By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — If there’s a first-round series that will help us determine the value of experience in the playoffs, it’s Toronto-Brooklyn.
The Nets have six players who have logged more than twice as many postseason minutes as anyone on the Raptors’ roster. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Jason Collins have all been to the conference finals or further.
But that won’t matter if the Nets aren’t able to slow down the Raptors’ top-10 offense, which they struggled to do in four regular-season meetings.
Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds in the Eastern Conference, as well as the four games they played against each other.
Toronto Raptors (48-34)
Pace: 94.4 (23)
OffRtg: 105.8 (9)
DefRtg: 102.4 (9)
NetRtg: +3.5 (9)
- The only Eastern Conference team that ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
- Were the 4th quarter team in the league, outscoring opponents by 12.0 points per 100 possessions.
- 54 of their games (most in the league) were within five points in the last five minutes.
- Only 27.4 percent of their shots came in the restricted area, the lowest rate in the league.
- Greivis Vasquez had an effective field goal percentage of 57.6 percent after the All-Star break, up from 44.7 percent before it. That was the largest improvement among players who attempted at least 300 shots before the break and 200 after it.
Brooklyn Nets (44-38)
Pace: 93.7 (25)
OffRtg: 104.4 (14)
DefRtg: 104.9 (19)
NetRtg: -0.6 (17)
- Had the point differential of a 38-win team. No team had a greater discrepancy (where the former was greater than the latter) between their actual win total (44) and their “expected” wins, based on point differential.
- Were a minus-10.4 points per 100 possessions (26th in the league) in the third quarter through Dec. 31 and a plus-10.4 (2nd in the league) in the third quarter after Jan. 1.
- Ranked 28th in defensive rebounding percentage (last among playoff teams), grabbing just 72.3 percent of available defensive boards. But grabbed 76.7 percent, a rate which would have ranked third, when Garnett was on the floor. Garnett led the league in individual defensive rebounding percentage, grabbing 31.4 percent of available defensive rebounds when he was on the floor.
- Williams’ usage rate was his lowest since his rookie season, but the Nets’ offense was still 8.3 points per 100 possessions better with Williams on the floor than it was with him on the bench.
- Patrick Patterson was a plus-75 in 74 minutes (one game with Sacramento, two with Toronto) against the Nets this season. No other player was better than a plus-52 vs. Brooklyn.
- Against Toronto, the Nets scored 117.0 points per 100 possessions in 65 minutes with Williams on the floor and just 98.2 in 127 minutes with Williams off the floor. He only played in the last two meetings (and came off the bench for the first one of those).
- No Brooklyn lineup played in more than two games or for more than 16 minutes together against Toronto.
- Kyle Lowry averaged 8.5 points in the paint vs. Brooklyn, his highest mark against Eastern Conference opponents. He averaged 4.9 vs. all other opponents.
- Lowry scored 38 points in 34 minutes he was defended by either Williams or Shaun Livingston.
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