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March 7, 2011
The Shootaround
Race to Watch #5

by Bradford Doolittle

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HEADLINER

5. Race for MVP.
Last week, we laid out the four team races at the forefront of the season's remaining weeks. Today, we wrap up with a look at an individual race by asking the simple question: Who is the MVP? The eventual answer to this question would seem to be tied into the team races we discussed last week.

According to most bottom-line advanced metrics, including NBAPET's Wins Produced, LeBron James is once again the best player in the league. It's not universal--Chris Paul leads in basketball-reference.com's version of Win Shares--but generally speaking, the two-time MVP remains the statistical champion among players. I'll continue forward with Wins Produced per 82 Games because, well, it's my stat and I have easy access to it, but also because it's tailored for just these sorts of discussions. Let's look at the current top ten.

PLAYER            WP82
james,lebron      27.4
rose,derrick      22.2
gasol,pau         21.4
howard,dwight     20.8
paul,chris        20.5
bryant,kobe       20.3
durant,kevin      18.6
ginobili,manu     18.5
aldridge,lamarcus 18.4
wade,dwyane       17.8

Wins Produced is set up to answer two questions. How much does a player contribute to his team's productivity at both ends of the court? And to what is he contributing? This second question is key, as it rewards players on winning teams. In most metrics, Kevin Love has been a top five player this season. Without question, his raw production and individual efficiency have been outstanding. Nevertheless, the Timberwolves are 15-49 so far. Fair or not, that means Love ranks just 41st in Wins Produced--his production isn't that valuable in the context of team success. That said, you don't have to necessarly be on an elite team to score well in this system, as evidenced by Chris Paul's ranking in the top five.

James has a commanding lead in WP82. Would that change if late-game statistics were given greater statistical weight? Perhaps. We really need some kind of Win Probability Added statistic to address those kinds of questions. However, even if James were docked for his late-game failings, it's extremely unlikely that would eat up the five-win gap he has over Derrick Rose. I feel confident in making the following declarative statement, one which I've written at least a couple of times this season: LeBron James is still head and shoulders above every other basketball player in the world.

Does that mean I favor him for the MVP award? Probably, but it would be really hard to pick him over Rose. I have to admit a big part of that is because I've watched Rose in person for the majority of his home games the last two seasons and I've interviewed him dozens of times. He's got every positive intangible in the book and that counts for something. Unfortunately, I have limited knowledge of the intangibles of the other leaders, who pass through Chicago but once or twice per season. That's why it's always better to rely on measurables and use your limited knowledge of the other stuff as a tiebreaker. No matter how much more likable Rose may be or how much more beloved he is among his teammates, there is just too much of a productivity and efficiency gap for him to overcome James--in my opinion. If Miami's current slide persists, the gap could narrow, throwing the whole question open. I don't expect that to happen.

Of course I don't have a vote, so all I'm really trying to do here is suggest some possible thinking points among the electorate. For what it's worth, it seems like most writers and broadcasters I've encountered favor Rose. The perception is that he's done more to help his team win than any other player, a perception aided by the fact that the Bulls have survived long, non-concurrent absences from Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. That's almost true, if not for James. It's not like James has put up his numbers on a .500ish team. The Heat are 43-20 after all and James gets the most statistical credit for that even though he has to share possessions with Dwyane Wade, another high-usage superstar.

One thing that deserves study is the question of how much of James' production has come at the expense of weak opponents. We know that the Heat, as a team, have dominated lesser teams but have darn near been shut out at the hands of the league's elite. If James gets credit for the Heat's overall good record, he also has to shoulder the most responsibility for the team's disparate performance against the strong and the weak. More than anything, this swings the argument towards Rose's favor. Chicago is 8-4 against the elite (San Antonio, Boston, Dallas, Miami and the Lakers) with a home game remaining against the Celtics which could allow the Bulls to salvage a tie in that season series.

We can't count Dwight Howard out just yet, as his numbers have only expanded as the season has progressed. He needs Orlando to go on a prolonged streak or else the Magic's fourth-place standing is going to work against him. I've been surprised that there hasn't been more support for L.A.'s Pau Gasol, who has stepped up his game at the same time Kobe Bryant has been asked to do a little less. As it stands, it's really just a three-player race as I can't see anybody outside of the James-Rose-Howard trio gaining widespread support, and Howard is a long shot.

Chicago is coming off a 4-1 road trip that represented the last truly tough stretch of games the Bulls will encounter until the playoffs. There are a couple of tough games left but, overall, the .439 winning percentage of the Bulls' remaining opponents gives them the easiest finishing slate in the NBA. With the top-seeded Celtics still in striking distance, the ultra-consistent Bulls will remain focused and could rack up something like a 19-3 finish, which would give them 61 wins on the season. If that happens, I don't see any way Rose misses out on the MVP award. The Heat are more than likely going to go on at least one more long winning streak this season and James will no doubt continue to top my statistical leaderboard. Nevertheless, I think his MVP reign is likely to end.

We'll of course do a more thorough treatment of the awards races as the season nears its conclusion, but as of today, this is how I see things shaking out.

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LIVE AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

Recapping Sloan: Two Key Issues (by Kevin Pelton): During last weekend's fifth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conferences, a pair of important questions came up. How do we predict what a player will be from what they've been? And does specific data tell us more than a larger, more general sample? (free)

Tuesday Truths: Final Reality (by John Gasaway): The regular season's in the books, so this week the Truths arrive a day early. Did we finally get some clarity on a wild season? Well, yes (Big Ten, SEC) and no (ACC, Pac-10). (free)

Start/Sit Projections: Week of March 7 (by Kevin Pelton): The Memphis Grizzlies' schedule provides an opportunity to their wings, especially O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen. Check your waiver wire for Allen if you need scoring from the wing. (premium)

Dynamic Duos: Can Anthony and Stoudemire Work? (by Dan Feldman): A look at the history of high-scoring tandems suggests that the most successful combinations thrive thanks to their ability to contribute with rebounding and defense. That could spell trouble in the Big Apple for Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. (free)

Tournament Preview: WCC Tournament (by Kevin Pelton): The West Coast Conference begins its tournament today in Las Vegas, but the real action starts when Gonzaga and St. Mary's start battling for spots in the NCAA Tournament. (premium)

Cougars Declawed? Post-Davies BYU (by John Gasaway): In their first game without starter Brandon Davies, BYU lost 82-64 at home to New Mexico. But in his feature for ESPN Insider, John says it's too soon to hit the panic button on this team. (premium)

Incentives and APBRmetrics: Explaining Adoption (by Kevin Pelton): Ken Pomeroy argues that the rate at which various groups have adopted statistical analysis in college hoops is explained by the incentives to doing so. What does looking at the growth of NBA analytics tell us about this process? (free)

Around the Rim: Bruins Back in Pac-10 Mix (by John Perrotto): UCLA's slow start to the season appeared to be an extension of last year's disappointing below-.500 finish. However, the Bruins have rebounded and enter the final weekend with a chance to win the last Pac-10 regular-season title. (premium)

