Friday, April 18, 2014

Keys to Winning in NBA: Corner 3-Pointer and Effective Field-Goal %

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Celtics vs. Wizards Stat Pack

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*Via Sean Grande: “Wednesday, April 16th will mark the earliest end to a Boston Celtics season in 35 years (April 8th, 1979, BOS 127, NJ 101 – C Maxwell 22)”

*Jeff Green’s 133 made 3’s this season are the 16th-most by a Celtic in a single season.

*The Celtics have given up 24 games of at least 50 percent shooting thus far this season.
–The last time the C’s gave up that many in a season: unsurprisingly, 2006-07 (27 times)
–The Celtics gave up a combined 18 games of at least 50 percent shooting in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
–The C’s averaged fewer than 11 games of giving up at least 50 percent shooting per season from 2007-08 to 2012-13.

*The Celtics have been a bottom-5 defensive team since the beginning of March.
–They are giving up 108.7 points per 100 possessions since March 1.

*The Celtics own the NBA’s best 3rd-quarter margin over the last 3 games (positive 11.7 points per game).

*The Celtics are on quite a few 3-point streaks.
–9 games in a row with more 3-point attempts than opponent (longest for C’s since 2003: 20 games)
–6 games in a row with more 3-point makes than opponent (longest for C’s since 2012: 6 games) – last time with 7 in a row: 2006
–5 games in a row with better 3-point percentage than opponent (longest for C’s since 2012: 8 games)

*The Wizards are tied for the longest current winning streak in the league (3 games).

*Washington has forced its opponents to the 2nd-highest turnover percentage in the NBA.

*The Wizards have played by far the most overtime games this season (12).
–Most single-season overtime games since Clippers and Kings played 13 each during the 2000-01 season.

*The Celtics are 10-7 against the Southeast Division this season, which is their only above-.500 record against a division.
–The Southeast Division has 4 playoff teams.

*The 76ers’ 54 bench points on Monday are the 5th-most by a bench unit against the C’s this season.

*Via Elias: “The 76ers closed out their home schedule with a 113-108 win over the Celtics, in which Michael Carter-Williams provided 21 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. You have to go back 36 years to find the last NBA rookie to hit all four of those markers in a game; Bernard King did that on March 24, 1978, playing for the New Jersey Nets against the Washington Bullets (26 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals).”

*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. Wizards
–The Celtics had won 6 straight home games against the Wizards before losing in December.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celtics at 76ers Stat Pack 
*There have been just 2 instances this season in which men in green have put together back-to-back games of at least 13 assists.
--March 16 and 19: Rajon Rondo
--April 11 and 12: Phil Pressey

*Pressey is the first Celtic to have at least 13 assists on consecutive days since Rondo on April 14 and 15, 2012.
--Before Pressey, the last Celtic not named Rondo to have at least 13 assists in consecutive games was Sherman Douglas (1993).

*The Celtics own the NBA’s 2nd-best 3rd-quarter margin over the last 3 games (positive 10.7 per game).
--The 76ers have the 3rd-worst 3rd-quarter margin in the last 3 games (negative 8.7 per game).

*The 76ers have by far the worst scoring margin in the league at negative 10.9 per game.

*The 76ers are the only Eastern Conference team that has lost each of their last 2 home games.

*The 76ers’ defensive effective field-goal percentage is the worst in the league.

*The 76ers’ offensive effective field-goal percentage and turnover percentage are both the 2nd-worst in the league.

*On Saturday, Kelly Olynyk set his new NBA career-high with 12 rebounds. Only once in his college career did he have that many rebounds (12 against Saint Mary’s in 2013).
--Olynyk also matched his career-high in points. It was the first time he scored 22 or more points in an NBA road game.

*Avery Bradley’s plus/minus of positive 31 on Saturday is his 2nd-best in his career.

*Jeff Green’s plus/minus of positive 21 on Saturday is his 2nd-best this season.

*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. 76ers
--The last time the Celtics lost a 4-game regular-season series to the 76ers was 2006-07.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celtics at Cavaliers Stat Pack

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*The Celtics enter Saturday on a 13-game road losing streak, which matches their longest road losing streak in franchise history (February to April 1979).

*The Celtics and Cavaliers own 2 of the 8 worst point differentials this season.
--Cleveland’s positive 5.7 point differential over the team’s last 3 games is the 5th-best in the league.

*The last time the Celtics faced the Cavaliers was December 28, 2013: heading into that contest, there were 161 different 30-point performances in the NBA this season, and none of them were against the Celtics.
--The 162nd one was Kyrie Irving’s 7th one of the season, and the first one against the Celtics this season. Irving has had just 3 such performances in 2014.
--Irving is 1 of 15 players to score at least 30 points in 10 or more games this season.

*On Friday, Phil Pressey dished off a career-high 13 assists.
--Only twice in his college career did he have that many assists.
--In Phil Pressey’s 70th career NBA game (Saturday at Detroit), he registered his first double-double. On Friday, he posted his 2nd one.
--In addition, on Friday, Pressey stole the ball 3 times for the first time in a home game as an NBA player.

*3rd-quarter margin is important: the Celtics are the 6th-worst team in the NBA in this category, but they have been fantastic very recently. The Celtics are the 4th-best team in the last 3 games in 3rd-quarter margin.
--In 2007-08, the champion Celtics were the best 3rd-quarter team.
--In 2008-09, the Celtics were the 2nd-best 3rd-quarter team. The champion Lakers were the best.
--In 2012-13, Miami was the best team in the category and won the championship.

