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November 9, 2011
Sim Season
Not Perfect

by Bradford Doolittle

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One of the coolest things about Strat-O-Matic basketball is the existence of this: Defensive Stops.

Let me explain. There are situations during the course of the game in which a player's individual defensive rating has a direct impact on whether or not an opponent's play is successful. This of course occurs in a different way in real basketball, but the situations are not quite so cut-and-dry. As a result, SOM can keep track of these "stops" as part of a player's performance record. Oh how I wish data like these existed in the actual NBA. Here's an early leaderboard:

DEFENSIVE STOPS
C.HAYES   HOU   15
C.DELFINO MIL   10
A.BOGUT   MIL    9
C.ANTHONY NYK    9
C.PAUL    NOH    9
J.ANTHONY MIA    9
R.WESTBRO OKC    9
T.ALLEN   MEM    9
D.WILLIAM NJN    8
K.LOWRY   HOU    8

Since these are simple counting stats, you have to read them with a grain of salt. In other words, we don't know "stop opportunities" so it's possible that a player can ring up a good number of stops simply because he gets attacked so often on the defensive end. Nevertheless, this is great info to have.

Through last night, we've played the 55 games the NBA hasn't as part of Sim Season, our Strat-O-Matic simulation of the locked out 2011-12 season. We'll be doing this every day, so check back tomorrow for the results of tonight's action. You can follow me on Twitter for periodic updates on the action. Watch for the #simseason hashtag.

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PACERS 119, ROCKETS 115: Danny Granger (16 points) and Darren Collison (12) led a 37-point first quarter for Indiana, during which the Pacers led by as many as 15. Indiana pushed the lead to 22 in the second quarter before Houston finished the half strong. Nevertheless, Indiana tacked on 38 more points in the second period, giving them--I'll do the math for you--a robust 75-point first half. Houston plugged its defensive gaps in the second half, holding Indiana to 17 points in the third. Marcus Morris scored the last four points on a 12-5 closing surge that left the game tied entering the final quarter. It was nip-and-tuck down the stretch. Kevin Martin scored off the break to put Houston up 110-108 with 2:19 to play. Granger answered with a three. Luis Scola's old school three-point play put the Rockets back in front 115-114 at the 1:04 mark. Granger was then fouled on a three attempt and sank all three free throws. Martin missed a three, but Houston retained the ball when the rebound was knocked out of bounds. Chase Budinger missed another three and Granger made two free throws to seal the win. Granger was fantastic, needing just 21 shots to put up 42 points.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
HOUSTON                     24 39 29 23  115
INDIANA                     37 38 17 27  119

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.MARTIN     34   6 13  46  4  8  50  1  2  50   2   0  2  2  4  0  0  0  0  17
K.LOWRY      32   6  9  67  0  3   0  1  1 100  -3   0  2  2  8  4  3  0  1  13
L.SCOLA      33   7 15  47  0  0     15 16  94   2   3  6  9  2  4  1  2  0  29
C.HAYES      28   1  3  33  0  0      1  2  50  -9   2  5  7  1  3  1  3  0   3
C.BUDINGER   29   5 19  26  1  7  14  1  2  50  -4   2  5  7  2  3  1  1  1  12
C.LEE        19   2  4  50  1  1 100  2  2 100   0   1  1  2  3  0  0  0  0   7
G.DRAGIC     16   2  9  22  1  3  33  0  0      -1   0  0  0  3  3  1  3  0   5
J.HILL       15   4  6  67  0  0      2  2 100   1   0  0  0  0  3  0  2  0  10
P.PATTERSON  16   2  3  67  0  0      0  0      -6   0  4  4  0  2  1  0  0   4
H.THABEET     3   1  2  50  0  0      0  0       1   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   2
M.MORRIS     15   4  7  57  0  0      5  5 100  -3   3  1  4  1  0  1  1  1  13
HOUSTON      48  40 90  44  7 22  32 28 32  88      11 27 38 24 22  9 12  3 115
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
D.GRANGER    37  13 21  62  8 11  73  8  8 100   4   1  5  6  4  5  0  2  0  42
D.COLLISON   30   5 11  45  1  2  50  4  5  80   3   0  2  2  5  0  0  5  0  15
R.HIBBERT    33   8 12  67  0  0      0  0      -5   3  8 11  0  4  0  1  4  16
B.RUSH       13   0  3   0  0  1   0  0  0       6   0  1  1  2  0  0  0  0   0
T.HANSBROUGH 30   4  9  44  0  0      1  2  50   3   0  9  9  3  3  1  5  0   9
M.DUNLEAVY   18   3  4  75  2  2 100  0  2   0   3   0  4  4  4  0  1  1  0   8
J.McROBERTS  19   3  6  50  1  2  50  0  0       2   0  2  2  2  4  1  1  2   7
P.GEORGE     23   5 13  38  1  7  14  2  2 100  -6   2  1  3  3  3  0  0  0  13
J.FOSTER     12   1  1 100  0  0      0  0      10   0  2  2  0  5  0  0  1   2
S.JONES       2   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0   0
G.HILL       23   2  3  67  1  1 100  2  2 100   2   1  0  1  4  2  1  1  0   7
INDIANA      48  44 83  53 14 26  54 17 21  81       7 34 41 27 27  5 16  7 119