Poll Position: Lower Seeds that Can Win (by John Gasaway): In his feature for ESPN Insider, John says teams like George Mason, Utah State, Belmont, and Butler are all capable of knocking off a higher-seeded opponent before the month is out. (premium)

Buyout Rankings: Evaluating the Free Agents (by Kevin Pelton): Tuesday night was the deadline for players to be waived in order to be eligible to compete in the postseason with a different team. We count down the best players who were waived or bought out within the last week. (premium)

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HOOPS CHATS

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)       GR (3/3-3/6)                 WP82 -- ALL         WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 62.6  stoudemire,amare (FRI), 40.9 james,lebron, 27.4  griffin,bl., 14.9
Boston Celtics, 58.9     ellis,monta (FRI), 37.9      rose,derrick, 22.2  neal,gary, 5.1
Chicago Bulls, 57.8      durant,kevin (FRI), 37.7     gasol,pau, 21.4     wall,john, 5.1
Los Angeles Lakers, 56.5 jennings,brandon (SUN), 37.2 howard,dwight, 20.8 fields,landry, 5.0
Miami Heat, 55.7         james,lebron (THU), 35.7     paul,chris, 20.5    turner,evan, 3.7
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

HOOPS LISTS
TEAM, POW                          TEAM, POW
 1. San Antonio Spurs, 62.6        16. Phoenix Suns, 42.8
 2. Boston Celtics, 58.9           17. New York Knicks, 42.5
 3. Chicago Bulls, 57.8            18. Utah Jazz, 41.2
 4. Los Angeles Lakers, 56.5       19. Indiana Pacers, 36.8
 5. Miami Heat, 55.7               20. Golden State Warriors, 34.3
 6. Dallas Mavericks, 55.7         21. Milwaukee Bucks, 33.4
 7. Orlando Magic, 54.0            22. Charlotte Bobcats, 32.4
 8. Oklahoma City Thunder, 51.8    23. Los Angeles Clippers, 30.2
 9. Denver Nuggets, 48.5           24. Detroit Pistons, 28.6
10. New Orleans Hornets, 47.7      25. New Jersey Nets, 23.9
11. Memphis Grizzlies, 46.9        26. Sacramento Kings, 23.5
12. Portland Trail Blazers, 44.2   27. Toronto Raptors, 23.1
13. Houston Rockets, 43.5          28. Minnesota Timberwolves, 22.3
14. Atlanta Hawks, 43.4            29. Washington Wizards, 20.0
15. Philadelphia 76ers, 43.2       30. Cleveland Cavaliers, 16.1
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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THURSDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

MAGIC 99, HEAT 96 (box)

ORL (41-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIA (43-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
richardson,jason.....83%  21%  1.58  +15 25.6  james,lebron.........83%  25%  1.37    0 35.7
nelson,jameer........73%  30%  0.85  - 5 17.9  wade,dwyane..........85%  30%  1.14  - 9 27.6
howard,dwight........93%  15%  1.45  +13 17.5  bosh,chris...........83%  20%  0.79  - 8 14.9
anderson,ryan........48%  25%  1.42  - 1 15.7  dampier,erick........65%  10%  1.27  + 9 10.2
arenas,gilbert.......33%  37%  1.07  +10 13.2  chalmers,mario.......51%  24%  0.66  + 5  8.8
bass,brandon.........47%  15%  1.13  -13  8.7  miller,mike..........50%   6%  2.12  - 5  7.6
turkoglu,hedo........64%  11%  0.95  -12  6.4  bibby,mike...........40%  14%  0.84  - 7  4.7
redick,j.j...........26%  15%  1.61  - 1  6.4  anthony,joel.........20%  14%  0.47  - 7  1.4
richardson,quentin...35%   8%  1.29  + 9  3.7  jones,james..........15%  12%  0.44  + 6  0.9
allen,malik..........(DNP)                     anthony,joel.........(DNP)  
clark,earl...........(DNP)                     house,eddie..........(DNP)  
duhon,chris..........(DNP)                     howard,juwan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 86.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Magic............  115.1 .592  .229 .186 .092  Heat.............  111.7 .487  .216 .140 .154

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NUGGETS 103, JAZZ 101 (box)

DEN (36-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  UTA (33-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
lawson,ty............70%  23%  1.49  + 6 22.4  harris,devin.........70%  25%  1.55  - 7 28.9
afflalo,arron........72%  18%  1.45  + 5 21.2  jefferson,al.........77%  23%  1.08    0 24.7
hilario,nene.........70%  23%  0.92  + 7 15.0  kirilenko,andrei.....70%  23%  0.90  - 3 20.8
martin,kenyon........66%  18%  1.09  + 6 14.9  millsap,paul.........75%  15%  1.05  + 2 13.9
felton,raymond.......63%  17%  1.16    0 12.1  watson,earl..........30%   5%  4.28  + 5  9.0
andersen,chris.......30%  34%  1.10  - 5 11.1  bell,raja............66%   9%  0.97  - 3  6.6
smith,j.r............36%  25%  0.84  -10  8.0  hayward,gordon.......36%  15%  0.75    0  5.4
chandler,wilson......58%  13%  0.78  + 5  6.3  fesenko,kyrylo.......10%  19%  0.88  + 1  1.8
harrington,al........34%   9%  0.73  - 4  2.6  elson,francisco......12%  16%  0.15  - 4  0.4
forbes,gary..........(DNP)                     fesenko,kyrylo.......(DNP)  
koufos,kosta.........(DNP)                     evans,jeremy.........(DNP)  
mozgov,timofey.......(DNP)                     favors,derrick.......(DNP)  
PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Nuggets..........  113.7 .513  .324 .177 .160  Jazz.............  111.4 .548  .229 .132 .058

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

NETS 116, RAPTORS 103 (box)

TOR (17-46).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NJN (19-43).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
derozan,demar........71%  30%  1.09  - 5 23.9  williams,deron.......73%  24%  1.19  + 7 23.3
bargnani,andrea......81%  26%  1.02  -14 22.5  humphries,kris.......76%  22%  1.13  +15 23.2
calderon,jose........71%  16%  1.23  -12 15.2  lopez,brook..........77%  27%  0.93  +11 20.7
davis,ed.............45%  17%  1.56  +10 13.2  james,damion.........56%  15%  1.64  +22 16.8
weems,sonny..........45%  16%  0.93  - 8  7.6  vujacic,sasha........62%  16%  1.20  + 4 14.1
barbosa,leandro......42%  23%  0.56  - 7  5.9  outlaw,travis........57%  14%  0.94  - 2  6.9
johnson,amir.........62%   8%  1.14  -31  5.7  farmar,jordan........29%  12%  1.63  + 3  6.6
bayless,jerryd.......29%  12%  1.45  - 1  5.4  morrow,anthony.......25%  19%  1.26  + 3  5.3
ajinca,alexis........12%  24%  1.33  + 9  4.1  petro,johan..........22%  14%  0.99  + 2  3.1
johnson,james........42%  19%  0.40  - 6  2.9  graham,stephen....... 7%  14%  0.00  -10  0.0
dorsey,joey..........(DNP)                     gaines,sundiata......(DNP)  
wright,julian........(DNP)                     gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 96.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 96.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Raptors..........  106.5 .494  .171 .165 .109  Nets.............  119.9 .599  .194 .124 .114

