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February 16, 2011
The Shootaround
Game of Extremes

by Bradford Doolittle

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HEAT 110, PACERS 103 (box): I've written this before, but the scary thing about the Miami Heat is that no matter how you pick apart its replacement-level supporting cast or the diminishing returns of teaming together two of the league's dynamic talents, the combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade may simply be great enough to overwhelm any opposition. We've seen it at times this year, though Miami's much-discussed difficulties with elite teams is ample evidence that the Heat are far from unassailable. Nevertheless, on Tuesday the Heat put together a first quarter at Indiana that quite simply made them look unbeatable.

It was breathtaking. Wade came out ultra-aggressive, scoring 14 of Miami's 16 points in a little over four minutes at the game's outset. He had three layups, two of them three-point plays, two short jumpers and a 19-footer to punctuate the run. Then others, well James and Chris Bosh, started to get involved, but Wade added another jump shot, a running hook and two free throws to up his spree to 20 of Miami's 24 points. Bosh then got a couple of hoops, one off a pretty wraparound dribble to free himself for a layup in transition. James hit a couple of free throws. Then it happened.

Danny Granger missed a jumper and Wade corralled the rebound under the Indiana basket. He turned and spotted James running what an NFL receiver would call a "Go" route--and he was behind the defense. Without putting the ball on the floor, Wade stepped into a one-arm pass that hit James in full stride right at the Miami hoop. James simply caught it and guided it in off the glass. It was in effect a 90-foot alley-oop pass and I've never seen anything like it. I replayed it on my DVR about 20 times and not only did I marvel at the beauty of the play, I was most taken aback by how easy they made it look. Not only is that an incredibly tough pass to throw, but it's also very difficult to snare a ball coming that hard from that far and instantly gain control of it. James handled it as if it were a Nerf ball. And they didn't even get excited about it. They acted like they run that exact play about five times a game. It was prettier than any dunk you will see this year.

All told, the Heat ran up 41 points (39 by Wade, James and Bosh) and built a 22-point lead in that first quarter. Wade finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting; James added 10 points and three boards. The Heat scored 24 points in the paint and rang up 14 fast-break points. Miami forced seven Pacer turnovers leading to 13 points, and there were still three quarters to go.

Amazing enough, the rest of the game turned out to be more than mere denouement. Indiana's bench came on and reeled off a 12-2 run to stir up the faithful at Conseco Fieldhouse. By the time the half was over, Wade had cooled off, James looked rattled, Roy Hibbert was in Erick Dampier's face and the Pacers had closed the gap to 58-54. Indiana outscored Miami 35-17 in that second period and enjoyed a 30-6 edge in bench points for the half. Wade managed to add nine more points to his ledger to finish with a 31-point half, but it hardly anyone noticed. Sometimes it seems like the NBA has more rapid-fire pendulum swings than a professional wrestling match, but this was extreme.

Entering the second half, I was prepared for another Miami blitz. So often in the NBA, big comebacks end in disappointment, probably because the cliche you hear about a team expending all its energy making up a deficit is true. The wave rolls up on the hillside but can't get over, then rolls back. (Paraphrasing HST there.) That was not the case with the Pacers and as well as they've played recently, perhaps that should have been expected. Rookie Paul George started the second half at shooting guard in place of Mike Dunleavy Jr. as Indiana coach Frank Vogel looked for a defensive answer to Wade, but his three-pointer cut the lead to three. Mario Chalmers' attention wandered on the subsequent inbounds pass and Darren Collison picked it off, passed back out to Granger, who drilled a game-tying three with 8:33 to go in the quarter. For all the early highlights generated by "The Heatles", it was a brand new ballgame.

Indiana finished the third quarter with an 83-82 lead and neither team was able to gain much of an advantage as the game entered crunch time. Just as he did last Tuesday, when Indiana nearly knocked off the Heat on its home floor, James became Miami's focal point down the stretch. It started with a strange play, as an off-balance James fired the ball off the backboard, went and got it and made the putback. James scored 10 points in the last period, Indiana shot 6-of-23 and Miami escaped with a 110-103 win. That dropped Vogel to 7-2, with both losses coming to Miami in hard-fought games. As for Miami, it was yet another example of how good they can be and yet so puzzling and, this time, it all happened within the same game.