*Al Jefferson made 16 field goal on Friday, his most ever against the Celtics. It was also the most field goal makes against the Celtics in a game this season.
--The last time a player made at least 16 field goals against the Celtics: LeBron James on March 18, 2013
--It was an odd night for Jefferson: the last player to score at least 30 points without a free throw attempt against the Celtics in the regular season: Derek Harper (February 28, 1990).

*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. Cavaliers
--The Celtics have taken 4 of their last 5 games in Cleveland.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Celtics vs. Bobcats Stat Pack

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*The Bobcats are the best team at protecting the basketball this season.
--Only 11.7 percent of their possessions result in a turnover (lowest in the league). The Celtics are 24th in that category (14.2 percent).

*The Bobcats are among the best in free-throw differential this season. They attempt 4 more free throws per game than their opponents, which is tied for the 3rd-best mark in the NBA. The Celtics are the 3rd-worst team in that category this season (negative 3.5 free throw attempts per game).
--The Bobcats allow their opponents to shoot just 21.1 free throws per 100 possessions, the 2nd-lowest mark in the league.
--The Bobcats foul just 19 times per 100 possessions, the 3rd-lowest mark in the league.

*The Bobcats are on a 5-game winning streak for the first time since 2010.
--A Bobcats win on Friday would match their longest winning streak in franchise history.

*Only once in Jared Sullinger’s career has he had a streak of at least 3 doubles-doubles (January/February 2014). On Friday, he is in search of his 3rd straight double-double.

*On Friday, Rajon Rondo is in search of his 2nd double-double streak of at least 3 games this season.

*Avery Bradley scored 24 points on Wednesday after scoring just 20 points combined in his previous 3 games.
--It was just the 6th time in his career that he made 4 shots from 3-point distance, but it was the first time that he made all of his 3-pointers when having at least 3 attempts from downtown.

*Al Jefferson owns a 1-12 record in games that he has played against the Celtics.
--The most free throws he has attempted against the Celtics in his career is 7 (done once as a member of the Jazz and once with the Timberwolves).

*For Saturday: the Celtics’ 13-game road losing streak has matched their longest road losing streak in franchise history (February to April 1979).

*The Celtics are still 9-7 against the Southeast Division this season, which is their only above-.500 record against a division.
--Their next-best winning percentage against a division: 5-10 vs. the Atlantic Division

*On Wednesday, the Celtics attempted 34 uncontested field goals, but attempted 50 contested ones.

*If the Celtics lose on Friday, they will have lost 14 straight games that were on the front end of back-to-backs.
--Their last such victory: November 29 against the Cavaliers

*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. Bobcats
--The Celtics have dropped 3 of their last 5 games to the Bobcats after winning the previous 4 contests.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Celtics at Hawks Stat Pack

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*The Celtics’ 12-game road losing streak is their longest since January/February 2007 (12 in a row).
–The ONLY time the C’s have lost more than 12 road games in a row in franchise history: February to April 1979 (13 in a row)

*If the Celtics lost the rest of their games this season, they will match their 2nd-longest overall losing streak in franchise history at 13 straight losses.

*When the Grizzlies sent Jerryd Bayless to the Celtics, Bayless was on pace for his worst 3-point shooting season of his career (minimum 30 attempts). However, with 5 more makes from downtown on Saturday, he has set a new career-high for 3-pointers made in a season.
–When the Celtics traded Courtney Lee for Bayless 3 months ago, Lee had a better 3-point percentage (44 percent) than Bayless’ 2-point percentage (worse than 42 percent).

*In addition, Bayless became the first Celtic to sink at least five 3-pointers on consecutive nights since Antoine Walker in January 2003.

*As a Celtic, Bayless is also now shooting 40 percent from 3-point distance and could be the first man in green to do so since Ray Allen in 2011-12 (minimum 60 attempts).
–The only players to accomplish that feat over the last 5 seasons are Allen and Paul Pierce (minimum 100 attempts).

*The Celtics are 9-6 against the Southeast Division this season, which is their only above-.500 record against a division.
–Their next-best winning percentage against a division: 5-10 vs. the Atlantic Division

*Jeff Green’s 16.7 points per game are on pace to be the lowest for a Celtics’ leading scorer since Dee Brown’s 15.5 in 1993-94.

*Via Elias from Sunday: “The Hawks held the Pacers to 11 points in the first quarter and 12 in the second en route to a win in Indianapolis on Sunday. It’s only the second-game since the shot clock was implemented in 1954 in which a home team was held to no more than a dozen points in the first and second quarter. Miami lost at home to Utah in 2001, scoring 12 in the first period and 11 in the second.”

*Via Elias from Saturday: “The Pistons rallied from a 95-85 deficit at the end of the third quarter to beat the Celtics 115-111. It was Detroit’s first win in a game in which it trailed by double digits entering the final period since January 22, 2011 against the Suns. The Pistons had lost their previous 77 games when facing such a deficit, which had been the second-longest active streak in the NBA behind the Wizards (193 including Saturday).”

*Bayless, Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were the only players to attempt double-digit uncontested shots on Saturday in Detroit.
–Bayless: 6-of-10 on uncontested shots
–Sullinger: 5-of-10 on uncontested shots
–Green: 4-of-13 on uncontested shots

*Happy belated 74th birthday to John Havlicek, who celebrated it on Tuesday.
–He was also an NCAA champion in 1960.

*Recent Meetings: Celtics vs. Hawks
–The Celtics and Hawks have alternated victories in each of the last 8 regular-season meetings in Atlanta.