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1953 NBA Playoffs Summary

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League Champion: Minneapolis Lakers

1953 Playoff Leaders:
PTS: George Mikan (238)
TRB: George Mikan (185)
AST: Dick McGuire (70)
WS: George Mikan (2.0)

League Playoffs

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Finals (4-1): Minneapolis Lakers over New York Knicks (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Finals (3-1): New York Knicks over Boston Celtics (Series Stats)
Western Division Finals (3-2): Minneapolis Lakers over Fort Wayne Pistons (Series Stats)
 
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-0): Boston Celtics over Syracuse Nationals (Series Stats)
Eastern Division Semifinals (2-0): New York Knicks over Baltimore Bullets (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-1): Fort Wayne Pistons over Rochester Royals (Series Stats)
Western Division Semifinals (2-0): Minneapolis Lakers over Indianapolis Olympians (Series Stats)

Team Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Syracuse Nationals 2 580 52 141 .369 52 141 .369 82 109 .752 87 40 109 186 93.0
2 Boston Celtics 6 1540 164 434 .378 164 434 .378 204 266 .767 300 137 216 532 88.7
3 New York Knicks 11 2640 309 801 .386 309 801 .386 295 414 .713 640 247 304 913 83.0
4 Minneapolis Lakers 12 2880 342 907 .377 342 907 .377 311 430 .723 636 206 372 995 82.9
5 Fort Wayne Pistons 8 1920 174 502 .347 174 502 .347 263 365 .721 342 106 275 611 76.4
6 Rochester Royals 3 720 63 199 .317 63 199 .317 99 137 .723 155 48 119 225 75.0
7 Indianapolis Olympians 2 480 50 160 .313 50 160 .313 48 63 .762 88 20 56 148 74.0
8 Baltimore Bullets 2 480 53 152 .349 53 152 .349 37 63 .587 103 40 54 143 71.5
League Average 6 1405 151 412 .366 151 412 .366 167 231 .725 294 106 188 469 81.6

Opponent Stats

Rk Team G MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS PTS/G
1 Rochester Royals 3 720 222 74.0
2 Minneapolis Lakers 12 2880 932 77.7
3 Fort Wayne Pistons 8 1920 641 80.1
4 New York Knicks 11 2640 890 80.9
5 Indianapolis Olympians 2 480 166 83.0
6 Baltimore Bullets 2 480 170 85.0
7 Boston Celtics 6 1540 534 89.0
8 Syracuse Nationals 2 580 198 99.0
League Average 6 1405 469 81.6

Miscellaneous Stats

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team G W L W/L% PW PL ORtg DRtg Pace FTr 3PAr eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
1 Minneapolis Lakers 12 9 3 .750 8.6 3.4 .474 .377 .343
2 New York Knicks 11 6 5 .545 6.5 4.5 .517 .386 .368
3 Fort Wayne Pistons 8 4 4 .500 2.7 5.3 .727 .347 .524
4 Boston Celtics 6 3 3 .500 2.9 3.1 .613 .378 .470
5 Rochester Royals 3 1 2 .333 1.6 1.4 .688 .317 .497
6 Baltimore Bullets 2 0 2 .000 0.2 1.8 .414 .349 .243
7 Indianapolis Olympians 2 0 2 .000 0.3 1.7 .394 .313 .300
8 Syracuse Nationals 2 0 2 .000 0.6 1.4 .773 .369 .582
League Average 5.8 2.9 2.9 .500 2.9 2.9 .560 .366 .406

Playoff Leaders

Minutes Played

1. George Mikan*-MNL 463
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 455
3. Slater Martin*-MNL 453
4. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 405
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 400

Field Goals

1. George Mikan*-MNL 78
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 62
3. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 51
4. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK 49
5. Larry Foust-FTW 48

Field Goal Attempts

1. George Mikan*-MNL 213
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 167
3. Carl Braun-NYK 145
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 133
5. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 129

