Pacers @ Hawks, 10.28.09
First, the two-man backcourts...
|Backcourt||Def Poss||Opp Pts||Def Eff|
As for three-man backcourts, the Hawks played Joe Johnson at small forward for just three defensive possessions. Atlanta allowed 3 points on 2 possessions with the Teague/Crawford/Johnson backcourt on the floor and 0 points on 1 possession with the Bibby/Crawford/Johnson backcourt on the floor.
There aren't, of course, many definitive conclusions to draw from such a small sample size. The Bibby/Johnson backcourt allowed the fewest points but also got to play the most against Indiana's TJ Ford/Brandon Rush backcourt. How much credit for Indiana's starting backcourt's offensive struggles should go to Bibby and Johnson and how much blame should be assigned to the Pacers is, as far as I'm concerned, an open question but at least now we know what happened.
Here's a table of the on-court defensive efficiencies for each player mentioned in this post:
|Player||Def Poss||Opp Pts||Def Eff|
Lest anyone get too concerned about Jeff Teague's defense, the Hawks scored 33 points during the 27 offensive possessions (Off Eff: 1.222) for which he was on the floor. For the game, the Hawks scored 1.188 points per possession.
*Regular in the sense of bi-weekly, monthly, etc. It will almost certainly not be a regular feature after each game.