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BULLS 89, MAGIC 81 (box)

CHI (43-18).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ORL (41-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........74%  37%  0.90  - 3 24.9  howard,dwight........90%  23%  0.97  - 1 22.4
deng,luol............81%  21%  1.10  - 4 23.3  richardson,jason.....79%  18%  1.27  + 1 19.0
boozer,carlos........67%  31%  0.68  + 1 13.8  nelson,jameer........69%  29%  0.87  + 1 17.6
korver,kyle..........38%  17%  1.72  +11 11.5  bass,brandon.........67%  18%  1.18  - 6 15.4
watson,c.j...........26%  29%  1.33  +11 10.6  redick,j.j...........48%  23%  0.75  -11  8.4
brewer,ronnie........45%  10%  1.61  +22  7.7  anderson,ryan........42%  11%  0.92  - 9  4.8
gibson,taj...........33%   9%  1.38  + 7  4.5  arenas,gilbert.......30%  25%  0.51  -11  3.6
bogans,keith.........35%   8%  1.23  -13  3.7  turkoglu,hedo........62%   9%  0.49    0  2.9
noah,joakim..........34%   8%  1.14  - 5  3.6  richardson,quentin...11%   8%  0.29  - 4  0.3
korver,kyle..........(DNP)                     allen,malik..........(DNP)  
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                     clark,earl...........(DNP)  
thomas,kurt..........(DNP)                     duhon,chris..........(DNP)  
PACE: 85.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bulls............  103.7 .452  .405 .186 .113  Magic............   94.4 .486  .132 .140 .118

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76ERS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 100 (box)

MIN (15-49).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHI (32-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
love,kevin...........83%  21%  1.41  - 7 25.9  iguodala,andre.......79%  21%  1.76  +18 35.3
ridnour,luke.........65%  19%  1.08  - 6 17.0  brand,elton..........75%  22%  1.09  + 7 19.0
beasley,michael......81%  19%  0.95  -12 13.9  young,thaddeus.......68%  21%  1.17  +14 15.8
pekovic,nikola.......29%  39%  1.02  + 6 13.8  meeks,jodie..........64%  12%  1.46  + 4 13.5
hayward,lazar........50%  20%  1.29  - 4 13.4  holiday,jrue.........79%  16%  0.94  +11 13.3
ellington,wayne......70%  16%  0.81  - 6 10.5  williams,lou.........44%  26%  0.90    0 10.6
flynn,jonny..........35%  19%  1.06  - 5  8.2  speights,marreese....32%  17%  1.19  + 6  7.4
tolliver,anthony.....32%  10%  0.71  - 5  2.6  hawes,spencer........25%  15%  0.57  - 7  1.9
tolliver,anthony.....(DNP)                     turner,evan..........(DNP)  
johnson,wesley.......(DNP)                     battie,tony..........(DNP)  
milicic,darko........(DNP)                     nocioni,andres.......(DNP)  
telfair,sebastian....(DNP)                     songaila,darius......(DNP)  
PACE: 95.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 95.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Timberwolves.....  105.2 .495  .300 .168 .051  76ers............  116.8 .548  .211 .126 .107

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THUNDER 111, HAWKS 104 (box)

OKC (39-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ATL (37-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
durant,kevin.........83%  27%  1.46  + 6 37.7  johnson,joe..........85%  30%  0.90  - 1 27.7
westbrook,russell....74%  40%  1.08  +11 27.7  crawford,jamal.......70%  26%  1.14  - 8 21.6
harden,james.........68%  25%  0.89  + 5 15.1  hinrich,kirk.........67%  24%  1.32  - 6 20.4
collison,nick........57%   8%  1.89  + 2 10.2  horford,al...........73%  19%  1.14  + 5 17.3
ibaka,serge..........56%  12%  1.23  +11  9.9  williams,marvin......73%  10%  1.38  -11  9.9
mohammed,nazr........40%  16%  0.85  - 1  6.0  teague,jeff..........30%  18%  1.54  + 1  8.6
maynor,eric..........26%  18%  1.09  - 2  5.2  collins,jason........43%   4%  1.93  - 3  4.2
cook,daequan.........28%  16%  0.96  - 1  4.5  wilkins,damien.......22%   6%  2.81  + 3  4.1
sefolosha,thabo......66%   2%  2.56  + 4  4.4  pachulia,zaza........12%   4%  1.82  - 8  1.0
aldrich,cole......... 4%  28%  1.98    0  2.2  powell,josh..........10%  30%  0.15  - 8  0.4
ivey,royal...........(DNP)                     thomas,etan..........(DNP)  
mullens,byron........(DNP)                     armstrong,hilton.....(DNP)  
PACE: 90.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Thunder..........  122.8 .548  .324 .177 .102  Hawks............  115.1 .512  .351 .133 .122

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CELTICS 107, WARRIORS 103 (box)

GSW (27-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  BOS (46-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
ellis,monta..........93%  32%  1.39  + 3 37.9  pierce,paul..........76%  29%  1.17  + 5 28.0
lee,david............84%  28%  1.08  + 1 32.1  allen,ray............81%  20%  1.76  + 9 24.7
curry,stephen........66%  20%  0.89  - 8 13.6  rondo,rajon..........87%  16%  1.26  + 4 20.3
wright,dorell........59%  17%  1.03  - 8 10.6  green,jeff...........58%  29%  0.98  - 9 17.5
radmanovic,vladimir..44%  15%  0.92  + 4  6.1  krstic,nenad.........55%  15%  1.25  +12 12.1
law,acie.............34%  12%  1.16  + 4  5.4  garnett,kevin........70%  12%  1.08  +11  8.7
biedrins,andris......36%   8%  1.38  -13  4.6  wafer,von............11%  37%  1.57  + 1  7.0
amundson,louis.......36%   5%  1.81  + 1  4.0  murphy,troy..........25%  16%  0.48  - 9  2.0
williams,reggie......16%  19%  0.56  - 2  1.6  johnson,chris........19%   4%  0.78    0  0.7
udoh,epke............27%   4%  0.63  - 1  0.8  bradley,avery........18%  17%  0.09  - 4  0.3
thornton,al..........(DNP)                     davis,glen...........(DNP)  
adrien,jeff..........(DNP)                     pavlovic,sasha.......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Warriors.........  116.7 .506  .405 .181 .105  Celtics..........  121.3 .582  .200 .136 .120

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CAVALIERS 119, KNICKS 115 (box)

