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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.

Monday

The inconsistent Detroit Pistons have been consistently awful from the free throw line this season, a trend they continued tonight by making just 21 of their 35 attempts. They would have to make their next 83 free throws to overtake the Houston Rockets for 29th position in the league inFT%.

Jimmy Butler has made 23 free throws in his last three games, not bad for a player who had made just 36 from the beginning of November to Christmas.

How do the Trail Blazers lose a game in which they were +30 from long distance and made more free throws than the Pelicans attempted? Easy. Get outscored by 36 points in the paint.

LeBron James is the best player in the world right now, but Chris Bosh has been Suerman of late, and I don’t feel that a single “Player of the Week” award gives him the credit he deserves. Bosh has shot at least 50% from the field in ten straight games (eight Miami wins) and has been the steadying force while Dwyane Wade and James miss time. Over that stretch, the big man is shooting 57% from the field (60% from inside the arc) and averaging 20 points.

DeAndre Jordan averaged 2.95rebounds per FGA in December.

Tuesday

The Warriors have won two thirds of the games in which Steph Curry makes one or fewer three pointers (when active) and only half of the games in which he makes at least five treys.

The Cleveland Cavaliers missed more than one field goal per minute against the Indiana Pacers … and they led with 10.5 minutes to play!

The Kings went 2-0 in December when DeMarcus Cousins tallied at least as many rebounds as FGA against teams from Texas, 0-2 when he did so against teams from any other state.

Ten players in the Nets/Spurs game made all of their free throw attempts (minimum one attempt).

Three players (Pau Gasol, Shawne Williams, and Larry Sanders) in the Bucks/Lakers game recorded at least four blocked shots. Three players in the seven games did so.

Wednesday

Kyle Lowry’s team has now won five straight and ten of the last 11 games in which he has notched at least ten dimes.

Nine players in the Mavericks/Wizards game attempted a three pointer: seven of them converted at a 30% rate or worse.

The Philadelphia 76ers scored 114 points in a win against the Denver Nuggets … lowering their scoring average in wins since November 9th.

For the third time in four games, Ricky Rubio recorded at least eight rebounds, eight assists, and three steals while attempting six or fewer field goals.

Did you know that the Clippers/Bobcats game featured the top two players (minimum 25 games played) in assist-to-turnover ratio? Chris Paul had himself a nice game (17 points, 14 dimes, and only three turnovers), but his lead in season AST/TO ratio over Josh McRoberts decreased as the power forward handed out four helpers without committing a turnover.

Thursday

LeBron James has 12 turnovers over the last two games, more than he had over the previous two weeks.

Deron Williams is averaging one 3PM for every 5.92 assists and one steal for every 9.47 assists this season, yet the Nets point guard had more triples (six) and steals (five) than assists (four) tonight in Oklahoma City.

Jared Sullinger attempted a three pointer, but what else is new? He has attempted at least one triple in all but one game this season (minimum ten minutes played). At this point last season, he had 25 such games.

The Spurs made 14 three pointers, assisted on 78.4% of their buckets, committed 12 turnovers, scored 14 points in transition and 38 in the paint. The Knicks made nine three pointers, assisted on 48.7% of their baskets, turned the ball over 13 times, tallied two points on the break and26 in the paint. New York beat San Antonio.

Player A: 49.1% shooting from the field, 18.9 points (seven games over 25 points), and 5.9 assists.

Player B: 49.9% shooting from the field, 17.8 points (three games over 25 points), and 6.1 assists.

Shhhh … don’t tell anybody, but Player B is Tony Parker: champion, grinder, future hall of famer. Player A? Goran Dragic: part time starter, unathletic, Steve Nash (in his prime) backup.

Friday

In his rookie year, Bradley Beal didn’t make a three pointer in two of his first four games. Tonight was the second time this season in which the sharp shooter failed to convert a triple.

Is it simply cool for big men to struggle at the free throw line? After missing 14 free throws in the first month of the season (88 attempts), Anthony Davis has missed 16 in the last two weeks (44 attempts).

Iman Shumpert has made 37 three pointers this season, 17 of which have come in three games on 81% shooting (20 makes on 27% shooting in his other 29 games).

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 33 rebounds, the same number the Raptors had in their 13 point victory over the Wizards tonight.

Entering tonight’s action, Kendall Marshall had a 2.35 career assist-to-turnover ratio. He handed out 15 dimes and committed just one turnover against the Jazz. Think they could use some defensive help?

Saturday

Kevin Durant took at least ten more shots than any other player in the game, yet the Timberwolves starters attempted more shots than the Thunder did as a team.

The Charlotte Bobcats had the rare inverted team stat line against the Sacramento Kings tonight by shooting a higher percentage from distance than from the field and a higher percentage from the field than from the free throw line.

Three starters on the Bucks combined for nine points while four reserves in that game scored at least nine points by themselves.

Of all the players in the league averaging at least 13 points, no one is shooting a higher percentage from the field than LeBron James. The King, however, saw seven starters (including all four of his teammates) shoot a higher percentage from the field than he did tonight.

In a losing effort to the Spurs, Jamal Crawford tallied at least 20 points and seven assists with one or fewer turnovers for just the second time since early November 2009. The other occasion was also against the Spurs in which at least 200 total points were scored.

Sunday

Brandon Jennings missed at least ten shots in a losing effort on January 5th for the third consecutive season.

Andrew Bogut blocked at least four shots in a game in which he recorded a double double for the first time in a regular season game since March 25 2011.

Five players in the Raptors/Heat game scored at least 17 points, four of them shot at least 57.9% from the field.

The Knicks won for the fourth time in six games in which Carmelo Anthony played and failed to score 20 points (7-20 in the other 27 games this season).

The Cavaliers missed 52 shots tonight. Let me say that a different way. There were 55 made field goals in this entire game … by both teams. Cleveland has now missed 157 shots in 12 quarters against the Pacers this season (1.09 misses per minute).

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