MIA (40-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  IND (24-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
james,lebron.........85%  29%  1.08  + 9 39.6  george,paul..........66%  12%  1.85  - 2 18.6
wade,dwyane..........87%  37%  1.14  +16 30.7  hansbrough,tyler.....57%  22%  1.01  - 3 16.1
bosh,chris...........82%  20%  1.25  +11 22.1  price,a.j............35%  18%  1.85  + 9 14.7
chalmers,mario.......55%  10%  0.72  +15  6.5  granger,danny........75%  23%  0.77  -17 12.2
dampier,erick........53%  11%  1.22  + 2  5.4  collison,darren......65%  24%  0.61  -16 12.1
ilgauskas,zydrunas...25%  13%  1.23  + 9  3.7  hibbert,roy..........69%  28%  0.90  -15 12.1
house,eddie..........45%  14%  0.68  - 4  3.1  jones,dahntay........25%  25%  0.86  +10  6.9
miller,mike..........31%   7%  0.69  -21  1.6  mcroberts,josh.......43%   9%  1.81  - 4  5.4
jones,james..........15%   6%  0.40  + 2  0.4  foster,jeff..........31%  10%  1.85  + 8  3.2
anthony,joel.........23%   2%  0.41  - 4  0.2  dunleavy jr.,mike....18%  32%  0.76  -14  2.6
arroyo,carlos........(DNP)                     rush,brandon.........17%   3%  4.67  + 9  2.3
howard,juwan.........(DNP)                     posey,james..........(DNP)  
PACE: 97.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 97.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Heat.............  113.3 .511  .227 .134 .118  Pacers...........  106.1 .465  .216 .124 .131

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LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

Ricky Rubio's Development: Checking In (by Kevin Pelton): The Minnesota Timberwolves are counting on Ricky Rubio developing into a star point guard, but his progress has apparently halted this season. What do the numbers tell us about Rubio's future?

Poll Position: Notre Dame's New and Improved (by John Gasaway): The Fighting Irish haven't been to the Sweet 16 in eight years, but in his feature for ESPN Insider John says Mike Brey's team may rewrite that history next month.

Two Teams, One Bid: The NEC (by Asher Fusco): Asher checks in on the Northeast Conference and finds Long Island and Central Connecticut State perched atop the league. Can either team win a tournament game next month?

The Clipboard: Baby is Big Enough (by Sebastian Pruiti) Despite going against taller defenders on a nightly basis, Boston's Glen Davis has become a master of finishing at the rim. (premium)

Trend Watch: Foye, Mavs' Streak, Coaching Changes (by Kevin Pelton): Trend Watch considers Randy Foye's play as a starter, takes the air out of the Dallas Mavericks' 10-game winning streak and looks at the trends for midseason coaching changes. (premium)

Mini Truths: What to Make of the MAAC? (by Asher Fusco): Fairfield's atop the MAAC in both the standings and in per-possession terms, but Iona and St. Peter's aren't far behind. Asher takes stock of the MAAC in February and looks ahead toward March. (free)

Tuesday Truths: Blunt Force Edition (by John Gasaway): March is in sight and it's time to be blunt. Georgetown and Wisconsin are both looking strong, but both face tough road tests this week. Meantime Kentucky's struggling on the road, the West Coast is struggling at home, and everyone's struggling to figure out Washington. (free)

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)

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)      GR (02/15/11)          WP82 -- ALL        WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 63.3 james,lebron, 39.6     james,lebron, 25.5 griffin,blake, 13.1
Boston Celtics, 58.5    jefferson,al, 39.4     paul,chris, 20.5   wall,john, 4.7
Miami Heat, 58.2        frye,channing, 36.8    rose,derrick, 19.9 neal,gary, 4.3
Chicago Bulls, 55.5     deng,luol, 35.3        bryant,kobe, 18.5  fields,landry, 4.0
Dallas Mavericks, 55.1  cousins,demarcus, 33.9 gasol,pau, 18.4    turner,evan, 3.1
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

