Home Unfiltered Articles Players Baseball Prospectus
Basketball Prospectus home
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

Click here for Important Basketball Prospectus Premium Information!

<< Previous Article
The Shootaround (02/12)
<< Previous Column
The Shootaround (02/12)
Next Column >>
The Shootaround (02/14)
Next Article >>
The Shootaround (02/14)

February 13, 2011
The Shootaround
Bulls Headed Home Happy

by Bradford Doolittle

Printer-
friendly
Contact
Author

HEADLINER

BULLS 97, HORNETS 88 (box): The Bulls rode a dominating performance on the boards to the win, overcoming an 11-point halftime deficit with a 55-35 advantage in the second half. Chicago out-rebounded the Hornets 47-26 and grabbed 41 of a possible 43 defensive rebounds. As a result, the Bulls enjoyed an 8-0 edge on second-chance points and 36-20 in the paint, from whence New Orleans shot just 10-of-25.

The Bulls are the league's best rebounding team overall, but New Orleans ranks ninth, so that kind of dominance, particularly on the Hornets' home floor, was unexpected. Also, while Hornets coach Monty Williams follows the philosophy of his mentor, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, by not over-committing players to the offensive glass, the New Orleans does rank 21st in the league in that category. At halftime, Chicago's edge on the glass was just 22-18 and the Bulls snared the only offensive rebound to that point. So that means Chicago's second-half blitz was keyed by a 25-8 shellacking on the boards.

The Hornets built their first-half lead on the basis of hot three-point shooting (4-of-7) and an explosive performance off the bench by second-year guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton was coming off a DNP-CD and had played a total of just 19 minutes in New Orleans' previous two games. As the Hornets slumped without Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, Williams juggled his wing rotation, inserting veteran Willie Green into the starting lineup and dropping Marco Belinelli to the second unit. Green played well for a couple of games and Belinelli offered some instant offense and outside shooting off the bench.

That left Thornton's role severely diminished, even though he was averaging about 19 points per 40 minutes. However, Thornton's efficiency is way down this season, with his percentage on two-point shots dropping all the way to .425. He tends to freelance too much and doesn't readily make plays for others. Nevertheless, Thornton is a talented offensive player and showed that against Chicago. He scored 24 points, including 14 during the first half. He also matched Aaron Gray with a team-high six rebounds and shot 9-of-15 from the floor.

The Bulls finish their West Coast swing 3-2, beating the Clippers, Jazz and Hornets and losing to the Warriors and Blazers. They still haven't lost three games in a row yet this season and with only one loss by more than 13 points, Chicago has had a chance to win every game it has played this season with the exception of Dec. 1 loss to Orlando. In other words, Chicago has proven to be remarkably consistent under Tom Thibodeau.

As usual, Derrick Rose led the way and he's now outplayed Deron Williams and Chris Paul in his last two outings. That certainly can't hurt his MVP prospects. Chicago also got a nice pick-me-up off the bench from Omer Asik, who had 11 rebounds in 14:25 of playing time. Asik has now played three outstanding games in a row, displaying improved confidence and aggressiveness. The Bulls are now 30-19-3 during Asik's stints on the floor this season, but are 9-1-1 in his last 11 outings.