HOUSTON                     INDIANA
     Fast Break Pts  24          Fast Break Pts  30
  Second Chance Pts  11       Second Chance Pts  10
Points in the Paint  36     Points In the Paint  20
       Biggest Lead   4            Biggest Lead  22

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
HOU (2-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  IND (2-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
scola,luis...........69%  31%  1.13  + 2 23.7  granger,danny........77%  32%  1.59  + 4 38.3
martin,kevin.........71%  16%  1.58  + 2 20.7  hibbert,roy..........69%  17%  1.25  - 5 16.2
lowry,kyle...........67%  11%  2.05  - 3 15.7  collison,darren......63%  27%  0.92  + 3 15.3
morris,marcus........31%  28%  1.32  - 3 12.8  george,paul..........48%  26%  0.96  - 6 10.8
budinger,chase.......60%  30%  0.68  - 4 11.4  dunleavy jr.,mike....38%  13%  2.16  + 3 10.7
lee,courtney.........40%   9%  2.20    0  8.4  hansbrough,tyler.....63%  21%  0.76  + 3  9.2
hill,jordan..........31%  24%  0.84  + 1  7.4  hill,george..........48%   8%  2.09  + 2  9.1
dragic,goran.........33%  32%  0.55  - 1  6.3  mcroberts,josh.......40%  15%  1.17  + 2  8.0
hayes,chuck..........58%   9%  0.81  - 9  4.3  rush,brandon.........27%   9%  0.62  + 6  1.7
patterson,patrick....33%   6%  1.75  - 6  3.6  foster,jeff..........25%   2%  1.32  +10  0.8
thabeet,hasheem...... 6%  28%  0.99  + 1  1.7  jones,solomon........ 4%  24%  0.05  - 2  0.0
cousin,marcus........(DNP)                     posey,james..........(DNP)  
PACE: 99.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 99.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
ROCKETS..........  116.1 .483  .244 .121 .142  PACERS...........  120.2 .614  .206 .162 .093

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HEAT 88, JAZZ 81: Miami entered the game 2-1 but sported an average point differential of +17.7 after winning consecutive home blowouts. There was no blowout this time around after an 11-2 run gave Utah a four-point lead early in the third quarter. The Jazz stretched the lead to six before Udonis Haslim scored in the paint and Eddie House hit a three, drawing Miami within a point entering the fourth quarter. Those hoops ended up sparking a 13-point run that gave the Heat the upper hand. The Jazz stayed within shouting distance, but never seriously challenged the rest of the way as Miami won its third straight. Dwyane Wade enjoyed his best game of the season, scoring 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
UTAH                        27 16 24 14   81
MIAMI                       28 16 22 22   88

