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.
Andre Drummond has totaled at least 30 PR (points and rebounds) in seven of his last 11 games, the same rate at which Kevin Durant has scored 30-plus points over that stretch.
Last three games in which their team scored at least 95 points:
Paul George: 55 points on 33% shooting, 13 rebounds, 14 assists, and seven turnovers
Nate Wolters: 48 points on 54% shooting, 20 rebounds, 18 assists, and four turnovers
Tyler Zeller recorded 15 rebounds against a franchise in Philadelphia that I’m told plays professional basketball, two more boards than he recorded in any two game stretch this season.
Raptors not considered for the All Star Game scored 65 points and made 66.7% of their shots from the field in a win against the Wizards in which Toronto scored 60 points in the paint.
The Knicks missed nine more three pointers than the Grizzlies attempted, yet both squads totaled six made triples.
Elton Brand tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to the Wizards. Entering tonight’s game, Brand’s average three game total was 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Jameer Nelson has not made more than one-third of his field goal attempts in the Magic’s last seven losses (shooting 29.8% from the field over that stretch).
For the 11th time this season, Josh McRoberts notched at least five rebounds and five assists in a game in which he did NOT commit multiple turnovers.
Find me another player in the history of the NBA that had a game in which he recorded more assists than PR (points plus rebounds) less than a year after recording a triple double in points, rebounds, and blocks. Joakim Noah did just that tonight against the Raptors.
Over the last six weeks, Andray Blatche (minimum of seven minutes played) is averaging 13.1 FGA in victories and 8.2 FGA in losses. That’s a 59.8% increase and the driving force behind #FreeBlatche.
The Nuggets missed more free throws than three pointers in their win over the floundering Bucks. For the season, Denver misses twice as many triples per game as free throws.
Jeremy Lamb has emerged as a legitimate scoring threat for the Thunder (10-0 in2014 when he scores ten-plus points), but has proven to be awfully uncomfortable at home of late. In February, the 21-year old is shooting 21.9% from the field and 12.5% from distance at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Both games this season in which Klay Thompson failed to convert a three pointer have come against the Houston Rockets, a team Golden State could very easily run into in the first round of the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving made just three of his 16 field goal attempts in a weird loss to the Raptors (Toronto totaled 37 of their 98 points in the third quarter), the 14th time in 53 games that he missed at least 13 shots from the field (averages 17.9 FGA).
The Bobcats struggled to find the range, but managed to net 90 points and win the game because they totaled 61 points either in the paint or from the free throw line. Getting “easy points” is something the Knicks were unable to do in their loss in which they scored 121 points (totaled 44 points in paint or from the stripe). Scoring a ton of points is great, but scoring efficient points is better.
Do the 76ers now have a defacto “big three”? Thaddeus Young, Michael Carter-Williams, and Tony Wroten combined to take 66% of Philadelphia’s shots tonight and score 67.9% of the points. They not only handled the scoring, as they also combined to tally 81.3% of the assists, 53.3% of the steals, and 80% of the turnovers.
With J.J. Redick (back) out of action, Jamal Crawford is once again being counted on as a starter in Los Angeles. He deserves the promotion, but this leaves a depleted bench that has the potential to derail the Clippers hopes of a postseason run. The reserves combined to shot make just one of their ten field goal attempts and score seven points. The Grizzlies had three bench players top those numbers individually as Memphis beat “Lob City” 102-96 despite scoring just two points in transition.
The Lakers scored more points from within ten feet in the fourth quarter (20) than they had total points in the first and third quarters (19).
Josh Smith’s team has now lost three straight games since we flipped the calendar to 2013 when he scores more than 30 points. Oddly enough, his team has come out victorious in six games over that span when he has tallied 28-30 points.
The Hawks beat the Knicks not because their top three scorers outscored New York’s 82-62, but because they did so in a much more efficient manner (65% shooting compared to the Knicks 43.4%).
Anthony Davis failed to block a shot for just the sixth time this season, with every instance coming on the road (New Orleans has lost three straight and five of those six).
The Bucks had more rebounds, more assists, more FGA, and gave up only one point in transition to the Pacers … and still lost by double figures.
Cody Zeller produced a plus/minus score of +21 in just 17 minutes against the Grizzlies in the Bobcats 92-89 victory. In other words, Charlotte was outscored by 18 points in the 31 minutes Zeller was on the pine.
Dwayne Wade scored 23 points while adding ten rebounds and seven assists in a victory against the Bulls. The Heat have not lost a game in which DWade totaled 20-10-7 since LeBron James joined the team in 2010. Interestingly enough, Miami dropped two such games in the final six weeks before The Decision.
For the second time in 27 games this season, Russell Westbrook played 25-plus minutes and made only one two-point shot. He didn’t have a single such game last season and the Thunder hadn’t lost such a game since April 2, 2011 against the same opponent as today’s loss (Clippers).
The Wizards’ reserves played 77 minutes without attempting a single free throw.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Raptors averaged more FGA and shot a lower percentage from the field than the Magic. When the two teams faced off, however, Toronto attempted 22 fewer shots from the field (25.3% less) than Orlando … and won in dominating fashion (lead by double figures for the final 16 minutes on their way to a 105-90 victory).
The Kings won just four quarters in three games this week, yet they managed to win two of three.