Weekly NBA Stat Pack
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We are back with another group of statistics that found a way to fly under the radar for the week that was in the NBA. No player is exempt from this collection of far-reaching oddities, pointing out trends that you likely missed in the excitement of watching the games. On days with a full schedule, the top five stats are highlighted, and on days with fewer than five games, I’ll give you a stat from each game. One thing to remember: these stats are current on the day listed. That is, a trend can break as the week progresses, but for that moment in time, the numbers held true.
Without further adieu, the always interesting and never replicated Weekly Stat Pack.
The Heat are 9-0 this season when Dwyane Wade turns the ball over at least five times this season. Wade is shooting 60.6% from the field in those games.
Defenses force star players to play out of their comfort zone, and even when said player capitalizes, he is playing into the defenses hands. Michael Carter-Williams is not viewed as a consistent jump shooter and his 76ers are 0-4 since winning opening day against Miami in games in which the rookie point guard makes at least three triples.
Eight of the ten players in the Bucks/Knicks game who made a three pointer had at least 40% of their buckets come from behind the arc.
With 20 points and ten rebounds against the Wizards, LaMarcus Aldridge has gone for at least 20 and ten in ten of his last 12 games. That means he has recorded that stat line more often than Kevin Durant has made multiple three pointers over the last 12 games.
Both teams in the Pacers/Magic game committed more personal fouls than the opposing offense had free throws attempted.
The Pacers had lost four of the last six games in which David West attempted at least 15 shots, but they needed every one of his 22 points tonight in a 89-85 victory over the Hawks.
For the eighth time in nine games, Ricky Rubio recorded more assists than points. In fact, he had more dimes tonight than he has FGM in the last 10 days.
All Star snub Goran Dragic has scored at least 24 points in five straight, shooting a blistering 63.2% from the field and 64.7% from distance. For the record, two of his last three games have been played against elite defensive units in Indiana and Chicago.
The Splash Brothers have connected on 298 three pointers this season, 21 more than the entire Bobcats team. Yet Charlotte outscored Golden State (in Golden State) by three points from distance tonight.
The Pistons had the only two players (Josh Smith and Andre Drummond) who recorded double figure rebound totals, yet Detroit was outrebounded by 22.2%.
Laker point guards (Jordan Farmer, Steve Blake, and Kendall Marshall) accounted for 25% more assists than the entire Cavalier team.
Tony Wroten has scored exactly 18 points in each game during the 76ers three game skid. Philadelphia was 2-1 in games in which the volume shooting reserve scored exactly 18 points prior to February.
The Thunder improved to 15-0 when Kendrick Perkins grabs at least seven rebounds.
Dwight Howard and James Harden made 24 free throws in the Rockets win over the Suns. All other players made 25.
Patty Mills is averaging 32.9 points per 48 minutes in February, less than two points behind Kevin Durant.
Joakim Noah has dished out at least six assists in nine of his last 12 games. John Wall, who ranks fourth in the league in assists per game, has done so eight times in his last 12.
Kyrie Irving made 13 free throws in a win against the Wizards: he had made just 12 free throws in victories in 2014 coming into action.
Every Pistons starter totaled at least five rebounds while none of the Nets starters managed a handful of boards.
The Lakers are 4-7 over their last 11 games: Ryan Kelly has scored 78 points in the wins and 69 in the losses.
The Blazers have a point guard and power forward headed to the all star game, while the Pacers do not. Portland’s duo scored 60 points on 50 shots (48%) and Indiana’s tandem poured in 67 points on 35 shots (71.4%).
The Magic had three reserves record more steals than turnovers while the Thunder had only two players on their entire roster do so.
In the Spurs last six wins, Patty Mills has totaled 113 points. He has scored 109 points in the team’s 14 losses.
The Grizzlies scored 50 points in the paint (63.3% of their total points), yet managed just one free throw (and even that was via a technical foul). I encourage you to watch every box score for the next decade: my money is that you don’t see anything like.
Andre Drummond doesn’t shoot a ton of free throws, so it may be surprising that tonight was the first time this season that he made all of his free throws (and only the second time in his career).
I’m not saying the Trail Blazers are going to struggle this postseason, but I will say that you can’t allow a team that is missing their entire starting front court to outscore you by 24 in the paint (52-28) and grab eight more offensive rebounds (17-9). Corey Brewer led the interior domination (ten buckets in the paint) while 31-year old Ronnie Turiaf (six offensive rebounds and 13 total) controlled the glass. Spoiler alert: playoff teams will have more threatening players at both roles.
For the second time in his rookie season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has gone through a multiple game stretch where he attempted at least ten shots and converted at 10% or worse.
The Orlando Magic beat the Pacers and have now won five consecutive home games after winning five home games from November 8 through January 23.
You’ll have a difficult time finding a writer who believes more in good passing leading to good offense, but even I cannot justify this stat. The Magic won and assisted on only 38.2% of their buckets while the Celtics lost but assisted on 81.8% of their baskets.
It’s been more than two months since the last time DeMarcus Cousins had less than ten rebounds and fewer than five assists.
Serge Ibaka averages 15.3 points this season, a number that has been on the rise of late. The power forward has eclipsed the 15 point plateau while shooting at least 58.8% six times in the last 16 days.
Chris Kaman attempted 23 shots from the field, the same number as every Laker starter not named Steve Blake combined.