Miller one of NBA's all-time clutch playoff performers
Posted: Thursday May 25, 2000 03:12 AM
By Ryan Hunt, CNNSI.com
You can call Reggie Miller a lot of things. A deadly shooter. A trash-talker. A Knick killer. But most of all, call Miller money.
In terms of an increase in playoff production, Miller is one of the most clutch players in NBA history.
The Pacers guard is averaging 23.2 points per game in his playoff career, which ranks 17th in league history among players with at least 25 games of postseason experience. Miller, however, is a career 19.5 per game scorer in the regular season -- a difference of 3.7 points from his playoff average.
Of the 39 players who have averaged 20 points a game in postseason play (minimum 50 games), only former Celtics great Jo Jo White has had a bigger increase over his regular-season average.
In his 12-year NBA career, White averaged 17.2 points a game in the regular season. In 80 career postseason games, he scored 21.5 points per game.
Former Bulls guard Bob Love had a difference of 5.3 points (22.9 to 17.6), but he played in only 47 postseason games.
Of the players who have played 50 or more games and averaged more than 20.0 points, Miller is one of only seven who have raised their regular-season average by two points.
The only other active player with an improvement of two points or more is Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon.
Miller, however, has earned a good portion of his postseason points against New York. Of his 2,062 career playoff points, through May 25, 34 percent have come against the Knicks.
And arguably both of Miller's finest playoff moments came against the Knicks.
Counting his 19-point performance in Game 1, Miller is averaging 23.1 points a game in the playoffs all-time against the Knicks -- just a shade below his career postseason average.
But Miller's magic against the Knicks has diminished some of late. After averaging 25.1 points in his first 23 playoff games vs. New York, he's scoring only 16.5 per game in the past seven.