Last Night’s Numbers – 11/2/10

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!

Chicago 110 – Portland 98

  • These two teams were polar opposites in terms of shooting last night. The Bulls shot 60.6% from the field and made 5 of 13 three pointers. The Blazers shot 41.3% from the field and missed all 14 three pointers.
  • Derrick Rose brought his shot totals down, taking only 11 shots but picking up 13 assists.
  • 36.6% of Chicago’s shots were 16-23ft. jumpers. They made 14 of them for 53.9%, and recorded 9 assists on those shots. However, an offense that centered on long jumpers will be fairly inconsistent night to night, as the Bulls were last year.

San Antonio 97 – L.A. Clippers 88

  • With Baron Davis out, rookie Eric Bledsoe stepped in to start at point guard for the Clippers. At first glance he played a well-rounded game, scoring 9 points and adding 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. However, Tony Parker had has way with him scoring 19 points with 9 assists, and Bledsoe was a -10 for his 40 minutes on the floor.
  • Spurs rookie, Tiago Splitter saw his first NBA action last night. Splitter played 10 minutes, scoring 2 points and grabbing 2 rebounds. He was a +4 for the Spurs during those 10 minutes.

Sacramento 111 – Toronto 108

  • Both teams played really well offensively as they combined for a 115.3 Offensive Rating on 46.8% shooting.
  • Carl Landry was 2-7 on 16-23ft. jumpers. I still think that’s too many long jumpers for him, regardless of the percentage he has been shooting so far this year.
  • Reggie Evans kept Toronto in the game with his rebounding. He had 19 boards for the game including 10 on the offensive end. He is limited skill-wise in so many other areas, but Toronto desperately needs his work on the glass to stay competitive.

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One response to “Last Night’s Numbers – 11/2/10

  1. Chicago Tim

    I agree that it is dangerous to rely on the 16-23 foot shot. But when Luol Deng is hitting them, I don’t see any problem with getting the ball to him. And he was hitting them all night.

    My question is how much of Portland’s bad shooting was because of Chicago’s defense, and how much was based on luck or an off night on the road? It seemed to me that Portland was also settling for the outside shot quite a bit, and, unlike Chicago, they weren’t hitting them.

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