Saturday, June 2, 2012
Stats and Info: Fresh paint
By Chris Forsberg
ESPN Stats and InfoBOSTON -- The Celtics put together a dominating effort around the basket in Friday's Game 3 triumph over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. But our friends at ESPN Stats and Information help us really break it down:
As the chart shows, the Celtics were red-hot from around the basket.
The Celtics outscored the Heat 58-46 in the paint in Game 3 and were far more effective inside than in the first two games of the series. Boston’s 58 points in the paint are its most in a playoff game since May 4, 2008 against the Hawks when the Celtics scored 60 paint points in their 99-65 Game 7 win.
In Games 1 and 2, Boston averaged 32 paint points while shooting 47.1 percent close to the basket. Only 13.5 percent of their attempts were layups and dunks, and shots in the paint accounted for only 42 percent of their total offense. In Game 3, Boston put up 58 paint points while shooting 65.9 percent close to the hoop. A total of 23 percent of their attempts were layups and dunk, and shots in the paint accounted for 57.9 percent of their total chances.
The Celtics’ 58 points in the paint are their most in any game this season (reg. season and playoffs) and their most in the playoffs since 2008. Boston is 7-3 since the start of the 2009 postseason when it scores at least 50 points in the paint.
And here's a look at the Celtics game with the most paint points since the 2009 season:
58 -- Heat -- June 1, 2012
54 -- Lakers -- June 10, 2010
54 -- Bulls -- April 28, 2009
54 -- Bulls -- April 18, 2009
Statistical support for this story from NBA.com