By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
VIDEO: Heat-Pacers: Round 5
HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — While the Miami Heat have thrived, the Indiana Pacers have survived.
But how well each team has played over the last couple of months doesn’t matter. The team that reaches The Finals is the one that plays better over the next four to seven games.
The Heat have had the No. 1 offense in the postseason thus far. The Pacers have had the No. 1 defense. The champs have the league’s best finisher and the challengers have the league’s best rim protector. The Eastern Conference finals, of course, will be determined on both ends of the floor.
Here are some statistical nuggets regarding the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the East, as well as the four games they played against each other during the regular season.
Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions
Stats and rankings are for the playoffs.
Indiana Pacers (56-26)
- Have shot 18-for-28 (64.3 percent) in clutch time (last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, with a score differential of five points or less) in the playoffs.
- Opponents have shot just 35.8 percent at the rim when David West has defended it and just 39.8 percent when Roy Hibbert has defended it, the first and third lowest marks among 34 players who have defended at least four attempts at the rim per game.
- The Pacers have outscored their opponents by 8.4 points per 100 possessions with West on the floor and have been outscored by 16.9 with him on the bench. His on-off-court NetRtg differential of 25.4 is the largest among players on the four remaining teams who have played at least 150 minutes.
- Among players on the four teams remaining, Evan Turner has the lowest raw plus-minus at minus-53.
- The Pacers’ starting lineup has played 257 minutes together, most in the postseason.
- Paul George leads the playoffs with 10 corner 3-pointers. Lance Stephenson is tied for second with nine.
Miami Heat (54-28)
- Have played at the slowest pace of the four teams remaining, just 88.2 possessions per 48 minutes.
- Best shooting team in the playoffs, with an effective field goal percentage of 55.0 percent.
- Lowest turnover rate in the playoffs, just 11.4 per 100 possessions.
- Have shot 68.7 percent in the restricted area, the highest mark of the playoffs. Meanwhile, their opponents have shot just 54.5 percent in the restricted area, the lowest opponent mark.
- Chris Bosh is second to only Kyle Korver with 7.7 catch-and-shoot points per game.
- Among players who have logged at least 20 minutes per game, Ray Allen has the highest on-court NetRtg. The Heat have outscored their opponents by 16.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.
- These have been the two best fourth quarter teams in the playoffs. The Pacers have outscored their opponents by 18.1 points per 100 possessions and the Heat have outscored their opponents by 14.1 points per 100 possessions in the fourth period.
- Only the Bulls (100.5) and Sixers (100.9) held the Heat to fewer points per 100 possessions than the Pacers did (101.0).
- Over the four regular season meetings, James had the best plus-minus (plus-29) on either team, while Dwyane Wade had the worst (minus-31). The Heat outscored the Pacers by 40 points in 76 minutes with James and not Wade on the floor.
- George and Stephenson combined to shoot 44-for-49 (90 percent) from the free-throw line.
- Shane Battier (1-for-6), Bosh (3-for-14), Mario Chalmers (2-for-12) and Rashard Lewis (2-for-9) all shot worse than 25 percent from 3-point range.
- George had an effective field goal percentage of 32.5 percent on 20 shots with James guarding him and 60.5 percent on 43 other shots against the Heat.
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