SportVU Series Preview: Pacers vs. Heat
In a matchup anticipated for much of the season, the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year. Game 1 tips off Sunday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC in Indianapolis. The teams split their season series 2-2 and have split their 14 total meetings over the last two seasons, including regular season and playoffs.
The playoffs are all about matchups and thanks to SportVU, we have player vs. player matchup data that we can analyze as we get ready for this series to begin. Who got the better of the LeBron James vs. Paul George matchup during their four regular season meetings? How well did Roy Hibbert defend Miami's trio of bigs? How well did the Heat defend David West? Check out the stats below to find the answers to those questions and more.
Top Matchups | LeBron James vs. Paul George | Dwyane Wade: Primary Matchups (Offense) | Roy Hibbert: Primary Matchups (Defense) |
Chris Bosh (Offense) | David West: Primary Matchups (Offense) | Drives Allowed
|P. George||L. James||37:34||1||6-20||30||1-7||14||2||4-4||8||0||2||17|
|L. James||P. George||36:24||0||17-35||49||3-8||38||3||8-10||19||0||3||45|
|M. Chalmers||G. Hill||22:04||3||2-10||20||0-1||0||1||2-2||16||0||0||6|
|G. Hill||M. Chalmers||19:40||3||2-6||33||1-2||50||4||0-2||5||0||2||5|
|L. Stephenson||D. Wade||18:59||0||7-12||58||4-5||80||0||0-0||1||0||0||18|
LeBron James and Paul George were primarily matched up with each other throughout their four regular season games. James has been more successful with his shot in his primary matchups than George so far in this year's playoffs. LeBron scored 31 points on 13-of-25 shooting (52%) in 26:45 of matchup time with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in Round 1, and 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting (50%) in 32:15 of matchup time with Paul Pierce in Round 2. Paul George scored 63 points on 24-of-57 shooting (42%) in 65:49 of matchup time with DeMarre Carroll in Round 1, and 43 points on 15-of-34 shooting (44%) in 59:06 of matchup time with Trevor Ariza in Round 2.
|George||James||37:34||6-20 (30%)||1-7 (14%)||33%||17||8||8|
|James||George||36:24||17-35 (49%)||3-8 (38%)||53%||45||19||14|
In the three games he played versus the Pacers this season, Dwyane Wade was primarily guarded by Lance Stephenson (17:09), but Paul George also guarded him for almost six minutes (5:44).
|Lance Stephenson||Paul George|
|FGM-FGA||7-13 (54%)||7-12 (58%)|
Roy Hibbert spent the majority of his time covering Chris Bosh (12:07), Udonis Haslem (11:57), and Chris Andersen (8:09) in four games versus the Heat this season.
|Chris Bosh||Udonis Haslem||Chris Andersen|
|FGM-FGA||8-13 (62%)||2-3 (67%)||3-6 (50%)|
In four games versus the Pacers this season, Chris Bosh was primarily matched up with David West (13:25) and Roy Hibbert (12:07). Bosh scored a combined 36 points on 16-of-27 shooting (59%) versus Indiana's starting big men.
David West shot a combined 18-of-34 (53%) in his primary matchups with Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and Shane Battier versus the Heat this season.
|Chris Bosh||Rashard Lewis||Shane Battier|
|FGM-FGA||11-21 (52%)||3-5 (60%)||4-8 (50%)|
|LeBron James||Paul George||19|
|Mario Chalmers||George Hill||16|
|Norris Cole||C.J. Watson||9|
|Paul George||LeBron James||8|
|Dwyane Wade||Paul George||8|
|Dwyane Wade||Lance Stephenson||7|