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Scout take on NBA playoffs’ first round
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Synergy Sports, USA TODAY
Synergy Sports, a basketball scouting company that works with NBA teams among others to map out every single play of the NBA season, has provided USA TODAY Sports with extensive scouting reports on the NBA playoffs. The focus is on efficiency and matchups, in a one-of-a-kind breakdown.
The comprehensive coverage might be a bit much for you to take in, but we’ve cut it down to three key points for each series:
• The Heat have the best pick-and-roll offense in the NBA, averaging 1.225 points per possession on those plays, but the Bucks rank fourth in the NBA at stopping pick and rolls.
• The Heat attack the paint well, shooting a league-best 62.8% around the basket. They face the NBA’s No. 2 shotblocker, Larry Sanders, as well as formidable paint defenders Samuel Dalembert and Ekpe Udoh.
• The Bucks offense is not particularly efficient, but they do a great job of limiting turnovers, ranking third in the NBA with only 12.3% of their possessions ending in a turnover.
• The Knicks’ offense ranks fourth in efficiency, while the Celtics’ defense ranks sixth. But both struggle in transition, with the Knicks playing at the slowest pace in the NBA and the Celtics ranking last in the NBA in transition defense efficiency.
• The Celtics have the fourth most efficient post-up offense, averaging 0.892 points per possession, but they will run into the best post-up defense, as the Knicks allow 0.752 points per possession in the post.
• Celtics small forward Paul Pierce outplayed Knicks counterpart Carmelo Anthony in their four regular-season meetings despite the Knicks winning three. Pierce’s scoring average went from 18.6 points a game overall to 21.2 against the Knicks, while Anthony averaged 28.7 overall and 25.2 vs. the Celtics.
• The Hawks will want to push the tempo, while the Pacers keep the pace down and defend transition well. Atlanta is third in the NBA in percentage of plays run in transition, while Indiana has allowed … [For more on Scout takes: Insider's view of NBA playoffs' first round, click here.]
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