Quarterly Analysis from the “Road” to a Championship
The J-Team – should the moniker now imply the coach, as well
as the you-know-whos? – wrapped up the first of their season’s two extended
road excursions Tuesday evening, surviving a spirited comeback (also making one
of their own) by a rather sprightly LeBron James and his crew.
The six-game (4-2) swing revealed both sides of the current Boston
Celtics, from their very best (the Phoenix rout in particular) to their
frustratingly least efficient as the on-court Jays struggled through some
shooting woes (a combined 8-for-32 on treys in the back-to-back losses).
I’m fascinated by Jaylen Brown’s (extreme) fall-away shots
which seem to keep hitting “nothin’ but net” … I haven’t seen that much
“fall-back” since Kevin McHale days.
Over the six games, the C’s converted their first half
possessions at a rate of .510 (156-for-306) for a hefty 362 points (essentially
30 points per 12 minutes). Post-intermission, however (and including some
“garbage time”), point production dips to 292 with a .452 (131-for-290) rate of
Here are the quarterly breakdowns.
Note: “FTC’s” = “Free throw Conversions” (i.e. the number of
offensive possessions that end with multiple foul shots … “techs” and “and-1’s”
Data reflects play from Sunday Dec. 4 thru Tuesday, Dec. 13.
During the season’s first six weeks (thru Nov. 30), the
Celtics had compiled a league-best 373 successful 3FG’s worth 1,113 of their
2,681 points scored – that’s 41.7 percent of their scoring (also No. 1 in the
Can you guess the only other team getting in excess of 40
percent of its point production from behind the arc?