Celtics Cubed - Celtics vs. Heat
Player vs. Team
Paul Pierce averaged 17.3 PPG against the Heat this season, compared to his team-leading 18.9 PPG over the entire regular season.
Paul Pierce averaged only 2.3 APG against the Heat this season, which is a full assist lower than his regular-season average of 3.3 APG.
Ray Allen took an average of 14.8 field goals against the Heat this season, a large increase from his 12.2 average during the regular season.
Ray Allen made a blistering 78.6 percent (11-of-14) of his corner 3s against Miami during the regular season.
Kevin Garnett had a poor turnover ratio (turnovers per 100 possessions) of 14.51 against Miami this season. His regular-season average was just 9.56.
Rajon Rondo had a ridiculous 4.8 assist-to-turnover ratio against Miami this season. His regular-season average was 3.3.
Rajon Rondo struggled to finish in the paint against Miami, making only 35 percent of his shots in the paint against the Heat this season. Overall, he made 53.8 percent of those attempts during the regular season.
In a sign that Glen Davis wanted to attack the Heat, he took 20 of his 36 shots against Miami from inside the paint. He made 13 of those 20 attempts, good for 65 percent shooting.
LeBron James attacked Boston's defense during the regular season, leading to 11.5 free throw attempts per game against the Celtics.
Against the Celtics this season, LeBron James did not finish with a single advanced statistic that was more than 10 percent higher than his season average. He did, though, finish with five advanced statistics that were more than 10 percent lower than his season average.
LeBron James couldn't finish shots against Boston in the paint unless he was right at the rim. He shot just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) on shots inside the paint that were outside of the restricted area.
LeBron James turned the ball over an average of 5.0 times per game against the Celtics this season.
Compared to his regular-season averages, Dwyane Wade saw a drop of at least 10 percent in 15 of 19 basic statistics when he played the Celtics.
Dwyane Wade made just two of his 11 3-point attempts against Boston this season.
Chris Bosh attempted 17 shots in the restricted area against Boston this season but made only 10 of them.
Chris Bosh nearly doubled his offensive rebounding average this season when playing the Celtics. He grabbed 3.3 offensive RPG against Boston this season, compared to an average of 1.8 in the regular season.
Player vs. Player
In 137 minutes of playing time against LeBron James this season, Paul Pierce sees a drop of at least 10 percent in nine different statistical categories. In the 12 minutes Pierce has played while James was on the bench, nine categories see an increase of at least 10 percent.
Paul Pierce has attempted 28 shots outside of the paint against Miami while James is on the floor. That's 68 percent of his field goal attempts during that time.
Ray Allen shot at his season average or far above his season average from all five areas of the floor (restricted area, in the paint, mid-range, corner 3s, above-the-mark 3s) while Dwyane Wade was on the court with him.
Ray Allen attempted only two shots against Miami this season while Dwyane Wade was on the bench.
While Rajon Rondo and Mario Chalmers were on the floor together this season, Rondo had a plus/minus average of plus-10.7 per 36 minutes.
LeBron James sees a drop of 16 percent in his 3-point shooting while Paul Pierce is on the floor (17 percent) compared to when Pierce isn't on the floor (33 percent).
LeBron James attempted 32 shots in the paint against Boston while Paul Pierce was on the floor with him during the regular season. That's 47 percent of his total shots attempted during that time.
Miami is outscored by 4.6 points per 36 minutes while Dwyane Wade's is on the floor along with Ray Allen.
Chris Bosh shot 68 percent from the floor this season in 125 minutes of playing time while Kevin Garnett was also in the game. His season average was 50 percent shooting.
While on the court with Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh averages 20.6 points and 20.6 field goal attempts per 36 minutes.
Team vs. Team
The Boston Celtics shot 45 percent from 3-point range against the Heat this season.
Although the Boston Celtics won three of four games against the Heat this season, Boston's net rating (point differential per 100 possessions) was -.75.
Of the five areas of the floor, the Boston Celtics' best shooting area against Miami this season was the corner 3, where they made 72 percent (13-of-18) of their attempts.
The Boston Celtics shot just 34 percent (13-of-38) from inside the paint (and not in the restricted area) against Miami this season.
The Boston Celtics, not known for their rebounding, saw their season rebounding percentage of 49.5 percent drop down to 47.4 percent against Miami this season.
The Miami Heat scored only 92.6 PPG against the Celtics this season, which is a decrease of 9.3 points from their season average of 101.6 PPG.
The Miami Heat shot just 28.6 percent from 3-point range against the Celtics this season.
The Miami Heat averaged 28.8 free throw attempts per game against Boston this season.
The Miami Heat outrebounded the Celtics by an average of 4.0 RPG this season.
The Miami Heat averaged only 18.5 APG against Boston during the regular season.
*All statistics compiled on Celtics Cubed are courtesy of the NBA's StatsCube Web site. You can visit the site at NBA,com/statscube.