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.JEFFERSON  32   9 20  45  0  0      7  7 100  -2   6  3  9  0  5  2  3  1  25
P.MILLSAP    34   2  6  33  0  0      0  2   0   3   0  5  5  2  2  3  3  0   4
D.HARRIS     30   5  9  56  1  4  25  9  9 100   7   0  1  1  6  3  1  1  1  20
G.HAYWARD     8   1  2  50  0  0      0  0       2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   2
A.BURKS      22   2  5  40  0  0      0  0      -9   1  3  4  2  6  0  2  1   4
R.BELL        9   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0      -7   0  2  2  0  2  1  0  0   2
A.KIRILENKO  18   2  3  67  0  1   0  0  0      -8   2  0  2  0  0  1  1  0   4
C.MILES      23   2 10  20  1  5  20  3  3 100   3   1  1  2  1  1  0  1  0   8
E.WATSON     18   0  7   0  0  4   0  0  0     -14   0  1  1  0  1  1  3  1   0
D.FAVORS     21   2  4  50  0  0      4  8  50   6   1  2  3  0  2  0  1  1   8
M.OKUR       14   0  2   0  0  0      0  0     -12   0  1  1  0  1  0  2  1   0
E.KANTER     11   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -4   1  2  3  0  2  0  0  0   4
UTAH         48  28 72  39  2 15  13 23 29  79      12 21 33 11 25  9 17  6  81
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.JAMES      36   6 14  43  0  2   0  1  2  50   1   2  4  6  9  4  4  4  2  13
D.WADE       35   7 11  64  0  1   0 14 17  82   3   3  7 10  4  3  1  5  2  28
C.BOSH       39   5  9  56  0  0      6  6 100   4   0  9  9  0  3  1  4  0  16
M.CHALMERS   23   3  9  33  0  5   0  0  0      -4   0  3  3  3  2  0  0  0   6
J.ANTHONY    26   0  1   0  0  0      0  0       2   2  2  4  1  3  0  0  2   0
M.BIBBY       3   0  0      0  0      0  0       6   0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   0
J.JONES       5   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -1   0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0   0
E.HOUSE       8   2  3  67  1  1 100  0  0       6   0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0   5
M.MILLER     20   1  3  33  1  3  33  1  2  50  15   0  1  1  1  1  0  0  0   4
E.DAMPIER     6   1  1 100  0  0      0  0       4   0  0  0  0  1  1  0  2   2
U.HASLEM     23   3  8  38  0  0      1  2  50   1   2  4  6  0  4  1  2  0   7
N.COLE       16   3  5  60  1  1 100  0  0      -2   0  0  0  2  3  0  1  1   7
MIAMI        48  31 65  48  3 13  23 23 29  79       9 30 39 22 25  9 17  9  88

UTAH                        MIAMI
     Fast Break Pts   4          Fast Break Pts  14
  Second Chance Pts  13       Second Chance Pts   8
Points in the Paint  30     Points In the Paint  22
       Biggest Lead   6            Biggest Lead  10

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
UTA (1-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIA (3-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jefferson,al.........67%  40%  0.89  - 2 28.8  wade,dwyane..........73%  34%  1.18  + 3 31.0
harris,devin.........63%  22%  1.63  + 7 24.6  james,lebron.........75%  26%  1.04  + 1 19.8
miles,c.j............48%  25%  0.71  + 3  9.1  bosh,chris...........81%  20%  0.97  + 4 16.9
favors,derrick.......44%  19%  0.89  + 6  7.7  cole,norris..........33%  18%  1.25  - 2  8.3
millsap,paul.........71%  12%  0.77  + 3  7.7  chalmers,mario.......48%  19%  0.84  - 4  7.1
kirilenko,andrei.....38%   9%  1.35  - 8  4.8  haslem,udonis........48%  24%  0.62  + 1  6.4
burks,alec...........46%  14%  0.71  - 9  4.6  house,eddie..........17%  18%  1.92  + 6  5.8
kanter,enes..........23%   7%  2.39  - 4  3.8  miller,mike..........42%   8%  1.40  +15  4.7
bell,raja............19%   9%  1.21  - 7  2.2  dampier,erick........13%   7%  2.57  + 4  2.2
hayward,gordon.......17%  10%  0.99  + 2  2.0  anthony,joel.........54%   0% 57.97  + 2  1.4
watson,earl..........38%  27%  0.06  -14  0.6  bibby,mike........... 6%  18%  0.39  + 6  0.4
okur,mehmet..........29%  12%  0.06  -12  0.2  jones,james..........10%  20%  0.18  - 1  0.3
PACE: 84.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 84.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
JAZZ.............   96.1 .403  .286 .202 .151  HEAT.............  104.5 .500  .300 .202 .151

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KNICKS 116, THUNDER 110: I suspect this would have been NBA TV's featured game on Tuesday, and it would have been an excellent choice. Kevin Durant versus Carmelo Anthony in Madison Square Garden--what's not to love? Both teams were starved for a win after starting the season slow and played like it. The Knicks seized a 14-point lead on Toney Douglas' three midway through the second quarter and led by eight at the half, with Douglas' 13 points leading the way. Durant went on a spree early in the third, scoring 12 points in less than four minutes, drawing the Thunder within three. New York pushed back, stretching the lead back to 13 on Douglas' hoop late in the third. The Thunder had another burst left, scoring the first nine points of the fourth to tie the game. The teams traded baskets before Bill Walker's fastbreak dunk capped a 7-2 run that put the Knicks up five with 4:06 to play and New York led by at least six over the last 3:21. Anthony scored 14 of his 32 in the fourth. The streak-shooting Douglas finished with 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting. The Thunder fell to 1-4 on the young season.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
OKLAHOMA CITY               21 28 33 28  110
NEW YORK                    28 27 36 25  116

