The essence of competitive basketball – from the “black-top” to the NBA’s pricey and spiffy hardwood – is to “stop” the other team’s attempts to score more often than they can “stop” yours – even more crucial when playing “make-it-take-it” on the cement, huh?
I’ve been infatuated with that notion for some time (especially with the league’s explosion in 3-point shooting over the past decade), and thus I’ve been closely tracking Possessions and Conversions in Boston’s games over the past couple of seasons or so.
Here’s a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of those “stops” and “conversions” – along with the success rate of Coach Joe’s boys as well as the opposition. (Perhaps Coach Mazzulla reveals his inexperience by apparently being out-performed thus far in “Halftime Adjustments” – besides mediocre showings in two OT periods, the C’s are out-converted only in Q3.)
Note: “FTC’s” = “Free throw Conversions” (i.e. the number of offensive possessions that end with multiple foul shots … “techs” and “and-1’s” NOT included.)