Weekly 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.
Paul Pierce scored 33 points against the Raptors on the heels of a six point clunker against the Celtics. The 27-point swing in scoring isn’t very common, but Pierce did so last Christmas (oddly enough, the lower scoring game also came when the Celtics and Nets squared off and Pierce was on the road team).
One day after his 28th birthday, Gerald Green combined with Goran Dragic to torch the 76ers for 54 points on 19/25 shooting from the field. Either Green or Dragic had missed at least six shots from the field by themselves in every game for over a month (with one of them missing at least five shots in every game this season).
Carlos Boozer dished out five assists in a loss to the Timberwolves, matching the total number of dimes the big man has recorded in losses since Christmas.
Jamal Crawford is averaging 44.04 points per 48 minutes over his last seven games, not far behind the historic Kevin Durant (46.64).
I’m not suggesting that they got the benefit of the doubt or anything, but the Utah Jazz (who ranked in the bottom five in FTA coming into tonight) attempted more free throws (53) than the Los Angeles Clippers did two pointers (51).
In January, the Cavaliers are 2-5 when Kyrie Irving is active and scores at least 20 points, 3-1 when he doesn’t.
For the first time in over six weeks and only the second time this season, the Pistons won a game in which Andre Drummond’s free throw percentage was greater than his field goal percentage.
Jeff Green erupted for 39 points on 14/26 shooting (8/16 from deep) last Wednesday against the Wizards. In the three games following that performance, Green has totaled 38 points on 13/43 shooting (4/18 from deep).
For the second time in 18 days, the Memphis Grizzlies have won back-to-back games in which they scored at least 98 points, something they didn’t do once in the first 69 days of the season.
The Washington Wizards beat the high scoring Warriors at Golden State in a game in which they averaged 0.98 points per shot (the worst offense in the NBA averages 1.10 PPS).
A player in the NBA is shooting 59.8% from the field and grabbing 6.6 rebounds in addition to averaging 38.7% more points than his season average over the last two weeks. This player started in the Heat/Thunder game. This player is NOT Kevin Durant (59.7%, 6.5 rebounds, scoring up 23%), it is Chris Bosh.
Ten players in the 76ers/Celtics game recorded at least nine AR (assists plus rebounds).
We are 29 days into the year, but Kyle Lowry is already half way to matching the number of double doubles he had in 2013.
Al Jefferson has yet to grab multiple offensive rebounds in a road game in which he totaled at least six rebounds this month (0 of his 11 tonight were at the offensive end).
For the first time this season, the Wizards won a game in which Bradley Beal was active and did not make a three pointer (0-5 prior).
Lance Stephenson accounted for 30.3% of all assists in the Pacers/Suns game.
The Cavaliers had just two players shoot 50% or better from the field while the Knicks had just two players not shot at least 50% from the field. That explains how a team can attempt 11 more field goals and make 12 less.
Remember when the knock on J.J. Redick was that he was only a shooter? That he had no other way to get points, and therefore would struggle to find success in the league despite a record breaking college career? Tonight was the first time this season in which all his made field goals were three pointers.
In his final two games of January (both losses), Randy Foye recorded 23 assists after totaling just 22 in the Nuggets eight wins this month.
The Bucks lost for the 20th time this season on the road, matching the number of road losses by the Thunder, Spurs, and Trail Blazers combined.
The Golden State Warriors had 17 assists against the Jazz while the Hawks had 17 more assists than the 76ers in their blowout victory.
There were 58 players labeled as “point guards” by ESPN that made a greater percentage of their FGA than Ricky Rubio in January: it was the second most accurate month of Rubio’s career.
From Saturday to Friday, Al Jefferson averaged more shots, points, and rebounds than Kevin Durant in fewer minutes.
The Thunder have lost five games in 2014 and Reggie Jackson has had at least four turnovers in every single one. In those five losses, the athletic point guard has 23 assists and 27 turnovers.
The Pistons had the top four scorers and top four rebounders in a dominating effort against the 76ers.
Alexey Shved was the only player in the Timberwolves/Hawks or the Pacers/Nets game to miss multiple free throws despite there being 129 attempted.
David West recorded 17 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists against the Nets where 193 points were scored. It was the veteran’s first game with at least five rebounds and five assists since a December 28th game against the Nets (196 points scored).
The most productive 0 point game in the history of the NBA? After ten rebounds (including a team high three on the offensive end), eight assists, five steals, a blocked shot, and a +15 plus/minus differential, Patrick Beverley certainly has a claim.
Rajon Rondo made all eight of his two point field goal attempts against the Magic after making just 14 of 48 in January.