# C’s v Bucks by the numbers – a 7-game dead heat?

Through seven tough games, 341 minutes of play and 1,306 possessions, Brad Stevens’s Boston Celtics and Joe Prunty’s Milwaukee Bucks provided us a photo finish – at least when it comes to the numbers.

The Midwesterners shot more accurately, connecting on 15 more FG’s … but Brad’s boys fought their way to the free-throw line 75 times, exactly 15 times more often than the Bucks.

Consequently, each team earned 334 conversions in its 653 scoring opportunities.

Boston’s dominance of the Offensive glass (98 – 49 in second-chances, good for a 110 – 48 edge on the scoreboard) was the difference-maker.

Summative Series Equation:

Bos – 334 Conversions + [+29 “Stripes”] {71 treys “minus” 42 missed FT’s “equals” 8 stripes}
Mil – 334 Conversions + [+26 “Stripes”] {67 treys “minus” 41 missed FT’s “equals” 3 stripes}
Expected Outcome -- 0 Conversions + [+3 Stripes] = C’s win by 3 points
Actual Score: Boston 717, Milwaukee 713

The Algebra of the Series

Pts: C’s – 717 / Mil – 713
FG: C’s – 259 - 585, .443 / Mil – 274 - 548, .500
3FG: C’s – 71 - 203, .350 / Mil – 67 - 180, .372
FT: C’s – 128 - 170, .753 [75] / Mil – 98 - 139, .705 [60]
TO: C’s – 90 / Mil – 93
OR: C’s – 75 + 23 (team) / Mil – 39 + 10 (team)
Poss: C’s – 653 / Mil – 653
CV%: C’s – 334 / 653, .511 / Mil – 334 / 653, .511

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

Here’s the breakdown on the basis of locale.

Home Wins
Pts: C’s – 437 / Mil – 396
FG: C’s – 161 - 337, .478 / Mil – 153 - 321, .477
3FG: C’s – 43 - 114, .377 / Mil – 33 - 98, .337
FT: C’s – 72 - 98, .735 [44] / Mil – 57 - 79, .722 [33]
TO: C’s – 54 / Mil – 63
OR: C’s – 36 + 15 (team) / Mil – 23 + 8 (team)
Poss: C’s – 385 / Mil – 386
CV%: C’s – 205 / 385, .532 / Mil – 186 / 386, .482

Pts: C’s – 280 / Mil – 317
FG: C’s – 98 - 248, .395 / Mil – 121 - 227, .533
3FG: C’s – 28 - 89, .315 / Mil – 34 - 82, .415
FT: C’s – 56 - 72, .778 [31] / Mil – 41 - 60, .683 [27]
TO: C’s – 36 / Mil – 30
OR: C’s – 39 + 8 (team) / Mil – 16 + 2 (team)
Poss: C’s – 268 / Mil – 267
CV%: C’s – 129 / 268, .481 / Mil – 148 / 267, .554