NBA Stats

Jun 4 2014 12:28PM

Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 2, 2014

Each night the Elias Sports Bureau fields questions from broadcasters, reporters and other members of the media.
Here are the top five questions (and answers) from last night.

Q: Who are the five players with the highest points-per-game averages in the Finals, with a minimum of eight games played?

A: The top five are Rick Barry (36.3), Michael Jordan (33.6), Jerry West (30.5), Shaquille O'Neal (28.8) and Bob Pettit (28.4).

Q: How many bench minutes per game have the Spurs averaged in this year's playoffs? What was their average for the Conference Finals?

A: 99.1 per game overall during the playoffs, and 110.2 in the Conference Finals.

Q: Gregg Popovich is taking a team to the NBA Finals for the sixth time. Which other head coaches have made as many Finals appearances, and what are their records in the Finals?

A: Phil Jackson, 13 (won 11, lost 2); Red Auerbach, 11 (9-2); Pat Riley, 9 (5-4); and John Kundla, 6 (5-1). (Popovich is 4-1 in his five previous Finals appearances.)

Q: Which head coaches have won the Finals in three consecutive years?

A: Red Auerbach won eight straight with the Celtics from 1959 to 1966; John Kundla, three with the Minneapolis Lakers, 1952 to 1954; and Phil Jackson had three separate three-peats (with the Bulls, 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998, and with the Lakers, 2000 to 2002).

Q: What is LeBron James's career scoring average in each playoff round?

A: In 43 first-round games, 29.5 points per game; in 51 Conference Semifinals games, 27.5; in 37 Conference Finals games, 29.4; in 22 Finals games, 23.4. (Overall: in 153 playoff games, 28.0.)