CLE (12-50).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NYK (32-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
hickson,j.j..........74%  29%  1.13  +15 31.8  stoudemire,amare.....82%  51%  0.90  - 7 40.9
davis,baron..........55%  29%  1.38  +10 24.5  anthony,carmelo......88%  29%  1.02  -11 32.6
harangody,luke.......46%  28%  1.38  - 1 19.2  fields,landry........72%  11%  2.11  +14 17.5
parker,anthony.......67%   9%  3.12  +13 19.1  douglas,toney........66%  15%  1.36  - 4 17.0
sessions,ramon.......72%  25%  0.74  + 2 15.6  carter,anthony.......46%   6%  2.45    0  7.6
samuels,samardo......64%  20%  1.07  - 3 13.5  williams,shelden.....26%  12%  1.71  - 1  4.7
gee,alonzo...........37%   4%  1.42    0  2.9  williams,shawne......50%  12%  0.55  -13  3.9
harris,manny.........18%   2%  5.29  - 7  2.7  jeffries,jared.......54%   0%  5.45  + 7  2.7
hollins,ryan.........16%  15%  0.75  - 3  2.6  walker,bill..........16%   4%  0.87  - 5  0.7
harris,manny.........(DNP)                     balkman,renaldo......(DNP)  
erden,semih..........(DNP)                     brown,derrick........(DNP)  
graham,joey..........(DNP)                     mason,roger..........(DNP)  
PACE: 90.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Cavaliers........  131.9 .570  .381 .177 .141  Knicks...........  127.5 .597  .382 .133 .146

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HORNETS 98, GRIZZLIES 91 (box)

NOH (37-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MEM (35-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
paul,chris...........79%  27%  1.56  +20 35.1  randolph,zach........75%  29%  1.04  -22 23.7
jack,jarrett.........63%  22%  1.39  - 1 19.8  mayo,o.j.............52%  21%  1.72  +10 17.9
landry,carl..........80%  23%  0.86  +14 16.4  gasol,marc...........68%  18%  0.94  + 2 12.9
belinelli,marco......36%  24%  1.48  + 6 14.9  conley,mike..........52%  16%  1.60  - 1 12.3
green,willie.........57%  28%  0.84  - 8 12.7  arthur,darrell.......45%  26%  0.93  + 2 11.4
okafor,emeka.........65%  13%  1.03  +12  9.9  allen,tony...........57%  16%  0.92  -14  8.0
pondexter,quincy.....59%   7%  0.92  + 6  4.7  williams,jason.......29%  23%  1.12  - 9  7.3
gray,aaron...........38%  12%  0.26  - 3  1.4  young,sam............49%  15%  0.75  -20  6.5
west,david........... 8%  12%  0.00  - 1  0.0  battier,shane........42%  10%  1.22  +10  5.7
andersen,david.......(DNP)                     haddadi,hamed........12%  16%  0.47  + 4  1.0
smith,jason..........(DNP)                     smith,ishmael........(DNP)  
ariza,trevor.........(DNP)                     vasquez,greivis......(DNP)  
PACE: 85.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hornets..........  114.9 .542  .265 .188 .124  Grizzlies........  106.7 .487  .282 .141 .119

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MAVERICKS 116, PACERS 108 (box)

IND (27-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DAL (45-17).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
granger,danny........74%  24%  1.13  - 5 21.4  terry,jason..........63%  29%  1.17  + 7 22.2
collison,darren......59%  24%  1.39  - 6 19.9  nowitzki,dirk........73%  23%  1.44  +10 22.0
hansbrough,tyler.....58%  26%  0.90  - 5 15.6  kidd,jason...........68%  13%  2.12  + 1 17.7
mcroberts,josh.......41%  23%  1.34  - 4 13.6  haywood,brendan......58%  13%  1.36  + 4 11.5
rush,brandon.........41%  12%  2.10  - 1 11.4  barea,jose...........37%  22%  1.34  + 7 11.2
hibbert,roy..........64%  21%  0.78  - 5 10.6  beaubois,rodrigue....31%  37%  1.02  - 1 10.9
george,paul..........46%  14%  1.09  + 1  8.1  marion,shawn.........57%  20%  0.87  - 1 10.0
jones,dahntay........26%  19%  1.19  - 3  6.0  stojakovic,peja......34%  17%  1.45  - 1  9.1
stephenson,lance.....26%  17%  1.08  - 1  5.2  mahinmi,ian..........42%  14%  1.09  + 4  7.0
foster,jeff..........36%   4%  1.65  - 3  2.8  stevenson,deshawn....22%  11%  1.51  + 2  4.0
price,a.j............30%  18%  0.36  - 8  2.2  brewer,corey.........11%   5%  0.00  + 5  0.0
posey,james..........(DNP)                     cardinal,brian.......(DNP)  
PACE: 92.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pacers...........  117.0 .545  .182 .173 .133  Mavericks........  125.7 .563  .359 .130 .162

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SUNS 102, BUCKS 88 (box)

PHX (32-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIL (23-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
frye,channing........76%  16%  1.84  +16 23.6  maggette,corey.......58%  24%  1.41  -13 21.4
pietrus,mickael......72%  22%  1.32  +20 23.5  jennings,brandon.....69%  31%  0.67  -17 15.7
hill,grant...........70%  19%  1.30  +12 16.3  boykins,earl.........42%  35%  0.98  + 3 15.3
nash,steve...........58%  22%  1.28  +26 16.2  delfino,carlos.......55%  16%  1.08  - 2  9.9
gortat,marcin........67%  19%  1.04  + 3 11.2  dooling,keyon........51%  13%  1.28  - 8  9.9
warrick,hakim........24%  25%  1.39  - 2  7.6  sanders,larry........54%  21%  0.76  -19  9.9
brooks,aaron.........42%  21%  0.85  -12  7.3  salmons,john.........75%  11%  0.95  -19  7.2
dudley,jared.........40%  21%  0.89  - 2  6.7  barron,earl..........28%  16%  1.00    0  4.7
lopez,robin..........31%  13%  0.51  +13  1.9  brockman,jon.........60%   9%  0.72  + 4  3.6
childress,josh.......13%   6%  1.61    0  1.1  douglas-roberts,chris 8%  23%  1.01  + 1  1.9
dowdell,zabian.......(DNP)                     ilyasova,ersan.......(DNP)  
siler,garret.........(DNP)                     mbahamoute,luc.......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Suns.............  115.3 .572  .189 .181 .099  Bucks............   99.5 .435  .289 .136 .085

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SPURS 125, HEAT 95 (box)

MIA (43-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAS (51-12).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
james,lebron.........75%  34%  1.07  -16 28.8  ginobili,manu........56%  30%  1.39  +20 22.9
bosh,chris...........74%  19%  1.27  -16 19.5  bonner,matt..........51%  13%  3.01  +26 18.2
wade,dwyane..........56%  42%  0.67  -24 15.2  parker,tony..........48%  31%  1.15  +31 16.6
miller,mike..........69%  11%  1.61  -20 13.0  neal,gary............56%  18%  1.59  +10 15.5
chalmers,mario.......41%  15%  1.09  -23  6.5  hill,george..........58%  15%  1.57  + 7 14.9
bibby,mike...........60%   9%  1.09  - 7  5.9  duncan,tim...........55%  21%  0.98  +20 11.5
ilgauskas,zydrunas...23%  21%  1.03  - 9  4.1  blair,dejuan.........58%  17%  1.06  +12 10.0
howard,juwan.........17%  10%  1.53  - 1  2.9  jefferson,richard....57%  13%  1.38  +11  9.8
house,eddie..........43%  13%  0.41  - 6  2.3  novak,steve..........17%  23%  1.53  + 1  6.7
jones,james..........15%  12%  0.82  -12  1.5  splitter,tiago.......27%  14%  1.27  +11  4.3
dampier,erick........27%   3%  1.20  -16  1.4  jeffers,othyus.......17%  23%  0.62  + 1  2.3
anthony,joel.........(DNP)                     mcdyess,antonio......(DNP)  
PACE: 94.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Heat.............  101.0 .519  .146 .170 .094  Spurs............  132.9 .665  .128 .128 .108