CHI (36-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NWO (33-23).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........74%  33%  1.07  + 8 26.4  thornton,marcus......57%  32%  1.43  + 2 40.3
deng,luol............79%  17%  1.23  + 7 21.8  paul,chris...........79%  22%  1.07  - 6 17.6
boozer,carlos........64%  28%  1.00  - 6 18.6  west,david...........81%  19%  1.07    0 15.8
brewer,ronnie........50%  14%  1.50  +16 13.9  gray,aaron...........59%  10%  0.91  + 2  8.4
bogans,keith.........33%  16%  2.78  + 2  9.4  ariza,trevor.........72%  14%  0.68  - 3  7.1
asik,omer............30%  13%  1.61  +10  8.5  green,willie.........48%  16%  1.42  - 9  7.0
gibson,taj...........36%  17%  0.71  +15  6.0  jack,jarrett.........28%  34%  1.09  - 3  6.9
thomas,kurt..........70%   8%  0.77  - 1  5.5  smith,jason..........26%  16%  0.26  - 9  1.3
watson,c.j...........26%  29%  1.00  + 1  4.3  belinelli,marco......17%  18%  0.57  - 8  1.2
korver,kyle..........38%  18%  0.65  - 7  2.5  andersen,david.......28%  19%  0.13  - 7  0.5
johnson,james........(DNP)                     ilungambenga,didier.. 6%  17%  0.00  - 4  0.0
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                     pavlovic,sasha.......(DNP)  
PACE: 83.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 83.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bulls............  116.9 .559  .200 .121 .117  Hornets..........  106.1 .449  .047 .084 .207

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

Sloan: The Legacy (by Bradford Doolittle): The thing we'll remember most about Jerry Sloan is that he did things his way.

The Clipboard: Sloan's Xs and Os (by Sebastian Pruiti): A tribute to Jerry Sloan after his sudden resignation takes a look at the long-time Jazz coach's most effective plays coming out of timeouts (premium)

Amazing Pace: Jayhawks on a Tear (by C.J. Moore): Can a team that's not even in first place in its own conference be playing some of the best offense seen in recent years? Apparently. C.J. Moore gives a guided tour of the remarkable Kansas offense. (premium)

What's Next? Life After Sloan in Utah (by Kevin Pelton): Thursday was all about paying tribute to Jerry Sloan's legendary run at the helm of the Utah Jazz. Starting tomorrow, the Jazz will have to refocus on the playoff race and an uncertain future. (premium)

The Class of 2007: A Look Back (by Kevin Pelton): Three of the league's brightest young stars were top prep prospects four years ago. Here's a look at where they ranked and what happened to the rest of the prospects in the high school class of 2007. (premium)

All Eyes on Pitt: Is This the Year? (by John Gasaway) They're alone atop the Big East and poised for their second 1-seed in three seasons, but the Panthers aren't satisfied. They want to get to the Final Four. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John weighs their chances. (premium)

Getting to the Line: Derrick Rose's Development (by Kevin Pelton): A conspicuous lack of free throw attempts had held back Derrick Rose's game, but improving in this regard has helped fuel his breakthrough over the last two months. (free)

Poll Position: Carolina is Back (by John Gasaway): Just in time for tonight's showdown at Duke, the Tar Heels are suddenly looking much more Tar Heel-like. In his feature for ESPN Insider, John explains what's changed in Chapel Hill.

On the Beat: Adjustment for Gibson (by John Perrotto): In Cleveland Daniel Gibson is negotiating the transition from how the Cavaliers used to be to the way they are now.

Tuesday Truths: Post-NFL Edition (by John Gasaway): North Carolina and Alabama are rising, Washington and Michigan State are falling, and Wyoming's changing horses mid-stream. Time to pay attention to the sport where Green Bay's 6-6 in the Horizon League. (free)

Follow Unfiltered, the Basketball Prospectus blog.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FANTASY PROJECTIONS

Our downloadable Basketball Fantasy Projection spreadsheets are available for anyone with a premium subscription to Basketball Prospectus. The sheet is updated weekly and can be found on your 'Manage Profile' page. The download includes a forecast for the seven days, Monday through Sunday, for every player, game-by-game projections, health status updates and current team rotations. (Current projections reflect week of Feb. 8-14.)

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

HOOPS CHATS

Basketball Prospectus authors take your questions from time to time in always-popular chat format. All chats begin at 1 p.m. EST on the day listed, but you can go in and submit a question beforehand if you like, or read the transcript after the fact.

