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Apr 28 2014 1:39PM

SportVU Matchup Data: Sunday's Best

With SportVU data, we break down Sunday's playoff action, with a closer look at LaMarcus Aldridge's continued hot streak against the Houston Rockets, Trevor Ariza's Game 4 matchup with Mike Dunleavy, Kyle Lowry's shooting against Deron Williams compared to the rest of the Nets and Andre Iguodala's breakout performance in Game 4 against the defense of J.J. Redick.

Houston vs. Portland | Chicago vs. Washington | Brooklyn vs. Toronto | Golden State vs. Los Angeles


Houston vs. Portland

LaMarcus Aldridge continued his hot streak against the Houston Rockets in Game 4. During his 29-point effort he shot a combined 9-for-17 when matched up versus Howard and Asik.


AsikHoward
Matchup Time6:074:58
FGM-FGA5-94-8
Touches1613
Points138

Chandler Parsons came out strong out of the gate and did his primary damage versus Nicolas Batum, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from three for 14 points.

Robin Lopez was able to hold his ground in Game 4 against Dwight Howard, limiting him to 2-of-7 shooting.


LopezAldridge
Matchup Time7:104:12
FGM-FGA2-74-5
Touches2112
OReb Allowed02
Points711


Chicago vs. Washington

Joakim Noah has struggled defending Nene all series long, but as he served his one-game suspension Noah was able to contain Marcin Gortat. In more than eight minutes of matchup Time and 35 touches for Gortat, Noah was able to limit him to 4-of-13 field goal attempts and 10 points.

One of the few bright spots in Game 4 was the defense by Kirk Hinrich on John Wall. In seven minutes and fifty-four seconds of matchup time, Hinrich held Wall to 1-of-8 shooting and just three drives. In only three minutes and thirty-five seconds of matchup time Wall as able to penetrate five times versus DJ Augustin.

The Washington Wizards did an effective job of moving the ball and making the Bulls defense scramble in the half-court. Ariza's primary matchup throughout the game was Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy checked Trevor Ariza for more than seven minutes and allowed 3-of-6 shooting and 2-of-3 from downtown for eight points.


Mike DunleavyEveryone Else
Matchup Time7:225:57
FGM-FGA3-66-10
3FGM-3FGA2-32-4
Points817


Brooklyn vs. Toronto

While Kyle Lowry had a bounce-back game last night against Brooklyn, his shooting woes continued against Deron Williams where he has gone just 6-of-22 (27%) in the series. Though he had not shot well against the rest of the Nets' defense to this point either, in Game 4, he was much more efficient from the field compared to the rest of the series.


Game 4Games 1-3
DefenderWilliamsRest of TeamWilliamsRest of Team
Touches19156842
FG1-55-105-1710-29
FG%20%50%29%34%
3FG0-32-42-52-11
3FG%0%50%40%18%
Points2122023

After averaging 24 points per game going into Game 4, Joe Johnson was able to amass just seven points on seven shots. John Salmons played extended minutes against Johnson last night and while that had been a matchup that Johnson was able to easily exploit to this point in the series, he was unable to take advantage.


Game 4Games 1-3
Matchup Time*4:296:03
Total Time on Defense*7:128:19
% of Total Time6273
Touches1214
FG0-35-6
FG%0%83%
Fouls21
FTM10
FTA20
Drives23
*In Half-Court

Paul Pierce nearly carried the Nets on his own in Game 4, scoring more than a quarter of Brooklyn's total 79 points. Of his 22 total points, 21 came in the half-court against his two primary matchups in Patterson and Johnson, neither of whom had an answer for him.

DefenderPattersonJohnson
Matchup Time*5:412:28
Total Time on Defense*11:399:47
% of Total Time49%25%
Touches1812
FG4-75-7
FG%57%71%
3FG1-32-3
3FG%33%67%
eFG%64%86%
Fouls02
Drives53
Drive Points67
Total Points912
*In Half-Court


Golden State vs. Los Angeles

Andre Iguodala had his best night from the floor in Game 4 where he shot 6-of-8 and scored 22 total points. Most noticeable was his improvement against his primary matchup in J.J. Redick, where he shot 3-of-3 with two 3-pointers and nine points. To this point in the series Iguodala had only scored five points against Redick, three of which came from the charity stripe.


Game 4Games 1-3
Matchup Time5:0215:46
Touches627
FG3-31-7
FG%10014
3FG2-20-0
3FG%1000
eFG%13314
FT1-13-4
Points95

Chris Paul struggled defending the perimeter dribble drive in Game 4, giving up five of the total 20 drives that Golden State had. Four different Warriors in Curry, Iguodala, Lee, and Barnes each tallied at least one drive against Paul in the half-court, despite Paul not being nearly as easy to drive against in either Games 1-3 of this series or in the regular-season series.


DrivesDrive Pts
Game 451
Games 1-3118
Regular Season109