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February 14, 2011
The Shootaround
Celtics Beat the Heat

by Bradford Doolittle

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CELTICS 85, HEAT 82 (box): Rajon Rondo put up a triple-double and Boston withstood Miami's lock-down defense in the fourth quarter as the Celtics beat the Heat for the third time this season. That clinches the season series for Boston, which moved a half-game in front of Miami for first place in the Eastern Conference, and gives the Celtics the tiebreaker should the teams finish with the same record.

After a tight first half, the Celtics went on a 35-18 spree in the third period. Rondo put up nine points, four rebounds and three assists in the period (he finished with 11-10-10) and guarded LeBron James for a long stretch, with the hope being he could pressure James down the floor and force the ball out of his hands. It worked well enough as James had five points and one assist in the period, and the offense ground to a halt as James tried to back Rondo down on the block.

In the fourth quarter, the Celtics found their open looks had disappeared. Boston shot 4-of-16 in the period, including a combined 0-of-9 from Rondo, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. James essentially erased Pierce from existence on Sunday, holding the Celtics' third all-time leading scorer to a single point and 0-of-10 shooting. It was just the fourth time in Pierce's 12-plus seasons that he failed to make at least one shot from the floor during a game, and the first time it's happened in over 11 years.

Despite the late offensive struggles, Boston did just enough defensively to bring home the victory. Miami shot 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) in the final quarter. The Heat's big three took 16 of 19 shots in the final period, hitting just six. That included a 1-of-5 finishing kick from Dwyane Wade. The Heat gradually ate into the Boston lead and had a chance to tie at the end. Mike Miller popped wide open after Boston overplayed James on the final play but missed a three from the top of the arc. It was a lot like Boston's season-opening win over Miami during which Boston built a nice advantage, then held on for dear life late.

Boston, which is thin on the wings right now because of the injury to Marquis Daniels, got key contributions from its bench. The Celtics' reserves outscored their Miami counterparts 26-8. Glen Davis (16) and Von Wafer (10) accounted for all of Boston's bench points, with Wafer's contribution being particularly big in lieu of Daniels' availability. Wafer hit 4-of-5 shots and hit a pair of threes, including one in a stretch of the four quarter during which Boston was starving for points.

The loss ended Miami's eight-game winning streak, it's third streak at least that long this season. Boston ended a modest two-game skid. However, before Sunday's game, Boston had gone just 10-7 over its previous 17 games. It's far from a crisis situation, but Celtic fans that remember last season's tepid 27-27 finish have to cast a wary glance at the team's recent record. You just get the feeling that the top seed this year is more important than it was last year. By the way, don't forget about the Bulls, who are just two games behind Boston in the loss column and one game behind the Heat. The Bulls have two games remaining against the Heat, one home and one away, plus one more home game against the Celtics.

MIA (39-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  BOS (39-14).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
james,lebron.........91%  29%  0.97  + 1 32.0  davis,glen...........62%  23%  1.12  - 2 21.9
wade,dwyane..........88%  28%  0.71  - 1 21.6  allen,ray............89%  16%  0.98  - 2 19.4
bosh,chris...........86%  19%  1.43  + 3 18.4  wafer,von............29%  25%  1.56  + 4 15.7
miller,mike..........51%  13%  1.11  -11  9.5  rondo,rajon..........90%  14%  1.43  - 1 13.8
chalmers,mario.......27%  14%  1.42    0  4.9  garnett,kevin........74%  22%  1.13  - 3 13.6
ilgauskas,zydrunas...43%  24%  0.80  - 3  4.6  perkins,kendrick.....64%  26%  0.80  +11  8.8
house,eddie..........44%  15%  0.35  + 1  2.9  pierce,paul..........82%  17%  0.28  + 4  4.3
dampier,erick........13%   8%  0.34  - 4  0.3  bradley,avery........ 0%   -%  0.00    0  0.0
jones,james..........14%   8%  0.14  - 6  0.1  robinson,nate........(DNP)  
anthony,joel.........44%   2%  0.00  + 5  0.0  erden,semih..........(DNP)  
arroyo,carlos........(DNP)                     harangody,luke.......(DNP)  
howard,juwan.........(DNP)                     o'neal,shaquille.....(DNP)  
PACE: 87.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Heat.............   94.2 .439  .225 .195 .116  Celtics..........   97.6 .451  .220 .172 .141