Feb. 3: Kevin Pelton (TRANSCRIPT)

Jan. 28: Bradford Doolittle (TRANSCRIPT)

Jan. 14: John Gasaway (TRANSCRIPT)

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)       GR (02/12/11)          WP82 -- ALL        WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 63.5  thornton,marcus, 40.3  james,lebron, 36.9 griffin,blake, 19.7
Miami Heat, 57.9         collison,darren, 34.7  paul,chris, 32.6   wall,john, 5.5
Boston Celtics, 57.8     jackson,stephen, 34.4  rose,derrick, 29.5 fields,landry, 5.3
Los Angeles Lakers, 55.9 hill,george, 34.3      bryant,kobe, 27.5  neal,gary, 5.1
Chicago Bulls, 55.4      livingston,shaun, 30.6 gasol,pau, 27.3    turner,evan, 3.9
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

LEADERBOARD

FINISHING SCHEDULE
TEAM, SOS                          TEAM, SOS
 1. Memphis Grizzlies, .557        16. New Jersey Nets, .499
 2. Portland Trail Blazers, .541   17. Toronto Raptors, .496
 3. Sacramento Kings, .537         18. Orlando Magic, .495
 4. Atlanta Hawks, .533            19. Charlotte Bobcats, .492
 5. Minnesota Timberwolves, .530   20. Oklahoma City Thunder, .491
 6. Los Angeles Lakers, .522       21. Cleveland Cavaliers, .489
 7. Phoenix Suns, .518             22. Indiana Pacers, .485
 8. Denver Nuggets, .514           23. Boston Celtics, .479
 9. Los Angeles Clippers, .511     24. Philadelphia 76ers, .474
10. Miami Heat, .510               25. Washington Wizards, .473
11. San Antonio Spurs, .510        26. Chicago Bulls, .472
12. Houston Rockets, .506          27. Detroit Pistons, .468
13. Golden State Warriors, .506    28. Dallas Mavericks, .466
14. Utah Jazz, .502                29. New York Knicks, .459
15. New Orleans Hornets, .500      30. Milwaukee Bucks, .451
Numbers indicate the aggregate winning percentage of
the opponents each team has remaining on its schedule.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

Note: In a rarity, NBAPET projected six road teams to win in Saturday's eight games. All six of the road favorites came through, but interestingly enough, the two home favorites lost. Visiting teams were a perfect eight for eight on a Saturday night on which a lot of home fans across the league went home unhappy.

BOBCATS 88, HAWKS 86 (box): Stephen Jackson's fadeaway 20-footer at the buzzer with Maurice Evans in his face capped Charlotte's comeback from a 22-point deficit and Shaun Livingston's 22 points justified Paul Silas' decision to start him in the second half over D.J. Augustin.

CHA (23-31).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ATL (33-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jackson,stephen......89%  34%  0.97  +14 34.4  horford,al...........87%  18%  1.15  + 8 25.6
livingston,shaun.....63%  29%  1.29  +21 30.6  bibby,mike...........66%  16%  1.64  +12 22.0
wallace,gerald.......87%  20%  1.51  + 7 14.4  smith,josh...........75%  30%  1.24  - 7 16.8
najera,eduardo.......61%   6%  1.03  +14  5.6  pachulia,zaza........45%  22%  1.22  -13 14.1
hendersonjr,gerald...23%  26%  0.57  -17  4.5  johnson,joe..........74%  22%  0.86  - 2  9.9
diaw,boris...........46%  10%  0.92  - 7  3.9  crawford,jamal.......57%  15%  0.83  + 6  4.4
mohammed,nazr........44%  14%  1.04  + 2  3.6  collins,jason........30%   8%  1.07  + 9  3.9
augustin,d.j.........38%  24%  0.70  -17  3.6  evans,maurice........28%   9%  1.05  - 9  2.3
brown,kwame..........48%   5%  1.68  - 7  3.0  williams,marvin......39%  18%  0.23  -12  2.1
carroll,matt.........(DNP)                     wilkins,damien....... 0%   -%  0.00  - 2  0.0
collins,sherron......(DNP)                     powell,josh..........(DNP)  
mcguire,dominic......(DNP)                     teague,jeff..........(DNP)  
PACE: 85.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bobcats..........  103.5 .455  .220 .118 .109  Hawks............  101.1 .433  .186 .082 .093

