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Pacers vs. Bulls Spiderwebs – Game 1
As a supplement to the Playoff Game Recaps, we’re going to post Synergy “spiderwebs.” This will show the offensive distribution in plays and points for each team. The data is provided by the fantastic site – mySynergySports.com. Hopefully, it will help us understand each team’s approach, as well as what worked and what didn’t.
The Pacers did a better job at defending isolations than you’d expect the team ranked second-to-last in defending them. Unfortunately, they were hurt badly by Derrick Rose in the PnR (1.20 PPP).
Chicago also was pretty effective in Spot Ups, Cuts, and Transition. However, the other area that really hurt the Pacers’ defense was offensive rebounding. The Bulls didn’t have a high conversion rate (0.67 PPP), but the sheer number of opportunities is damaging. Chicago grabbed as many offensive rebounds (21) as defensive rebounds collected by the Pacers.
As encouraging as today’s performance was for Indiana, failing to control their defensive glass, in concert with letting Chicago get to the line too often, will only lead to a sweep.
The Pacer spiderweb really manifests as a testament as to how well their point guards – especially Darren Collison – played today. The 1.18 PPP out of PnR’s was well above their 0.77 full year average. Indy’s performance in transition was even more impressive, scoring on all nine their plays classified by Synergy in this category.
They were considerably less successful in isolations, and perhaps more disturbingly, only got seven plays out of post action. The Pacers were outscored 16-1 in the final 3-1/2 minutes, which is largely indicative of their lack of a “go-to” play.
We’ve highlighted the post as necessary to any chance of success, and seven plays is simply not enough. It’s even more concerning when you look at the distribution. Four were in the first quarter and one in the second. This patterns Roy Hibbert’s day. At the end of the first period, Roy Hibbert had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Over the final three quarters, he added only 3 points and 3 rebounds.