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)       GR (02/13/11)           WP82 -- ALL        WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 63.6  matthews,wesley, 44.7   james,lebron, 24.7 griffin,blake, 12.9
Boston Celtics, 58.4     aldridge,lamarcus, 40.3 paul,chris, 20.6   wall,john, 4.8
Miami Heat, 58.0         durant,kevin, 39.7      rose,derrick, 19.4 neal,gary, 4.2
Los Angeles Lakers, 55.7 ellis,monta, 33.6       bryant,kobe, 18.6  fields,landry, 4.1
Chicago Bulls, 55.4      james,lebron, 32.0      gasol,pau, 18.4    turner,evan, 3.2
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

WEEKLY HOOPS LIST
TEAM, POW                          TEAM, POW
1. San Antonio Spurs, 63.6         16. New York Knicks, 41.3
2. Boston Celtics, 58.4            17. Houston Rockets, 41.1
3. Miami Heat, 58.0                18. Phoenix Suns, 40.7
4. Los Angeles Lakers, 55.7        19. Indiana Pacers, 38.8
5. Chicago Bulls, 55.4             20. Golden State Warriors, 34.7
6. Dallas Mavericks, 55.0          21. Milwaukee Bucks, 34.4
7. Orlando Magic, 54.0             22. Charlotte Bobcats, 32.9
8. Oklahoma City Thunder, 50.5     23. Los Angeles Clippers, 31.1
9. New Orleans Hornets, 50.0       24. Detroit Pistons, 29.8
10. Denver Nuggets, 46.3           25. Sacramento Kings, 24.1
11. Memphis Grizzlies, 45.0        26. New Jersey Nets, 23.9
12. Portland Trail Blazers, 44.1   27. Toronto Raptors, 23.7
13. Atlanta Hawks, 43.9            28. Minnesota Timberwolves, 23.2
14. Utah Jazz, 43.2                29. Washington Wizards, 22.1
15. Philadelphia 76ers, 42.2       30. Cleveland Cavaliers, 14.0
NOTE: POW, our formula for a team's power rating, is an estimate of
a team's "true talent" level expressed as wins per 82 games. The 
formula takes into account point differential, home-road performance,
record in close games and strength of schedule.

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SUNDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

MAGIC 89, LAKERS 75 (box): Dwight Howard scored 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando held the Lakers to 5-of-19 shooting in the final period as the Magic moved a half-game ahead of Atlanta for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

LAL (38-17).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ORL (36-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bryant,kobe..........69%  30%  0.97  -16 21.9  howard,dwight........80%  33%  1.21  +18 20.0
odom,lamar...........58%  29%  0.82  -10 18.4  anderson,ryan........38%  13%  2.27  - 1 15.0
bynum,andrew.........62%  26%  1.13  -13 11.0  richardson,jason.....77%  20%  0.87  +11 13.7
fisher,derek.........57%  11%  1.01  -11  8.6  redick,j.j...........54%  14%  1.26  +10 12.9
gasol,pau............74%  18%  0.86  - 9  8.5  clark,earl...........20%  19%  1.71  - 3  9.1
artest,ron...........45%  15%  1.13  - 4  8.1  arenas,gilbert.......41%  28%  0.58  + 5  9.1
brown,shannon........50%  27%  0.56  - 4  6.6  turkoglu,hedo........69%  16%  0.93  + 7  7.9
blake,steve..........57%   1%  2.15  -10  2.2  nelson,jameer........59%  19%  0.69  + 9  7.8
caracter,derrick..... 6%  35%  0.14  + 4  0.2  bass,brandon.........61%  10%  1.06  +14  5.9
walton,luke..........19%   3%  0.00  - 1  0.0  allen,malik..........(DNP)  
ebanks,devin.........(DNP)                     duhon,chris..........(DNP)  
smith,joe............(DNP)                     richardson,quentin...(DNP)  
PACE: 87.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 87.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Lakers...........   85.4 .405  .229 .194 .075  Magic............  101.3 .533  .281 .171 .050

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WIZARDS 115, CAVALIERS 100 (box): Nick Young's 31 points (on 14-of-21 shooting) led five Wizards with 16 points or more as Washington broke through with its first road win in 26 tries this season.

