In the Bonus: Celtics spread out the scoring
IN THE BONUS
For all the numbers on how the Celtics have won four games in a row, and how they might beat the Bobcats tonight, click ahead. Your inner stat geek will thank you.
A balanced scoring attack has been a huge part of Boston's four-game winning streak. With nearly half (48.8 percent) of the Celtics' shot attempts being two-pointers in their first four games (all losses), that number is down to 36 percent during the winning streak while dunks/layups and 3-pointers account for 30 and 34 percent, respectively, of their shot attempts in wins.
Taking care of the ball has been at a premium lately, especially when it comes to the live-ball miscues which have the potential to lead to easy scores. After averaging 12 live ball turnovers per game in losses, that number has dropped to seven in games won.
BASS ON THE BASELINE
Every player has a sweet spot on the floor. For Brandon Bass, it's along the baseline where he's shooting an NBA-best 70.6 percent, which is a huge improvement from a year ago when he was a 47 percent baseline shooter.
KIDD-GILCHRIST IN THE PAINT
Better shot distribution has been at the heart of Kidd-Gilchrist's scoring average being up to 12.1 points per game. Baseline (11.4 percent) and elbow jumpers (20.7) don't account for nearly as high of a percentage of his shots this season. Instead he's looking to score in the paint which is where he now takes more than 76 percent of his shots.
SESSIONS FROM THE ELBOW
Just like every big man isn't meant to rebound, every guard shouldn't be expected to be a lane penetrator. Bobcats coaches really need to think about designing more plays to get Sessions elbow jumpers. From that spot, he ranks ninth (62.5 percent) in the league in shooting percentage.