The following are the Magic’s average shot attempts per game from various distances in the regular season and in this series against Boston.
Regular Season Boston Series
Overall FGAs 77.9 74.0
Overall FTAs 26.0 32.0
At rim 24.1 24.0
< 10 feet ** 8.3 13.0
10-15 ft 5.6 7.5
16-23 ft 12.6 9.5
3-pointers 27.3 20.0
**Does not include shots at rim.
You see what’s going on here in the numbers?
The C’s are allowing Orlando fewer of the shots they like best—threes—and forcing them to take more mid-range twos, the toughest shots in the NBA, particularly against a defensive beast like Boston.
Oh: And they’re also sending the Magic to the line a ton. The Magic were the 2nd-worst free throw shooting team in the league this season, thanks largely to Dwight Howard’s continued awfulness at the line. None of this is by accident.
If someone doesn’t hire Tom Thibodeau as their head coach this off-season, I’m going to start wondering if there’s just something about his personality or his style that turns teams off. Because the numbers say this guy knows how to coach defense and game plan as well as anyone in the league.