## The Algebra of the Game: Wounded C’s win ugly, extend streak to 10

Summative Equation:
Bos – 51 Conversions + [0 “Stripes”] {7 treys “minus” 7 missed FT’s “equals” 0 stripes}
LAL – 45 Conversions + [-1 “Stripe”] {5 treys “minus” 6 missed FT’s “equals” -1 stripe}
Expected Outcome -- +6 Conversions + [+1 Stripes] = C’s win by 13 points
Actual Score: Boston 107, Lakers 96

Summative Equation (Season-to-date):
Bos – 569 Conversions + [+65 “Stripes”] {133 treys “minus” 68 missed FT’s “equals” 65 stripes}
Opp – 524 Conversions + [+40 “Stripes”] {96 treys “minus” 56 missed FT’s “equals” 40 stripes}
Expected Outcome -- +45 Conversions + [+25 Stripes] = C’s win by (78 + 24) 115 points
Actual Score: Boston 1246, Opponents 1135

After Q1, Boston shot an abysmal 3-20 from the three-point stripe; excluding Q2, the Lakers were even worse, 1-17. For the game, the teams combined to miss 108 FG’s.

Consequently, the Celtics’ 23 “second chances” – good for 22 “follow-up points,” compared to LA’s 14 – compensated for their overall .388 shooting from the field.

Luke Walton’s young Lakers played in fits and starts most of the game. In each of the first three quarters, LA had posted one or more stretches of at least four consecutive conversions AND endured one or more strings of at least four straight Empty Possessions.

But in Q4 the Lakers put together back-to-back conversions just once. Brad Stevens’s short-handed troops won the Fourth 10 conversion to seven – 7-4 in follow-up points.

The Algebra of the Game

1st Quarter
FG: C’s – 13-28, .464 / LAL – 6-18, .333
3FG: C’s – 4-9, .444 / LAL – 0-5, .000
FT: C’s – 3-4, .750 [2] / LAL – 4-6, .667 [2]
TO: C’s – 2 / LAL – 9
OR: C’s – 4 + 2 (team) / LAL – 2 + 1 (team)
Poss: C’s – 26 / LAL – 26
CV%: C’s – 15 / 26, .577 / LAL – 8 / 26, .308

2nd Quarter
FG: C’s – 9-21, .429 / LAL – 13-24, .542
3FG: C’s – 0-6, .000 / LAL – 4-8, .500
FT: C’s – 10-13, .769 [5] / LAL – 6-7, .857 [3]
TO: C’s – 4 / LAL – 3
OR: C’s – 2 + 0 (team) / LAL – 3 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 28 / LAL – 27
CV%: C’s – 14 / 28, .500 / LAL – 16 / 27, .593

3rd Quarter
FG: C’s – 8-25, .320 / LAL – 13-25, .520
3FG: C’s – 2-7, .286 / LAL – 1-7, .143
FT: C’s – 8-10, .800 [4] / LAL – 2-4, .500 [1]
TO: C’s – 4 / LAL – 3
OR: C’s – 5 + 1 (team) / LAL – 3 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 27 / LAL – 26
CV%: C’s – 12 / 27, .444 / LAL – 14 / 26, .538

4th Quarter
FG: C’s – 8-24, .333 / LAL – 5-18, .278
3FG: C’s – 1-7, .143 / LAL – 0-5, .00
FT: C’s – 3-4, .750 [2] / LAL – 5-6, .833 [2]
TO: C’s – 4 / LAL – 5
OR: C’s – 6 + 3 (team) / LAL – 4 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 21 / LAL – 21
CV%: C’s – 10 / 21, .476 / LAL – 7 / 21, .333

Full Game
FG: C’s – 38-98, .388 / LAL – 37-85, .435
3FG: C’s – 7-29, .241 / LAL – 5-24, .208
FT: C’s – 24-31, .774 [13] / LAL – 17-23, .739 [8]
TO: C’s – 14 / LAL – 20
OR: C’s – 17 + 6 (team) / LAL – 12 + 1 (team)
Poss: C’s – 102 / LAL – 100
CV%: C’s – 51 / 102, .500 / LAL – 45 / 100, .450

Note re Calculations:
The number of “possessions” is an accurate count, not a formula-based estimated value.

For purposes of clarity, the bracketed digit following the FT% is the exact count of “conversions” represented by those FTA’s.

“Possessions” calculation: FGA’s + FT conversions + TO’s – OR’s (including Team OR’s)
“Conversions” calculation: FG’s + FT conversions