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
K.DURANT     37  13 21  62  5  6  83  0  1   0  -9   0  2  2  2  6  0  4  0  31
R.WESTBROOK  37   8 21  38  0  1   0  8 11  73  -5   1  3  4 10  4  6  3  0  24
T.SEFOLOSHA  18   2  2 100  1  1 100  1  2  50  -4   0  2  2  0  2  1  1  0   6
N.MOHAMMED   21   2  5  40  0  0      2  2 100   4   0  2  2  0  2  1  0  0   6
K.PERKINS    26   0  2   0  0  0      2  4  50  -8   2  1  3  1  3  0  0  0   2
S.IBAKA      33   4  7  57  0  0      1  1 100  -1   1  4  5  1  4  0  1  2   9
J.HARDEN     27   6 11  55  2  6  33  2  2 100 -11   1  3  4  4  3  2  2  0  16
N.COLLISON   16   2  3  67  0  0      2  2 100  -7   0  3  3  0  3  0  1  0   6
E.MAYNOR     10   0  2   0  0  1   0  2  2 100  -4   0  0  0  2  1  0  3  0   2
D.COOK       14   2  3  67  1  2  50  0  0      12   0  0  0  1  2  1  0  0   5
R.JACKSON     1   1  1 100  1  1 100  0  0       3   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   3
OKLAHOMA CI  48  40 78  51 10 18  56 20 27  74       5 20 25 21 30 11 15  2 110
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
A.STOUDEMIRE 40   9 16  56  0  0      8 12  67   8   2  3  5  3  5  0  1  2  26
C.ANTHONY    40  11 20  55  3  4  75  7  8  88   9   1  9 10  4  1  1  2  0  32
L.FIELDS      7   0  0      0  0      0  0       6   0  2  2  1  0  0  0  0   0
C.BILLUPS    31   5 11  45  4  9  44  6  6 100  14   0  4  4  8  2  2  8  0  20
R.TURIAF     22   1  1 100  0  0      1  2  50   5   0  1  1  2  2  0  0  1   3
T.DOUGLAS    29   9 10  90  3  4  75  0  0       4   0  3  3  2  3  3  0  0  21
S.WILLIAMS   13   0  2   0  0  2   0  1  2  50   0   0  3  3  0  2  1  1  1   1
B.WALKER     11   1  2  50  0  1   0  0  0       2   0  1  1  0  3  1  1  0   2
J.JEFFRIES   20   1  2  50  0  0      3  4  75  -1   1  1  2  0  2  1  2  0   5
A.RAUTINS     4   0  0      0  0      0  0      -5   0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   0
J.HARRELLSON  9   0  1   0  0  0      1  2  50  -3   0  1  1  2  0  0  0  0   1
I.SHUMPERT   14   2  3  67  1  1 100  0  0      -9   0  1  1  0  4  0  1  0   5
NEW YORK     48  39 68  57 11 21  52 27 36  75       4 29 33 22 24  9 17  4 116

OKLAHOMA CITY               NEW YORK
     Fast Break Pts  18          Fast Break Pts  18
  Second Chance Pts   4       Second Chance Pts   6
Points in the Paint  20     Points In the Paint  18
       Biggest Lead   1            Biggest Lead  14

