Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

The Andrew Toney Perspective

Some Sixer needs to do their best Andrew Toney impression.

The Andrew Toney Perspective

( AP Photo ).
( AP Photo ). Associated Press

If the Sixers are to bounce back and win this conference semifinal series against the Celtics, someone is going to have to start impersonating Andrew Toney.

Toney was known as the Boston Strangler in the early 1980s, as he more than once helped carry the Sixers to a postseason victory over the Celtics.

How valuable was he? He averaged 25.9 points per game in playoff victories over Boston, but only 15.5 when the Sixers fell. His field-goal shooting difference was enormous (57.1% to 39.6%).

Below is his complete 19-game postseason history against the Celtics, but we break those numbers down first:

TONEY vs. CELTICS POSTSEASON BREAKDOWN
  G Min. Avg. FG Pct. FT Pct. Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. Pts. Avg.
Wins 8 258 32.3 76-133 57.1% 53-64 82.8% 27 3.4 36 4.5 207 25.9
Losses   11 329 29.9 61-154 39.6% 46-56 82.1% 32 2.9 34 3.1 170 15.5
                           
Home 8 253 31.6 55-106 51.9% 44-54 81.5% 22 2.8 32 4.0 155 19.4
Away 11 334 30.4 82-181 45.3% 55-66 83.3% 37 3.3 38 3.5 222 20.2
                           
1981 7 179 25.6 44-  95 46.3% 43-51 84.3% 26 3.7 22 3.1 134 19.1
1982 7 236 33.7 61-123 49.6% 33-42 78.6% 21 3.0 31 4.4 155 22.1
1985 5 172 34.4 32-  69 46.4% 23-27 85.2% 12 2.4 17 3.4 88 17.6

 

TONEY vs. CELTICS POSTSEASON GAME-BY-GAME

Date   H/A    Dec.  Score   Min.   FG   FGA   FT   FTA   Reb   Ast.   Pts.
4/21/81    A W  105-104 31 8 18 9 10 4 4 26
4/22/81 A L   99-118 31 11 23 13 14 7 7 35
4/24/81 H W 110-100 24 6 11 7 8 5 3 19
4/26/81 H W 107-105 26 5 9 7 9 4 3 17
4/29/81 A L 109-111 23 6 14 6 8 1 0 20
5/  1/81 H L   98-100 23 4 11 1 2 4 3 9
5/  3/81 A L   90-  91 21 4 9 0 0 1 2 8
5/  9/82 A L   81-121 32 5 12 5 6 3 1 15
5/12/82 A W 121-113 28 13 22 4 6 4 5 30
5/15/82 H W   99-  97 26 8 14 0 1 2 5 16
5/16/82 H W 119-  94 42 14 21 11 12 4 6 39
5/19/82 A L   85-114 34 6 20 6 7 5 5 18
5/21/82 H L   75-  88 31 1 11 1 2 0 3 3
5/23/82 A W 120-106 43 14 23 6 8 3 6 34
5/12/85 A L   93-108 34 7 11 2 2 4 5 16
5/14/85 A L   98-106 23 3 17 1 2 1 2 7
5/18/85 H L   94-105 43 9 14 8 10 2 5 26
5/19/85 H W 115-104 38 8 15 9 10 1 4 26
5/22/85 A L 100-102 34 5 12 3 3 4 1 13
   Totals   (8-11)   587 137 287 99 120 59 70 377
Bob Vetrone Jr.
About this blog

Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

To listen to Boop on 94WIP, click here.

Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected