Since we still have time before focusing on the semifinal round, especially with the Hawks-Nets best-of-7 series tied at 2-2, let's take a look at a few more numbers from Wizards 4-0 sweep over the Raptors.
"I just missed shots. They didn’t do nothing at all. Every shot I took felt good, or I rushed it a little bit. They just didn’t do nothing.” - Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan after losing Game 3.
When the Raptors were "wide open" - defined by NBA.com as six feet or more from the closest defender - they made shots. In fact, their 51.8 field goal percentage and 68.6 effective FG percentage (adjusting for 3-pointers) topped every team in the postseason entering Monday. However, Toronto only attempted 8.8 such shots per game in the series, easily the lowest in the league. Cleveland took 12.5 per game and every other team attempted at least 14.3.
In other words, whether DeRozan and his mates "just missed shots" or not, they did so with a Wizard in their way.
Isn't it ironic
Paul Pierce averaged 9.0 points on catch-and-shoot attempts against the Raptors. That tied with Chicago's Mike Dunleavy for fourth in the NBA ahead of Monday games. Based on alphabetical order, Pierce shows as fifth. During the regular season, the player who finished in the NBA in points per game on catch-and-shoot attempts? Trevor Ariza (6.2).
More catch-and-shoot stats for Pierce:
- His 60 percent clip from beyond the arc during the playoffs ranks third among players with at least three attempts per game.
- He led the Wizards with 4.9 ppg on catch-and-shoot tries during the regular season.
Rather than focus on Marcin Gortat actually playing in the fourth quarter against the Raptors after not doing so for a single minute in three regular season meetings, let's talk about the Polish Machine's prowess in the opening period.
- Gortat made an insane 14 of 15 field goal attempts. The one miss came during Game 3.
- Averages: 7.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks. By comparison, he averaged 12.2, 8.7, 1.3 per game on the season
Here's a non-first quarter stat. Gortat's 45 points combined in Game 3 and 4 were his most for any two-game stretch this season.