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Irish Coffee: How Celtics perform in clutch situations
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On December 10, 2012 @ 5:10 pm In General | 57 Comments
After Rajon Rondo missed not one, but both game-winning opportunities in a 95-94 Celtics loss to the 76ers over the weekend — a failed 19-footer to end regulation and the infamous slippery 16-footer as overtime ran out — I got to wondering how the C’s are performing in clutch situations (either team within five points with five minutes remaining in regulation and overtime), since half of their 20 games have been decided by six points or less.
The C’s are 6-4 in those 10 games despite shooting 37.4 percent as a team in a whopping 60.2 clutch minutes, including three overtime games. They’ve had four potential game-winning shots at the buzzer — all misses on long jumpers — and Rondo has taken three of them. Paul Pierce attempted the fourth (from the elbow, of course).
Before we started reading into who’s doing what in the clutch, here are the numbers (Leandro Barbosa, Chris Wilcox and Jared Sullinger have all played sparingly in crunch time, but not a large enough sample size).
And here are those Celtics averages per 48 minutes in the same clutch situations.
And here are the locations and percentages for all the Celtics shots in those same clutch situations.
|AT RIM||FG%||3-9 FT.||FG%||10-15 FT.||FG%||16-23 FT.||FG%||3P||3P%|
Now that you’ve had a moment to digest these numbers, here are 10 things to consider.
If you’ve watched the Celtics this season and thought to yourself, “They do way too much standing around and setting for jumpers,” you’re absolutely right. The Celtics have a point guard who can beat anybody in the NBA off the dribble, and yet all four of their game-winning attempts have been isolation jump shots. Not a good look.
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