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Iguodala's buzzer-beater keeps streak alive

January, 3, 2014
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AP Photo/John BazemoreAndre Iguodala hit his second buzzer-beater of the season as the Warriors win their eighth straight game.
The saying goes that if “you live by the three, you die by the three”. The Golden State Warriors did a little bit of both Friday against the Atlanta Hawks. After Klay Thompson made the team’s first three attempts of the game from beyond the arc, the Warriors went ice cold – missing 18 straight. But in the last five minutes-and-change of the game, they hit three of six from deep including Andre Iguodala’s only three-pointer of the night at the buzzer.

Iguodala likes to beat buzzers
Iguodala has now played 23 games as a Warrior and has two buzzer-beaters – he also hit the game-winner as time expired on November 14 against the Thunder. Since entering the league in 2004-05, Iguodala has hit five buzzer-beaters. The only player to have more in that span is Joe Johnson with six.

Inside the comeback
The win gives the Warriors their first eight-game win streak since 2005. That streak looked to be in big trouble as the Warriors trailed by a game-high 15 points with just over six-and-a-half minutes left in the game. But they finished the game on a 25-9 run as Stephen Curry outscored the Hawks himself during that span with 11 points down the stretch.

#FullSquad
Iguodala’s impact on the Warriors has been evident this season. When he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Warriors went just 5-7. With him they are now 17-6.

In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when the Warriors starting five consists of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, they are 17-3 this season. That is the second-best win percentage (0.85) of any starting five with a minimum of 10 games played together, behind the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting five that used to be made up of Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka (17-2, .895).

The impact of Russell Westbrook's injury

December, 27, 2013
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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook is out until after the All-Star break following arthroscopic knee surgery
How much will the Oklahoma City Thunder miss Russell Westbrook after Friday’s announcement that he is out until after the All-Star break? Consider this, Westbrook and LeBron James are the only players averaging 20-points, five assists and five rebounds per game this season.

With Westbrook on the court, the Thunder are averaging nearly seven more points and five more assists per game.

They play at a much faster pace and create more fast break opportunities, ranking second in the NBA in pace with 101.1 possessions per 48 minutes.

When Westbrook is off the court, the Thunder rank dips to 16th with 96.7 possessions per 48 minutes.

In the month of December, Westbrook and the Thunder were operating on all cylinders posting a 12-2 record before his injury.

Westbrook’s true shooting percentage of 55.3 was on pace for a career high in a given month and the Thunder’s point differential of +11.1 was by far the best in the NBA.

Kevin Durant
will also miss his running mate as the two are the highest scoring duo in the NBA this season. Some of that scoring load will now be placed on the shoulders of Reggie Jackson who will be reinserted into the starting lineup.

Jackson has averaged a career-high 12.5 points per game and posted a career-best effective field goal percentage of 51 percent this season.

Much of Jackson’s success is due to his pick-and-roll efficiency as he’s become one of the league’s best scorers on pick-and-roll plays averaging 0.89 points per play (League Average: 0.73).

Which lineups work without Westbrook
Without Westbrook, head coach Scott Brooks will have to manipulate his lineup to produce the best results on both sides of the floor.

The Thunder’s most offensively efficient lineup, that didn’t include Westbrook, featured Durant, Jackson, Steven Adams, Nick Collison and Jeremy Lamb. This group averages 116.3 points per 100 possessions, the best rate among any Thunder lineup that has played at least 40 minutes together.

The most defensively efficient group featured Durant, Jackson, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, and Thabo Sefolosha who limited opponents to 78.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Thunder are 3-1 without Westbrook this season, but the numbers show they need their point guard back healthy to maximize their offense and make a legitimate run at an NBA title.

Spurs, Parker look to roll at home in Game 5

June, 4, 2012
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Matthew Emmonsj/US PresswireTony Parker needs to get back on track if the Spurs are going to win Game 5.
The Western Conference Finals head back to San Antonio for Game 5 tonight at 9 ET with the series knotted at two games apiece.

Spurs Keys to the Game
The San Antonio Spurs are looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back losses following their near-record 20-game win streak. Both of those losses came on the road, however, and a return to the AT&T Center should provide a spark to the Spurs.

The Spurs are 6-0 at home this postseason, and the big difference has come on the offensive end. They are averaging 15 more points per game at home than on the road, and have thrived around the basket at home, where they are outscoring their opponents by 17 points per game in the paint.

Tony Parker needs to get back on track if the Spurs are going to take Game 5. He really struggled in Games 3 and 4, averaging just 14 points per game on 41 percent shooting.

He wasn’t as efficient running the pick-and-roll, making just 2-of-7 shots on those plays in the last two games, compared to 9-of-15 in Games 1 and 2.

In Game 3 the Spurs failed to produce on the interior, scoring a postseason-low 22 points inside five feet in the loss, nearly half has many points as they averaged in that area in the first two games.

In Game 4, San Antonio couldn't contain the Thunder's perimeter shooting. The Thunder were 19-of-37 (52 percent) from 15 feet and beyond on Saturday, after the Spurs had held them to 42 percent shooting from that distance in the first three games.

Thunder Keys to the Game
It may seem that the Oklahoma City Thunder have seized the momentum by winning Games 3 and 4 on their homecourt, but history suggests that is not necessarily true.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, entering these conference finals, 66 teams did what the Thunder did, winning Games 3 and 4 of a best-of-seven series after losing the first two games. In only 13 of those 66 instances did the team that evened the series with two wins go on to win the series.

In winning the last two games, the Thunder received huge contributions from their “non-Big 3” – Nick Collison, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. That trio nearly tripled their scoring output in Games 3 and 4 compared to Games 1 and 2.

Thabo Sefolosha has been the key defensive player for the Thunder in their two victories over the Spurs. Over the last two games, the Spurs are averaging almost 20 fewer points per 48 minutes when Sefolosha is on the court compared to when he is on the bench.

He has been effective limiting the Spurs guards on pick-and-rolls and when coming off screens. As the on-ball defender in those situations in Games 3 and 4, he allowed just four points (2-of-7 shooting) and forced five turnovers on 12 combined plays.

Stat of the Game
The Spurs have won each of the last five best-of-seven series they have played in which the series was tied 2-2 after four games. That is the second-longest current streak of its kind in the NBA behind the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won eight in a row, according to Elias.

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