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'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.
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.
|Total Def MP||8:56||7:25||11:49|
|% of MP||66%||47%||22%|
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 5||Games 1-4|
|Total Def MP||12:09||24:37|
|% of Def MP||30%||9%|
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 Wade||Rest of Team||Total|
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.
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 5||Games 1-4|
|Drives||Drive Pts||Drives||Drive Pts|