Playoff Tune-In Tidbits: Friday, April 27, 2018
Game 6: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards, 7:00 ET, ESPNews / NBA TV (Raptors Lead 3-2)
Kyle Lowry has scored 41 points on 16-31 shooting (8-17 3P) in 154 possessions against John Wall in the series. However, in 73 possessions against Bradley Beal, Lowry has just 4 points on 0-9 shooting, with all of his points coming on free throws.
DeMar DeRozan has had more success in his matchup with Otto Porter Jr. than he has against Kelly Oubre Jr. In 151 possessions against Porter, DeRozan has 52 points on 47.6% shooting (including 5-9 from three) to go with 12 assists and 4 turnovers. In 85 possessions against Oubre, he has 29 points on 40% shooting (including 0-4 from three) to go with just 3 assists and 4 turnovers.
Ty Lawson is shooting a playoff-best 5-7 (71.4%) from 3-point range, but just 2-15 (13.3%) from 2-point range in this series.
Game 6: Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 8:00 ET, ESPN (Cavaliers Lead 3-2)
Thaddeus Young has defended LeBron James for 43 possessions in this series. In that time, LeBron has 34 points on 11-18 shooting from the field and 4-6 from beyond the arc, including the game-winning buzzer-beater to end Game 5.
Victor Oladipo has struggled with his shot at home in this series, shooting 10-35 from the field and 4-16 from 3-point range in Indiana, the site of Game 6 as the Pacers look to force a Game 7.
The Cavaliers have an 18-point advantage in 13 clutch minutes – score within five points in the final five minutes – during this series. LeBron James has matched the entire Pacers team in clutch points with 16 in this series.
The Pacers have dominated the series in points in the paint, with a 12.4 average edge inside the key. While the Pacers rank 6th among playoff teams with 46.4 points in the paint per game, the Cavs rank last with just 34.8. LeBron James ranks 2nd among all players as his 17.2 points in the paint accounts for nearly half of Cleveland’s team total.
Game 6: Oklahoma City Thunder at Utah Jazz, 10:30 ET, ESPN (Jazz Lead 3-2)
Among players with at least 100 touches in the playoffs, Paul George ranks 2nd in points per touch at 0.481, trailing only Golden State’s Klay Thompson. By comparison, Donovan Mitchell leads the Jazz at 0.421 points per touch (11th overall).
In 194 possessions against the defense of Ricky Rubio, Russell Westbrook has scored 45 points on 19-49 shooting, dished out 28 assists and committed 12 turnovers in this series.
The Jazz lead all playoff teams in wide-open shots – attempts with the closest defender at least 6 feet away – with 25.0 per game. That is nearly double what the Jazz have allowed to the Thunder (13.6 per game). However, the Jazz have failed to take full advantage of these opportunities as they have shot just 38.4% (3rd lowest in playoffs) on their wide-open looks.
Russell Westbrook became just the 3rd player to ever post 45 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in a playoff game (joining LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain). Since the 1983-84 season, there have been 18 such games in the regular season and playoffs. Westbrook accounts for four of those 18 games; only Michael Jordan had more than one such game in the past 34 years.