Free Throws

1. George Mikan*-MNL 82
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 61
3. Larry Foust-FTW 57
4. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 56
5. Carl Braun-NYK 54

Free Throw Attempts

1. George Mikan*-MNL 112
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 73
3. Connie Simmons-NYK 70
4. Larry Foust-FTW 68
5. Carl Braun-NYK 67

Total Rebounds

1. George Mikan*-MNL 185
2. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 140
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 120
4. Larry Foust-FTW 111
5. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 104

Assists

1. Dick McGuire*-NYK 70
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 49
3. Slater Martin*-MNL 43
4. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 39
5. Bob Cousy*-BOS 37

Personal Fouls

1. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 59
2. George Mikan*-MNL 56
3. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK 50
4. Slater Martin*-MNL 49
5. Connie Simmons-NYK 48
  Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 48

Points

1. George Mikan*-MNL 238
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 172
3. Larry Foust-FTW 153
  Bob Cousy*-BOS 153
5. Carl Braun-NYK 148

Field Goal Pct

1. Jim Holstein-MNL .476
2. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK .438
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS .437
4. Whitey Skoog-MNL .429
5. Pep Saul-MNL .419

Free Throw Pct

1. Paul Seymour-SYR .947
2. Paul Walther-INO .941
3. Bill Sharman*-BOS .938
4. Vince Boryla-NYK .853
5. Bobby Wanzer*-ROC .852

Minutes Per Game

1. Ed Macauley*-BOS 46.3
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 45.0
3. Larry Foust-FTW 41.5
4. Andy Phillip*-FTW 41.1
5. George Mikan*-MNL 38.6

Points Per Game

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 25.5
2. George Mikan*-MNL 19.8
3. Larry Foust-FTW 19.1
4. Ed Macauley*-BOS 16.8
5. Jim Pollard*-MNL 14.3

Rebounds Per Game

1. George Mikan*-MNL 15.4
2. Larry Foust-FTW 13.9
3. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 12.7
4. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 10.9
5. Ed Macauley*-BOS 9.7

Assists Per Game

1. Dick McGuire*-NYK 6.4
2. Bob Cousy*-BOS 6.2
3. Jim Pollard*-MNL 4.1
4. Andy Phillip*-FTW 3.8
5. Slater Martin*-MNL 3.6

Player Efficiency Rating

1. George Mikan*-MNL 26.2
2. Larry Foust-FTW 25.0
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 23.8
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS 22.7
5. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 19.4

True Shooting Pct

1. Ed Macauley*-BOS .533
2. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK .519
3. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .518
4. Larry Foust-FTW .507
5. Monk Meineke-FTW .505

Effective Field Goal Pct

1. Jim Holstein-MNL .476
2. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK .438
3. Ed Macauley*-BOS .437
4. Whitey Skoog-MNL .429
5. Pep Saul-MNL .419

Assist Pct

1. Bob Cousy*-BOS 37.8
2. Dick McGuire*-NYK 37.5
3. Andy Phillip*-FTW 24.0
4. Jim Pollard*-MNL 23.5
5. Fred Scolari-FTW 22.7

Offensive Win Shares

1. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK 1.0
2. Larry Foust-FTW 1.0
3. Bob Cousy*-BOS 0.9
4. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 0.8
5. Ed Macauley*-BOS 0.7

Defensive Win Shares

1. George Mikan*-MNL 1.4
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 1.0
3. Vern Mikkelsen*-MNL 0.9
4. Slater Martin*-MNL 0.7
5. Nathaniel Clifton*-NYK 0.6

Win Shares

1. George Mikan*-MNL 2.0
2. Jim Pollard*-MNL 1.4
3. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK 1.4
4. Slater Martin*-MNL 1.4
5. Harry Gallatin*-NYK 1.3

Win Shares Per 48 Minutes

1. George Mikan*-MNL .205
2. Harry Gallatin*-NYK .199
3. Ernie Vandeweghe-NYK .192
4. Bob Cousy*-BOS .166
5. Whitey Skoog-MNL .165