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Boxscore Breakdown: Finals, Game 1

Posted by Neil Paine on June 5, 2009

Well, Game 1 is officially in the books, and it was a surprisingly one-sided affair:

Player Tm Pos Min Poss PProd ORtg %Pos Floor% Stops Stop% DRtg
Hedo Turkoglu ORL SF 33.1 15.5 12.5 80.5 26.0 0.335 5.2 0.435 116.3
Rashard Lewis ORL PF 35.5 9.2 8.1 87.6 14.5 0.319 3.6 0.281 122.7
Dwight Howard ORL C 35.0 14.4 14.5 101.2 22.9 0.525 8.9 0.708 104.9
Courtney Lee ORL SG 22.8 9.3 6.4 69.2 22.7 0.298 2.6 0.319 121.1
Rafer Alston ORL PG 24.5 8.2 5.8 70.9 18.6 0.328 3.4 0.389 118.2
Mickael Pietrus ORL SG 32.4 11.7 11.9 101.8 20.1 0.417 3.0 0.258 123.7
Tony Battie ORL C 5.4 2.4 1.6 68.7 24.7 0.344 1.2 0.593 109.7
Marcin Gortat ORL C 20.1 3.4 3.8 109.7 9.5 0.541 7.6 1.054 90.5
Jameer Nelson ORL PG 23.5 9.1 7.0 76.8 21.5 0.370 2.4 0.280 122.8
J.J. Redick ORL SG 7.8 1.8 2.9 161.6 12.8 0.559 1.5 0.552 111.4
Orlando Magic 86.2 75 87.0 115.9
Player Tm Pos Min Poss PProd ORtg %Pos Floor% Stops Stop% DRtg
Trevor Ariza LAL SF 23.8 3.5 4.0 114.3 8.2 0.446 3.7 0.431 94.9
Pau Gasol LAL FC 37.3 13.1 16.1 123.3 19.5 0.598 7.2 0.537 90.2
Andrew Bynum LAL C 22.4 8.1 9.5 117.7 20.0 0.584 5.4 0.673 84.1
Kobe Bryant LAL SG 38.0 31.2 38.6 123.8 45.7 0.592 9.9 0.728 81.7
Derek Fisher LAL PG 32.0 4.8 7.8 162.0 8.3 0.728 4.5 0.391 96.7
Lamar Odom LAL PF 31.7 11.3 10.2 90.3 19.8 0.457 9.6 0.848 76.3
Luke Walton LAL SF 24.2 5.1 8.4 164.3 11.7 0.833 4.2 0.487 92.4
Jordan Farmar LAL PG 12.5 3.2 0.5 14.6 14.1 0.071 2.2 0.489 92.3
Sasha Vujacic LAL SG 5.3 1.9 0.5 24.3 19.6 0.117 1.0 0.551 89.6
Josh Powell LAL FC 2.8 1.9 3.2 168.7 37.3 0.657 1.1 1.043 67.7
Shannon Brown LAL SG 8.2 1.6 0.6 38.4 10.8 0.184 0.9 0.316 100.0
D.J. Mbenga LAL C 1.8 1.7 0.0 0.0 50.1 0.000 0.6 0.878 75.0
Los Angeles Lakers 86.2 100 115.9 87.0

I mean, what can you say? It was a beatdown, the absolute worst-case scenario for the Magic: Orlando couldn't establish a thing at the offensive end, they were killed on the glass, the 3-pointer wasn't a major factor for them, and worst of all, they allowed both Kobe Bryant and his supporting cast to run wild on their defense. A D that allowed a league-best 1.02 points per possession during the regular season and 1.04 during the first 3 rounds of the playoffs yielded 1.16 to L.A. Thursday night, including 1.24 to Bryant despite Kobe commanding nearly half of the Lakers' possessions.

In fact, it was a virtuoso performance for Kobe at both ends -- in addition to his 40 points (vs. only 1 turnover), he also registered 2 steals, 2 blocks, 7 defensive rebounds, and he was a team-best +25 on the night. He and his teammates confounded the Magic defense again and again with a series of pick-and-roll plays that gave him extra space to shoot, and when Bryant wasn't finishing the play, it was Gasol or the previously-maligned Bynum delivering baskets. I'm sure Orlando will make adjustments to handle the P & R before Game 2, but all in all it was a performance that casts serious doubt on the Magic's ability to win this series.

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8 Responses to “Boxscore Breakdown: Finals, Game 1”

  1. Jason J Says:

    What a thrashing! I was out w/ a guy from our LA office last night, and he was letting me hear it! At least he paid for the cab ride up to midtown.

    Forgive my ignorance here, but how is Poss calculated? Is this the Dean Oliver player possession formula?

  2. Bradlee Says:

    Kobe will make sure that he wins MVP.

  3. steve norris Says:

    if kobe keeps playong like this lebron is gonna have to send his trophy to La La land

  4. IFChris Says:

    I'm sure he'll settle for Finals MVP.

  5. Neil Paine Says:

    Yep, these stats are all from the Dean Oliver formulas in Basketball on Paper.

    And yes, Kobe's going to be the runaway MVP if he keeps doing what he did last night. There was just no answer, from Orlando's perspective.

  6. Larry Says:

    Lakers should win the series in 6, Orlando has no chance

  7. peter Says:

    more like lakers in 4 or 5.

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