Poor "Striping" proves costly in Celtics' opening-night defeat
The last time Brad Stevens's Celtics faced Brett Brown's 76ers seven months ago, the teams combined to attempt 59 foul shots -- then another 70 on opening night ... Wow!!
Through the first 16 games of NBA 2019-20, the average team is taking just over 26 FT's per game and making just under 20 of them ... slightly higher than last season. (2018-19: 23.1 "takes" and 17.7 "makes" per game per team)
Now let's consider that teams -- both last season and in the early stages of this one -- are making about eleven-and-a-half treys per game.
So, in today's NBA, Team "Average" augments it rate of converting possessions by five or six points (I call then "Stripes") each game -- the equivalent of two or three additional conversions.
The "style" of NBA play has evolved in such a way that no team has compiled more missed free throws than successful three-pointers since the Splash Brothers were so dubbed. In other words, no team has posted a "negative" seasonal score in "Striping" for several seasons.
But in Wednesday's rather disjointed opener, both "contenders" managed to do so.
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
PPP = Points per Possession
CV% = Conversion Percentage
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Philly's Joel Embiid was assessed a "minor" flagrant foul late in Q3 -- consequently, Enes Kanter got an FT conversion and the C's got a "free" possession.
When the stats for this game are finalized, will Embiid be assessed a Turnover to account for the extra opponent possession?