WAS (15-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CLE (9-46)..........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wall,john............76%  29%  1.18  +21 27.3  moon,jamario.........59%  10%  2.39  + 8 22.0
young,nick...........68%  31%  1.26  + 5 22.8  hickson,j.j..........73%  27%  0.89  -26 21.5
howard,josh..........52%  24%  1.40  +16 20.6  jamison,antawn.......70%  23%  1.20  -16 13.8
blatche,andray.......55%  26%  1.30  + 9 17.3  sessions,ramon.......51%  21%  1.57  + 1 11.9
hinrich,kirk.........61%  19%  1.51  + 4 13.6  williams,maurice.....57%  27%  0.92  -18 10.2
mcgee,javale.........65%   8%  1.52  +21  7.2  parker,anthony.......67%  18%  1.10  -21  9.4
martin,cartier.......43%   8%  0.97  - 1  6.0  hollins,ryan.........39%   6%  1.59  + 6  5.9
booker,trevor........36%  11%  1.02  + 2  3.4  samuels,samardo......17%  25%  0.76  + 6  4.1
jianlian,yi..........30%   7%  1.50  +10  2.4  eyenga,christian.....42%  17%  0.78  -19  4.0
seraphin,kevin.......14%  12%  0.52  -12  1.1  gibson,daniel........18%   7%  1.21  + 2  2.6
armstrong,hilton.....(DNP)                     harris,manny......... 6%  45%  0.10  + 2  0.3
thornton,al..........(DNP)                     powe,leon............(DNP)  
PACE: 94.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Wizards..........  121.7 .571  .341 .180 .065  Cavaliers........  105.9 .488  .320 .159 .144

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TRAIL BLAZERS 105, PISTONS 100 (box): Red-hot LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 of his 36 points after halftime and is now averaging 38.0 points in his last three outings as the Blazers won their fourth straight and 10th out of 14 outings.

POR (30-24).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DET (20-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
matthews,wesley......91%  21%  1.61  + 3 44.7  prince,tayshaun......55%  23%  0.99  - 1 21.5
aldridge,lamarcus....86%  30%  1.32  + 1 40.3  gordon,ben...........51%  27%  1.42  + 3 19.8
miller,andre.........77%  24%  1.15  + 9 13.4  mcgrady,tracy........57%  24%  1.41  - 1 18.3
batum,nicolas........84%  12%  0.89  + 8  7.8  bynum,will...........47%  36%  1.07  - 6 13.0
mills,patrick........20%  39%  1.21  - 6  5.7  villanueva,charlie...60%  16%  1.20  - 2 11.8
fernandez,rudy.......50%  17%  0.41  + 3  4.6  daye,austin..........40%  15%  0.91    0  9.4
przybilla,joel.......35%   5%  2.86  +12  3.7  wallace,ben..........40%   8%  1.31  - 3  7.3
cunningham,dante.....58%  10%  0.50  - 5  2.9  monroe,greg..........70%   9%  1.28  - 1  6.2
babbitt,luke.........(DNP)                     stuckey,rodney.......50%  16%  0.91  -10  5.3
camby,marcus.........(DNP)                     wilcox,chris.........30%  22%  1.02  - 4  5.0
marks,sean...........(DNP)                     maxiell,jason........(DNP)  
roy,brandon..........(DNP)                     summers,dajuan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 85.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Trail Blazers....  123.3 .594  .148 .200 .155  Pistons..........  117.4 .559  .300 .176 .155

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RAPTORS 98, CLIPPERS 93 (box): Andrea Bargnani scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and rookie Ed Davis added 13 points and 14 rebounds as the Raptors won for just the second time in their last 18 games.