---

KNICKS 105, NETS 95 (box): The Knicks avoided falling under .500 behind 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five blocks from Wilson Chandler, who started at power forward in place of the injured Amar'e Stoudemire.

NYK (27-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NJN (17-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
fields,landry........83%   7%  2.97  +10 25.1  harris,devin.........73%  28%  1.07  - 3 24.9
felton,raymond.......75%  26%  1.03    0 17.3  lopez,brook..........71%  27%  0.97  - 2 21.3
chandler,wilson......87%  24%  1.22  +16 16.9  vujacic,sasha........56%  20%  1.50  -10 14.1
douglas,toney........44%  33%  1.28  + 6 14.2  humphries,kris.......58%  16%  1.15  -10 10.7
gallinari,danilo.....61%  11%  1.25    0 13.0  favors,derrick.......53%  23%  0.94  - 4 10.4
williams,shawne......51%  20%  1.07  + 8 10.6  farmar,jordan........41%  28%  1.04  -12  9.8
walker,bill..........37%  17%  2.24  +12  9.7  outlaw,travis........54%   8%  1.00  + 1  8.1
turiaf,ronny.........20%  32%  0.73  + 3  7.1  morrow,anthony.......69%  10%  1.26  + 6  8.1
mozgov,timofey.......42%  17%  0.81  - 5  5.3  petro,johan..........11%   6%  0.57  - 8  0.4
mason,roger..........(DNP)                     ross,quinton.........15%  11%  0.00  - 8  0.0
randolph,anthony.....(DNP)                     graham,stephen.......(DNP)  
rautins,andy.........(DNP)                     uzoh,ben.............(DNP)  
PACE: 88.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Knicks...........  119.2 .523  .191 .113 .090  Nets.............  107.8 .462  .234 .079 .155

---

SPURS 118, WIZARDS 94 (box): San Antonio led by as many as 41 points in a game that was never close, but the news of the night was Gregg Popovich's decision to start George Hill over Manu Ginobili (who was more or rested) in what marked the Spurs' first starting lineup switch of the season.

SAS (45-9)..........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  WAS (14-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
hill,george..........67%  17%  1.99  +24 34.3  jianlian,yi..........40%  17%  1.28  - 5 16.5
jefferson,richard....55%  19%  1.50  +19 22.4  blatche,andray.......63%  28%  0.97  -24 15.8
parker,tony..........39%  28%  2.12  +23 19.4  martin,cartier.......72%  14%  1.68  - 8 15.8
neal,gary............63%  16%  1.90  + 7 15.7  mcgee,javale.........52%  23%  1.10  -17 14.9
blair,dejuan.........65%  21%  1.31  +29 11.7  wall,john............58%  23%  0.97  -27 11.3
bonner,matt..........43%  18%  1.64  +10 11.0  seraphin,kevin.......22%  24%  1.34  - 3 11.1
quinn,chris..........42%  26%  0.83  - 7 10.2  armstrong,hilton.....12%  14%  4.27  + 4  9.1
novak,steve..........49%  13%  1.24  -12  5.6  booker,trevor........62%   8%  1.79  - 8  8.4
ginobili,manu........17%  30%  1.10  +11  5.0  hinrich,kirk.........64%  15%  0.75  -30  6.4
duncan,tim...........25%  24%  1.21  +21  4.7  shakur,mustafa.......14%  27%  0.68  + 7  2.6
mcdyess,antonio......35%  13%  0.96  - 5  2.9  young,nick...........40%  31%  0.18  - 9  2.0
splitter,tiago.......(DNP)                     ndiaye,hamady........(DNP)  
PACE: 82.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 82.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Spurs............  142.9 .669  .276 .121 .091  Wizards..........  113.8 .482  .326 .085 .128

---

76ERS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 87 (box): Kevin Love got his 40th straight double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, but the Sixers had seven players in double figures, held the T-Wolves to 4-of-23 on three-pointers and won for the ninth time in 12 games.

