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November 10, 2010
PBP Roundup
Nov. 9

by Bradford Doolittle

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The only unfortunate thing about Tuesday's seven-game slate in the NBA is that the two best games overlapped. How do we get the league to stagger all the games so we can see them all? Doesn't that seem like a reasonable request? Maybe not. Anyway, the Pacers' third quarter was one of the most incredible extended sequences of streak shooting that I've ever seen and if you have League Pass Broadband access, I highly encourage you to watch that quarter.

As for the Jazz-Heat, here is another case in which I just don't get the NBA's blackout policies. The game was broadcast on NBA TV only because the fans voted for it as part of the network's weekly Fan Night. Since the game was on a national outlet (one operated by the league, mind you), the live broadcast wasn't available on Broadband. I get that, I guess. I'm not sure why it's necessary to protect television networks from online options, particularly when it would be exactly the same broadcast that is being streamed, but whatever.

This what I really don't understand: Why would the game not be available in the Broadband archive? Why do you have to protect broadcast rights for a game that is not going to be re-aired (except in rare instances, like now since NBA TV is running the game back) by the national rights holder? If you missed the Miami-Utah game live and then hear someone like me throwing around "game of the year" comments, you're out of luck. Major League Baseball and the NFL both have full archives with their online options, including national telecasts. I could jump over and watch the World Series right now if I wanted to. I don't understand how the NBA could lag so far in this respect. It's not just the archive, either. The Broadband app is, frankly, sub par. It doesn't generate particularly good quality video and even in full screen mode, the thing is cluttered up with crap. And, worst of all, you have to perform all sorts of gymnastics to pull up a game without seeing the score.

On a positive note, NBA TV personality / Slam columnist Lang Whitaker gave a nice shout-out to Basketball Prospectus on The Beat in a segment about NBA Web sites that will make you a smarter fan. He mentioned us alongside several of our favorite sites, like Basketball-Reference, Hoop Data, Sham Sports and Basketball Value. It's great to see these sites get some attention, and we appreciate Whitaker's recognition.

LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

1. Kevin Pelton explains our move to a premium model, a la the one in place at Baseball Prospectus. It's exciting for me because this move allows us to do more analysis and to take the evolution of the site to a higher level than I ever thought we'd reach. More articles, more data, more everything. And for less than $2 a month, why not?

2. John Gasaway is reacting to the reactors to his outstanding essay "The Trouble with Amateurism" from College Basketball Prospectus 2010-11. If you have any interest in college athletics, not just basketball, you've got to read that piece.

3. Kyle Whelliston looks at the University of Seattle's return to Division I college basketball, and what may lie ahead in the Pacific Northwest.

4. How much can we read into the early season results? Kevin Pelton takes a look.

5. There have been some terrific games already this season, but Utah's comeback against Miami might have been the game of the year--so far. Kevin Pelton examines the game and has some pointed observations about the Miami offense.

6. I was really excited when I wrote this post on Indiana's 54-point outburst in the third quarter against the Nuggets on Tuesday.

7. Kevin Pelton has a review of George Dohrmann's terrific book Play Their Hearts out.

8. John Gasaway conducts his weekly probe inside college basketball's power rankings.

9. Kevin Pelton's latest Trend Watch touches on the the Knicks, Richard Jefferson and the overall increase of the NBA's tempo.

10. John Gasaway checks in with a with a team to watch in the upcoming season, and it's not a school that immediately leaps to mind.

