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Coach Brad Stevens's depleted troops shot exactly .200 from the field for a full quarter of play yesterday; n’ary a one of them got credited with an offensive rebound during that 12 minutes.

The Bucks, on the other hand, found bottom on all but three of their Q4 FG attempts. Milwaukee converted 11 of their last 12 possessions in regulation time.

And the Celtics still manage to win ???

Summative Equation:
Bos – 52 Conversions + [+8 “Stripes”] {11 treys “minus” 3 missed FT’s “equals” 8 stripes}
Mil – 51 Conversions + [+3 “Stripes”] {8 treys “minus” 5 missed FT’s “equals” 3 stripes}
Expected Outcome -- +1 Conversion + [+5 Stripes] = C’s win by 7 points
Actual Score: Boston 113, Milwaukee 107

The Algebra of the Game

1st Quarter
FG: C’s – 13 - 24, .542 / Mil – 7 - 15, .467
3FG: C’s – 1 - 4, .250 / Mil – 1-2, .500
FT: C’s – 2 - 3, .667 [1] / Mil – 2-2, 1.000 [1]
TO: C’s – 2 / Mil – 8
OR: C’s – 3 + 1 (team) / Mil – 0 + 1 (team)
Poss: C’s – 23 / Mil – 23
CV%: C’s – 14 / 23, .609 / Mil – 8 / 23, .348

2nd Quarter
FG: C’s – 4 - 20, .200 / Mil – 12 - 24, .500
3FG: C’s – 1 - 7, .143 / Mil – 2 - 6, .333
FT: C’s – 6 - 6, 1.000 [3] / Mil – 4 - 5, .800 [2]
TO: C’s – 5 / Mil – 2
OR: C’s – 0 + 2 (team) / Mil – 1 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 26 / Mil – 27
CV%: C’s – 7 / 26, .269 / Mil – 14 / 27, .519

3rd Quarter
FG: C’s – 9 - 21, .556 / Mil – 8 - 19, .421
3FG: C’s – 4 - 7, .571 / Mil – 2 - 3, .667
FT: C’s – 4 - 4, 1.000 [2] / Mil – 1 - 1, 1.000 [0]
TO: C’s – 3 / Mil – 6
OR: C’s – 3 + 1 (team) / Mil – 1 + 1 (team)
Poss: C’s – 22 / Mil – 23
CV%: C’s – 11 / 22, .500 / Mil – 8 / 23, .348

4th Quarter
FG: C’s – 10 - 23, .435 / Mil – 10 - 13, .769
3FG: C’s – 4 - 6, .667 / Mil – 3 - 5, .600
FT: C’s – 5 - 6, .833 [3] / Mil – 10 - 12, .833 [6]
TO: C’s – 2 / Mil – 4
OR: C’s – 4 + 1 (team) / Mil – 0 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 23 / Mil – 23
CV%: C’s – 13 / 23, .565 / Mil – 16 / 23, .696

Overtime
FG: C’s – 3 - 6, .500 / Mil – 3 - 12, .250
3FG: C’s – 1 - 2, .500 / Mil – 0 - 5, .000
FT: C’s – 7 - 8, .875 [4] / Mil – 2 - 4, .500 [2]
TO: C’s – 3 / Mil – 0
OR: C’s – 1 + 1 (team) / Mil – 3 + 0 (team)
Poss: C’s – 11 / Mil – 11
CV%: C’s – 7 / 11, .636 / Mil – 5 / 11, .455

Full Game
FG: C’s – 39 - 94, .415 / Mil – 40 - 83, .482
3FG: C’s – 11 - 26, .423 / Mil – 8 - 21, .381
FT: C’s – 24 - 27, .889 [13] / Mil – 19 - 24, .792 [11]
TO: C’s – 15 / Mil – 20
OR: C’s – 11 + 6 (team) / Mil – 5 + 2 (team)
Poss: C’s – 105 / Mil – 107
CV%: C’s – 52 / 105, .495 / Mil – 51 / 107, .477

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


Abacus Revelation for the Road

RIP Hal Greer

Though most well-known in Celtic circles for an infamous pass, Hall of Famer Greer was an Eastern Division All-Star for 10 consecutive seasons.

Sweet Victory requires a worthy foe -- Hal Greer fit that bill, and then some.


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