Testing out my roster again, here's a matchup between the Celtics and Magic.
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT
CPU vs CPU
12 minute quarters
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GAME TWO: Celtics 94, Magic 92
The first thing we notice is the score of the game was much lower than the Lakers/Mavericks game I previously tested. This is to be expected given the differences in tempo.
Lakers 70, Mavericks 55
Magic 60, Celtics 50
Perkins: 2-7-1-0-1 (1-2 FG) - 30 mins
Garnett: 24-14-3-3-3 (11-15 FG, 2-4 FT) - 38 mins
Pierce: 18-3-5-2-1 (7-14 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT) - 37 mins
R.Allen: 17-2-0-1-1 (7-14 FG, 2-7 3PT, 1-1 FT) - 39 mins
Rondo: 14-0-8-5-0 (6-13 FG, 2-5 FT) - 38 mins, 7 turnovers
Wallace: 6-6-2-0-1 (3-5 FG) - 22 mins
T.Allen: 2-0-3-1-0 (1-1 FG) - 17 mins
Davis: 6-3-1-0-0 (3-4 FG) - 12 mins
House: 5-0-1-0-0 (2-4 FG, 1-2 3PT) - 11 mins
Garnett had a very dominant game and you'll need to check out the GameTrack to see just how he did it. He was a terror on both ends of the court, and it goes without saying that he was the player of the game. Rondo was active on defense, coming up with 5 steals, though he did turn the ball over 7 times himself. Pierce/Allen operated as jump shooting finishers, while Perkins was a relative non-factor on offense against Dwight Howard, but more than made up for it on the defensive end (plus it wasn't really necessary with KG going off like it's 2004).
41-72 FG (56%)
3-11 3PT (27%)
9-14 FT (64%)
24 assists (17 turnovers)
35 rebounds (3 off)
52 PIP (55%)
19 bench (20%)
2 second chance (2%)
10 fast break (11%)
Howard: 13-6-4-1-0 (5-15 FG, 3-6 FT) - 37 mins
Lewis: 14-6-1-2-0 (6-10 FG, 2-4 3PT) - 31 mins
Barnes: 13-8-1-1-0 (6-15 FG, 1-6 3PT) - 35 mins
Carter: 14-2-3-4-0 (5-13 FG, 3-7 3PT, 1-2 FT) - 35 mins
Nelson: 7-1-8-4-0 (3-6 FG, 1-2 3PT) - 30 mins, 6 turnovers
Pietrus: 13-2-2-2-2 (6-7 FG, 1-1 FT) - 20 mins
Williams: 5-1-3-1-0 (2-5 FG, 1-3 3PT) - 19 mins
Redick: 7-0-1-0-0 (3-5 FG, 1-3 3PT) - 13 mins
Anderson: 2-3-0-1-0 (1-2 FG, 0-1 3PT) - 13 mins
Gortat: 4-3-0-1-0 (2-3 FG) - 12 mins
Howard did not play well against Perkins (big surprise), but it still managed to be a close game thanks to the bench contributions, particularly from Pietrus.
39-81 FG (48%)
9-26 3PT (34%)
5-9 FT (55%)
23 assists (16 turnovers)
31 rebounds (5 off)
44 PIP (48%)
31 bench (34%)
7 second chance (8%)
6 fast break (7%)
Stats are one thing, but how are these players getting their points?
Zone: 4x Inside, 3x Close, 4x Medium
Drive: 2 Layup (2 basket cut), 2 Dunk (2 Alley)
Jumper: 1 off-dribble, 6 catch
Defender: 2x Lewis, 2x Anderson, 4x Open via Double Team
KG didn't do anything in the post which is simply great - I feared that he'd been abusing Lewis in the post, but instead it was Orlando's fault for leaving him open so much. Even the two times he was defended by Anderson, it was minimal at best as Anderson gave him about 3 feet of space which is more than enough to put up an unmissable auto-hook.
Zone: 2x Inside, 3x Close, 2x Medium
Post: 2x hook, 1x fade
Drive: 2x layup (1 off-dribble, 1 basket cut)
Jumper: 1x off dribble, 1x catch
Defender: 1x Barnes, 2x Pietrus, 2x Lewis, 1x Carter, 1x Nelson,
Pierce drained what would be the game winning jumper w/ 6 seconds left over Lewis. He was presented with a wide variety of matchups; he posted up smaller players and, and drove on the slower players. He scored 10 pts in the first half (8 in the 1st qtr) which is what led to him getting doubled and opening up things for Garnett in the 3rd quarter.
Zone: 3x Inside, 1x Close, 3x Three (once w/ foot on line)
Drive: 3x Layup (2 basket cut, 1 off-dribble)
Jumper: 4x Catch
Defender: 2x Lewis, 2x Barnes, 1x Carter, 1x Williams
Allen was assisted on 6 of his 7 shots, and all of his jumpers were off the catch.
Zone: 5x Inside, 1x Medium
Crossover FT jumper on Nelson
Fastbreak layup on Nelson (plus the foul)
Fastbreak dunk (fouled from behind by Carter)
Pick/Roll by KG, Nelson gets caught, Rondo drives, Barnes rotates late and gets called for foul on the lay in.
Drive by Nelson on another pick and roll.
Vintage Rondo, nothing else needs to be said.
Zone: 4x Inside, 1x Close
2 Alley Dunks, 2 Post Ups, 1 open auto-hook.
Zone: 2x Inside, 2x Close, 2x Three
Two catch/shoot threes, two post ups over the smaller Pierce, two basket cut layups.
Zone: 2x Inside, 2x Close, 1x Medium, 1x Three
2x post ups, 2x basket cuts, 1x catch/shoot three, 1x faceup in KG's face
Zone: 2x Inside, 3x Three
One drive, one basket cut, three catch and shoot threes.
2x Inside, 1x Three
One off-dribble three, one basket cut, one fastbreak layup
Zone: 5x Inside, 1x Medium
All his shots were cuts to the basket except for a fastbreak dunk, and a kickout for a 15 foot jumper.
Kinda strange to see Barnes as a do-everything scorer, but somebody had to step up with Howard struggling.