GameChangers (05/11/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Game-Changing plays from the NBA Playoffs.



To highlight the Live ScoreCaster, we took our in-game technology to the next level to review the game-changing plays from the NBA Playoffs and what the game would have looked like if the plays had turned out differently.

Click the header for each game to view the Game Breakdown for each matchup.

Cavs vs. Bulls

The Cleveland Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2 with an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Game 4 had a little bit of everything including another game-winning buzzer beater.

LeBron James overruled Cleveland Head Coach David Blatt's plan for the last second play. The four time MVP told his coach, “Just give me the ball...I'm going to win it for us.” LeBron took the inbounds from Matthew Dellavedova and swished a jumper from the corner just before the buzzer sounded.



The Bulls could have won if…

With eight seconds left in the fourth, after Chicago's Derrick Rose tied the game at 84-84, Cavs coach David Blatt attempted to call a timeout. Associate head coach Tyronn Lue pulled Blatt back to the sideline before the referees noticed. Cleveland was out of timeouts and if the refs noticed Blatt's blunder, the Bulls would have been awarded a technical free throw and the ball.



If Chicago makes the free throw, leading 85-84, and has possession, the Bulls become 69 percent likely to win. Even if the free throw is missed and the game remains tied, with possession Chicago is 60 percent likely to win.

Additional Game Notes:
Career postseason game-winning buzzer beater shots:
  • Michael Jordan – 3
  • LeBron James - 3