Numbers to note from the Wizards-Pacers series heading into Sunday night's Game 4 at the Verizon Center. Indiana leads the best-of-7 series 2-1 after winning Game 3 85-63.
The standard box score from Game 3 shows Bradley Beal, often guarded by 6-foot-8 Paul George, went 6 of 19 from the field in the 85-63 loss. The player tracking data from SportsVU via NBA.com reveals that Beal missed 10 of 13 "uncontested" attempts. Whether George or another defender stood within four feet of the wing guard during those tries, clearly Beal felt uneasy. He said as much following the loss.
“I didn’t feel comfortable playing in that because they were slowing the ball down a little bit,” Beal said.
He went 3 of 7 with those uncontested looks in Game 1, scoring 25 points in the Wizards victory.
"I thought we did some really good things on the offensive end too even though we didn’t have great offensive numbers. There are some things with their scheme we’re starting to dial into," is what Indiana coach Frank Vogel said at Saturday's practice.
The Pacers finished Game 3 with 20 assists and nine turnovers while the Wizards had 10 and 17. Those numbers certainly help explain the lopsided result. So does this: Indiana had 10 secondary assists (hence the hockey assist reference). Washington had only one. Not known as a facilitator, Pacers power forward David West had four assists and four secondary assists.
In their 102-96 Game 1 victory at Indiana, the Wizards had 23 assists on 35 field goals and finished with more secondary assists (7 to 3) than the Pacers.
*Trevor Ariza had 15 rebounding chances, defined by a player within 3.5 feet of a rebound. Ariza finished with 15 rebounds. Wow, wow. By comparison, Nene had seven chances and finished with three rebounds.
Where's the other Trevor?
As in Trevor Booker, who averaged 24 minutes in the opening round series against the Chicago Bulls, not to mentioning playing a key role in the Game 4 win with Nene suspended. The 6-foot-8 forward has only played 20 minutes in three games against the Pacers while Drew Gooden has become the primary big man off the bench. Head coach Randy Wittman has said all season he makes rotational decisions based on matchup and feel. What's interesting here is that one would feel that using the fastest front court member in matchup where pace is everything would be the way to go. During three regular season meetings with the Pacers, Booker averaged 21 minutes, 4.3 points and 5.7 rebounds.