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.
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
The last time the Celtics won ten in a row this early was 45 seasons ago. At the time, a 24-year-old Dave Cowens – aided and abetted by rugged newcomer Paul Silas – was laying the foundation for an MVP performance.