Sunday, June 9, 2013

2013 NBA Finals: Game 2 Adjustments



Miami HEAT's key adjustments on offense for Game 2 include:
  • Chris Bosh finishing off the pick-and-roll in the paint and getting some baseline cuts like the Birdman 
  • More opportunities in transition for LeBron James
  • Replacing the isolation offense Dwyane Wade can't provide with his knee injury 

On defense, the key adjustments for the HEAT include:

In addition to adjustments that improve areas of weakness in Game 1, the HEAT may also need to have counters ready to sustain what they did well if the Spurs make adjustments in Game 2. The HEAT need to keep getting the good looks Bosh and Mario Chalmers got off spot ups, keep getting Ray Allen opportunities off screens and sustain (if not increase) LeBron and Wade's touches in the post.

On defense, the HEAT need to sustain their solid defense against Duncan and Tony Parker in the pick-and-roll, keep limiting the Spurs in transition and continue shutting down the cutters.

Below is a more detailed breakdown of what worked and didn't work for the HEAT on offense and defense in Game 1. All stats taken from mysynergysports.com.

HEAT Offense

What worked:
  • Spot ups are the type of play most frequently used by the HEAT at 25 per game for 27 points. They scored 29 points on 27 spot ups in Game 1.
    • Chris Bosh scored 10 points on 10 spot ups. He averages 5 points on 5 spot ups per game this season.
    • Mario Chalmers scored 6 points on 6 spot ups. He only averages 3 points on 3 spot ups per game this season.
  • HEAT scored 13 points off screens in Game 1. They only average 4 points off screens this season.
    • Ray Allen scored 7 points from 4 plays off screens. He only averages 2 points per game off screens this season.
    • Bosh scored 1 point from 2 plays off screens. Bosh only averages 1 point off screens every 3 games this season. Only 4% of his plays come off screens.
  • HEAT scored 9 points from 8 post up plays in Game 1. They averaged 6 points per game from 7 post ups this season.
    • LeBron James scored 5 points on 4 post ups. He averages 3 points on 3 post ups per game this season.
    • Dwyane Wade scored 4 points on 4 post ups. He averages 2 points on 2 post ups per game this season.

What didn't work:
  • HEAT only scored 11 points on 22 pick-and-rolls in Game 1. The HEAT average 18 points from 20 pick-and-roll plays per game this season. The Spurs defense ranks 11th & 10th against the ball handler and the roll man in pick-and-rolls.
    • Bosh scored 2 points on 6 pick-and-rolls rolling to the basket or popping out for the jumper. He averages 3 points on 3 pick-and-rolls per game this season.
    • LeBron scored 2 points on 4 pick-and-rolls as the ballhandler. He averages 4 points on 4 pick-and-rolls per game as the ballhandler.
    • Chalmers scored 2 points on 4 pick-and-rolls as the ballhandler. He averages 2 points on every 3 pick-and-rolls as the ballhandler this season.
  • HEAT scored 12 points in transition. They averaged 16 points per game in transition this season.
    • LeBron only scored 2 points on 2 transition plays. He averages 6 points on 4 transition plays per game this season.
    • Wade scored 5 points on 4 transition plays. He averages 4 points on 3 transition plays per game this season.
    • The rest of the HEAT scored 5 points on 4 transition plays. They average 7 points on 7 transition plays per game this season.
  • HEAT only scored 4 points on 6 isolation plays. They averaged 10 points on 11 isos per game this season. Spurs isolation defense ranked 3rd in the NBA allowing just 8 points per game this season.
    • LeBron scored 4 points on 4 isos. He averages 6 points on 6 isos per game this season.
    • Wade didn't score on 1 iso play. He averages 2 points on 3 isos per game this season.
  • HEAT scored 6 points on cuts. They average 10-11 points per game on cuts this season. Spurs defense ranked 1st in the NBA against cuts this season.
    • No plays off cuts for Bosh in Game 1. He averaged 2 per game this season. 
    • No plays off cuts for LeBron. He averaged 1 per game this season.

HEAT Defense

What worked:
  • HEAT have the best pick-and-roll defense in the NBA, allowing 13 points on 17 pick-and-rolls per game. They held the Spurs to 14 points on 22 pick-and-rolls in Game 1. The Spurs average 22 points on 25 pick-and-rolls this season (7th in NBA with the ballhandler, 5th with the roll man).
    • Tim Duncan scored 2 points on 8 pick-and-rolls. He averages 3-4 points on 4 pick-and-rolls per game this season.
    • Tony Parker only scored 5 points on 6 pick-and-rolls. He averages 9 points on 10 pick-and-rolls per game this season.
    • Manu Ginobili scored 3 points on 3 pick-and-rolls. He averages 3 points on 4 pick-and-rolls per game this season.
  • HEAT have the best transition defense in the NBA. They held the Spurs to 8 points on 11 transition plays in Game 1. Spurs average 16 points on 14 transition plays per game this season.
    • Parker scored 6 points on 4 transition plays. He averages 4 points on 3 transition plays per game this season.
    • The rest of the Spurs scored 2 points on 7 transition plays. They average 15 points on 14 transition plays this season.
  • HEAT defense ranks 6th against cuts, allowing 10 points per game. Spurs were limited to 7 points off cuts in Game 1, but average 12 points per game off cuts this season.
    • Duncan scored 4 points on 2 cuts. He averages 3 points from 2 cuts per game this season.
    • The rest of the Spurs scored 3 points off 6 cuts. They average 10 points from 8 cuts per game this season.

What didn't work:
  • HEAT allow 23 points on 24 spot ups per game this season. Spurs scored 34 points on 30 spot ups in Game 1. Spurs offense ranked 5th on spot ups this season, scoring 23 points on 22 spot ups per game.
    • Danny Green scored 12 points on 8 spot ups. He only averages 5 points on 4 spot ups per game this season.
    • Kawhi Leonard only scored 2 points on 6 spot ups. He averages 4 points on 4 spot ups per game this season.
    • Ginobili scored 7 points on 5 spot up plays. He averages 3 points on 2 spot up plays per game this season.
  • HEAT allow 7 points on 8 post ups per game this season. Spurs scored 10 points on 9 post ups in Game 1. The Spurs ranked 1st in offensive efficiency on post ups this season.
    • Duncan scored 8 points on 5 post ups against Birdman, Bosh, Battier and UD. He averages 5 points on 5 post ups per game this season.
    • Splitter only scored 2 points on 4 post ups. He averages 1 point on 1-2 post ups per game this season.

More Synergy Sports stats for the NBA Finals can be found at mysynergysports.com.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post a Comment