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’ve identified a handful of notable individual performances. You’ll also find 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.
Thanks to Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic for his terrific recap tool, responsible for the new look.
|Amare Stoudemire, PF 39 MIN | 7-25 FG | 11-13 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 25 PTS | +3 | Stoudemire’s scoring helped push the Knicks over the top against the Bobcats, but it came at a price. His 25 points came on 25 shots for a TS% of 40.7%. He was 3-12 on shots at the rim. At least he pursued those misses; 8 of his 12 rebounds came on the offensive glass.|
|Carlos Boozer, PF 26 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 23 PTS | +8 | Boozer had an extremely efficient night, scoring 23 points on a 73.5 TS%. Almost all his damage came from the perimeter, where he went 7-9 on 16-23ft. jumpshots. 4 of his 8 rebounds came on the offensive glass and he finished with an ORB% of 18.9%.|
|Amir Johnson, PF 30 MIN | 7-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +31 | Bargnani may have scored 31 points for the Raptors, but I think the game ball for this one goes to Johnson. His 19 points came on an 81.6 TS%, including 5-5 on shots at the rim. 8 of his 11 rebounds came on the offense glass, where he posted an ORB% of 33.7. Throw in that he turned the ball over just once in 30 minutes and his +31 for the game makes sense.|
|Josh Smith, PF 37 MIN | 10-14 FG | 6-11 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | +7 | Smith, for one night at least, found efficiency on the perimeter. He finished the game with a TS% of 69.0, built largely on a 6-9 shooting performance from outside of 10ft. His contributions on the glass, defensively, and moving the basketball rounded out a complete performance.|
Lineups of the Night:
John Lucas – Kyle Korver – Luol Deng – Taj Gibson – Omer Asik – (Chicago Bulls) – The Bulls’ starters played well against the Pistons, but this unit really helped push them to victory. They were +12 in 8:41.
Jose Calderon – DeMar DeRozan – James Johnson – Amir Johnson – Andrea Bargnani – (Toronto Raptors) – This group took a 2 point deficit to a 6 point lead, going +8 over 6:08 stretch in the 4th quarter.