In the Bonus: Celtics vs. Timberwolves
PAINT BY NUMBERS
Finding ways to score around the basket has been a strength of both Boston and Minnesota this season. The Celtics are shooting 55.9 percent in the paint while the Timberwolves aren't too far behind at 54.5 percent which rank seventh and ninth, respectively, in the NBA.
Jared Sullinger is proving he can score in other ways besides lay-ups and put-backs. The 6-foot-9 forward is shooting 75 percent on elbow jumpers this season, second highest in the league behind Sacramento's Greivis Vasquez (88.9 percent)
Ricky Rubio loves to pass, and judging by his shooting numbers you can see why. When you break down his shooting by zones, it doesn't paint a very pretty picture. On baseline jumpers, he is the third-worst shooter in the NBA at 10 percent. On elbow jumpers, he's the second-worst shooter at 6.3 percent. And when it comes to the mid-range jumper, his 7.7 percent shooting is the worst in the NBA.
A big part of Minnesota's game is getting out and running to create fast-break opportunities. In fact, 17.6 percent of the Timberwolves' scoring comes via the fast break which is the sixth-highest percentage in the NBA.
The fast start by Vitor Faverani has cooled off considerably of late with his shooting dipping from 56 percent in the Celtics first four games, to 36 percent since. He has become too dependent on his face-the-basket game, evident by 2s and 3s accounting for 40 percent of his shots in the first four games but now represents 56 percent of his shots taken.
NO MIDDLE MAN
It's either 3-pointers or lay-ups. Gerald Wallace is literally not settling for anything else. Three-pointers accounted for 35.6 percent of his shots a year ago, but now that figure is up to 42.5 percent. And 54.4 percent of his shots last year were in the paint, up to 57.5 percent right now.
BRADLEY SHOT FACTOR
Avery Bradley's shooting might be the best indicator of how the Celtics are playing. In wins this season, Bradley has made 52 percent of his shots while averaging 15.8 points per game. Losses have seen his shooting touch drop to 37.9 percent while his scoring drops to just 9.3 points per game.