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LAKERS 92, BOBCATS 84 (box)

CHA (26-36).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAL (45-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
augustin,d.j.........71%  35%  0.86  -11 24.0  bryant,kobe..........64%  48%  0.78  +14 24.3
livingston,shaun.....45%  25%  1.15  + 6 15.6  gasol,pau............81%  18%  1.39  + 7 22.3
white,d.j............40%  19%  1.40  + 3 10.7  artest,ron...........56%  19%  1.11  +14 12.4
mcguire,dominic......49%  16%  1.02  + 6  9.1  bynum,andrew.........59%   9%  2.38  +13 12.1
brown,kwame..........51%   9%  1.70  -15  8.1  odom,lamar...........60%  21%  1.16  - 4 11.9
jackson,stephen......53%  26%  0.58  -16  7.6  brown,shannon........44%  21%  0.91  - 8  8.1
hendersonjr,gerald...58%  19%  0.58  -10  6.5  blake,steve..........64%  10%  0.53  + 4  3.0
diaw,boris...........60%  12%  0.58  -11  4.5  fisher,derek.........36%  15%  0.48  + 4  2.2
carroll,matt.........25%  26%  0.43  + 1  3.0  walton,luke..........35%   6%  0.72  - 4  1.4
livingston,shaun.....(DNP)                     barnes,matt..........(DNP)  
najera,eduardo.......(DNP)                     caracter,derrick.....(DNP)  
cunningham,dante.....(DNP)                     smith,joe............(DNP)  
PACE: 94.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bobcats..........   89.2 .403  .275 .170 .042  Lakers...........   97.7 .410  .271 .127 .098

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SATURDAY'S RESULTS

NETS 137, RAPTORS 136, 3OT (box)

TOR (17-46).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NJN (19-43).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bargnani,andrea......82%  32%  1.04  - 4 25.6  williams,deron.......84%  24%  1.25  + 1 26.6
derozan,demar........86%  27%  1.00  + 2 22.1  lopez,brook..........75%  30%  1.17  - 2 23.5
barbosa,leandro......45%  27%  1.34  - 6 17.2  humphries,kris.......85%  19%  1.02  + 2 19.1
calderon,jose........64%  14%  1.42    0 14.4  vujacic,sasha........75%  18%  1.58  +20 18.5
bayless,jerryd.......58%   8%  2.09  - 7 11.6  farmar,jordan........37%  22%  1.44  - 3 10.3
davis,ed.............49%  13%  1.72  - 8 11.3  outlaw,travis........56%  13%  1.51  -10  9.9
johnson,amir.........62%  13%  0.94  +11  8.2  gaines,sundiata......37%  15%  0.88    0  5.2
johnson,james........30%  16%  0.64  - 2  3.7  james,damion.........35%   3%  3.40  + 1  3.7
weems,sonny..........19%  19%  0.84  + 4  3.5  petro,johan..........11%  23%  0.57  + 2  1.5
ajinca,alexis........ 5%  17%  0.00  + 5  0.0  graham,stephen....... 6%  15%  0.00  - 6  0.0
dorsey,joey..........(DNP)                     gadzuric,dan.........(DNP)  
wright,julian........(DNP)                     wright,brandan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 115.7         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 115.7         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Raptors..........  117.6 .468  .276 .138 .137  Nets.............  118.4 .514  .345 .104 .148

WIZARDS 103, TIMBERWOLVES 96 (box)

MIN (15-49).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  WAS (16-46).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
love,kevin...........76%  29%  1.08  - 2 22.0  wall,john............81%  23%  1.18  + 8 25.6
ellington,wayne......84%  14%  1.48  - 6 18.6  blatche,andray.......84%  22%  1.19  + 5 24.4
beasley,michael......72%  27%  0.79  - 1 15.8  mcgee,javale.........60%  19%  1.08  + 5 12.8
ridnour,luke.........73%  20%  0.99  - 6 14.4  martin,cartier.......57%  12%  1.32  +12 12.1
pekovic,nikola.......55%  16%  1.38  - 3 11.6  lewis,rashard........47%  26%  0.79  + 1 11.2
flynn,jonny..........27%  18%  1.52  - 1  8.1  booker,trevor........36%  13%  1.74  +10  9.9
randolph,anthony.....32%  30%  0.63  + 2  6.4  crawford,jordan......43%  26%  0.75  - 3  8.9
tolliver,anthony.....37%   5%  1.40  - 9  2.9  shakur,mustafa.......19%  17%  0.88  - 1  3.0
hayward,lazar........44%  11%  0.36  - 9  2.1  seraphin,kevin.......18%   2%  3.22  -10  1.5
johnson,wesley.......(DNP)                     shakur,mustafa.......(DNP)  
milicic,darko........(DNP)                     jianlian,yi..........(DNP)  
telfair,sebastian....(DNP)                     ndiaye,hamady........(DNP)  
PACE: 94.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Timberwolves.....  101.9 .467  .378 .170 .084  Wizards..........  109.3 .473  .340 .127 .131

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ROCKETS 112, PACERS 95 (box)

IND (27-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  HOU (32-32).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
granger,danny........62%  25%  0.97  -16 15.6  lowry,kyle...........60%  20%  1.72  +17 22.1
hibbert,roy..........56%  25%  1.00  -15 15.3  martin,kevin.........57%  31%  0.99  +20 18.0
hansbrough,tyler.....52%  33%  0.88    0 14.6  budinger,chase.......71%  19%  1.21  +23 16.0
mcroberts,josh.......60%  19%  1.02  - 8 12.0  scola,luis...........57%  26%  0.97  +21 13.3
george,paul..........55%  12%  1.43  - 4  9.2  dragic,goran.........40%  26%  1.28    0 13.1
price,a.j............23%  25%  1.16  +13  7.4  lee,courtney.........63%  18%  1.05    0 12.0
stephenson,lance.....45%  16%  0.94    0  6.7  patterson,patrick....36%  12%  1.85  - 3  8.1
foster,jeff..........26%  11%  1.40  -11  5.0  hayes,chuck..........48%   9%  1.53  +15  6.0
collison,darren......46%  22%  0.44  -19  4.1  hill,jordan..........13%  19%  1.91  - 9  4.0
rush,brandon.........43%   7%  1.06  -14  3.6  miller,brad..........40%   9%  0.47  +11  1.6
jones,dahntay........33%  14%  0.69  -11  3.3  williams,terrence....12%  21%  0.02  -10  0.0
posey,james..........(DNP)                     thabeet,hasheem......(DNP)  
PACE: 98.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 98.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pacers...........   96.8 .418  .358 .163 .099  Rockets..........  114.2 .485  .304 .122 .099

