SportVU Matchup Data: West Finals Game 3
The Oklahoma City Thunder had their home crowd behind them and Serge Ibaka with them as they picked up their first win of the Western Conference Finals. Using SportVU data, we look at some of the key matchups from Game 3, including Ibaka's impact on both sides of the floor, the matchup between Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, Tony Parker's missing shot, and Danny Green showing he can score on the drive as well as behind the arc.
The Ibaka Effect
The return of Serge Ibaka was a significant contributor to Oklahoma City's Game 3 victory. Ibaka scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting in 2:17 of matchup time with Tiago Splitter.
On the defensive end, Ibaka spent the majority of his time covering Splitter and Boris Diaw. He held Diaw to only 1-of-5 shooting in 2:59 of matchup time.
|3FG-3FGA||0-0 (0%)||0-3 (0%)|
Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard
|Durant||Leonard||7:22||18||2-4 (50%)||1-1 (100%)||2-2||1||0||7|
|Leonard||Durant||7:21||20||3-6 (50%)||0-0 (0%)||0-0||0||1||6|
Tony Parker Goes Cold
Tony Parker really struggled to get his shot going in Game 3, as he scored only nine points off of 4-of-13 (31%) shooting. Parker was primarily guarded by Russell Westbrook (7:44), against whom he scored four points on 2-of-5 (40%) shooting. Parker was able to penetrate towards the basket, as he had 10 drives, including four on Westbrook, but he was only able to score two points off of those drives.
Ginobili Heats Up
Manu Ginobili was one of the only Spurs who really had his shot going in Game 3. Ginobili scored 23 points off of 8-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
|Jeremy Lamb||1-3 (33%)|
|Reggie Jackson||1-1 (100%)|
|Russell Westbrook||1-1 (100%)|
|Kevin Durant||1-1 (100%)|
|Serge Ibaka||2-2 (100%)|