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NBA Playoffs: Runner-up All-Stars

With five first round game sevens the 2014 NBA playoffs are shaping up to be one of the best of our lifetime.  As a consolation prize I have selected the ‘Playoff All-Stars’ among the teams who were knocked out in round one.

F – Paul Millsap, Atlanta – 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 53% True Shooting

F – Draymond Green, Golden State – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 59% TS

C – Dwight Howard, Houston – 26 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 58% TS

G – Kyle Lowry, Toronto – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 57% TS

G – Stephen Curry, Golden State – 23 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, 60% TS

6th – Taj Gibson, Chicago – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 63% TS

*stats are per game averages


San Antonio’s Other Big Man

Through five playoff games against Dallas the Spurs Tiago Splitter has been tremendous.  The big man has arguably been San Antonio’s best player in the series.

Splitter is one of just five players averaging a double-double with a 60% true shooting in the 2014 NBA playoffs.

Player               Season  Tm  PTS  TRB  TS%
Jonas  Valanciunas   2013-14 TOR 12.8 10.8 .676
DeAndre  Jordan      2013-14 LAC 12.2 13.8 .656
Tiago  Splitter      2013-14 SAS 11.0 10.6 .654
Serge  Ibaka         2013-14 OKC 14.2 10.2 .641
Paul  George         2013-14 IND 22.6 11.2 .619

The Pacers Legit All-Star

Regardless of the outcome of the Pacers/Hawks series Mr. Paul George has proven he’s an all-star.  George is quietly pulling a Scottie Pippen circa 1994.  Through five games he leads the Pacers in:

  • Points (23 per game)
  • Rebounds (11)
  • Assists (5)
  • Steals (3)

George’s shooting percentage is terrific as well (62% true shooting).

The Pacers all-star small forward has been great.  Their main problem has been with their pivot man as Roy Hibbert has been off the charts poor (5 points, 3 rebounds/game, 35% true shooting).

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.


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.