NBA Stats

May 15 2014 6:10PM

SportVU: Shutting the Door

The Spurs and Heat each entered Wednesday's Game 5 with a chance to close out their respective series and advance to the Conference Finals. And this exactly what they did, knocking off the Blazers and Nets, respectively, in five games. Using SportVU data, we'll look at the matchups they won in their series-clinching victories.

Portland vs. San Antonio | Brooklyn vs. Miami


Portland vs. San Antonio

Portland's three best shooters from beyond the arc, Lillard, Matthews, and Batum, all struggled once again in Game 5 in a storyline that has persisted all series. Their lack of success can be attributed in large part to Kawhi Leonard's quality perimeter defense, allowing just 25% shooting in Game 5 and 18% total in the series.


Game 5Series

3FG3FG%3FG3FG%
Kawhi Leonard1-425%3-1718%
Manu Ginobili1-333%7-1354%
Danny Green1-250%3-838%
Tim Duncan0-20%1-425%
Patty Mills0-20%0-40%
Marco Belinelli1-1100%2-729%
Tony Parker0-00%8-1844%
Boris Diaw0-00%1-1100%
Aron Baynes0-00%0-10%
Tiago Splitter0-00%0-10%

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland in scoring with 21 points, but needed 21 attempts from the field to do so. Though Aldridge shot well, he looked to score when matched up against Diaw or Duncan instead of Splitter.


SplitterDiawDuncan
Matchup Time5:543:312:38
Total Def MP8:567:2511:49
% of MP66%47%22%
Touches16125
FG3-63-73-5
FG%50%43%60%
Fouls230
FT0-00-20-0
Points666

After giving up just 14 drives all series, Danny Green allowed a game high eight drives. This was largely a product of the injury to Tony Parker, which forced the Spurs to switch up their defensive matchups. Despite guarding Lillard for just 2:20 in the first four games, Green guarded Lillard for 3:40 in Game 5.


Game 5Games 1-4
Matchup Time3:402:20
Total Def MP12:0924:37
% of Def MP30%9%
Touches83
FG2-30-4
FG%67%0%
3FG1-10-2
3FG%100%0%
Drives52
Points50


Brooklyn vs. Miami

Despite LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, and Ray Allen all spending more time guarding him in the half-court, Paul Pierce was able to get many of his points in limited time against Dwyane Wade. Pierce was able to shoot at a clip of 67% while guarded by Wade, compared to just 40% against the rest of the team.


Dwyane WadeRest of TeamTotal
FG4-66-1510-21
FG%67%40%48%
3FG2-20-32-5
3FG%100%0%40%
Fouls033
FT0-01-21-2
Drives033
Points101323

Miami's long-range attack was led by frontcourt duo James and Bosh (6-of-11), which contrasted heavily with the backcourt pair of Chalmers and Allen (1-of-12). However, it was against the Brooklyn backcourt where Miami found success, particularly against Joe Johnson who allowed five makes on six attempts.

Backcourt
Defender3FG3FG%
Joe Johnson5-683%
Shaun Livingston2-450%
Deron Williams0-40%
Alan Anderson0-30%
Marcus Thornton0-10%

Frontcourt
Defender3FG3FG%
Kevin Garnett1-425%
Andrei Kirilenko1-250%
Paul Pierce0-20%
Mirza Teletovic0-10%
Andray Blatche0-00%

Dwyane Wade led all players with 10 drives in Game 5, tying his playoff high. These drives led to eight points, good for 29% of his total output. Though to this point in the series Wade had been looking to attack off the dribble against Joe Johnson, he found success against Livingston last night.


Game 5Games 1-4

DrivesDrive PtsDrivesDrive Pts
Shaun Livingston4274
Joe Johnson1076
Mirza Teletovic1244
Andrei Kirilenko1232
Alan Anderson2012
Paul Pierce1210