ROAD RECORDS
 1. San Antonio Spurs,  21-7        16. Houston Rockets, 11-18
 2. Dallas Mavericks,  18-8         17. Charlotte Bobcats, 10-18
 3. Miami Heat,  20-10              18. Indiana Pacers, 9-17
 4. Los Angeles Lakers,  19-10      19. Denver Nuggets, 9-18
 5. Boston Celtics,  15-9           20. Philadelphia 76ers, 9-20
 6. Atlanta Hawks,  17-11           21. Milwaukee Bucks, 8-21
 7. Oklahoma City Thunder,  16-11   22. Sacramento Kings, 6-17
 8. Orlando Magic,  16-12           23. Detroit Pistons, 7-21
 9. Chicago Bulls,  13-12           24. Golden State Warriors, 6-18
10. Utah Jazz,  14-13               25. Toronto Raptors, 5-23
11. New York Knicks,  13-14         26. Los Angeles Clippers, 4-21
12. New Orleans Hornets,  13-16     27. New Jersey Nets, 4-24
13. Phoenix Suns,  11-14            28. Minnesota Timberwolves, 4-24
14. Portland Trail Blazers,  13-17  29. Cleveland Cavaliers, 3-27
15. Memphis Grizzlies,  12-18       30. Washington Wizards, 1-25

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TUESDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

BULLS 106, BOBCATS 94 (box): Kyle Korver scored 15 points on five shots in 15:11 off the Chicago bench as the Bulls beat the Bobcats for the first time in three tries this season.

CHA (24-32).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHI (37-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
livingston,shaun.....57%  22%  1.08  -10 24.6  deng,luol............91%  23%  1.13  +22 35.3
hendersonjr,gerald...54%  33%  1.17    0 20.9  rose,derrick.........79%  30%  1.04  +15 27.1
diaw,boris...........71%  18%  1.28  -24 17.0  boozer,carlos........62%  24%  1.22  +18 13.6
jackson,stephen......78%  28%  0.93  -13 15.7  thomas,kurt..........56%   7%  2.01  +11 11.9
augustin,d.j.........43%  18%  1.09  -10 10.2  korver,kyle..........32%  21%  2.11  - 2  9.6
wallace,gerald.......79%  12%  1.02  -10  9.0  bogans,keith.........39%  11%  2.35  + 7  9.3
mohammed,nazr........38%  13%  0.67  + 1  4.8  gibson,taj...........49%  20%  1.16    0  7.3
mcguire,dominic......29%  10%  1.69  +12  3.6  asik,omer............31%  11%  0.82  - 3  4.3
brown,kwame..........44%   8%  0.76  -12  2.5  brewer,ronnie........37%  15%  1.09  - 1  3.7
brown,derrick........ 4%  31%  1.02  + 3  0.8  watson,c.j...........21%   7%  0.89  - 3  1.0
collins,sherron...... 4%  59%  0.00  + 3  0.0  johnson,james........ 2%  54%  0.00  - 2  0.0
najera,eduardo.......(DNP)                     scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)  
PACE: 86.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bobcats..........  109.2 .493  .182 .151 .153  Bulls............  123.1 .546  .268 .139 .153

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GRIZZLIES 102, 76ERS 91 (box): Memphis held Philly to 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting in the first quarter, then held on despite a shoulder injury that took Rudy Gay out of the game in the second quarter.

PHI (26-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MEM (31-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
young,thaddeus.......57%  36%  0.97  -13 31.4  conley,mike..........76%  23%  1.43    0 27.7
williams,lou.........49%  37%  1.06    0 16.9  randolph,zach........89%  22%  1.30  +12 25.1
brand,elton..........69%  16%  1.10  - 3 12.2  gay,rudy.............26%  33%  1.28  +15 14.0
holiday,jrue.........80%  16%  1.06  + 8 10.2  young,sam............76%  16%  1.00  + 1 11.7
meeks,jodie..........50%  14%  1.19  + 2  9.5  gasol,marc...........70%  12%  1.19  +13 11.5
hawes,spencer........53%  13%  1.00  -12  9.5  arthur,darrell.......39%  24%  0.96    0  7.9
iguodala,andre.......68%  19%  0.91  -16  8.8  allen,tony...........66%  20%  0.65  + 7  5.8
turner,evan..........56%  11%  0.32  -20  1.9  mayo,o.j.............13%  30%  0.74  - 5  4.5
songaila,darius......17%   9%  1.11  - 1  1.6  williams,jason.......26%   5%  3.23  + 8  3.3
kapono,jason.........(DNP)                     vasquez,greivis......19%  14%  1.12  + 6  2.9
nocioni,andres.......(DNP)                     henry,xavier......... 0%   -%  0.00  - 2  0.0
speights,marreese....(DNP)                     thabeet,hasheem......(DNP)  
PACE: 89.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers............  102.0 .460  .333 .146 .128  Grizzlies........  114.4 .500  .262 .135 .094

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THUNDER 126, KINGS 96 (box): No trouble for Oklahoma City, which rang up a season-high in points while routing the Kings, but the Thunder clocked in with yet another great night from the foul line (28-of-30) and is now .005 behind the 1989-90 Celtics and .002 behind the 2002-03 Mavericks in the race for the best team free-throw percentge of all-time; OKC is at .827.

