Weekly Stat Pack
USA Today Sports
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 Knicks and Mavericks combined to make nearly as many three pointers (29) as free throws they attempted (30). In other words, Dallas beat New York while playing Knicks basketball.
There were ten players in the Clippers/Pelicans game that attempted at least ten shots and five of them came off the pine.
Andre Drummond has now gone four straight games (111 minutes) without a single assist.
Every season we ask ourselves: “LeBron James, how can he possibly get any better”. Well, we found that answer tonight. “Be more like Thaddeus Young”. The Sixers lone deadline survivor recorded his second straight 20-5-5-5 game (points, assists, rebounds, and steals), something The King has never accomplished.
Think the Celtics are missing Jared Sullinger? The Jazz (yea, those Jazz) had more two point buckets than the Celtics had total FGM and had 50% more defensive rebounds.
For the season, the Raptors are winning a little under three of every five games and scoring 99.6 points per game. They are 4-1 and averaging 98.5 points in games that Kyle Lowry attempts at least five three points without a make.
Both the Kings and the Lakers won two quarters tonight: they combined to lose by a total of 46 points.
Over the last week, Nikola Vucevic has as many fouls-plus-turnovers as he does field goals made (28).
Elton Brand, who lead Atlanta in minutes played (42) and plus/minus rating (+6), was the only player (minimum six minutes played) who did not score at least ten points in the Bulls/Hawks game.
James Harden scored 33 points either from behind the three point line or at the free throw line. Subtract Ben McLemore from the equation, and the entire Kings roster totaled 32 such points.
In the first 55 games of the season, OKC attempted 176 more free throws than three pointers. During their three game skid, they’ve attempted nine more threes than freebies.
Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson are two of the three players with at least 150 3PM this season. Marco Belinelli has more games with at least three made triples over the last 16 days (four) than Lillard and Thompson have combined for (three).
After going three months without winning a game in which Jose Calderon tallied at least five assists and no turnovers (0-4), the Mavericks have won two such games in three days.
Jamal Crawford was struggling (2/10 from the field with twice as many turnovers as assists) and departed with an injury. Darren Collison filled in admirably, scoring 19 points (on 8/14 shooting) and handing out five assists while committing only one turnover. Yet, the Clippers were +6 with Crawford in the game (16 minutes) and -3 during Collison’s 30 minutes.
Forget making one, Kyle Korver extended his streak of games with multiple 3PM to ten (shooting 52.8% from distance over that stretch).
Greivis Vasquez took 19 shots in a triple overtime thriller against the Wizards tonight. Combine that with his shot total from Wednesday and you have the highest two game total of FGA in over a month … the Raptors didn’t play on Wednesday.
Roy Hibbert had a big statistical performance (24 and 12) against a bad Bucks teams, but what else is new? The Pacers center has not recorded more than seven rebounds against a team that currently has 25-plus wins since a January 20th win at Golden State (by contrast, he has four such games against teams with 20or fewer wins over that stretch).
Carmelo Anthony’s turnover count has either maintained or increased in every game since the all star break.
In the Nets two wins with him on the roster, Jason Collins has racked up nine fouls in 19 minutes. Blake Griffin leads the league in personals, yet he has committed just seven in the Clippers last two wins while playing 54 more minutes.
Zach Randolph scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in only 25 minutes of action. It was his first double double in 25 or fewer minutes since February 9, 2008, a stretch of 416 straight games.
Bismack Biyombo made all three of his field goal attempts tonight. It was the eighth consecutive game and tenth time in 11 games Biyombo either made or missed all of his shots from the field.
Mike Dunleavy has played 824 games in his career and made 1,082 three pointers, but he had never gone three consecutive games with three-plus triples made without missing a free throw (minimum of one FTA in each game) until last night.
The Pelicans have now lost six straight games when Tyreke Evans connects on a three point field goal.
Dwyane Wade made at least ten shots from the field for the fourth consecutive game. It wasn’t until January 9th that Wade recorded his fourth such game to start this season.
Don’t tell the 76ers bench that they are supposed to be tanking. Every member of Philadelphia who played fewer than 20 minutes had a positive plus/minus. On the flip side, every player on Washington who played at least 29 minutes had a +11 plus/minus or better.
In the Rockets last four wins, James Harden has totaled 38 assists. In their last four losses, just 16.
Andray Blatche made all nine of his free throws tonight, the first time since January 25, 2011 that he attempted at least five free throws and didn’t miss.
The Grizzlies had not one, but two quarters in which they scored more points than the Cavaliers managed in the entire second half.
Tyson Chandler had more offensive rebounds (eight) than any other player had defensive rebounds.
Amir Johnson flashed a well rounded game, tallying nine rebounds and five assists in a win over the Warriors. It was the third time in the Raptors last four wins in which Johnson totaled at least five rebounds and four assists, the same number of such games Johnson had in the past 13 months.
The Sixers lost … again. Their point differential in the past 12days is a remarkable -102. In all of their losses since November 14th, the Thunder have been outscored by 99 points.
For the first time in over a calendar year, Jose Calderon did not make a triple (minimum one attempt) and committed multiple turnovers in the same game.
The Bobcats averaged more points per shot than the Thunder is this game … and still lost by 17.