Season’s over, Bayern take the Finals in four games. I wouldn’t say Alba came closest to beating Bayern these playoffs, as Oldenburg fought them over five games and actually caused a lot more trouble for Bayern’s offense. But Alba did come close and had to deal with a Bayern team that stepped up their game when it mattered most.
Anyways, I’ve done it for the first-round and second-round matchups, so here’s the Shot Charts for the Finals between Bayern München and Alba Berlin.¹
Alba did shoot slightly better percentages in the paint and from mid range, the latter especially due to Radosevic’ deadly shot from the elbow. (He alone went 13-for-18 from mid range in the Finals). But Bayern packed the paint and forced Alba to take a lot of threes, way more than they usually take. Those shots Alba coulnd’t convert on a high-enough level.
Bayern, on the other hand, shot a playoff-best 46.6 % from three-point land, no team shot a higher percentage over a series in the playoffs (let alone over the Regular Season). Finals MVP Malcolm Delaney at 8-for-19 (42.1 %), Bryce Taylor at 9-for-17 (52.9 %), and Heiko Schaffartzik at 8-for-15 (53.3 %): It’s tough to beat a team that’s as hot from beyond the arc as Bayern was.
¹ The colors range from a green (better than the opponent and better than all teams’ playoff averages) over yellow (worse than the opponent but still better than the averag) to red (below-average and worse than the opponent). Shooting locations as available in the official Beko BBL play-by-plays.
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