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JAZZ 109, KINGS 102 (box)

SAC (15-45).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  UTA (33-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
cousins,demarcus.....82%  24%  1.09  -13 21.8  jefferson,al.........82%  28%  0.99  +14 23.7
thornton,marcus......89%  24%  0.87  - 3 17.2  harris,devin.........69%  24%  0.95  +11 16.7
udrih,beno...........81%  16%  1.14  - 8 16.5  bell,raja............76%  13%  1.43  + 8 15.5
garcia,francisco.....44%  17%  2.14  + 7 16.1  kirilenko,andrei.....63%  16%  1.39  + 8 15.5
thompson,jason.......52%  15%  1.00  + 8  8.1  millsap,paul.........39%  25%  1.19  + 2 11.3
taylor,jermaine......36%  25%  0.83    0  8.0  miles,c.j............38%  32%  1.00  + 1 10.0
dalembert,samuel.....45%  21%  0.68  + 1  6.2  elson,francisco......45%   6%  2.04  + 4  5.8
jackson,darnell......22%  18%  0.78  - 4  3.3  watson,earl..........31%  18%  0.74  - 4  4.3
greene,donte.........42%  10%  0.75  -19  3.2  favors,derrick.......25%  27%  0.39  - 1  2.7
jeter,pooh........... 8%  21%  0.00  - 4  0.0  hayward,gordon.......24%   1%  4.51  - 1  1.7
casspi,omri..........(DNP)                     fesenko,kyrylo.......(DNP)  
head,luther..........(DNP)                     price,ronnie.........(DNP)  
PACE: 101.6         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 101.6         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Kings............  100.4 .446  .280 .157 .130  Jazz.............  107.3 .477  .234 .118 .143

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TRAIL BLAZERS 93, BOBCATS 69 (box)

CHA (26-36).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  POR (35-27).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
augustin,d.j.........77%  27%  0.80  -17 18.2  aldridge,lamarcus....84%  26%  1.14  +26 26.0
hendersonjr,gerald...70%  24%  0.88  -20 16.1  fernandez,rudy.......55%  18%  1.44  +14 14.9
white,d.j............54%  17%  1.55  -21 15.7  mills,patrick........38%  31%  1.19  +11 14.4
diaw,boris...........46%  18%  0.90  - 3  7.4  miller,andre.........62%  10%  1.88  +13 12.9
mcguire,dominic......55%  12%  0.91  -16  6.6  camby,marcus.........47%  18%  1.31  + 6 12.0
carroll,matt.........25%  23%  0.91  - 5  5.3  roy,brandon..........43%  27%  1.02  +11 11.7
cunningham,dante.....45%   7%  1.45  - 8  5.0  batum,nicolas........54%  14%  1.17  +11  9.6
brown,kwame..........47%  19%  0.53  -10  4.6  matthews,wesley......46%  15%  1.27  +13  8.3
livingston,shaun.....28%  37%  0.45  - 6  4.5  wallace,gerald.......56%  18%  0.89  +13  7.7
przybilla,joel.......36%  20%  0.49  - 9  3.8  collins,jarron.......12%   7%  0.08    0  0.1
najera,eduardo.......(DNP)                     johnson,armon........(DNP)  
jackson,stephen......(DNP)                     babbitt,luke.........(DNP)  
PACE: 79.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 79.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bobcats..........   87.3 .434  .343 .202 .072  Trail Blazers....  117.6 .486  .256 .152 .139

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CLIPPERS 100, NUGGETS 94 (box)

DEN (36-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  LAC (23-40).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
hilario,nene.........65%  24%  1.60    0 24.7  griffin,blake........88%  19%  1.43  + 8 22.5
felton,raymond.......75%  19%  1.43  - 5 16.8  bledsoe,eric.........47%  33%  1.41  +12 20.8
lawson,ty............69%  20%  1.13  + 4 16.2  williams,maurice.....69%  24%  1.10  - 8 18.3
martin,kenyon........54%  21%  0.89  + 2 11.3  foye,randy...........66%  21%  0.95  + 2 14.4
chandler,wilson......68%  16%  0.74    0  9.8  jordan,deandre.......58%  10%  1.62  - 5  8.2
afflalo,arron........38%  18%  1.15  - 6  8.8  kaman,chris..........48%  22%  0.81  +14  8.1
andersen,chris.......28%  16%  1.24  -11  6.1  aminu,alfarouq.......41%  11%  1.23  + 5  5.2
smith,j.r............44%  25%  0.47  -11  5.6  gordon,eric..........28%  21%  0.87  + 8  4.9
mozgov,timofey....... 9%   5%  2.43    0  1.4  gomes,ryan...........41%  11%  0.69  - 4  3.5
harrington,al........38%  21%  0.05  - 4  0.4  moon,jamario.........15%  18%  0.52  - 2  1.7
forbes,gary..........(DNP)                     smith,craig..........(DNP)  
koufos,kosta.........(DNP)                     diogu,ike............(DNP)  
PACE: 93.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 93.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Nuggets..........  101.0 .407  .436 .172 .085  Clippers.........  107.5 .527  .158 .129 .128

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

BULLS 87, HEAT 86 (box)

CHI (43-18).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIA (43-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........80%  36%  0.96    0 28.8  james,lebron.........87%  27%  1.31  - 4 32.8
deng,luol............89%  23%  0.97  - 3 21.5  bosh,chris...........87%  21%  1.28  - 4 25.8
noah,joakim..........74%  13%  1.33  + 3 15.8  wade,dwyane..........79%  39%  0.73  - 2 22.9
boozer,carlos........69%  27%  0.80  + 4 15.7  chalmers,mario.......65%  10%  1.97  +12 14.5
bogans,keith.........41%  14%  1.04  + 5  6.9  jones,james..........18%   4%  4.35  + 5  3.9
watson,c.j...........20%   9%  2.91  + 1  6.3  ilgauskas,zydrunas...29%  26%  0.29  - 1  2.3
brewer,ronnie........33%   1%  9.78  + 2  5.5  dampier,erick........47%   2%  1.55  - 8  1.9
korver,kyle..........38%  15%  0.60  - 2  3.8  miller,mike..........65%   8%  0.11  - 1  0.6
asik,omer............22%  12%  0.52    0  1.7  bibby,mike...........23%  17%  0.00  - 2  0.0
korver,kyle..........(DNP)                     anthony,joel.........(DNP)  
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                     house,eddie..........(DNP)  
thomas,kurt..........(DNP)                     howard,juwan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 82.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 82.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bulls............  106.0 .480  .313 .195 .107  Heat.............  104.8 .507  .235 .146 .123

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LAKERS 99, SPURS 83 (box)

