Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Game 2: 10 Celtics-Magic nuggets
By Chris Forsberg
ORLANDO -- Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind for Tuesday's Celtics-Magic clash (ESPN, 8:30 p.m) in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Amway Arena (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):
1. In the history of the NBA playoffs, teams that have won the first game of a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series 78.5 percent of the time. But Boston has been better than that when protecting a 1-0 lead. The Celtics have won 49 of the 54 best-of-seven series they have played in which they have won Game 1 (90.7%). That is the highest percentage for any franchise that has won Game 1 of at least two best-of-seven series.
2. The Celtics have allowed fewer than 90 points in each of their last four games in this year's playoffs. That ties the club record for consecutive games allowing fewer than 90 points in the postseason in the shot-clock era. Boston also did that in four straight games in the 2002 playoffs.
3. Kevin Garnett has not attempted a free throw and has played at least 30 minutes in each of his last two games. This marks only the second time in his postseason career that Garnett has gone consecutive games without attempting a free throw while playing at least 30 minutes in each game (he also did that during the 1997 postseason).
4. Paul Pierce was 6-for-8 (.750) from the field in the Celtics' Game 1 victory. That is Pierce's best shooting performance in any of his 89 postseason games.
5. The Celtics have had a different player lead the team outright in points scored in each of their 12 games in this year's playoffs. Only three other teams in NBA history have not had the same player lead the team outright in scoring in at least 12 consecutive playoff games within one season: Phoenix in 2006 (12 straight), Sacramento in 2003 (12) and Detroit in 1989 (13).
6. Dwight Howard has committed seven turnovers in each of his last two games. That tied the NBA playoff record for consecutive games with seven-or-more turnovers. Howard shares the record with 12 other players (Dwyane Wade has done it twice).
7. Orlando got off on the wrong foot in this series, scoring only 32 points in the first half in Game 1. Only two other home teams have scored as few as 32 points in the first half in Game 1 of a playoff series in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55 season): Miami vs. New York in 1999 (31) and the Lakers vs. San Antonio in 2002 (32).
8. The Magic had only 10 assists compared to 18 turnovers in Game 1. During the regular season, Orlando had only two games in which they had an assist-to-turnover ratio as poor as the one they had in Game 1, and they occurred in the Magic's two home games against Boston.
9. This is the eighth time that Rasheed Wallace is appearing in the conference finals in his career. Only three other active players have made at least eight appearances in the conference finals: Shaquille O'Neal (nine), Derek Fisher (nine) and Kobe Bryant (eight).
10. Doc Rivers was the head coach of the Magic for 339 regular-season games from 1999 to 2003. No other head coach has faced an opposing team that he previously coached that many regular-season games for in a conference finals or NBA Finals series.