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)        GR (11/09/10)          WP82 -- ALL          WP82 -- ROOKIES
lakers,losangeles, 62.4   wade,dwyane, 50.4      gay,rudy, 24.9       griffin,blake, 9.2
heat,miami, 61.6          outlaw,travis, 38.3    james,lebron, 21.9   wall,john, 6.5
hornets,neworleans, 61.2  millsap,paul, 36.7     jennings,br., 21.9   fields,landry, 5.6
celtics,boston, 59.2      bryant,kobe, 35.1      gasol,pau, 19.5      bledsoe,eric, 3.6
magic,orlando, 52.0       collison,darren, 33.5  bryant,kobe, 19.4    johnson,wesley, 3.1
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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TUESDAY'S BOX SCORES & RECAPS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

PACERS 144, NUGGETS 113 (box): I'm still a little giddy over this game even if in the grand scheme of things, it was just a fluke. Two more factoids from the Pacers' epic third quarter: Indiana had 17 assists in the period. That's two shy of the NBA record. (The Bucks in 1978 and the Spurs in 1984 both had 19 assists in a quarter.) Also, the Pacers Offensive Rating for the quarter was 207.9--more than two points per possession.

DEN (4-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   IND (3-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
lawson,ty            57%  23%  1.32  -20 23.0   collison,darren      65%  22%  2.02  +13 33.5
forbes,gary          43%  24%  1.49  -25 17.1   granger,danny        57%  16%  2.10  +23 27.5
harrington,al        44%  14%  1.34  -30 15.9   dunleavy jr.,mike    50%  30%  1.96  +34 22.3
afflalo,arron        68%  13%  1.83  -11 13.3   hansbrough,tyler     61%  20%  1.57  +20 21.0
smith,j.r.           48%  28%  0.92  -16 10.7   rush,brandon         61%  20%  1.34  + 9 12.6
hilario,nene         39%  26%  1.20  -17 10.5   hibbert,roy          51%  32%  1.01  +23 11.2
anthony,carmelo      59%  31%  0.69  -26 10.2   mcroberts,josh       63%   7%  1.58  +25  9.8
billups,chauncey     51%  16%  1.20  -17  7.9   george,paul          27%  15%  1.55  + 1  5.2
williams,shelden     35%  20%  0.51  + 5  6.0   ford,t.j.            35%   6%  2.32  +18  3.5
ely,melvin           33%   3%  2.34  - 2  2.3   jones,solomon        25%  25%  0.72  - 6  3.1
balkman,renaldo      23%   5%  0.55  + 4  0.6   jones,dahntay         4%  26%  0.00  - 5  0.0
carter,anthony (DNP)                            posey,james (DNP)
PACE: 96.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 96.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
nuggets,denver     117.4 .478  .271 .104 .137   pacers,indiana     149.7 .736  .345 .146 .096

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CAVALIERS 93, NETS 91 (box): Cleveland had a 55-14 edge in bench points as Byron Scott continues to lean on the depth of his star-deficient roster. Reserves Ramon Sessions, Antawn Jamison, Daniel Gibson and Jawad Williams were all +12 or better; all five starters were in the negative.

CLE (4-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NJN (2-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
sessions,ramon       48%  29%  1.23  +12 25.6   outlaw,travis        87%  27%  1.24  + 4 38.3
jamison,antawn       58%  21%  1.63  +12 18.2   harris,devin         58%  29%  1.22  + 3 27.1
hickson,j.j.         52%  31%  1.11  - 2 15.6   lopez,brook          88%  23%  0.82  + 9 12.7
varejao,anderson     74%  18%  0.94  - 6 14.2   morrow,anthony       66%  17%  1.05  -17  7.5
gibson,daniel        59%  16%  1.91  +12 12.4   humphries,kris       18%  16%  1.59  -18  5.9
parker,anthony       50%  13%  1.74  -11  9.1   murphy,troy          52%  12%  1.26  + 2  4.6
williams,maurice     52%  28%  0.51  -10  5.5   favors,derrick       33%  20%  0.98  + 2  3.7
williams,jawad       40%   9%  1.61  +14  5.5   farmar,jordan        48%  15%  0.82    0  3.5
moon,jamario         51%   8%  0.74  -11  2.0   ross,quinton         41%   5%  1.34  +11  2.1
hollins,ryan         16%  24%  0.31    0  0.8   james,damion         10%  17%  0.78  - 6  1.1
graham,joey (DNP)                               graham,stephen (DNP)
powe,leon (DNP)                                 petro,johan (DNP)
PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
cavaliers,clevelan 108.9 .494  .273 .105 .113   nets,newjersey     106.6 .444  .289 .141 .108

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JAZZ 116, HEAT 114 (box): Here is a question for which I am not at present going to suggest an answer: If Paul Millsap is going to prove capable to replace all of the production the Jazz lost from Carlos Boozer's departure AND Mehmet Okur returns in a few weeks and plays at a about the same level as he has in the past, would Utah have been better off using its trade exception to acquire a quality, perimeter-oriented two-guard instead of Al Jefferson?

