2MG reader Tyler Copple dropped me an email with an interesting not on Pau Gasol’s performance in this series that is certainly worth passing along:
I recognize this is the layman “box score” which doesn’t show everything available, but even the advanced box score metrics are generally just aggregates of the basic stats. [Gasol's] TS% is down ~7% because he’s taking three fewer shots, of which he generally makes 2. That explains the dip in his points contributed number and his dip in PC/PU (points contributed/possessions used).
His rebounds are up marginally and his TRB% is up 2%, he’s getting to the line more, and he has more assists.
The only divergence in his shot chart is:
3-9 ft (reg): 1.7 FGM – 4 FGA
3-9 ft (semis): 1 FGM – 1.5 FGA
So the three fewer shots per game are being sacrificed in the 3-9 foot range.
If Pau was scoring 4 more points per game would he still be receiving as much blame as he is? His numbers would be near identical to his season averages if he was.