The 2013 NBA Finals have presented the basketball community with no shortage of thrills, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have put on a magnificent display of basketball ability. With three games in the books, the Spurs own a 2-1 lead, but that's not the only number that matters.
The question is, what are the most stunning statistics from the Spurs vs. Heat series?
Certain numbers are out of the ordinary for the players alluded to, as they're playing better than anyone expected. Others are so poor that we've begun questioning if this is actually the player we expected to see.
One way or another, these statistics are defining the series.
Danny Green Outscoring Them All
Thus far, Danny Green has been the best scorer in the 2013 NBA Finals. While abilities and reputations may be referenced, the fact of the matter is this.
You're only as great as the product you put on the floor.
Thus far, no player has been as great as Green, who is averaging a series-high 18.7 points per game. Shockingly, he's doing so while shooting 63.3 percent from the field and 69.6 percent from beyond the arc.
That's out of 23 three-point field-goal attempts, for those wondering.
By comparison, LeBron James is averaging 16.7 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc. Dwyane Wade rests at 14.3 points on 44.2 percent from the floor and Tony Parker at 13.3 on 43.2 percent.
If the series ended today, Green would be the Finals MVP.
Who would've thunk it?
If that's not enough for you, Green actually leads the NBA in postseason three-point field goals. He's at 44 treys on 50.0 percent shooting from the field.
Suddenly, the stars need to get on Green's level.
LeBron James' Woes
As previously alluded to, Miami Heat superstar and four-time league MVP LeBron James isn't doing so hot. He's currently averaging 16.7 points on a slash line of .389/.231/.833.
Should this trend continue, it would be the second time in his past three Finals appearances that James has averaged less than 20.0 points per game.
Furthermore, it would mark the second time that LeBron has come to the NBA Finals and shot worse than 40.0 percent from the field. He averaged 22.0 points on 35.6 percent shooting during the 2007 NBA Finals.
Believe it or not, it was the San Antonio Spurs that shut him down then, as well.
The issue for James is that his shots are becoming significantly more difficult as the postseason has gone on. While some teams tried to be physical with him, the Spurs have taken a different route.
Force him to shoot, not drive.
All statistics provided by ESPN Stats & Info.
|Opponent||Average Shot Distance||Field Goal %|
|First Round||8.5 feet||62.7%|
|Eastern Conference Semifinals||10.7 feet||43.8%|
|Eastern Conference Finals||12.3 feet||51.0%|
|NBA Finals||13.3 feet||38.9%|
So far, it's worked.
Even still, we can't help but question—is the MVP actually struggling? His shooting percentages are dismal, but LeBron is currently averaging 12.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block per game.
Unfortunately, the winning team has more points, not complementary statistics.
Big Three Dominance—Not the Ones You Expected
Entering the 2013 NBA Finals, the most common point of hyperbole came with the comparison of each team's Big Three. For Miami, that's the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, while Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan lead San Antonio.
Not so fast.
Thus far, the "Big Three" of Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal has matched LeBron, Wade and Bosh at 43.3 points per game. They've also come close to matching them in rebounding and even out-shot them.
The unsung heroes aren't just making waves—they're taking over this series.
The question is, can they maintain their current level of play?