Welcome back to Last Night’s Numbers. For those of you who are new to LNN and Hickory-High, last season I quickly recapped each game pulling out a few numbers that I thought were especially interesting. The compressed season this year means more games every night and consequently things are going to look slightly different.
Instead of hitting each game, I plan to identify a handful of notable individual performances. I’ve also added the new feature of looking at some extremely successful five-man lineup combinations. The box score numbers all come from Hoopdata’s advanced box scores. The lineup data is from Popcorn Machine’s Game Flows.
This is the format for now, but I’m certainly open to ideas and suggestions. Let me know what you think.
Pau Gasol – Instrumental in the Lakers first win, were Gasol’s 22 points and 9 rebounds. He was 5 of 7 from inside 10ft. and went 10 of 12 at the free throw line. Gasol also added 5 blocks and 2 steals.
Dwyane Wade – In a victory over the Celtics, Wade scored 24 points on a 61.9% TS%. Wade was 7 of 10 on shots inside of 10ft. and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. He also handed out 8 assists, 5 of which went for layups or three-pointers.
Jon Leuer – A rookie, Leuer showed up big in his first real opportunity. In 20 minutes against the Timberwolves, he put up 14 points on a 79.9% TS%. Leuer also added 8 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. His 8 rebounds gave him a TRR of 19.4% for his 20 minutes.
Gerald Wallace – Leading his team in a rout of the Sacramento Kings, Wallace scored 25 points on an 83.6% TS%. He was 7 of 8 on shots at the rim and 8 of 9 at the free throw line. Wallace also added 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks. 4 of his assists led to layups, the other led to a three-pointer.
Lineups of the Night:
Jannero Pargo – Willie Green – Tracy McGrady – Vladimir Radmanovic – Zaza Pachulia (Atlanta Hawks) – This unit, featuring five bench players, was +13 in 12:38, helping drive the Hawks’ 106-70 rout of the Nets.
Jamal Crawford – Nicolas Batum – Gerald Wallace – LaMarcus Aldridge – Marcus Camby (Portland Trail Blazers) – This unit was +9 over a crucial 3:41 stretch in the 4th quarter, putting the game completely out of reach for the Sacramento Kings.