In the Bonus: Celtics vs. Pacers
Despite Boston's slow pace offensively, Gerald Wallace has been able to get out and run which has led to more lay-ups and dunks and thus, a better shooting percentage than a year ago. More than 52 percent of Wallace's shots now are lay-ups or dunks, compared to about 45 percent last season.
The third quarter has been the worst quarter for Jordan Crawford when it comes to shooting. In the third, he's shooting just 33 percent on lay-ups, while his struggles in shooting 2-pointers (34.8 percent) and 3s (25 percent) are just as pronounced. His shooting in the third quarter on 2s is especially disturbing because that's more than 62 percent of his shot attempts in that quarter.
Paul George is one of those superstars who gets better as the game goes on. He more than doubles his scoring average in the second half, from 7.8 to 16.5. And a big reason for that is his improved 3-point shooting in the second half combined with a greater emphasis of getting shots in the paint.
Roy Hibbert isn't scoring as much as he did a year ago, but he is being a much more efficient scorer now. He's taking more than two fewer shots this season (8.7 compared to 10.9 last year), but he's shooting 50 percent compared to 44.8 last year.
SETTING DEFENSIVE PACE
Indiana has been a leader defensively all season, especially in their ability to force teams to take shots they don't want to. Opponents are shooting just 44.2 percent in the paint against the Pacers, the second-best mark in the league. In addition, opponents are taking more 3s (36.9) than the league average (36.3).