Playoff Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Monday, April 29, 2019
Get ready for Monday’s pair of conference semifinal games with key stats and trends to know about each matchup.
Game 2: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors (Raptors Lead 1-0), 8:00 ET, TNT
|OffRtg||112.9 (4)||111.3 (6)|
|DefRtg||106.4 (7)||96.2 (2)|
|NetRtg||6.5 (6)||15.1 (1)|
|AST%||59.6 (10)||62.6 (6)|
|REB%||55.6 (1)||49.0 (10)|
|EFG%||52.8 (5)||55.4 (2)|
- Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career-high 45 points in Toronto's Game 1 win. In the regular season and playoffs, the Raptors are 3-0 when Leonard scores at least 40, 9-1 when he scores at least 35 and 19-6 when he scores at least 30.
- Joel Embiid was held to 16 points in Game 1; the third lowest-scoring playoff game of his career. During the regular season and playoffs, the Sixers have gone 5-7 when Embiid scored fewer than 20 points.
- Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 17 points in the first quarter of Game 1 as the duo outscored the Sixers 34-31. Leonard (9.7) and Siakam (8.7) rank 1-2 in first quarter scoring in the playoffs, with both players shooting over 62 percent from the field and 50 percent from three in the period.
- As a team, the Raptors rank second to the Warriors in first quarter scoring during the postseason, with the Sixers ranked fourth. However, the Sixers have been the best team coming out of halftime, leading all playoff teams in third-quarter scoring, while the Raptors rank fifth.
- The Raptors have won the first quarter in each of their six games this postseason and have gone 5-1 (.833). During the regular season, the Raptors went 35-9 (.795) when winning the opening quarter, 3-1 (.750) when tied after the first and 20-14 (.588) when trailing after the first.
- The Sixers had multiple players try to slow down Kawhi Leonard in Game 1, with Ben Simmons being the most effective. In 27 possessions, Simmons held Leonard to 10 points on 4-9 (44.4%) shooting from the field and 0-3 from 3-point range. In 38 combined possessions against either Jimmy Butler or Tobias Harris, Leonard scored 27 points on 10-11 (90.9%) shooting, including 3-3 from beyond the arc.
- Marc Gasol (29 possessions) and Serge Ibaka (26) split the task of defending Embiid, with Gasol getting the better of the matchup in Game 1. Embiid scored just three points on 1-8 (12.5%) shooting against Gasol.
Game 1: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets (Series Opener), 10:30 ET, TNT
|OffRtg||109.9 (8)||113.1 (3)|
|DefRtg||104.4 (6)||110.7 (11)|
|NetRtg||5.5 (7)||2.3 (8)|
|AST%||43.7 (16)||65.0 (3)|
|REB%||51.8 (5)||50.1 (8)|
|eFG%||51.9 (7)||51.6 (8)|
- The Nuggets won the season series with Portland 3-1 and were unbeaten in the three games that included Nikola Jokic and in the two games played in Denver. The four regular season meetings were decided by a total of six points with no win coming by double digits.
- In three games against Portland, Nikola Jokic averaged 25.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists. Jokic’s 62.0 field goal percentage was his sixth highest against any opponent this season.
- In four games against Denver, Damian Lillard averaged team highs of 21.3 points and 7.0 assists. However, he shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. His 44.3 effective field goal percentage against Denver was his fifth lowest any against team and second lowest among Western Conference opponents.
- Damian Lillard defended Jamal Murray for 84 possessions over three games in the regular season, holding Murray to 20 points on 5-12 shooting. Among players that defended Murray for at least 50 possession during the season, only two players deterred Murray from shooting as much as Lillard (60.6%).
- Gary Harris defended Damian Lillard for 78 possessions over two games in the regular season, holding him to just six points on 1-8 (12.5%) shooting from the field and 0-5 from three. Harris deterred Lillard from shooting (39.4% of his normal shot output) and forced him to become a passer with Lillard having as many assists (8) as field goal attempts.
- The regular season series between Denver and Portland featured 14 minutes of clutch play over four games, with the Blazers outscoring the Nuggets 38-30 in those minutes.
- Denver shot just 9-30 (30%) from the field and 2-13 (15.4%) from three against the Blazers in the clutch. On the other hand, the Blazers shot 50% from both the field (13-26) and beyond the arc (2-4).
- During the regular season, the Nuggets outscored their opponents by 89 points in 138 minutes of clutch time that featured the Nikola Jokic; it is the second highest clutch plus/minus in the league behind Lou Williams (92).
- Damian Lillard is coming off one of the most clutch shots in NBA history as his 37-foot buzzer-beater won the first round series for Portland. In this playoffs, Lillard has 14 points on a perfect 3-3 shooting (2-2 from three) in five clutch minutes. Jamal Murray ranks second in clutch scoring with 15 points on 5-11 shooting (1-4 from three) in 10 minutes.