UTA (4-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   UTA (4-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
millsap,paul         82%  35%  1.31  + 2 36.7   wade,dwyane          79%  37%  1.09    0 50.4
williams,deron       81%  20%  1.49  + 4 22.3   james,lebron         88%  25%  1.19  + 4 18.9
kirilenko,andrei     74%  17%  1.59    0 21.4   bosh,chris           77%  18%  1.14  - 1 11.2
miles,c.j.           54%  29%  0.74  +13 14.2   jones,james          53%  12%  1.27  - 5  7.9
price,ronnie         37%  18%  0.64  + 6  7.0   arroyo,carlos        56%  10%  1.56  + 5  7.9
bell,raja            51%   9%  0.88  -10  3.6   anthony,joel         33%   6%  1.94  +12  6.7
jefferson,al         53%  10%  0.85  -10  3.3   haslem,udonis        58%   9%  1.04  -13  6.1
fesenko,kyrylo       35%  11%  0.78  +11  2.9   ilgauskas,zydrunas   32%  28%  0.61  - 4  5.1
hayward,gordon       11%  15%  0.70  - 1  1.6   house,eddie          25%  17%  0.34  - 8  1.8
elson,francisco      12%  12%  1.06  - 1  1.6   chalmers,mario (DNP)
watson,earl          10%   6%  2.18  - 4  1.3   magloire,jamaal (DNP)
evans,jeremy (DNP)                              stackhouse,jerry (DNP)
PACE: 100.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 100.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
jazz,utah           115.9 .527  .227 .120 .092  jazz,utah           115.9 .527  .227 .120 .092

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BUCKS 107, KNICKS 80 (box): This makes three straight solid defensive outings for Milwaukee, but this time the Bucks coupled that with a season-best showing on the offensive end. For New York, you have to wonder at which point does Amar'e Stoudemire's performance becomes a real concern.

NYK (3-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIL (3-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
chandler,wilson      38%  34%  0.83  - 9 19.6   jennings,brandon     56%  24%  1.63  +23 20.7
stoudemire,amare     54%  31%  1.02  -18 13.2   maggette,corey       46%  22%  1.07  +10 16.7
felton,raymond       55%  24%  1.02  -17 10.6   mbahamoute,luc       72%  13%  1.12  +26 15.9
mozgov,timofey       48%  16%  0.85  -15  8.9   boykins,earl         44%  19%  1.20  + 4 15.2
randolph,anthony     58%  15%  1.11  -15  7.9   salmons,john         63%  12%  1.66  +15 12.7
fields,landry        47%  15%  1.08  - 6  7.6   gooden,drew          56%  37%  0.79  +12 12.2
douglas,toney        41%  21%  0.77  -22  6.0   ilyasova,ersan       38%  28%  1.32  +21 11.3
gallinari,danilo     42%  16%  0.77    0  5.3   bogut,andrew         51%  14%  1.26  +10  7.6
rautins,andy         17%  34%  0.65  - 5  5.1   brockman,jon         11%   6%  2.34  - 2  2.4
walker,bill          43%  18%  0.26  - 6  2.4   dooling,keyon        48%  11%  0.49  +15  2.2
mason,roger          31%   6%  0.44  - 9  1.0   sanders,larry        14%  27%  0.34  + 1  1.2
turiaf,ronny         26%   1%  2.71  -13  0.9   delfino,carlos (DNP)
PACE: 90.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
knicks,newyork      88.4 .412  .214 .221 .102   bucks,milwaukee    118.2 .545  .324 .177 .136

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HORNETS 101, CLIPPERS 82 (box): The Hornets stayed perfect, clubbing the Clippers with no player logging more than 32 minutes. The Clippers committed 25 turnovers, leading to 25 New Orleans points.

