I calculated the Raw Marginal Win Scores for every player in the three games last night using PopcornMachine.net’s “Game Flow Charts”.
I’ll split the numbers into three posts, beginning with this one on the Heat-Celtics mudbath. Dwyane Wade was obviously terrible, but the underreported story from that game was the performance of LeBron James. Yes, he racked up points, but he had an unspeakable 8 turnovers. More importantly, he was outplayed by his Boston counterpart Paul Pierce, who had an outstanding game. Of the “Big 3” for Miami, LeBron had the most comparatively poor performance.
For Boston’s “Big 4”, the news was much better. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were both very, very good. Rajon Rondo was also good. Kevin Garnett was pretty bad. And Shaq was nowhere near as good as it seemed. Oh, and Jermaine O’Neal was really, really bad. But he’s been on the downside of his career for a long time now.
A quick thought on how the Big 3 meshed together last night. Not well. LeBron and Dwayne did not compliment one another. Each used possessions to go one-on-one, and when that failed, then they would look for the other… often out of desperation, and often resulting in poor passes that resulted in turnovers. One of the two has to assume the role of playmaker and let the other be the “one-on-one” guy. Otherwise they will end up like the 1977 Philadelphia Sixers — a team of individual parts that didn’t quite make a better whole. But its early, and you could really tell that Wade missed the pre-season.
As for Bosh, it looks like his attitude at the moment is “I’m not going to get my usual touches, so I better shoot whenever and whereever I can”. He better loose that mindset and figure out that in South Beach he is the low man on the totem pole. He has to kind of evolve into a more garbage oriented player. He would do a lot more good for the Heat in that role.
Final Thought: I was stunned to see how much weight Ilgauskas has lost! That is remarkable. You do not usually see that from a player. Does anyone have the backstory on how he did that?
Here are the raw Marginal Win Scores accumulated per minute by each participant in that game, in the order of most productive per minute to least productive per minute: