Last Night’s Numbers – 10/31/10

Welcome to Last Night’s Numbers, a new daily feature where we 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!

Atlanta 99 – Washington 95

  • John Wall played a much more effective game last night, scoring 28 points and posting a +3 in his time on the floor. He still took 8 jumpshots from the 16-23ft. range, which is probably too many for him, as he’s unlikely to regularly make half of those shots as he did last night. He did get to the free throw line 10 times which is a good sign for his offensive awareness.
  • Washington struggled rebounding the ball again, grabbing only 44.2% of the available rebounds.
  • Atlanta seemed to move back towards isolations again last night, as only 55.9% of their made field goals were assisted on.

Chicago 101 – Detroit 91

  • Derrick Rose dominated the ball again for Chicago. He shot the ball much better, putting up 39 points on 27 shots and getting to the free throw line 13 times. However, his shot distribution was not ideal with only 6 shots taken at the rim and 14 coming on jumpshots taken from 16ft. and out.
  • Detroit’s Rodney Stuckey was determined not to let Rose be the only ball-domintating lead guard on the floor, taking 13 shots from the floor and attempting 11 free throws. None of Stuckey’s made baskets were assisted on.

Sacramento 107 – Cleveland 104

  • Carl Landry continued his discouraging trend of migrating away from the basket. Landry attempted only 2 shots at the rim, and 9 jumpshots from beyond 10 feet. He made 6 of 9 so maybe he is just determined to make me look like an idiot. I still think the Kings would like to see him doing more damage in the paint.
  • Omri Casspi was unconscious for the Kings, knocking down 6 of 7 three pointers. He was a +12, best on the team, during his time on the floor.
  • Cleveland showed good offensive discipline with 58% of their shots coming either at the rim or on three pointers. For team without a lot of offensive firepower, maintaining this discipline to high quality shots throughout the season is going to be very important.

Denver 107 – Houston 94

  • Denver played their offense into high efficiency shots all night. 66% of their shots were taken either at the rim or on three pointers. They also added 33 free throw attempts for a FTR of 0.354. Many of those shots however came out of 1 on 1 plays, as only 47.1% of their made shots were assisted on.
  • Aaron Brooks had 5 assists for Houston, 4 of which led directly to layups.
  • Luis Scola had another strong scoring game for Houston, dropping 28 points with a 76.9% TS%.

Indiana 99 – Philadelphia 86

  • Indiana took 31 shots at the rim last night, or 35% of their overall attempts. Unfortunately, 16-23ft. jumpers also accounted for 24% of their shot attempts.
  • Roy Hibbert was extremely effective passing the ball for Indiana, with 5 assists in the game, all of which led to layups.
  • One of the few bright spots for Philadelphia was their shot blocking. They totalled 11 blocks, or 12.4% of Indiana’s total shots.

Milwaukee 98 – Charlotte 88

  • Brandon Jennings was terrific for Milwaukee. He posted a triple double; 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. His 20 points came on only 8 shots. 6 of his 10 assists led to three pointers for the Bucks.
  • Charlotte was outrebounded badly, grabbing only 41.2% of the available rebounds. In addition they turned the ball over 18 times, or 19.6% of their total possessions.

Portland 100 – New York 95

  • Portland stole this game by maximizing their offensive possessions. They shot 48.7% from the field and 46.2% on three pointers.
  • Nicolas Batum continued to be an important piece for the Blazers. Although he posted a modest statline of 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, he was +16 during his 28 minutes on the floor.
  • Danilo Gallinari had another difficult shooting night for New York. He went 2 of 9 from the field and missed all 3 of his three pointers.

New Orleans 99 – San Antonio 90

  • New Orleans had an incredible shooting night. They shot 50% from the field, 82.4% on free throws and 63.7% on three pointers.
  • San Antonio’s front line struggled to contribute offensively. DeJuan Blair and Tim Duncan combined to go 4 of 20 from the field.

Memphis 109 – Minnesota 89

  • Minnesota’s offense was in shambles last night. They shot 10 of 41 on jumpshots from 16ft. and out, and shot 34.9% overall. In addition they turned the ball over 29 times, a whopping 22% of their possessions.
  • Mike Conley had 11 assists for Memphis, 7 of which led to shots closer than 10ft. and 3 of which went for three pointers.
  • The Grizzlies’ starting backcourt, Conley and Mayo, combined for 10 steals in the game.


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2 responses to “Last Night’s Numbers – 10/31/10

  1. Chicago Tim

    According to Sam Smith, Coach Thibodeau has been urging Rose to pull up and shoot from the elbow because that shot is available any time. Is that 16 feet? I know the foul line is 15 feet.

    • Standing exactly on the elbow would be 15ft. I think. My guess is that he is frequently a half-step or two back from that on those jumpers. I understand Thib’s thinking that that is a shot always available to Rose. My question would be is that really the most effective use of an offensive possession? Now I don’t presume to no more about basketball than Coach Thibodeau, but my perception is that the Bulls struggled offensively last season, largely because of their reliance on the mid-range jumpshot. Rose shot 50% last season on 10-15ft. jumpers, with 2.1 attempts per game. He shot 44% on 16-23ft. jumpers with 6.9 attempts per game. Those are respectable percentages but he has upped the number of shots he is taking from those areas even more over last season.

      This in part leads to his low foul drawing rate, which if developed, could be a potent offensive weapon for the Bulls. Last season the average FTR for a point guard was 0.265, Rose’s was 0.250. This season he has upped it to 0.293, but with his athletic ability he should easily be able to push it towards 0.80 where players like Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook are. It just seems to me that asking Rose to concentrate on knocking down open jumpers, which he can get anytime, instead of asking him to concentrate on attacking the basket is not maximizing his abilities.

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