LAC (1-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NWO (7-0)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
aminu,alfarouq       62%  26%  1.34  - 7 18.6   paul,chris           59%  20%  1.56  +11 21.0
griffin,blake        63%  17%  0.77  -26 13.6   green,willie         52%  24%  1.31  + 8 15.7
bledsoe,eric         80%  13%  1.15  -13 12.3   bayless,jerryd       41%  32%  1.43  + 8 14.4
butler,rasual        75%  17%  0.88  -26 10.6   west,david           63%  20%  0.74  +19 14.2
smith,craig          46%  21%  0.69  + 1  8.3   okafor,emeka         67%  16%  1.08  + 5 12.2
gomes,ryan           55%  19%  1.13  -18  8.3   belinelli,marco      50%  22%  0.90  + 9 10.7
jordan,deandre       36%  10%  1.42  + 4  8.1   ariza,trevor         63%  18%  1.43  +12 10.7
davis,baron          22%  27%  0.84  - 2  3.4   smith,jason          49%  13%  1.10  +13  9.1
collins,jarron       22%  17%  0.50  + 5  3.0   pondexter,quincy     36%  16%  1.19  + 9  4.4
kaman,chris          15%  40%  0.42  -15  2.9   ilungambenga,didier  12%   9%  0.00  - 2  0.0
warren,willie        14%  30%  0.72  + 1  2.0   mensahbonsu,pops (DNP)
cook,brian           12%  33%  0.07  + 1  0.3   thornton,marcus (DNP)
PACE: 89.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
clippers,losangeles 91.3 .500  .200 .278 .088   hornets,neworleans 112.4 .558  .135 .145 .103

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TRAIL BLAZERS 100, PISTONS 78 (box): In many ways, this was the consummate Blazers performance. Portand hammered Detroit on the boards and got solid contributions from nine different players.

DET (2-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   POR (6-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stuckey,rodney       71%  30%  0.70  -14 20.4   camby,marcus         62%  12%  1.74  +22 16.5
villanueva,charlie   44%  23%  0.92  - 1 14.5   batum,nicolas        60%  21%  1.33  +10 14.2
daye,austin          47%  16%  2.28  -15 13.5   roy,brandon          43%  19%  1.24  +13 14.1
gordon,ben           48%  17%  1.06  - 4  8.2   cunningham,dante     42%  15%  1.58  + 8 13.8
prince,tayshaun      50%  28%  0.61  -16  6.9   aldridge,lamarcus    81%  27%  1.06  +23 13.5
hamilton,richard     50%  18%  0.70  -25  6.3   fernandez,rudy       56%  14%  2.01  + 9 11.9
mcgrady,tracy        38%  14%  1.26  - 7  4.8   matthews,wesley      48%  22%  0.93  + 7 10.8
bynum,will           29%  26%  0.54  - 8  4.7   miller,andre         60%  14%  1.23  +14 10.7
wallace,ben          56%   5%  1.60  -15  3.7   johnson,armon        36%  28%  0.77  +10  7.3
summers,dajuan       11%  36%  1.00  + 1  3.4   mills,patrick         5%  43%  0.21  - 2  0.2
monroe,greg          50%  13%  0.42  - 8  1.9   babbitt,luke          5%  23%  0.00  - 2  0.0
maxiell,jason         5%  21%  0.00  + 2  0.0   marks,sean (DNP)
PACE: 88.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
pistons,detroit     88.3 .466  .150 .215 .090   trailblazers,port  113.2 .538  .289 .159 .080

LAKERS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 94 (box): When I mentioned yesterday that the Lakers appeared to be cruising at times, this was the kind of game I had in mind. NBAPET saw a 36-point spread for this game and while that's a product of early-season extremes, it's not really a stretch to say that the T-Wolves have no business hanging this close to the Lakers on their home floor. Yet, there was no point in the game when it felt like Minnesota could actually win.

