Sport 7 stats that explain why the Celtics lead the Cavs 2-0

21:56  16 may  2018
21:56  16 may  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The Celtics beat the Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference decider. Those figures will be the only ones that count toward a Finals ticket, but there are countless other statistics that tell a more complete tale.

Here’s a few stats from the series so far that show why the Celtics are in control:

32.2

The net rating Marcus Smart posted in Game 2. Stephen Curry has a 17.1 net rating so far in the playoffs.

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9-0

The Celtics’ record at home in the 2018 playoffs. The team’s two-game lead in the Eastern Conference finals is a continuance of another theme: this year’s Celtics squad does not lose playoff games in Boston.

14

The number of points Jaylen Brown scored in the first quarter on Tuesday night. Brown’s early scoring provided a much-needed counterbalance to LeBron James, who went for 21 of the Cavaliers’ 27 points in the opening period. James scored another 21 points throughout the remaining three quarters to finish with 42 points (16-of-29 shooting), 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.

46.7

The usage percentage for James in Game 2. For comparison’s sake, the highest usage percentage on the Celtics was Brown, at 25.7 percent.

3

The dismal number of total points scored by the Cavaliers’ starting backcourt, J.R. Smith and George Hill, in Game 2. Their counterparts, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, had 41 combined points for the Celtics.

15

The number of times Cleveland turned the ball over in Game 2. James alone had six turnovers. The Cavaliers have 25 turnovers through two games, while the Celtics have 17 turnovers and 14 steals.

24.6

The Cavaliers’ 3-point shooting percentage through two games.

Bonus

The Cavs are cracking, and the Celtics can end the drama in Game 6 .
If this were a television series, the critics would be calling it formulaic. The Celtics are the home team in an NBA playoff game. Jayson Tatum and/or Jaylen Brown plays a game befitting a recurring All-Star, not a barely 20-something just beginning his ascent. Al Horford plays superb defense, serves as the fulcrum of the offense when the younger guys start playing too fast, and ends up with a full box score that still doesn’t tell the complete story.Marcus Smart plays in his Good Marcus form, with his rapid, perhaps rabid defense, his underrated playmaking, and even making a few semi-advisable shots.

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