Last Night’s Numbers – 11/18/10

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.

Boston 114 – Washington 83

  • Boston’s offensive efficiency last night was ludicrous, at 134.1 points per 100 possessions. They shot 65.8% from the field and 61.6% on three pointers. The Celtics’ were also 25 of 31 on shots at the rim. The lone blemish was making only 6 of 13 free throws.
  • Delonte West played 21 minutes in his 1st game back after serving a 10 game suspension to start the season. No signs of rust here, he shot 5 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 2 on three pointers for 12 points. He also chipped in 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and a block to go with 3 turnovers.
  • Gilbert Arenas hung on the perimeter and shot his team in the foot multiple teams. The bearded brooder was 2 of 9 on shots from beyond 16ft.

New Orleans 99 – Dallas 97

  • Avenging their 1st loss of the season from a few nights ago, New Orleans ratcheted up the intensity after the half, outscoring the Mavericks by 16 in the 3rd quarter. New Orleans shot 48.8% on the evening and helped themselves out by going 8 of 14 on three pointers.
  • Dirk Nowitzki was again, incredible. He put up 29 points on a 65.7% TS%. As I pointed out earlier this morning, his mid-range shooting was incredible.
  • Chris Paul was masterful orchestrating the Hornets’ offense. He was 8 of 13 from the floor himself and also handed out 10 assists. His assist rate for the game was 40.3%.

L.A. Lakers 103 – Detroit 90

  • Detroit, remarkably, had only 5 turnovers on the night. Unfortunately, they struggled to make shots, shooting only 39.4% from the field and 4 of 25 on three pointers.
  • The Lakers controlled the glass, grabbing 57.3% of available rebounds. The Lakers’ starters had 39 rebounds, only 2 less than the entire Pistons’ team.

Miami 123 – Phoenix 96

  • Miami had more defensive rebounds, 33, than Phoenix had total rebounds, 32.
  • Chris Bosh took advantage of Phoenix’s frontline, exploding for 35 points on 80.1% TS%.
  • The Heat had 29 assists on the night, 12 of which led to 16-23ft. jumpers.

Minnesota 113 – L.A. Clippers 111

  • Blake Griffin had one his best games as a pro, putting up 26 points and 17 rebounds on 12 of 22 from the field.
  • Eric Gordon lived at the line for the second straight game, making 10 of 13 free throws. Over the past two Clippers’ games Gordon is 26 of 33 from the line.
  • Michael Beasley had another strong scoring game for the Wolves pouring in 33 points on 14 of 23 from the field. He continued his trend of deadeye jumpshooting, making 8 of 13 from 16ft. and out.

Toronto 94 – Philadelphia 86

  • Sonny Weems and Andrea Bargnani both had strong shooting nights for Toronto, combining to go 22 of 36 from the field.
  • The 76ers took 32 shots at the rim, 25 of which came from Elton Brand, Jrue Holiday and Thad Young.
  • Evan Turner has still been searching for his offense scoring 11 points on 3 of 8 from the field. He did add 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and lead the team in minutes played.

New York 113 – Sacramento 106

  • Danilo Gallinari made 16 out of 17 at the free throw line, on his way to 27 points. Amare Stoudemire chipped in 27 points as well as the Kings allowed New York to shoot 52.2% from the field.
  • Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Kings. He was 10 of 22 from the field and 9 of 13 from inside of 10ft.

San Antonio 103 – Chicago 94

  • San Antonio ran away with the game to start the second half, outscoring Chicago 37 – 12 in the third quarter.
  • Derrick Rose dominated the ball again for Chicago. He shot the ball well, scoring 33 points on a 60.1% TS% but took 27 shots to go with only 4 assists. Chicago is really missing Carlos Boozer and the versatility he will bring to their offense.
  • Tim Duncan had 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists for the Spurs.

Oklahoma City 116 – Houston 99

  • Oklahoma City moved the ball well, recording an assist on 60.5% of their baskets for a total of 26 assists in the game.
  • Luis Scola had 26 points for Houston on only 19 shots. Kevin Durant had 24 points for Oklahoma City but it took him 21 shots. Durant also went to the free throw line only once in the game.

Utah 98 – New Jersey 88

  • Utah had a FTR of 0.451 in the game. They were 31 of 37 at the stripe and had an 11 point advantage over New Jersey in made free throws.
  • New Jersey did an amazing job rebounding. They grabbed 56.5% of available rebounds and five different Nets had at least 7.


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3 responses to “Last Night’s Numbers – 11/18/10

  1. Chicago Tim

    Regarding the Chicago game, I don’t blame Rose for the lack of assists. He passed the ball to wide-open shooters who couldn’t hit their shots. I do blame Rose for a lack of free throws. He has to learn how to get three points the old fashioned way. Nevertheless, Rose actually played well, going to the hole many times and hitting threes as well.

    In the third quarter, the Spurs doubled Rose and forced the ball out of his hands. The Bulls have to have a plan for that. Whatever that plan was, it didn’t work. The Spurs also sped up their offense, shooting earlier in the clock, and not allowing the Bulls to set up in the half court. And the Spurs substituted Bonner for Blair, and Bonner hit a couple of threes, forcing the Bulls to spread out their defense.

    I think Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah need to be given the ball in the post more, especially when Rose is doubled. I think they are both better post players than people assume, and they are also capable of getting assists from the post. Ben Wallace used to do a great job distributing the ball from the post even though he was never a threat to score.

    Rose should go to Pippen for lessons on how to draw a foul. Jordan would be even better but he’s not available, and Pippen is. Rose has said he knows what he needs to do, but I guess it takes a while for him to instinctually crash into people when they are in the air. I remember Jordan teaching Pippen how to lean his body so that after the impact he would be upright and could make the shot. Jordan also had a neat trick of backing into the defender and then tossing the ball in over his head. Rose is certainly strong enough. He has developed a move where he cradles the ball under his arm so no one can rip it out. He just needs to develop the intinct of drawing fouls.

    I think they should also consider playing Rose at the 2-guard position and letting someone else distribute. That way they can run Rose of screens and allow him to move without the ball. If he is going to be their primary scorer, maybe someone else should take some of the load of distributing the ball.

    All that being said, the Spurs are playing really well right now, and it isn’t surprising that they beat the Bulls at home. I’m glad the Bulls at least made a game of it.

    • Thanks for commenting Tim. I am sure it shows in these little capsules that I am relying mostly on the numbers, as I don’t get to actually watch every game. I obviously mischaracterized Rose’s passing performance in this game.

      This writeup from 48Minutes of Hell: ( has some great quotes from Duncan on the defensive decisions they made before and during the game to cover Rose. As far as Rose drawing fouls it really seems like an intuitive thing for him to avoid contact and it is going to take a lot of work and concentration for him to overcome that.

      Your idea about playing him at the 2-guard is interesting. My only concern would be who fills the role of distributor in his absence. If they had someone like Hinrich still with the team it would work well, but with the current roster I am not sure. If Rose is running off screens that means either Watson or Bogans is initiating the offense. Watson is better attacking and creating his own shot and Bogans doesn’t have much experience in this area. It may increase Rose’s scoring efficiency but you may be sacrificing some of the other things he does well, in addition to asking another player to fill a different role that might not maximize their talents.

      I think a lot of these problems will go away or become less extreme when Boozer comes back. Boozer can work from the high or low post as the intitiator and allow Rose and Deng to work off screens that way. I haven’t heard any injury updates lately, any word on a timetable for his return?

  2. Chicago Tim

    Boozer’s target date is early December, after the present road trip, and he seems to be on schedule. He was recently approved for light shooting. I expect an adjustment period after he returns, though.

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