The Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 3-1, one win away from an NBA title.
At media availability ahead of Game 5, Raptors All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry were asked about which team stats they look at when they first see the box score after a game.
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The one consistency between the two stars was rebounding, but they both had a few other key stats that they feel gives their team the best chance to win.
"Looking at rebounds, turnovers and field goal percentage for each team," Kawhi told the media.
"Obviously, points in the paint and just seeing what were the runs. That's pretty much it. But the big three things that I look at are turnovers and rebounds and field goal percentage."
Lowry had a couple other interesting stats he looks for right away, "As a team you look at points off of turnovers, transition points. Second chance points is one thing I look at."
"Rebounding, I think that's one thing that I always look at to see where the game was. You can't really tell the game from the stat sheet, but can you see what's going on. Free throw attempts. There's a different mixture of things."
So between the two stars, they hit on a number of key stats they find important. For Leonard, it's rebounding, turnovers and field goal percentage, as well as points in the paint.
For Lowry, it's points off turnovers, fast break points, second chance points, free throw attempts and like Leonard, rebounding.
Lets take a look at how the Raptors and Warriors have stacked up against eachother in these stat categories through the first four games.
|57||Second chance points||54|
|48 (60)||Turnovers (points off turnovers)||62 (57)|
|103 (90.3%)||FTA (FT%)||105 (83.8%)|
|73||Fast break points||79|
|156||Points in the paint||140|
So based off of the intricate stats that Lowry and Leonard deem important to their team's success, it makes sense the Raptors lead this series 3-1.
Of those stat categories, the Warriors only lead the Raptors in free throw attempts and fast break points while the two teams are tied in rebounding. Free throw attempts are negated, given the Raptors have only attempted two fewer free throws but are shooting a much higher percentage, making more of their opportunities at the charity stripe.
These totals are closer than you might expect. The only lopsided category is turnovers, where Toronto has 14 fewer - more than a whole game's worth based on their average of 12.0 turnovers per game in The Finals.
Points in the paint favours the Raptors as well, but 16 more points in the paint isn't a large enough margin over the course of four games to call it "lopsided".
However, to Lowry and Leonard's standards on these categories, they have to be pleased with the way their team is playing. It's gotten them to this point where they're one win away from the franchise's first NBA title, so it's hard to argue with the results.
The Raptors and Warriors will take the floor at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for Game 5 on Monday.