LAL (45-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAS (51-12).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bryant,kobe..........65%  43%  0.99  +28 28.1  neal,gary............51%  27%  1.27  +13 18.0
gasol,pau............74%  22%  1.38  +13 20.9  hill,george..........46%  38%  0.72  -16 15.2
odom,lamar...........61%  23%  1.31  +10 16.3  parker,tony..........51%  32%  0.85  -28 12.9
artest,ron...........44%  19%  1.20  +23 11.3  novak,steve..........40%  16%  1.62  + 9 10.2
brown,shannon........56%  19%  1.19  - 7 10.1  blair,dejuan.........45%  20%  0.85  + 8  7.5
fisher,derek.........56%  13%  1.41  +21  9.2  ginobili,manu........49%  22%  0.58  -14  6.1
bynum,andrew.........55%   0% 15.06  +16  7.7  duncan,tim...........47%  13%  0.86  -29  5.8
barnes,matt..........29%  20%  1.00  - 8  5.2  splitter,tiago.......38%  11%  1.22  +14  5.0
walton,luke.......... 6%  14%  1.07  - 4  0.9  mcdyess,antonio......21%  17%  1.14  - 3  3.9
blake,steve..........44%   9%  0.20  - 5  0.7  anderson,james.......27%   5%  2.45  +15  3.9
caracter,derrick..... 6%  20%  0.00  - 4  0.0  bonner,matt..........42%   9%  0.92  -24  3.8
smith,joe............(DNP)                     jefferson,richard....43%   9%  0.10  -25  0.3
PACE: 89.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Lakers...........  110.4 .511  .341 .178 .049  Spurs............   92.6 .401  .314 .134 .093

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KNICKS 92, HAWKS 79 (box)

NYK (32-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ATL (37-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stoudemire,amare.....83%  31%  1.05  + 7 24.9  smith,josh...........76%  28%  0.84  - 4 19.4
fields,landry........82%  14%  1.65  + 8 19.2  hinrich,kirk.........71%  15%  1.61  -12 18.3
anthony,carmelo......64%  41%  0.72  + 5 18.1  johnson,joe..........76%  24%  0.82  - 4 14.5
williams,shawne......58%  15%  1.85  +11 15.1  crawford,jamal.......57%  33%  0.74  - 8 13.9
douglas,toney........69%  17%  1.37  +12 13.3  horford,al...........84%  12%  0.92  -14 12.7
carter,anthony.......31%  23%  1.65  + 1 10.6  williams,marvin......62%  15%  0.95  -11 10.0
mason,roger..........52%   9%  1.33  +15  5.6  teague,jeff..........23%  24%  0.82  - 7  4.0
jeffries,jared.......55%   2%  1.16  +11  1.7  armstrong,hilton.....24%   2%  1.35  - 6  0.9
williams,shelden..... 6%  19%  0.67  - 5  0.7  pachulia,zaza........ 2%  49%  0.00  - 2  0.0
balkman,renaldo......(DNP)                     pachulia,zaza........(DNP)  
brown,derrick........(DNP)                     collins,jason........(DNP)  
rautins,andy.........(DNP)                     powell,josh..........(DNP)  
PACE: 84.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 84.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Knicks...........  109.2 .532  .206 .190 .078  Hawks............   93.7 .486  .184 .142 .047

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PISTONS 113, WIZARDS 102 (box)

WAS (16-46).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DET (23-41).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wall,john............95%  24%  1.02  - 6 26.4  prince,tayshaun......77%  24%  0.94  +16 21.6
young,nick...........86%  22%  0.96  - 7 20.9  stuckey,rodney.......85%  23%  1.11  +22 20.9
blatche,andray.......58%  39%  0.78  + 5 18.4  villanueva,charlie...48%  22%  1.46  - 2 16.2
mcgee,javale.........63%  10%  1.63  -10 12.5  hamilton,richard.....56%  19%  1.12  + 8 12.5
crawford,jordan......47%  19%  0.95  -11 10.2  daye,austin..........37%  17%  1.91  + 1 11.7
booker,trevor........59%  13%  1.02  - 9  8.2  gordon,ben...........44%  17%  1.37  + 3 10.4
evans,maurice........63%   9%  0.57  -10  3.8  monroe,greg..........44%  19%  1.20  + 9  8.9
martin,cartier....... 4%  49%  1.14  + 6  2.2  wilcox,chris.........51%  18%  0.88  +10  7.7
seraphin,kevin.......17%   9%  1.06  - 7  2.0  maxiell,jason........34%   6%  1.41  - 7  3.1
shakur,mustafa....... 5%  16%  0.00  - 5  0.0  bynum,will...........23%  15%  0.81  - 5  3.0
jianlian,yi..........(DNP)                     mcgrady,tracy........(DNP)  
lewis,rashard........(DNP)                     summers,dajuan.......(DNP)  
PACE: 97.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 97.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Wizards..........  104.6 .463  .190 .164 .153  Pistons..........  115.9 .555  .344 .123 .063

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76ERS 125, WARRIORS 117, OT (box)

GSW (27-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHI (32-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
ellis,monta..........86%  33%  0.77  -11 26.8  young,thaddeus.......65%  18%  1.38  + 8 20.9
curry,stephen........66%  27%  1.13  + 6 24.1  iguodala,andre.......77%  19%  1.39  - 3 20.4
wright,dorell........78%  17%  1.11  -10 17.4  turner,evan..........53%  26%  1.28  +25 17.5
lee,david............72%  14%  1.26  -12 15.7  holiday,jrue.........84%  15%  1.41    0 16.3
amundson,louis.......21%  26%  1.49  + 4  9.2  williams,lou.........51%  27%  1.10  + 8 13.3
law,acie.............34%  19%  1.11  -16  8.4  brand,elton..........54%  22%  0.94  - 9 11.2
williams,reggie......38%  16%  1.16  + 9  6.3  meeks,jodie..........62%  15%  1.08  + 4 10.4
udoh,epke............22%   9%  1.89  + 6  4.7  hawes,spencer........32%  15%  1.33  - 5  5.4
radmanovic,vladimir..53%   5%  0.19  - 3  0.7  speights,marreese....22%  21%  1.49  +12  5.4
williams,reggie......(DNP)                     battie,tony..........(DNP)  
thornton,al..........(DNP)                     brackins,craig.......(DNP)  
lin,jeremy...........(DNP)                     nocioni,andres.......(DNP)  
PACE: 103.5         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 103.5         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Warriors.........  113.1 .510  .250 .155 .077  76ers............  120.8 .510  .386 .116 .132

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HORNETS 96, CAVALIERS 81 (box)

NOH (37-28).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CLE (12-50).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
west,david...........73%  26%  1.10  +22 21.4  davis,baron..........58%  26%  1.53  -17 21.0
paul,chris...........56%  20%  1.73  + 4 21.2  hickson,j.j..........78%  23%  0.94  -13 16.7
belinelli,marco......85%  21%  1.00  +14 20.2  sessions,ramon.......70%  25%  0.89  -14 14.8
jack,jarrett.........59%  21%  1.38  +12 15.9  samuels,samardo......66%  21%  0.87  - 3 11.9
okafor,emeka.........70%  11%  1.42  +21 12.0  gee,alonzo...........60%  11%  1.22  - 6  9.3
green,willie.........68%  22%  0.69  +17 10.9  parker,anthony.......68%  15%  0.80  -21  8.1
landry,carl..........27%  28%  0.70  - 2  5.7  eyenga,christian.....34%  19%  0.88  + 2  5.7
smith,jason..........12%  18%  0.66  + 1  1.4  harangody,luke.......34%  13%  0.67  -12  2.9
gray,aaron...........19%   4%  1.05  -12  1.0  erden,semih..........22%  16%  0.41  - 2  1.5
pondexter,quincy.....32%  13%  0.23  - 2  0.9  harris,manny.........10%  18%  0.74  +11  1.4
andersen,david.......(DNP)                     graham,joey..........(DNP)  
ariza,trevor.........(DNP)                     hollins,ryan.........(DNP)  
PACE: 86.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hornets..........  110.6 .540  .156 .184 .091  Cavaliers........   93.3 .408  .289 .138 .137

