Playoff Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Monday, April 16, 2018
Get ready for Monday’s playoff doubleheader with five stats to watch in each matchup. The action tips off at 8:00 ET in Philadelphia, where the Sixers are up 1-0 on the Heat and have won 17 straight games dating back to the regular season. That is followed by Golden State looking to take a 2-0 lead when the Warriors host the Spurs at 10:30 ET.
Game 2: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 8:00 ET, TNT (76ers lead 1-0)
- JJ Redick - who scored a game-high 28 points in Game 1 - was primarily defended by Tyler Johnson (23 possessions), Wayne Ellington (18) and Josh Richardson (14). Richardson had the most success against Redick, holding him to 2 points on 1-3 shooting and 0-2 from beyond the arc.
- Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 26 points in Game 1 and was primarily defended by Amir Johnson (26 possessions) and Ersan Ilyasova (22). Olynyk scored 10 points against each defender on a combined 6-8 shooting from the field and 2-2 from beyond the arc.
- The Sixers shot 64.3% (18-28) as a team from beyond the arc in Game 1. It was the first time a team had shot that high of a percentage while attempting at least 20 3-pointers in the playoffs since 2006, when the Pistons shot 15-22 (68.2%) against Cleveland.
- In Game 1, the Sixers took advantage of open looks better than the Heat. Philadelphia shot 26-46 on uncontested shots (56.5%), while Miami shot 21-46 (45.7%).
- Check out NBA.com’s numbers preview of Sixers vs. Heat for more stats on this series.
Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 ET, TNT (Warriors lead 1-0)
- Patty Mills was the primary defender on Klay Thompson for 28 possessions in Game 1. Thompson had 8 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting against Mills and dished out 2 assists.
- JaVale McGee was the primary defender on LaMarcus Aldridge for 30 possessions in Game 1. McGee held Aldridge to 6 points on 3-9 shooting and blocked 2 of Aldridge’s shot attempts.
- Klay Thompson shot 11-13 (84.6%) from the field in Golden State’s Game 1 win. He is the first guard to shoot that high of a percentage on at least 10 shots in the playoffs since Chris Paul went 12-14 for the Clippers in 2014.
- The Warriors outscored the Spurs 15-0 on second chance points in Game 1, with 7 of those points coming from Kevin Durant. The Warriors dominated the offensive glass to a 10-3 advantage. During the regular season, the Spurs ranked 6th in offensive rebound percentage (23.7%) compared to 23rd for the Warriors (21.1%).
- Check out NBA.com’s numbers preview of Warriors vs. Spurs for more stats on this series.