PHI (26-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIN (13-41).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
young,thaddeus.......58%  26%  1.05  +28 22.7  tolliver,anthony.....53%  21%  1.04  - 6 19.8
iguodala,andre.......71%  22%  1.16  +13 21.5  love,kevin...........71%  17%  1.38  -16 18.3
turner,evan..........70%  12%  1.52  +20 19.1  flynn,jonny..........60%  22%  0.96  - 8 16.9
brand,elton..........72%  19%  0.95  +11 13.8  ridnour,luke.........40%  27%  1.32  -12 11.4
meeks,jodie..........49%  21%  1.55  + 6 11.8  brewer,corey.........70%  26%  0.76  -14 10.1
hawes,spencer........39%  18%  1.53    0 10.3  pekovic,nikola.......59%   7%  1.97  -10  6.4
williams,lou.........47%  27%  1.18  +10  9.2  johnson,wesley.......51%  21%  0.61  - 2  6.2
holiday,jrue.........67%  14%  1.06  +14  7.9  ellington,wayne......42%  23%  0.44  -17  3.2
songaila,darius......11%  17%  0.71  + 1  1.4  hayward,lazar........37%  16%  0.55  - 9  2.4
nocioni,andres.......10%  19%  0.45  - 3  0.8  koufos,kosta.........17%  15%  0.78  - 6  1.7
speights,marreese.... 6%  16%  0.06    0  0.0  milicic,darko........(DNP)  
kapono,jason.........(DNP)                     telfair,sebastian....(DNP)  
PACE: 90.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers............  118.5 .545  .108 .111 .127  Timberwolves.....   96.3 .386  .250 .078 .107

---

MAVERICKS 106, ROCKETS 102 (box): Peja Stojakovic scored a season-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-6 performance beyond the arc, as Dallas held off the Rockets' attempt to come back from a 23-point deficit.

DAL (38-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  HOU (25-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nowitzki,dirk........70%  26%  1.24  + 6 29.2  lowry,kyle...........80%  29%  1.33  + 8 28.8
marion,shawn.........63%  20%  1.28  + 4 22.6  martin,kevin.........60%  29%  0.89  - 7 25.0
barea,jose...........50%  18%  1.60  + 3 19.3  battier,shane........82%   9%  2.58  + 7 13.7
stojakovic,peja......58%  26%  1.59  + 6 14.0  lee,courtney.........40%  14%  1.56  + 3 12.4
mahinmi,ian..........53%  12%  1.34  - 3 11.8  hill,jordan..........47%  14%  1.79  + 7 11.7
kidd,jason...........68%  14%  1.68  + 6  9.3  hayes,chuck..........52%  14%  1.53  - 9  8.4
terry,jason..........61%  21%  0.90  - 1  7.7  scola,luis...........48%  20%  0.83  - 8  7.6
chandler,tyson.......48%  18%  1.33  + 3  7.3  brooks,aaron.........58%  26%  0.57    0  7.2
stevenson,deshawn....30%  19%  0.22  - 4  1.4  miller,brad..........16%   3%  2.71  - 7  1.7
cardinal,brian.......(DNP)                     budinger,chase.......15%  23%  0.52  - 9  1.4
haywood,brendan......(DNP)                     patterson,patrick.... 3%  28%  0.00  - 5  0.0
jones,dominique......(DNP)                     smith,ishmael........(DNP)  
PACE: 86.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Mavericks........  122.6 .603  .290 .116 .076  Rockets..........  118.0 .464  .327 .081 .087

---

PACERS 103, BUCKS 97 (box): That's seven wins in eight games since Frank Vogel took over the Pacers as Indiana ended a six-game losing streak against Milwaukee behind 30 points on 15 shots from Danny Granger.