SAC (13-39).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (35-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
cousins,demarcus.....61%  34%  0.94  -11 33.9  westbrook,russell....52%  17%  1.66  +14 21.0
casspi,omri..........59%  23%  0.94  -13 15.7  harden,james.........47%  21%  1.19  + 6 17.3
jeter,pooh...........81%  11%  1.46  -15 13.1  cook,daequan.........43%  20%  2.20  +12 16.1
greene,donte.........55%  23%  0.79  - 6  7.7  krstic,nenad.........41%  24%  1.24  +17 13.7
udrih,beno...........57%  21%  0.80  -25  7.1  durant,kevin.........57%  34%  0.85  +18 12.7
landry,carl..........45%   7%  2.69  - 3  6.9  ibaka,serge..........59%  19%  1.17  +13 12.0
thompson,jason.......42%  21%  1.03  -20  6.8  green,jeff...........49%  18%  1.66  +19 10.9
dalembert,samuel.....39%  12%  1.02  -21  3.6  sefolosha,thabo......41%  11%  1.85  +17  9.6
taylor,jermaine......37%  15%  0.38  -16  1.8  maynor,eric..........48%  22%  0.97  +16  9.6
head,luther..........11%  51%  0.24  -15  1.6  white,d.j............18%   8%  1.49  + 5  3.3
jackson,darnell......13%  18%  0.00  - 5  0.0  ivey,royal...........13%  20%  0.73  + 5  1.6
evans,tyreke.........(DNP)                     collison,nick........32%   4%  0.99  + 8  0.8
PACE: 97.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 97.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Kings............   98.1 .414  .283 .133 .139  Thunder..........  128.8 .544  .270 .123 .135

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SUNS 102, JAZZ 101 (box): Steve Nash had 20 points, 14 assists and passed Gary Payton for seventh place on the all-time assists list as the Jazz fell into a tie with Denver for seventh in the West, just a half-game ahead of Memphis and 2 games ahead of the Suns, who moved over .500 for the first time since Dec. 7.

UTA (31-25).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHX (27-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jefferson,al.........73%  34%  1.16  - 3 39.4  frye,channing........89%  21%  1.78  + 3 36.8
miles,c.j............83%  23%  0.90  + 1 23.7  nash,steve...........80%  24%  1.54  +18 31.5
williams,deron.......80%  22%  1.03  -16 13.8  gortat,marcin........75%  17%  0.92  - 3 14.4
watson,earl..........76%  11%  1.70    0 11.2  pietrus,mickael......48%  14%  1.91  - 9  9.5
hayward,gordon.......55%  18%  1.06  +14 10.2  hill,grant...........64%  11%  1.13  +18  7.8
millsap,paul.........76%  17%  0.95  -10  7.4  carter,vince.........52%  28%  0.78  + 8  6.4
evans,jeremy.........28%  12%  1.87  + 5  3.8  dowdell,zabian.......10%  25%  0.98  - 9  1.8
elson,francisco......16%   4%  1.61  + 2  1.6  dragic,goran.........10%  48%  0.52  - 8  1.7
fesenko,kyrylo.......14%   5%  0.00  + 2  0.0  dudley,jared.........40%  11%  0.38  -12  1.3
bell,raja............(DNP)                     lopez,robin..........24%  28%  0.19  + 4  0.7
kirilenko,andrei.....(DNP)                     warrick,hakim........ 8%  11%  0.28  - 5  0.3
price,ronnie.........(DNP)                     childress,josh.......(DNP)  
PACE: 90.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Jazz.............  111.2 .494  .237 .143 .107  Suns.............  112.3 .575  .091 .132 .116

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WARRIORS 102, HORNETS 89 (box): Stephen Curry had 14 points, eight assists and hit all five of his shots from the field as Golden State handed New Orleans its eighth loss in 10 games.

