He certainly seems to have found his stroke in this series, and has been arguably the most consistent of the Big Six… here are the individual contributions to last night’s game:
What a game it was! I admit to assuming a Laker win and tuning out. I never expected such a comeback! Allen, Pierce and Garnett all showed up last night, and Bryant missed his usual umteen shots. Posey and Ariza both had pretty big games, but Vujacic fell off the map.
For games like these, I like putting together a graph of team points over time, which is something you can find elsewhere, but I add some useful information to mine, and calculate what I call “approximate domination,” (although I could probably come up with a better name). Essentially, you take the area under the winning team’s curve below, and subtract the area under the losing team’s curve. This is the average lead, compounded by second, over the course of the game. To me, it represents the extent of the closeness of a game better than final score.
As is hopefully evident, the Lakers dominated this game, but the Celtics drastically increased their slope right after LA took their biggest lead. The black trendline is Laker’s scoring, and green is Celtics. The sparklines at bottom represent individual scores, height-scaled in accordance with how many points were made–ftm, f2m, or f3m. Dotted lines indicate points at which the teams were tied, and solid vertical lines indicate the largest deficit and lead for the winning team. As you can see, despite winning by six, the Celtics trailed by an average of eleven points for the duration of the game. I think this is somewhat informative, although, unfortunately, somewhat time-consuming to calculate… what do you think?