IND (24-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIL (20-33).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
collison,darren......77%  27%  1.04  + 7 34.7  delfino,carlos.......72%  26%  1.21  - 4 21.9
granger,danny........72%  32%  1.36  + 8 21.5  boykins,earl.........23%  38%  1.63  +11 16.8
hibbert,roy..........69%  18%  1.36  +12 20.5  salmons,john.........76%  17%  0.76  -16 16.0
mcroberts,josh.......52%  12%  1.96  - 1 12.4  dooling,keyon........43%  20%  1.37  +13 11.9
dunleavy jr.,mike....51%  10%  1.08  + 1  8.4  bogut,andrew.........72%  15%  1.12  -19 11.0
george,paul..........51%  19%  1.12  + 2  7.6  jennings,brandon.....74%  16%  1.02  -21 10.1
foster,jeff..........30%   8%  1.46  - 3  5.8  ilyasova,ersan.......71%  15%  1.18  - 1 10.0
jones,dahntay........28%  21%  1.02  - 2  4.4  mbahamoute,luc.......51%  12%  0.97    0  9.6
price,a.j............23%  29%  0.66  - 1  3.0  maggette,corey.......12%  68%  1.13  - 1  6.4
hansbrough,tyler.....48%  11%  0.46  + 7  2.4  brockman,jon......... 5%  15%  0.00  + 8  0.0
posey,james..........(DNP)                     douglas-roberts,chris(DNP)  
rush,brandon.........(DNP)                     temple,garrett.......(DNP)  
PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pacers...........  120.7 .529  .270 .117 .211  Bucks............  113.6 .476  .217 .082 .103

---

THUNDER 99, KINGS 97 (box): After Kevin Durant missed two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining, Tyreke Evans missed a three-pointer from the top of the arc as Sacramento's record in close games (five points or less) dropped to 7-14 (Oklahoma City is 15-7).

OKC (34-18).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAC (12-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
durant,kevin.........81%  36%  1.11  - 9 26.8  udrih,beno...........89%  12%  1.54  + 9 25.3
westbrook,russell....69%  30%  1.20  - 4 22.3  evans,tyreke.........96%  30%  0.98  + 3 24.0
harden,james.........68%  18%  0.84  +12 17.9  cousins,demarcus.....70%  25%  0.94  - 6 14.2
maynor,eric..........31%  24%  1.26  + 6 16.1  landry,carl..........39%  17%  1.34  -11 12.7
green,jeff...........69%  15%  0.72  - 8 13.2  dalembert,samuel.....60%  15%  0.91  - 2 12.2
krstic,nenad.........40%  20%  0.81  -13  7.1  casspi,omri..........65%  19%  1.27  + 2 12.2
ibaka,serge..........58%   8%  1.31  +13  5.8  thompson,jason.......38%  20%  0.43  + 7  5.0
collison,nick........42%   2%  1.15  +21  1.4  greene,donte.........25%   9%  1.19    0  4.0
sefolosha,thabo......33%   3%  1.03  -10  1.2  jeter,pooh...........15%  10%  0.00  - 9  0.0
cook,daequan.........10%  29%  0.00  + 2  0.0  head,luther..........(DNP)  
ivey,royal...........(DNP)                     jackson,darnell......(DNP)  
white,d.j............(DNP)                     taylor,jermaine......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Thunder..........  111.8 .488  .205 .113 .159  Kings............  109.6 .458  .341 .079 .139

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from press releases around the league

KINGS: Sacramento Kings rookie forward/center DeMarcus Cousins will not play in tonight's game at Phoenix while the organization reviews the situation that occurred in the locker room following last night's game versus Oklahoma City.

