SportVU Matchup Data: Saturday Split
On Saturday, the Spurs extended to a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers, while the Nets were able to get a win on the board against the defending champs, pulling to a 2-1 deficit in their series. Using SportVU data, we'll take a look at the matchups that were helped lead to the Spurs and Nets to victory, including Tony Parker's continued brilliance and the Nets' outstanding shooting from beyond the arc.
Portland has really struggled to defender Tony Parker, who has been sensational this postseason. Parker drove to the basket 18 times in Game 3, which was tied for his second-highest total on the season after the 20 drives he had in Game 5 against the Mavericks. While Batum was the primary guilty party in Game 3, he was far more successful than Matthews in limiting Parker's points scored.
|Defender||Matchup Time||Touches||FG||FG%||3FG||3FG%||Drives||Drive Pts||Total Pts|
Tiago Splitter once again guarded LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 3 and put up a great performance, allowing just six points in the half-court. Aldridge was far more efficient against the rest of the Spurs and received far more touches despite being matched up at almost the same amount of time that Splitter guarded him in the game.
|Defender||Tiago Splitter||Rest of Team|
Portland's backcourt tandem of Lillard and Matthews has really struggled from beyond the arc, an area where they were very successful during the regular season. Kawhi Leonard in particular has created problems for the pair, not allowing a single make on seven attempts to this point in the series.
|Games 1 & 2||Game 3||Total|
The Heat struggled to defend the 3-point line in Game 3, giving up 15 makes from beyond the arc. All Miami defenders apart from LeBron James allowed at least as many 3-point makes in Game 3 than they had in the first two games.
|Game 3||Games 1 & 2|
After shooting 2-of-10 for just four total points in Games 1 and 2, Kevin Garnett provided an effective offensive performance in Game 3. This was due in large part to the shots he was able to get when not guarded by Bosh, going 4-of-4 on just four touches.
|Defender||Bosh||Rest of Team|
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade carried the offensive load for the Heat, scoring more than half of Miami's 90 points with 48 combined. Of Brooklyn defenders that guarded these players for at least a minute in the half-court Shaun Livingston fared the worst, allowing nine points on 4-of-8 shooting.