NWO (33-24).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  GSW (25-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
belinelli,marco......47%  21%  1.50  - 4 22.7  radmanovic,vladimir..39%  18%  2.08  + 9 21.3
ariza,trevor.........79%  11%  1.70  -17 16.6  curry,stephen........51%  16%  2.45  +13 20.0
paul,chris...........67%  21%  1.32  -10 15.6  ellis,monta..........80%  32%  0.88  +13 19.9
green,willie.........61%  21%  0.89  -18 13.6  wright,dorell........91%  17%  1.35  +15 17.6
west,david...........60%  21%  1.18  - 4 13.3  lee,david............60%  29%  0.98  + 5 16.6
jack,jarrett.........38%  35%  0.85  - 3  9.2  bell,charlie.........39%   9%  1.41  + 6  7.3
thornton,marcus......32%  25%  0.63  - 4  5.0  udoh,epke............39%  12%  0.68  +11  4.8
gray,aaron...........32%  18%  0.73  + 1  4.8  biedrins,andris......35%   7%  1.91  + 2  4.6
pondexter,quincy.....18%   9%  2.22  + 4  4.3  lin,jeremy...........19%  28%  1.26    0  4.4
smith,jason..........29%   8%  0.91  - 2  1.8  williams,reggie......41%  14%  1.17  - 5  4.2
andersen,david.......25%  28%  0.08    0  1.0  wright,brandan....... 6%  34%  0.98  - 4  3.1
ilungambenga,didier..13%  15%  0.16  - 8  0.2  gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 82.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 82.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hornets..........  108.1 .473  .371 .158 .123  Warriors.........  123.8 .571  .286 .146 .091

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NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from press releases around the league

HEAT: The Miami HEAT announced today that center Dexter Pittman underwent successful right knee debridement surgery. The surgery was performed by HEAT team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and is expected to miss five-to-six weeks of action. Pittman, in his second stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League, was medically recalled after injuring his right knee in Saturday night's contest against the Idaho Stampede on February 12. He was assigned to the HEAT's D-League affiliate on January 6 and appeared in 14 games (all starts) and averaged 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.78 blocks and 1.2 assists while shooting 49.7 percent from the field.

LAKERS: As a tribute to legendary Lakers player, Coach and General Manager whose career with the organization spanned 40 years (1960-2000), the Los Angeles Lakers, STAPLES Center and AEG organizations commissioned the creation of a 1,500 lb., nearly 14' bronze statue with granite pedestal of the NBA Hall of Fame member. The statue, created by renowned sculptors/artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, will join other iconic sculptures of celebrated sports superstars Wayne Gretzky, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya. Johnson's statue (dedicated February 11, 2004) and Hearn's statue (dedicated April 20, 2010) were also created by Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany. The ceremony on Thursday, which is open free to the public, will be highlighted by speeches from Jerry West, members of his family and other individuals who were his teammates, colleagues and friends during his unprecedented career and will conclude with a "spectacular" unveiling of the statue.

MAGIC: Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams has been diagnosed with a medical condition known as multiple myeloma which is a form of cancer of the blood. The medical issue was discovered during an executive physical just six weeks after Pat's yearly physical, so doctors are confident that the disease was detected in the early stages.

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+10  atl @ nyk,  7:30 PM EST [ nyk by  2 ]   E.Malloy, R.Mott, H.Workman
+ 9  nwo @ por, 10:00 PM EST [ por by  0 ]   S.Foster, D.Collins, J.Williams
+ 7  phi @ hou,  8:30 PM EST [ hou by  1 ]   M.McCutchen, T.Nunez_Jr., S.Wright
+ 5  den @ mil,  9:00 PM EST [ den by  1 ]   D.Crawford, K.Cutler, T.Washington
+ 3  gsw @ uta,  9:00 PM EST [ uta by  5 ]   B.Spooner, B.Adams, D.Richardson
- 2  lac @ min,  8:00 PM EST [ min by  2 ]   M.Callahan, P.Fraher, J.Tiven
- 2  sac @ dal,  8:30 PM EST [ dal by 13 ]   B.Delaney, T.Brothers, E.Lewis
- 4  ind @ det,  7:30 PM EST [ ind by  2 ]   D.Stafford, E.Roe, Z.Zarba
- 4  njn @ bos,  7:30 PM EST [ bos by 17 ]   B.Salvatore, D.Jones, L.Richardson
- 6  mia @ tor,  7:00 PM EST [ mia by 13 ]   M.Davis, D.Guthrie, M.Kogut
- 6  was @ orl,  7:00 PM EST [ orl by 17 ]   J.Crawford, T.Brown, L.Wood
-15  lal @ cle,  7:30 PM EST [ lal by 15 ]   B.Kennedy, K.Fitzgerald, 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 Tuesday, 821 of 1,230 games (66.7 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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