Reportedly, Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene after the Kings' two-point loss to Oklahoma City. Cousins was supposedly upset that he didn't get the ball on the final play call, so he went after Greene for inbounding the ball to Tyreke Evans. The Kings will announced on Monday whether Cousins will be suspended beyond his deactivation for Sunday's game.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

LINK-IN

Featuring your work.

Click to share a link to your basketball-related work.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+24  mia @ bos,  1:00 PM EST [ bos by  1 ]   K.Mauer, K.Fitzgerald, Z.Zarba
+21  lal @ orl,  3:30 PM EST [ orl by  1 ]   D.Crawford, M.Boland, R.Mott
+ 7  den @ mem,  6:00 PM EST [ den by  0 ]   M.Callahan, M.Kogut, O.Poole
+ 3  okc @ gsw,  8:00 PM EST [ okc by  2 ]   S.Foster, D.Collins, J.Williams
- 1  sac @ phx,  8:00 PM EST [ phx by  9 ]   G.Willard, M.Ayotte, K.Cutler
- 3  por @ det,  6:00 PM EST [ por by  2 ]   S.Javie, B.Barnaky, K.Fehr
- 7  lac @ tor,  6:00 PM EST [ lac by  0 ]   B.Salvatore, D.Richardson, M.Smith
-15  was @ cle,  6:00 PM EST [ was by  1 ]   R.Garretson, E.Dalen, S.Wright
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 Saturday, 801 of 1,230 games (65.1 percent) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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 percentage) 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: Estimated 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 a team's possessions resulting in a turnover.
FTA%: Percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

TWITTER DIRECTORY
Bradford Doolittle
Asher Fusco
John Gasaway
Kevin Pelton
John Perrotto
Ken Pomeroy
Sebastian Pruiti
Kyle Whelliston
group list

The 2010-11 Pro Basketball Prospectus is available in paperback form on Amazon.com. For sample chapters and more information, see our book page.

The 2010-11 College Basketball Prospectus is available in paperback form on Amazon.com. For sample chapters and more information, see our book page.

Bradford Doolittle is an author of Basketball Prospectus. You can contact Bradford by clicking here or click here to see Bradford's other articles.

0 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
The Shootaround (02/12)
<< Previous Column
The Shootaround (02/12)
Next Column >>
The Shootaround (02/14)
Next Article >>
The Shootaround (02/14)

RECENTLY AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS
State of Basketball Prospectus: A Brief Anno...
Tuesday Truths: March-at-Last Edition
Easy Bubble Solver: The Triumphant Return
Premium Article Bubbles of their Own Making: Villanova, Temp...
Tuesday Truths: Crunch Time Edition


MORE BY BRADFORD DOOLITTLE
2011-02-16 - The Shootaround: Game of Extremes
2011-02-15 - The Shootaround: Watch out for the Blazers
2011-02-14 - The Shootaround: Celtics Beat the Heat
2011-02-13 - The Shootaround: Bulls Headed Home Happy
2011-02-12 - The Shootaround: Who has been the league's m...
2011-02-11 - Sloan: The Legacy
2011-02-11 - The Shootaround: Ray-Ray King of the Trey
More...

MORE THE SHOOTAROUND
2011-02-16 - The Shootaround: Game of Extremes
2011-02-15 - The Shootaround: Watch out for the Blazers
2011-02-14 - The Shootaround: Celtics Beat the Heat
2011-02-13 - The Shootaround: Bulls Headed Home Happy
2011-02-12 - The Shootaround: Who has been the league's m...
2011-02-11 - The Shootaround: Ray-Ray King of the Trey
2011-02-10 - The Shootaround: Pacers get key win
More...

Basketball Prospectus Home  |  Terms of Service  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us
Copyright © 1996-2014 Prospectus Entertainment Ventures, LLC.