM-FGA||4-6 (67%)||2-2 (100%)|
|3FGM-3FGA||0-1 (0%)||2-2 (100%)|
Spurs defending Wade
San Antonio was able to contain Dwyane Wade via a variety of defensive matchups. Wade was guarded by Boris Diaw (2:46), Danny Green (2:19), Manu Ginobili (2:16), and Kawhi Leonard (1:28) for over a minute in Game 4. He shot a combined 2-of-6 versus the group.
|FGM-FGA||1-2 (50%)||0-1 (0%)||1-1 (100%)||0-2 (0%)|