2012 Spiderwebs: Pacers Visit Toronto 12/28/2011

Your Indiana Pacers head north tonight for an early start (6 PM Indy Time) to face the Toronto Raptors. We thought we’d show you some more spiderwebs.

The Raptors’ offense scored an impressive 122 points per 100 possessions in their opening win on the road at Cleveland. I didn’t get a chance to watch that game, but their Synergy breakdown seems to indicate a motion-based offense – lots of cuts, lots of PnR’s. When that works, it’s difficult to stop, but it can be broken down pretty quickly by an active defense that dictates who does and doesn’t get the ball.

Defensively, they allowed 113.1 per 100, which isn’t all that hot.

They’ll get a different test tonight, as the Cavs only posted up 5 times, while the Pacers went to that well 24 times Monday night. Also, it might be a good night for Darren Collison and George Hill to be active, as Toronto allowed 1.00 PPP to the PnR BallHandler (though only on 6 for 17 shooting).

As a new feature, I’m adding to “Matchup” spiderwebs. These will show the distribution of points scored by action, with one team’s offense overlaying the other’s defense. This will become more meaningful as more games are added – the better to define the actual character of the offenses and defenses. Hopefully, these will prove useful over the course of the season.

The one above shows the Pacers’ defense (in blue and gold) points allowed distribution, juxtaposed with Toronto’s offensive point distribution (in purple and red). Detroit didn’t have a lot of ball movement or cuts, so this will be a different challenge tonight for Indiana.

And in the second one, you can see how much more active in the post the Pacers were Monday night than Toronto’s first opponent. Good opportunity to see that trend continues tonight.

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