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October 27, 2010
PBP Roundup
Opening Night

by Bradford Doolittle

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Now that we're into a new season, we're also into a new campaign of content at Basketball Prospectus with lots of changes on the horizon. More on that later, but for now we introduce a new daily feature. "PBP Roundup" is precisely what it sounds like. It's a quick and dirty summary of what's going on in the league. The intent is to keep you up to date if you weren't able to veg out with League Pass last night, to share some of our favorite statistics and to point your way to the best work on the NBA each day on the Web. If you have any thoughts, suggestions for links or questions on the league, drop me a line using the contact link below. If I get some good questions, I'll introduce a reader e-mail section to this daily touchstone. Hope you enjoy.

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CELTICS 88, HEAT 80
The Celtics stifled an out-of-sync Miami offense in the first half, then held off a LeBron James-led charge in the second. James had to take over, because Dwyane Wade looked very much like a player that didn't have a preseason.

HEAT               PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
james,lebron        78    31  +1   32.8
haslem,udonis       56     6  -4   17.7
anthony,joel        31     0  -12  11.9
house,eddie         48     7   0   10.6
bosh,chris          69    11  -17   9.8
jones,james         48     6  -2    5.1
arroyo,carlos       23     3  -5    2.8
wade,dwyane         67    22  -18   1.7
ilgauskas,zydrunas  19     2  +17  -1.3
chalmers,mario---DNP
howard,juwan---DNP
magloire,jamaal---DNP
heat,miami          88    88  -8   91.1
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CELTICS            PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
pierce,paul         74    12  +12  28.3
allen,ray           72    13  -2   22.0
davis,glen          54     7  +1   19.7
rondo,rajon         76    10  +4   14.7
o'neal,shaquille    33    11  +7    8.4
daniels,marquis     23     5  +3    8.1
garnett,kevin       64    18  +7    0.0
robinson,nate       19     7  +7   -0.2
o'neal,jermaine     23     4  +1   -0.8
erden,semih---DNP
wafer,von---DNP
west,delonte---DNP
celtics,boston      88    88  +8  100.2

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TRAIL BLAZERS 106, SUNS 92
Nicholas Batum scored 11 points in the fourth, leading Portland's 31-11 final period blitz against Phoenix, which went just 4-of-17 in the quarter. The Suns tried to hide Nash defensively on Batum early and the Blazers pounced on that. Batum's offensive game is getting better, and the Suns' Turkoglu-for-Stoudemire lineup really hurts Phoenix on the glass. Batum's three-point shot is looking nice.

SUNS              PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
richardson,jason   67   14   -7   35.6
nash,steve         67   29   -7   23.8
warrick,hakim      34    8   -2   11.8
lopez,robin        47    5    0    9.7
dragic,goran       24    5   -7    7.0
frye,channing      48    5   -19   4.6
turkoglu,hedo      52    7   -7    3.1
dudley,jared       35    8   -2    2.7
childress,josh     32    3   -11   2.3
hill,grant         49    7   -8    0.6
clark,earl---DNP
siler,garret---DNP
suns,phoenix       91   91  -15  101.1
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BLAZERS           PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
roy,brandon        75   19   +14  23.6
batum,nicolas      51   17   +10  19.6
camby,marcus       57   10   +5   19.3
miller,andre       51   10   +14  14.9
matthews,wesley    58   11   +22  13.5
aldridge,lamarcus  73   10   +5    8.1
fernandez,rudy     41    5   -3    7.8
cunningham,dante   26    4   -2    6.8
johnson,armon      18    5   +5    6.1
oberto,fabricio     6    2   +0   -3.2
babbitt,luke---DNP
mills,patrick---DNP
trailblazers,por.  91   91   +15 116.4

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LAKERS 112, ROCKETS 110
Steve Blake hit the go-ahead three-pointer with :18.8 remaining in his debut for the Lakers. Aaron Brooks had a reverse lay-up attempt blocked at the buzzer that could have sent the game into overtime for the Rockets. Brooks and Martin proved to be very difficult to guard for Houston. Brooks is more of the slasher, Martin the catch-and-shooter, but they can both fill those two roles capably. You have to make them work defensively, but Kobe was checked by Battier.

ROCKETS	          PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
brooks,aaron       89   17   +7   30.0
martin,kevin       63   21   +4   21.4
scola,luis         71   20   +7   16.7
miller,brad        53    7   +4   13.3
budinger,chase     47   10   -1   11.2
ming,yao           50   13   -6    5.4
battier,shane      67    5   +9    5.0
lee,courtney       32    8   -14   3.5
hayes,chuck        32    1   -9    0.3
smith,ishmael      10    1   -11   0.0
hill,jordan---DNP
jeffries,jared---DNP
rockets,houston   103  103   -2  106.8
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LAKERS	          PLY  POSS  +/-    GR
bryant,kobe        80   23   -8   30.8
gasol,pau          86   27   +1   28.4
brown,shannon      46    9   +8   16.4
blake,steve        46    4   +13  12.7
odom,lamar         71   12   +11  11.1
barnes,matt        34    6   +12   8.7
ratliff,theo       36    1   -4    1.9
artest,ron         63   14   -7    1.8
fisher,derek       49    5   -8   -1.5
caracter,derrick    5    1   -8   -1.6
ebanks,devin---DNP
vujacic,sasha---DNP
lakers,losangeles 103  103   +2  108.7

PLY is an estimate of how many possessions on which the player was on the court. POSS is an estimate of possessions a player used. Plus-Minus (+/-) data is from official box scores from NBA.com. Game Rating (GR) reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game.

NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from press releases around the league

KINGS: The Kings exercised contract options on second-year point guard Tyreke Evans as well as third-year forwards Jason Thompson and Donte Greene, plus second-year forward Omri Casspi.
No surprises here. The Kings have a lot of young talent, which is cheap, and the team's cap situation is excellent as we wade into the murky waters of collective bargaining.

ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

BOS @ CLE, 7:00 p.m. EST
DET @ NJN, 7:00 p.m. EST
MIA @ PHI, 7:00 p.m. EST
NYK @ TOR, 7:00 p.m. EST
ATL @ MEM, 8:00 p.m. EST
SAC @ MIN, 8:00 p.m. EST
MIL @ NWO, 8:00 p.m. EST
CHI @ OKC, 8:00 p.m. EST
CHA @ DAL, 8:30 p.m. EST
IND @ SAS, 8:30 p.m. EST
UTA @ DEN, 9:00 p.m. EST
HOU @ GSW, 10:30 p.m. EST
POR @ LAC, 10:30 p.m. EST

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