LAC (20-34).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  TOR (15-40).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
griffin,blake........76%  23%  1.14  -10 22.3  bargnani,andrea......85%  30%  0.91  +13 31.0
davis,baron..........74%  31%  0.86    0 21.7  derozan,demar........88%  26%  0.68  + 3 23.7
bledsoe,eric.........71%  20%  0.66  - 1 15.1  calderon,jose........77%  13%  1.63  +11 15.6
gomes,ryan...........60%  15%  1.51  - 4 13.2  davis,ed.............75%   9%  2.16  - 5  9.6
cook,brian...........53%  21%  1.45  + 2 12.1  barbosa,leandro......50%  26%  0.67  + 5  8.0
foye,randy...........77%  18%  0.45  - 9  7.1  weems,sonny..........46%  18%  1.04  + 1  5.7
jordan,deandre.......44%   9%  1.08  - 7  4.0  johnson,amir.........29%  15%  1.07  + 8  5.0
aminu,alfarouq.......39%  11%  0.65  + 1  2.8  johnson,trey.........16%  23%  0.76  + 1  4.2
diogu,ike............ 7%  16%  0.00  + 3  0.0  dorsey,joey..........11%  15%  0.34  - 6  0.9
butler,rasual........(DNP)                     bayless,jerryd.......23%  11%  0.00  - 6  0.0
gordon,eric..........(DNP)                     ajinca,alexis........(DNP)  
kaman,chris..........(DNP)                     wright,julian........(DNP)  
PACE: 94.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Clippers.........   98.3 .448  .265 .180 .158  Raptors..........  103.6 .439  .298 .159 .149

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GRIZZLIES 116, NUGGETS 108 (box): In his return from an ankle injury, Zach Randolph started slow with 0-of-6 shooting through three quarters but shot 6-of-7 in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies outscored the Nuggets 34-18 in the final period to win for the 16th time in their last 23 games.

DEN (30-25).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MEM (30-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
anthony,carmelo......81%  32%  0.92  - 6 20.5  gay,rudy.............82%  24%  1.13  + 3 21.9
lawson,ty............38%  22%  1.58  - 7 20.0  gasol,marc...........57%  21%  1.12  -20 19.6
smith,j.r............48%  15%  1.69  + 7 19.7  allen,tony...........58%  16%  1.45  + 6 19.2
billups,chauncey.....65%  26%  0.91  - 7 14.5  arthur,darrell.......64%  24%  1.32  +17 18.6
martin,kenyon........64%  15%  1.23  - 7 14.3  conley,mike..........74%  17%  1.39  + 8 18.0
afflalo,arron........77%  11%  0.62  -17  8.1  randolph,zach........71%  21%  1.01  +11 11.9
hilario,nene.........70%  16%  0.96  - 6  8.0  young,sam............68%  16%  0.69  +15 11.5
andersen,chris.......28%  15%  1.26  + 5  5.3  vasquez,greivis......12%  15%  0.60  -10  0.9
harrington,al........30%  19%  0.81  - 2  3.6  williams,jason.......14%   7%  1.30  +10  0.9
carter,anthony.......(DNP)                     carroll,demarre......(DNP)  
forbes,gary..........(DNP)                     henry,xavier.........(DNP)  
williams,shelden.....(DNP)                     thabeet,hasheem......(DNP)  
PACE: 94.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Nuggets..........  114.0 .581  .184 .179 .098  Grizzlies........  122.5 .570  .313 .158 .149

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KINGS 113, SUNS 108 (box): Starting in place of quasi-suspended rookie DeMarcus Cousins, Samuel Dalembert scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and added 15 rebounds and four blocks as the Kings overcame a 22-point, 18-assist effort from the Suns' Steve Nash.

