I’ve been running through ideas for a quick daily feature for this season. What I have settled on the forseeable future is “Last Night’s Numbers.” I am hoping to get this up each morning and run through the NBA games from the night, before highlighting one or two numbers I found particularly interesting from each game. Think of it as Kelly Dwyer’s Behind the Box Score from Ball Don’t Lie, except shorter, less informative, less informed, less witty, less enjoyable and less well written. All the stats are from Hoopdata’s box scores, which contain some additional advanced stats not available in traditional box scores. As with all my work here, this is an experiment and subject to changes in format and scheduling! So without further ado, the first edition of Last Night’s Numbers:
New Orleans 95 – Milwaukee 91
- David West shot 7-9 on 16-23ft. jumpers. For those of you without a calculator that’s 77.8% on the most inefficient shot in basketball.
- Chris Paul recorded on assist on 52% of the Hornet’s possessions last night. If he stays healthy he could carry this team to a playoff spot.
Dallas 101 – Charlotte 86
- D.J. Augustin was -21 during his time on the floor last night. Not to be outdone, Nazr Mohammed posted a -26. If they are going to return to the playoffs they need better production, or a roster upgrade at those positions.
- Dirk Nowitzki used 14 possessions last night, less than Jason Terry, Caron Butler and Jason Kidd. He was his usual efficient self contributing a ridiculous 1.48 points per possession to his team’s offense.
Cleveland 95 – Boston 87
- Boston struggled with turnovers against Miami on Tuesday, and the pattern continued last night. Boston turned the ball over on 20% of their possessions against Cleveland. Yikes!
- J.J. Hickson looked good offensively, shooting 8-11 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. That’s a TS% of 77.0%
Denver 110 – Utah 88
- Al Jefferson got off to an underwhelming start in Utah going 2-6 from the field and posting a -17, worst on the team, in his 31 minutes.
- Shelden Williams looks like he could be a steal for Denver this season, grabbing 30.5% of the available rebounds last night for a total of 16. For the last few years Denver has claimed to be one big away from being a championship contender. Could Shelden Williams be that big?
Golden State 132 – Houston 128
- In something that was a rarity last season, Golden State actually outrebounded Houston last night, grabbing 53.5% of the available rebounds. With the addition of David Lee, and some more conventional lineups this could be a season long trend.
- There were some remarkable scoring performances in this game. Monta Ellis scored 46 for Golden State on a TS% 78.6%. In addition 50% of his field goals were assisted on. This is a good sign of him finding shots within the offense. Only 35.8% of his field goals were assisted on last season.
- Luis Scola scored 36 for Houston on a TS% of 61.5%. Kevin Martin scored 28 with a TS% of 65.2%.
Portland 98 – L.A. Clippers 88
- Of Brandon Roy’s 19 shots, only 2 were taken from closer than 10ft. and none were taken at the rim. He did shoot 5-9 on long jumpers, but his 22 points came on only a 48.8 TS%.
- The Clippers took 32 of their 79 shots from 16ft. and out, making only 7 of them. Two players who did make an impact scoring at the rim were Blake Griffin (6-7) and Eric Gordon (8-9).
Sacramento 117 – Minnestoa 116
- Rookie DeMarcus Cousins was +18 for the Sacramento Kings during his 27 minutes on the floor.
- Wesley Johnson, the Timberwolves 1st Round Draft pick was also very effective in this game, posting a +14 in in his 18 minutes on the floor.
- The Kings won this game at the free throw line, picking up 13 more points there than the Timberwolves. Their FTR (FTA/FGA) for the game was 0.553.
New Jersey 101 – Detroit 98
- This was another game lost at the free throw line. Detroit shot 16-30, or 53.4% on free throws. If they had made just the league average of 75.9% from last season, they would have picked up roughly 6 points and won by 3.
- For all the talk about New Jersey’s roster additions this game was one by returning players. Terrence Williams, Devin Harris and Brook Lopez were a combined +26 in their 100 minutes. Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw and Derrick Favors had a +/- of 0 in their 100 minutes.
Miami 97 – Philadelphia 87
- Dwayne Wade rebounded from his difficult offensive night against Boston to score 30 on Philly with a TS% of 59.3%.
- Chris Bosh was very effective tonight, posting a +25 in his 39 minutes.
- Rookie, Evan Turner was all but labelled a bust after his summer league and preseason struggles. In his first regular season game he scored 16 points on a 71.4 TS%, and chipped in 7 rebounds and 4 assists to only 2 turnovers.
San Antonio 122 – Indiana 109
- The offense was humming for both teams as they combined to post a 112 Offensive Rating for the game. Unfortunately, minimal defense was played by both squads.
- The Pacers turned the ball over on 20.6% of their possessions, with the leading culprits being T.J. Ford (33.8 TOR) and Paul George (27.6 TOR)
- Manu Ginobili sure looked healthy as made 5 of 9 three pointers on the way to 22 points.
Oklahoma City 106 – Chicago 95
- Effective frontcourt plays would appear to be Oklahoma’s potential achilles heal this season. Tonight it was a strength as Serge Ibaka (filling in at center for the injured Nick Collison) and Jeff Green combined to +24 in their in their 72 minutes on the floor. Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were a -10 in their 73 minutes.
- Derrick Rose looks serious about backing up his contentions of being an MVP candidate. He took 31 shots last night, with 16 of them coming from 10ft. and in, scoring 28 points. I hope he knows that team success plays a large role in MVP voting, and him taking a full third of his teams shots may not be the best way for them to be successful offensively.
New York 98 – Toronto 93
- Neither team played particularly well, but New York had a balanced attack and scored just enough to win. Danilo Gallinari and rookie Landry Fields combined to make 5 of 11 three pointers which helped quite a bit.
- 9 turnovers for Amare Stoudemire is almost enough to make D’Antoni’s moustache catch fire.
- Andrea Bargnani continued to struggle shooting the ball netting 22 points but on a TS% of only 44.9%. Shooting 4-14 on shots from 10ft. and in certainly didn’t help.
- Toronto’s Amir Johnson committed 4 personal fouls in 13 minutes on the floor. That’s an impressive rate of 12.3 fouls per 40 minutes. Well done sir!
Atlanta 119 – Memphis 104
- Both Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson were signed to huge contracts this off-season, contracts which have been bashed by analysts around the league. Johnson’s per game pay is $199,079; Gay’s is $165,899. That means the Hawks and Grizzlies combined to pay those two players $364,978 for last night’s work. This doesn’t have anything to do with the outcome of the game, I just thought you might like to feel as bad as I do about your workload to salary ratio.
- The Grizzliles were outrebounded badly, with Atlanta grabbing 53.5% of the available rebounds. Zaza Pachulia in particular played, well grabbing 21.2% of available rebounds while he was on the floor, including a 20.5 Offensive Rebound Rate.
- The despite scoring well, the effectiveness of the Hawks new committment to ball movement and motion instead of isolation didn’t materialize tonight. The Hawks only assisted on 47.7% on their baskets, down from 56.24% last season.