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The whistles have gotten quite a workout on the three occasions this season when these oldest of NBA rivals have waged what Johnny Most used to call Basketball Battle.

NBA teams take 23 free throws apiece this season, just under one FTA per minute of play. (The per-game rate fell to 21 during Week 5.)

But New York and Boston have collectively and cumulatively attempted 182 FTA’s – the C’s 28.3 per game, the Knicks 32.3 per game. That computes to 1.25 FTA's per minute of play -- the ratio for today's Q3 was a smidgen under 2:1 (23 FTA's).

Dave Fizdale’s guys – courtesy of their 17 – 10 margin in FT conversions – earned one more “stop” for the afternoon than did the Stevens Gang. But 11 FT misses (compared to six for the Celtics) squandered that victory-of-sorts, and Boston’s +7 at the three-point stripe made the close-out of a 113 – 104 outcome relatively stress-free.

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Reason for Concern?

Through five weeks and 16 games, the Celtic defense was limiting opponents to .428 overall FG shooting.

However, three of their last four opponents have connected on better than 46% of their FGA’s.


Game 19 at New York

Boston 113

FG: C’s – 41-93, .441
3FG: C’s – 15-41, .366
FT: C’s – 16-22, .727 [10 conversions]
TS%: C’s – .550
OR: C’s – 16 + 3 (team) [minus 0 FT rebounds]
DR: C’s – 28 + 4 (team) [minus 3 FT rebounds]
TO: C’s – 13 + 1 (team)
Poss: C’s – 98 {47 “Empty”}
PPP: C’s – 1.153
CV%: C’s – 51 / 98, .520
Stripes: C’s – 9 [4.5 conversions]
Adjusted CV%: C’s – 55.5 / 98, .566 {expected production, 111 points}


New York 104

FG: NY – 35-76, .461
3FG: NY – 8-26, .308
FT: NY – 26-37, .703 [17 conversions]
TS%: NY – .564
OR: NY – 8 + 3 (team) [minus 0 FT rebounds]
DR: NY – 31 + 3 (team) [minus 4 FT rebounds]
TO: NY – 14 + 2 (team)
Poss: NY – 98 {46 “Empty”}
PPP: NY – 1.061
CV%: NY – 52 / 98, .531
Stripes: NY – -3 [-1.5 conversions]
Adjusted CV%: NY – 50.5 / 98, .500 {expected production, 101 points}


Note re Calculation & Notation:

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) – FT OR’s

“Conversions” calculation: FG’s + FT conversions

“Stripes” calculation: 3FG’s – missed FTA’s

TS% = True Shooting Percentage

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PPP = Points per Possession

CV% = Conversion Percentage


Abacus Revelation for the Road

Credit this “revelation” to nba.com: Kemba Walker became the first Celtic to reach double figures in assists in 19 contests.

Should this be a concern – or is it evidence of a more collaborative (i.e. less ball-dominant) approach to offensive execution?

Before you answer, you may want to consider that no Knick has recorded as many as 10 assists through 20 games.

Abacus Reveals 12/01/2019 11:11:00 PM Edit
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