HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – The playoffs are here. And to get you ready, we’ve got statistical nuggets for each series, courtesy of NBA.com/Stats.
Eastern Conference basketball was slower and less efficient than Western Conference hoops. Five of the eight East playoff teams ranked in the bottom eight in pace, while four of the eight ranked in the top seven in defensive efficiency.
Yet, a couple of these series (Knicks-Celtics and Nets-Bulls) can be seen as offense vs. defense.
Pace: Possessions per 48 minutes (League Rank)
OffRtg: Points scored per 100 possessions (League Rank)
DefRtg: Points allowed per 100 possessions (League Rank)
NetRtg: Point differential per 100 possessions (League Rank)
The league averaged 94.4 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes and 103.1 points scored per 100 possessions.
Miami (1) vs. Milwaukee (8)
Miami Heat (66-16)
Pace: 93.0 (23)
OffRtg: 110.3 (1)
DefRtg: 100.5 (7)
NetRtg: +9.9 (2)
Milwaukee Bucks (38-44)
Pace: 97.3 (3)
OffRtg: 100.9 (21)
DefRtg: 102.3 (12)
NetRtg: -1.4 (18)
- The Heat are the best shooting team in NBA history. Their effective field goal percentage of 55.2 percent didn’t just lead the league. It was the highest mark of all-time.
- The Heat scored just 93.4 points per 100 possessions in 97 against the Bucks with Larry Sanders on the floor, but 111.3 in 100 minutes with Sanders on the bench. LeBron James shot 15-for-17 in the restricted area when Sanders was on the bench.
- Monta Ellis was a minus-151 in 2,301 minutes with Brandon Jennings this season, but a plus-107 in 775 minutes without Jennings.
- Ellis shot 4-for-17 (24 percent) from mid-range against the Heat. Jennings, meanwhile, shot 11-for-19 (58 percent) from mid-range against the Heat.
- The Heat had both the best clutch offense (120.2 points scored per 100 possessions) and the best clutch defense (87.2 allowed) in the league this season.
New York (2) vs. Boston (7)
New York Knicks (54-28)
Pace: 92.0 (26)
OffRtg: 108.6 (3)
DefRtg: 103.5 (17)
NetRtg: +5.1 (6)
Boston Celtics (41-40)
Pace: 94.0 (17)
OffRtg: 101.1 (20)
DefRtg: 100.4 (6)
NetRtg: +0.7 (14)
- The Knicks attempted just 38.1 percent of their shots from the paint, the lowest rate of the last five seasons.
- The Knicks scored just 97.6 points per 100 possessions in 70 minutes with Kevin Garnett on the floor this season, and scored 115.8 against the Celtics with KG on the bench. He missed the final two regular season meetings.
- The Celtics ranked last in offensive rebounding percentage, grabbing just 20.1 percent of available offensive boards.
- The Knicks ranked last in the league with just 721 fast break points.
- The Knicks’ lineup of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler was the best offensive lineup in the league (minimum 200 minutes played), scoring 119.3 points per 100 possessions in 269 minutes.
Indiana (3) vs. Atlanta (6)
Indiana Pacers (49-32)
Pace: 92.8 (25)
OffRtg: 101.6 (19)
DefRtg: 96.6 (1)
NetRtg: +5.0 (7)
Atlanta Hawks (44-38)
Pace: 94.7 (13)
OffRtg: 102.7 (15)
DefRtg: 101.8 (10)
NetRtg: +0.9 (13)
- Opponents shot just 51.5 percent from the restricted area with Roy Hibbert on the floor, the lowest mark among players who have defended at least 200 shots in the restricted area. The Hawks ranked third by shooting 65.4 percent in the restricted area this season.
- The Hawks went 17-2 when Devin Harris played more than 28 minutes. They outscored their opponents by 7.3 points per 100 possessions with Harris on the floor and were outscored by 2.7 with Harris on the bench.
- Josh Smith attempted 45 percent of his shots from outside the paint this season. In three seasons under Larry Drew, he has attempted 49 percent of his shots from outside the paint, after attempting just 37 percent of his shots from outside the paint in six seasons under Mike Woodson.
- The Pacers’ starting lineup scored 108.6 points per 100 possessions in 1,218 minutes together. All other Pacers lineups scored just 98.5 points per 100 possessions in 2,698 minutes.
- The Hawks and Pacers both played their best basketball in the third quarter, and both ranked in the top four in third-quarter NetRtg.
Brooklyn (4) vs. Chicago (5)
Brooklyn Nets (49-33)
Pace: 91.2 (28)
OffRtg: 105.0 (9)
DefRtg: 103.6 (18)
NetRtg: +1.4 (12)
Chicago Bulls (45-37)
Pace: 92.0 (27)
OffRtg: 100.4 (24)
DefRtg: 100.3 (5)
NetRtg: +0.1 (15)
- The Nets (third) and Bulls (fifth) both ranked in the top five in offensive rebounding percentage, each grabbing about 30 percent of available offensive boards.
- The Bulls’ lineup of Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah was the league’s worst offensive lineup (mimimum 200 minutes), scoring just 90.7 points per 100 possessions.
- The Nets had the league’s best first-quarter offense, scoring 112.6 points per 100 possessions.
- The Bulls got progressively worse as the game went on: plus-3.3 points per 100 possessions in the first quarter, plus-0.0 in the second, minus-0.6 in the third, and minus-3.1 in the fourth.
- The Nets were a minus-1.4 points per 100 possessions with Deron Williams on the floor before the All-Star break, and a plus-7.3 with him on the floor after the break.