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THUNDER 122, SUNS 118, 2OT (box)

PHX (32-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  OKC (39-22).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
carter,vince.........75%  27%  1.31  -11 25.7  westbrook,russell....77%  35%  1.05  + 8 31.6
pietrus,mickael......38%  31%  1.29    0 16.2  durant,kevin.........85%  23%  0.82  + 3 23.7
nash,steve...........75%  14%  1.44  + 2 15.3  harden,james.........69%  20%  1.66  + 8 21.3
gortat,marcin........73%  22%  1.10  + 4 15.2  ibaka,serge..........60%  20%  1.04  + 1 11.3
frye,channing........60%  16%  1.34  - 9 12.6  collison,nick........53%  13%  1.49  + 9  9.0
brooks,aaron.........24%  28%  1.35  - 8 10.4  sefolosha,thabo......66%   9%  1.42  - 7  7.3
dudley,jared.........45%  14%  1.45  - 1  8.0  cook,daequan.........36%  23%  0.86  + 7  5.4
lopez,robin..........20%  32%  0.72  + 2  5.3  mohammed,nazr........32%  10%  1.10  - 5  3.3
hill,grant...........77%   9%  0.22  + 2  2.1  maynor,eric..........23%   6%  1.31  - 4  1.8
warrick,hakim........(DNP)                     aldrich,cole.........(DNP)  
childress,josh.......(DNP)                     ivey,royal...........(DNP)  
dowdell,zabian.......(DNP)                     mullens,byron........(DNP)  
PACE: 106.5         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 106.5         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Suns.............  110.8 .545  .157 .150 .058  Thunder..........  114.6 .531  .140 .113 .194

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GRIZZLIES 104, MAVERICKS 103 (box)

MEM (35-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DAL (45-17).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
randolph,zach........89%  21%  1.41  - 1 25.0  terry,jason..........70%  28%  1.33  + 1 27.7
conley,mike..........74%  21%  1.42  + 1 24.6  nowitzki,dirk........71%  27%  1.23  + 7 24.3
gasol,marc...........60%  22%  1.15  - 4 16.6  beaubois,rodrigue....30%  39%  1.26  - 2 16.6
mayo,o.j.............59%  20%  1.27  +22 14.3  barea,jose...........33%  22%  1.61  + 5 13.7
battier,shane........77%  11%  1.44  +11 13.1  marion,shawn.........69%  19%  1.00    0 13.5
arthur,darrell.......48%  22%  1.11  +11 12.2  kidd,jason...........70%  12%  1.03  - 8  8.5
young,sam............27%  18%  0.98  -14  5.1  haywood,brendan......81%   3%  2.71  - 5  7.4
allen,tony...........41%  20%  0.65  -21  4.7  stevenson,deshawn.... 9%  22%  0.92  - 4  1.9
williams,jason.......19%  19%  0.20  + 2  0.7  stojakovic,peja......27%  22%  0.27    0  1.7
smith,ishmael........ 8%  38%  0.12  - 2  0.3  mahinmi,ian..........19%  14%  0.17  + 4  0.5
haddadi,hamed........(DNP)                     brewer,corey.........(DNP)  
powe,leon............(DNP)                     cardinal,brian.......(DNP)  
PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Grizzlies........  116.7 .489  .341 .180 .118  Mavericks........  115.6 .575  .229 .135 .114

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CELTICS 89, BUCKS 83 (box)

BOS (46-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIL (23-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
pierce,paul..........77%  28%  1.18  +16 28.5  jennings,brandon.....85%  30%  1.15  -17 37.2
garnett,kevin........69%  23%  1.17  +11 19.2  salmons,john.........72%  24%  0.94    0 19.4
allen,ray............81%  18%  1.09  - 7 15.5  maggette,corey.......24%  29%  1.14  + 2  8.7
krstic,nenad.........61%  17%  1.49  +10 15.1  dooling,keyon........29%  28%  0.96  + 5  8.6
green,jeff...........56%  17%  1.11  + 8 11.7  sanders,larry........52%  21%  0.81  - 2  8.4
rondo,rajon..........80%  20%  0.75  + 8 11.0  delfino,carlos.......62%  11%  1.04  - 1  7.8
pavlovic,sasha.......24%  13%  1.22  - 9  3.8  brockman,jon.........70%   3%  2.78  - 6  7.7
bradley,avery........20%  21%  0.52  - 2  2.2  douglas-roberts,chris29%   8%  0.63  -10  1.8
pavlovic,sasha.......(DNP)                     douglas-roberts,chris(DNP)  
arroyo,carlos........(DNP)                     barron,earl..........(DNP)  
davis,glen...........(DNP)                     bogut,andrew.........(DNP)  
wafer,von............(DNP)                     boykins,earl.........(DNP)  
PACE: 83.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 83.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Celtics..........  107.0 .551  .100 .192 .079  Bucks............   99.8 .463  .286 .144 .069

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NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from press releases around the league

NBA: The Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, Mar. 6.

BULLS: The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent guard/forward Rasual Butler.

GRIZZLIES: The Memphis Grizzlies signed free agent Leon Powe, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

HEAT: Eric Dampier of the Miami Heat has been fined $10,000 for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

LAKERS: Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the left tibia and will miss a minimum of three weeks, it was announced today.

MAGIC: The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard has received a one-game suspension without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

MAVERICKS: The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Corey Brewer.

SPURS: The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed guard/forward Othyus Jeffers (pronounced oh-THEE-us) from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract.

SPURS: The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Steve Novak for the remainder of the season.

THUNDER: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee the team announced today. Robinson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+12  NOH @ chi,  8:00 PM EST [ chi by  8 ]   G.Willard, M.Kogut, R.Mott
+ 9  por @ orl,  7:00 PM EST [ orl by 11 ]   B.Spooner, T.Brown, T.Washington
+ 8  okc @ mem,  8:00 PM EST [ okc by  0 ]   D.Crawford, J.Goble, L.Richardson
+ 6  uta @ nyk,  7:30 PM EST [ nyk by  5 ]   D.Bavetta, C.Blair, M.Boland
+ 1  lac @ cha,  7:00 PM EST [ cha by  4 ]   E.Malloy, D.Collins, E.Lewis
- 1  dal @ min,  8:00 PM EST [ dal by  7 ]   J.Crawford, K.Fehr, P.Fraher
- 3  hou @ sac, 10:00 PM EST [ hou by  2 ]   D.Stafford, N.Buchert, C.Kirkland
Notes: 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, 937 of 1,230 games (76.2 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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