SAC (13-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHX (26-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
landry,carl..........82%  22%  1.02  - 2 25.8  nash,steve...........77%  27%  1.34  + 3 31.9
greene,donte.........54%  20%  1.47  + 7 22.5  hill,grant...........69%  12%  1.55  + 3 17.0
udrih,beno...........89%  15%  1.12  + 5 20.1  frye,channing........68%  15%  1.36  + 4 13.4
evans,tyreke.........91%  24%  0.94    0 16.0  gortat,marcin........70%  16%  1.54  + 1 13.2
dalembert,samuel.....64%  19%  1.37  +15 10.6  dudley,jared.........68%  16%  1.08  +11 12.4
casspi,omri..........66%  17%  0.94  + 3  9.9  carter,vince.........32%  32%  0.47  -16  6.3
thompson,jason.......39%  18%  1.06  - 1  5.9  lopez,robin..........29%  29%  0.86  - 8  5.3
jackson,darnell......14%  25%  1.13  - 2  2.3  dowdell,zabian.......23%  45%  0.35  - 8  3.7
garcia,francisco.....(DNP)                     warrick,hakim........31%  13%  0.79  - 5  3.0
head,luther..........(DNP)                     pietrus,mickael......33%   9%  0.79  -10  1.9
jeter,pooh...........(DNP)                     childress,josh.......(DNP)  
taylor,jermaine......(DNP)                     siler,garret.........(DNP)  
PACE: 99.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 99.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Kings............  113.1 .489  .419 .170 .106  Suns.............  108.1 .500  .250 .150 .106

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WARRIORS 100, THUNDER 94 (box): With Warriors coach Keith Smart employing a tight rotation (eight players saw the court, with David Lee and Monta Ellis both logging more than 45 minutes), Golden State eked out a win thanks to an overwhelming effort on the offensive boards--the Warriors had a 20-2 edge on the offensive glass and a 22-4 advantage on second chance points, with Lee's 19 rebounds leading the charge.

OKC (34-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  GSW (24-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
durant,kevin.........86%  34%  0.97  -11 39.7  ellis,monta..........95%  31%  1.20  + 2 33.6
westbrook,russell....64%  41%  0.81  - 6 15.1  curry,stephen........79%  21%  1.85  +17 28.5
green,jeff...........59%  19%  1.09  + 8  9.5  lee,david............94%  24%  1.14  + 9 22.0
harden,james.........31%  18%  1.37  - 2  9.4  wright,dorell........81%  21%  0.72  +18 11.4
krstic,nenad.........42%  10%  1.25  - 6  8.1  radmanovic,vladimir..15%  24%  1.07  -11  6.0
maynor,eric..........37%  21%  0.90  - 2  6.7  williams,reggie......37%  16%  1.10  + 1  4.9
sefolosha,thabo......74%   8%  1.30  -10  6.2  biedrins,andris......42%   3%  2.44  - 2  4.0
ibaka,serge..........41%   4%  1.87  + 1  5.9  udoh,epke............57%   3%  0.94  - 4  2.7
collison,nick........56%   9%  1.17  - 1  5.6  bell,charlie.........(DNP)  
cook,daequan.........10%  11%  0.00  - 1  0.0  gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
ivey,royal...........(DNP)                     lin,jeremy...........(DNP)  
white,d.j............(DNP)                     wright,brandan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Thunder..........  106.3 .593  .069 .192 .139  Warriors.........  113.1 .470  .392 .170 .045

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WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+ 6  den @ hou,  8:30 PM EST [ den by  1 ]   J.Crawford, T.Brown, L.Wood
+ 3  lal @ cha,  7:00 PM EST [ lal by  7 ]   M.Davis, P.Fraher, J.Tiven
+ 1  lac @ mil,  8:00 PM EST [ mil by  4 ]   M.McCutchen, E.Dalen, D.Guthrie
- 3  atl @ det,  7:30 PM EST [ atl by  3 ]   B.Kennedy, N.Buchert, L.Richardson
- 3  sas @ njn,  7:00 PM EST [ sas by 11 ]   E.Malloy, R.Mott, H.Workman
- 2  por @ min,  8:00 PM EST [ por by  1 ]   B.Delaney, E.Lewis, M.Smith
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 Sunday, 809 of 1,230 games (65.8 percent) 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 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.

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