MIN (1-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAL (8-0)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
telfair,sebastian    81%  14%  1.68  - 2 26.0   bryant,kobe          72%  46%  0.88  + 1 35.1
love,kevin           80%  24%  1.50  - 6 20.3   artest,ron           70%  18%  1.04  + 5 14.4
milicic,darko        72%  15%  1.04  + 4 11.8   gasol,pau            80%  15%  1.49  + 3 12.5
beasley,michael      76%  24%  0.78  - 2 11.0   odom,lamar           55%  26%  1.04  - 9 11.8
brewer,corey         45%  27%  0.76  - 5  9.6   barnes,matt          44%  11%  2.03  + 8 10.0
johnson,wesley       52%  21%  0.64  + 3  5.0   blake,steve          30%  20%  0.68  + 6  6.4
hayward,lazar        27%  16%  1.19  - 6  4.2   fisher,derek         70%   7%  1.12  - 1  4.7
ager,maurice         19%  21%  0.66  - 3  3.3   brown,shannon        28%  15%  1.19  + 4  4.1
tolliver,anthony     26%   2%  6.22  - 2  3.3   walton,luke          31%  16%  0.72  + 6  2.8
koufos,kosta         19%  21%  0.84  - 6  2.7   ratliff,theo         20%   2%  0.88  + 2  0.6
pekovic,nikola        3%  62%  0.00    0  0.0   ebanks,devin (DNP)
ellington,wayne (DNP)                           vujacic,sasha (DNP)
PACE: 96.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 96.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
timberwolves,minn   97.2 .424  .481 .279 .086   lakers,losangeles  102.4 .489  .333 .186 .073

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NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from around the league

LEAGUE: "Atlanta Hawks veteran Maurice Evans said Tuesday NBA players aren't buying Commissioner David Stern's recent call for a one-third reduction in players' salaries. Stern said last month the league wants player costs to drop $750-800 million. 'We definitely don't agree with those numbers,' Evans said. 'We feel like the game is really at a great place.' Evans, a vice president on the NBA Players Association executive committee, said the two sides may not be able make any substantial progress in the NBA labor talks until the February All-Star break, when all players are available to return to the negotiations." (Associated Press)
At least in terms of the public rhetoric, little has changed in the CBA negotiations. The players and the owners cannot even agree on what the real economic realities are in the league. Color me worried.

CAVALIERS: "CSKA Moscow center Sasha Kaun, whose NBA rights are owned by the Cavs, had successful knee surgery performed by Dr. Richard Parker at the Cleveland Clinic last week and will be out for three months, Cavs General Manager Chris Grant confirmed on Tuesday. Kaun, 25, has not played in the Euroleague this season, though he did take part in the team's Euroleague American tour, including a brief appearance at The Q. The former University of Kansas player will do his rehab in Kansas City." (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
The former Kansas player is one of the more promising overseas prospects in the game right now, but this certainly won't help his cause.

CLIPPERS: "Haven't the Clippers been through this injury thing before here in New Orleans in November? Last year, it was reserve guard Kareem Rush watching his NBA career vanish when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter against the Hornets. On Tuesday, it was all-star center Chris Kaman spraining his left ankle in the first quarter against New Orleans. Now, of course, Kaman's career is not in jeopardy. Far from it. But it is a huge blow to a foundering, injury-riddled Clipper team, which lost, 101-82, to the undefeated Hornets at New Orleans Arena. Kaman's leaving on crutches and possibly out of action for a minimum of three weeks signals a season going south in fast-forward fashion." (Los Angeles Times)
Guess we'll see more of DeAndre Jordan over the next few weeks. Perhaps Blake Griffin will also get some minutes in the pivot as well.

