I noted after Game 5 against the Hawks that Brook Lopez was the top scorer in the game but didn't make a 3 pointer. That felt rare to me in the modern NBA so I thought I'd take a look to see how often that's happened these playoffs. It doesn't really mean anything, but I find it hard to resist a potential bit of useless trivia.
I'm going to count the leading scorer for each team, but bold anyone who was the overall top scorer in a game.
So far there have been 78 playoff games and 157 top scorers (1 tie for team lead). Here's the 3-less top scorers:
Lakers-Suns Game 2: Devin Booker, 31 points, 0-2 3PA
Lakers-Suns Game 3: DeAndre Ayton, 22, 0-0
Lakers-Suns Game 3: Anthony Davis, 34, 0-2
Lakers-Suns Game 4: Chris Paul, 18, 0-3
76ers-Wizards Game 2: Ben Simmons, 22, 0-0
Bucks-Heat Game 4: Brook Lopez, 25, 0-0
Bucks-Heat Game 4: Bam Adebayo, 20, 0-0
Suns-Nuggets Game 4: Chris Paul, 37, 0-0
Bucks-Nets Game 2: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 18, 0-3
Suns-Clippers Game 3: DeAndre Ayton, 18, 0-0
Suns-Clippers Game 4: Devin Booker, 25, 0-5
Bucks-Hawks Game 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 34, 0-2
Bucks-Hawks Game 2: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 25, 0-3
Bucks-Hawks Game 5: Brook Lopez, 33, 0-2
So it turns out I know nothing about anything and it's not actually that rare. The players listed were 8-6 in those games. What I find more interesting is six times it was done by someone who didn't even attempt a 3.
Another takeaway is Brook Lopez has led all scorers in a playoff game twice! In 2021! As the (usually) fourth option on his team!
Finally, look at all those Suns and Bucks. If the Bucks can win one more game against Atlanta, this list is primed to grow.