The Grizzlies Shooting Dicotomy

Through five games against Oklahoma City the Memphis Grizzlies outside shooting has been all over the map.

Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Courtney Lee have shot 7-41 from three-point land (17%).  Those same players have shot  54% on two-point attempts.

On the other end, Mike Miller has been 11-22 from three and only 1-11 from two.

Also, thanks to Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, OKC has held Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph to just 40% shooting from the floor.

 

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NBA Playoffs: Turnovers Kill

All four NBA playoff games on Sunday were won by the team that won the turnover battle.  In the two slow paced games in the east both losers (Nets, Bulls) committed 16 turnovers.  Their opponents (Wizards, Raptors) averaged only 8 turns.

During the up-tempo west coast games the Clippers posted a four turnover deficit and lost while Houston had a five TO deficit and also lost.

The Mavs’ Inside Presence

Mavs’ center Samuel Dalembert has played very well through three playoff games against the Spurs.  The Seton Hall alum leads the team in rebounds and blocks.  Plus he’s made all seven of his free throw attempts.

With Dirk Nowitzki struggling to find his shot Dallas needs Dalembert to get them second chance points and fill the paint on defense.  With Sam playing this well Rick Carlisle‘s team still has a fighting chance to beat the best team in the NBA.

NBA Playoffs: Six Strange Stats

Six strange stats from the 2014 NBA playoffs:

  • The Brooklyn Nets won game three against the Raptors despite their starters getting zero offensive rebounds.
  • Nets starting center Kevin Garnett has averaged seven fouls/36 minutes played through three playoff games.
  • Road teams have won all six games between the Rockets/Blazers and Bulls/Wizards.
  • Chicago Bull Mike Dunleavy has made 57% of his three-point attempts and 50% of his two-point attempts.
  • Houston Rockets guard Troy Daniels played 48 games in the D-League this year.
  • Daniels made more three’s on Friday night than Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons combined.

NBA Playoffs: Durant’s Likely Big Game 4

The Memphis Grizzlies should not expect Kevin Durant to repeat his game three performance anytime this playoff season.  Durant took 13 shots outside of ten feet during game 3.  He made exactly one of them.

I give Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Courtney Lee  credit for playing tight defense on the MVP but it’s not likely that K.D. will be ice cold again on Saturday night.

NBA Playoffs: High Scoring Games by a Visitor

Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge went over forty points in back-to-back playoff road games against the Rockets this week.

Did you know that each of the last ten forty point playoff performances in the NBA playoffs were achieved by a visiting player.  During this streak the only other player to go over forty twice in one playoff season was LeBron James in 2012.

Kobe Bryant has the most recent forty point game by a home player in the NBA playoffs (43 points v. Denver in 2012).

 

The Nene Factor Shines Against the Bulls

Despite winning four more regular season games than the Washington Wizards no one should be surprised if the Bulls are knocked out in round one.

Chicago is the worst offensive team in the NBA playoffs.  They were the worst shooting team in the entire league this season.  D.J. Augustin is their number one scoring option at this point.

On Washington’s side is Nene Hilario.  After missing 6 weeks due to injury he played great in their last four games of the year (14 points/game, 66% FG).  The Wizards lineup with Nene at the four was a great defensive unit (98 points allowed/100 possessions).

Don’t expect big scoring numbers from the Wizards throughout the playoffs but it will be hard to score on them with a healthy Nene and Marcin Gortat protecting the basket.