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Eye-opening Numbers from The Sixers Win

 

The C’s didn’t play last night like they wanted to win for the majority of the four quarters last night, but they still managed to pull out their 14th straight W. After the bizarre contest on so many fronts (offense, officiating, etc.) I couldn’t help myself from digging back into the numbers to find some hidden “gems” from last night.

C’s Offense
* Paul Pierce missed his first 7 shots.
* The C’s shot just 38.8 percent, their lowest percentage on the year.
* The Celtics won despite shooting just 25 percent from the field (4 of 16) in the fourth quarter.
* Through three quarters, Philadelphia held a 29-7 edge in free throw attempts

How did the C’s win despite those horrendous numbers, especially during those final 12 minutes? A couple things.

* The C’s only had 10 turnovers for the game, with just two of those coming in the second half. That’s their 3rd lowest total on the season.
* Boston also grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, their second highest number on the year.

So what can we learn from all of this? In essence, this is really the perfect indicator of the offensive four factors and how much of an effect they can have on a game. The C’s generally shoot the ball tremendously, but struggled mightily last night. In turn, historically Boston is terrible on the offensive glass and turning the ball over (bottom 3rd in both categories for the league). Last night, when the shot wasn’t working they picked up the slack in both of those departments as seen above with some season-best performances, as well as in getting to the line (12/14 from charity stripe in 4th) when it mattered the most.

Put it all together and you can enough production of the four factors for a win over a mediocre opponent.

  • DRJ1

    Not quite simple… the Cs got a large number of offensive rebounds mostly because there were a large number of offensive rebounds to be had… because Boston shot the ball so poorly (unusually low FG%). This is a bad thing, of course… (meaning that usually, if you see a high # of offensive rebounds by the Cs, it means they missed a lot of shots) but it worked out because the 76ers also had a low FG%, in large part because of the Cs' great D (whereas the Cs simply missed a lot of open shots). Bottom line: on a night when they were shooting unusually badly, the Cs toughed out a win with their defense. Make sense, since that's really this team's basic modus operandi.

  • john schaffer

    its hard to beat 8 players versus 5 players the refs really tried to help the 76ers , i am surprised celtics dint give up , god bless the mighy celtics

    • Kobe's Daddy

      Are we homers for feelin this way? Cus i was screamin at my TV for some of those absurd calls. I will give them some credit for not bailing out Iggy on that drive in the last minute. That really surprised me seein as how bad the refs were callin the game for us. It woulda been a lot less obvious than that foul on ray allen in the Toronto game.

  • Kobe's Daddy

    @ john schaffer, Are we homers for feelin this way? Cus i was screamin at my TV for some of those absurd calls. I will give them some credit for not bailing out Iggy on that drive in the last minute. That really surprised me seein as how bad the refs were callin the game for us. It woulda been a lot less obvious than that foul on ray allen in the Toronto game.

  • Kobe's Daddy

    oops^^^

  • http://celticsboard.net NickFaldo

    Talk about mailing in an article. The premise was actually good. The C's overcame an awful night on offense by keeping the turnovers down. Without Rondo, the team is forced to reinvent itself. Nate isn't a pure point guard. This is akin to Troy Brown getting in on defensive schemes, because there aren't many options left. Nonetheless, the two biggest problems I have with this piece are as follows. Brian mentions twice in the first paragraph that the game was played last night. Once would have sufficed. Then he wrote "Put it all together and you can enough production of the four factors for a win over a mediocre opponent." That doesn't make sense. It's tough to read such sentences. Please proofread and edit before posting. You're getting a stipend to write. There's no excuse for such sloppy writing.

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