ROCKETS: "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has assigned forward Patrick Patterson to Houstonís single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Patterson is expected to join the Vipers on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Patterson (6-9, 235, Kentucky), who was selected by the Rockets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, has been on the inactive list for Houstonís first six games." (press release)
This is what the D-League is for. Patterson wasn't going to develop sitting behind the bench in a suit.

ROCKETS: "Now that the Rockets got their win, they could soon get something they desired for even longer ó more Yao Ming. The Rockets medical staff is exploring through a series of on-going meetings, changing the limits on Yaoís playing time because of the progress he has made in his comeback, a team representative said on Tuesday. The discussions could lead to an increase in his playing time from the limit of 24 minutes per game, changes in the way his minutes are distributed throughout the game and clearance to play both games of back-to-backs. Yao has played and practiced without any complications, but has seemed increasingly frustrated with the limits on his playing time and especially with having to miss games when the Rockets play two games in as many nights." (Houston Chronicle)
As Yao pointed out in the linked article, his sporadic availability makes it difficult for the team to be consistent. While the Rockets have to continue to be smart about Yao, it's pretty clear that for Houston to get to where it wants to go, they'll need Yao to eventually be just a regular basketball player.

WARRIORS: "NBA leading scorer Monta Ellis has rejoined the Golden State Warriors in New York after spending Monday night in Toronto to have his injured back examined. Ellis was diagnosed Tuesday with a strained lower back. He underwent X-rays and a CT scan after falling awkwardly to the floor with 1:22 remaining in the Warriors' 109-102 win over the Raptors, in which Ellis scored 28 points. He remained down for several minutes before being helped up, then walked slowly to the locker room. Ellis is averaging 27.9 points for Golden State (5-2), which plays at the Knicks on Wednesday. He is listed as day to day." (Associated Press)
Good news.

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FAB FIVE

A selection of our favorite NBA links

1. Dexter Fishmore looks at the Lakers' fantabulous start on the offensive end.

2. Sebastian Pruiti looks at Utah's defense on a crucial possession in last night's win over the Heat.

3. Rob Mahoney has some concerns about Mavericks center Brendan Haywood.

4. Bret Bearup is apparently becoming less involved with the Nuggets, though it's not exactly clear what all this means.

5. Matt Moore offers some perspective on Paul Millsap's huge night.

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ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+10  uta @ orl,  7:00 PM EST [ orl by 15 ]   Bob Delaney, Rodney Mott, Scott Wall
+ 9  dal @ mem,  8:00 PM EST [ dal by  1 ]   Joe Crawford, David Guthrie, Tommy Nunez Jr.
+ 7  gsw @ nyk,  7:30 PM EST [ gsw by  0 ]   Scott Foster, Matt Boland, James Williams
+ 6  mil @ atl,  7:00 PM EST [ atl by 12 ]   David Jones, Tony Brown, Nick Buchert
- 2  phi @ okc,  8:00 PM EST [ phi by  4 ]   Ed Malloy, Brian Forte, Michael Smith
- 3  cha @ tor,  7:00 PM EST [ tor by  3 ]   Marc Davis, Eric Dalen, Leon Wood
- 9  njn @ cle,  7:30 PM EST [ cle by  9 ]   Bill Spooner, Curtis Blair, Eric Lewis
-12  lac @ sas,  9:30 PM EST [ sas by 16 ]   Mike Callahan, Josh Tiven, Sean Wright
-15  hou @ was,  7:00 PM EST [ hou by  6 ]   Derrick Stafford, Kane Fitzgerald, Zach Zarba
-25  min @ sac, 10:00 PM EST [ sac by 17 ]   Greg Willard, Leroy Richardson, Gary Zielinski
Note: WTC is a junk stat rating the "watchability" of a game, taking into
account the quality of the opponents and the likelihood of a close game.

Through Tuesday, 106 of 1,230 games (8.6%) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) 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.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) An estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories.
PLY% (Play {ercentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG An estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Esimated possessions in the game.
ORTG: A team's points per 100 possessions.
eFG%: Team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal.
oRB%: Percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass.
TO%: Percentage of at team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

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