Fun with postseason numbers at the halfway point
The Spurs are once again conference-finals-bound after dropping the young Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, so let’s take a look at what pops off the page.
5: A Gentleman’s Sweep, as our leader Graydon Gordian explains. Also, from this point on, I’ll always associate The Monopoly Guy with any utterance of the aforementioned phrase. Thanks, Pinche Andrew.
— Andrew Casillas (@pincheandrew) May 15, 2014
3: It’s the third straight year in which the Spurs have reached the Western Conference Finals, the first time that’s happened in franchise history.
143: The total scoring margin between the two teams’ reserves. San Antonio’s bench outscored Portland’s 220-77 in five games.
21.5: The net-efficiency rating of the Spurs’ bench during the second round of the postseason, one of only two benches with a positive plus-minus in the semifinals. In second place, the Miami Heat reserves at just 5.4.
93.9: Portland managed just 93.9 points per 100 possessions in the series, the worst mark of the second round. The Trail Blazers’ 108.3 offensive-effieciency rating during the regular season was good for fifth in the NBA; and for the sake of comparison, Philadelphia’s 96.8 rating was dead last. The Spurs held the Blazers to a sub-Sixer-level offensive output, albeit in a small handful of games.
32: The number of playoff series Tim Duncan has won in his 17-year career.
20: The number of playoff series the Trail Blazers franchise has won in its 44-year history.
14.5: San Antonio’s average margin of victory in its eight playoff wins, the highest mark of any team in the postseason.
1: The number of documented snake sightings in the AT&T Center’s visitors locker room during the semifinals.
7.8: Kawhi Leonard’s plus-minus during the postseason, the highest of any individual player in the playoffs.
-3: San Antonio’s scoring margin when Kawhi is off the court during the playoffs. The only Spur whose absence yields this negative result. Next closest: Manu Ginobili at 2.1, despite his shooting performances.
3: Kawhi Leonard steal-dunks during the playoffs. The steal on one end and the one-man fast-break for a slam on the other has become this dude’s signature play.
Zero: The number of times it isn’t awesome when it happens.
(At least) 5: The number of nicknames being bandied about for Kawhi.
1: Kawhi Leonard #PodiumGames. Last night’s was likely the first of many in his career.
5: The number of rough shooting games from Manu Ginobili. Is that a good thing because the Spurs won in spite of it and things should normalize, or is there real concern here? Time will tell.
8: The number of postseason wins under the Spurs’ belt thus far, and the number of wins still needed to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy for a fifth time. Halfway there.