Postseason Stats & Stuff:
- Dallas’ Jason Kidd is one of only five players in NBA postseason history with at least 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists: Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.
- According to NBA.com/Stats, Denver ranked second in scoring during the regular season, averaging 102.8 points while shooting .476 from the field. Over their last 10 games of the regular season, the Nuggets averaged 109.3 while shooting .514 from the field. Then, they ran in to the L.A. Lakers. In winning the first two games of their series, the Lakers have held the Nuggets to 94.0 ppg and limited them to a .398 field goal percentage.
- At 19-14, Indiana finished the 2011-12 regular season with the league’s fourth-best road record. According to NBA.com/Stats, when on the road, the Pacers held opponents to 94.9 ppg and a .432 field goal percentage. In their Game 3 win at Orlando, the Pacers limited the Magic to 74 points and a .423 field goal percentage.
- According to NBA.com/Stats, Miami’s LeBron James paced the league in PIE (which measures a player’s overall statistical contribution against the total statistics in games he plays in) at 22.0 percent. In two postseason games thus far, James’ PIE is 23.9 percent.
- San Antonio’s Tony Parker appeared in 60 games during the regular season, averaging 18.3 points and 7.7 assists, while shooting .480 from the field; his Plus-Minus Score Differential, according to NBA.com/Stats was +7.0. In the Spurs’ two playoff games, Parker is averaging 23.0 points and 8.5 assists, while shooting .552 from the field; his Score-Differential thus far in the postseason is +23.5.
- Since 2003, Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili have played together in 123 playoff games, the most postseason games played together of any active trio in the NBA.
FRANK VOGEL, following the Pacers’ Game 3 win at Orlando:
“It’s something we established early this year. We understood the importance of winning on the road and being a great basketball team. To go on a deep playoff run this season, we knew we had to establish that road toughness and build on the small success we had early. It’s helped us build that confidence and swagger that we can come into any building and beat any team.”
Indianapolis Star May 3, 2012