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
OKC (1-4)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NYK (2-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
durant,kevin.........77%  32%  1.14  - 9 29.5  anthony,carmelo......83%  30%  1.28  + 9 34.5
westbrook,russell....77%  36%  0.98  - 5 25.9  billups,chauncey.....65%  33%  1.16  +14 25.8
harden,james.........56%  23%  1.32  -11 18.4  stoudemire,amare.....83%  26%  1.02  + 8 24.1
ibaka,serge..........69%  11%  1.08  - 1 10.0  douglas,toney........60%  16%  2.16  + 4 19.4
sefolosha,thabo......38%   9%  1.62  - 4  6.6  turiaf,ronny.........46%   3%  2.33  + 5  4.3
cook,daequan.........29%   9%  1.88  +12  6.2  jeffries,jared.......42%  13%  0.75  - 1  4.1
mohammed,nazr........44%  12%  0.90  + 4  5.5  shumpert,iman........29%  13%  0.98  - 9  3.9
collison,nick........33%  13%  1.00  - 7  5.2  harrellson,josh......19%   9%  1.36  - 3  2.5
jackson,reggie....... 2%  47%  3.13  + 3  3.6  williams,shawne......27%  13%  0.41    0  1.7
maynor,eric..........21%  27%  0.46  - 4  3.0  walker,bill..........23%  12%  0.46  + 2  1.3
perkins,kendrick.....54%   5%  0.71  - 8  2.7  fields,landry........15%   7%  1.17  + 6  1.3
vaden,robert.........(DNP)                     rautins,andy......... 8%  11%  0.00  - 5  0.0
PACE: 94.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 94.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
THUNDER..........  116.5 .577  .147 .159 .126  KNICKS...........  122.8 .654  .167 .180 .168

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BULLS 122, CLIPPERS 88: The Clippers slipped by the Bulls 100-99 in their only meeting in Chicago last season, snapping the Bulls' seven-game winning streak when Derrick Rose missed a free throw after time had expired. This time around, Tom Thibodeau's bench led a 32-18 second quarter burst that left Chicago up by 20 at halftime. It was never really a ballgame, as Chicago led by as many as 35 in the second half and improved to 3-1 on the season. The Bulls outrebounded the Clippers 51-21, grabbed more than half their own misses and outscored L.A. 20-1 on second-chance points. If this were the real thing, you'd be questioning the effort of Vinny Del Negro's squad in his second trip back to the arena in which he once coached.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
LOS ANGELES C               24 18 26 20   88
CHICAGO                     30 32 34 26  122

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
B.GRIFFIN    37  16 20  80  0  0      6 12  50 -22   3  3  6  2  2  1  2  1  38
E.GORDON     33   6 17  35  3  9  33  3  4  75 -20   0  1  1  3  3  0  0  0  18
R.GOMES      29   1  4  25  0  3   0  0  0     -23   1  0  1  1  3  1  0  1   2
D.JORDAN     23   3  4  75  0  0      0  1   0 -12   1  3  4  0  3  1  1  0   6
M.WILLIAMS   34   2 10  20  2  6  33  0  0     -29   1  3  4  7  2  0  1  0   6
E.BLEDSOE    20   2  6  33  0  3   0  0  0     -16   1  1  2  3  3  0  1  0   4
R.FOYE       18   1  3  33  1  3  33  0  0      -8   0  0  0  5  1  0  1  2   3
A.AMINU      13   0  1   0  0  1   0  2  2 100 -11   0  0  0  2  2  1  3  0   2
C.KAMAN      24   1  3  33  0  0      1  2  50 -22   0  2  2  1  3  0  4  3   3
C.SMITH       1   1  2  50  0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0   2
W.WARREN      1   0  0      0  0      0  0      -2   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0
T.THOMPKINS   7   2  2 100  0  0      0  0      -3   0  1  1  1  1  0  0  1   4
LOS ANGELES  48  35 72  49  6 25  24 12 21  57       7 14 21 25 24  4 13  8  88
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
L.DENG       34   7 13  54  0  2   0  4  6  67  20   2  2  4  3  2  2  0  0  18
D.ROSE       33   8 18  44  1  4  25  5  5 100  20   2  4  6  6  3  0  2  2  22
C.BOOZER     31   8 12  67  0  0      8  9  89  24   0  8  8  1  3  1  2  0  24
R.BREWER     25   2  5  40  0  0      3  4  75  13   1  2  3  2  2  1  2  0   7
J.NOAH       32   8 14  57  0  1   0  4  5  80  27   7  7 14  4  5  1  2  2  20
T.GIBSON     17   2  7  29  0  1   0  0  1   0  10   0  4  4  0  5  0  1  0   4
K.KORVER     10   0  1   0  0  1   0  1  1 100  15   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0   1
K.BOGANS     21   3  3 100  2  2 100  0  0      17   0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   8
O.ASIK       16   1  1 100  0  0      1  2  50   7   6  3  9  2  1  1  0  0   3
C.WATSON     15   4  6  67  3  4  75  0  0      14   0  1  1  4  0  1  0  0  11
J.BUTLER      6   2  2 100  0  0      0  0       3   1  0  1  0  1  0  0  0   4
CHICAGO      48  45 82  55  6 15  40 26 33  79      19 32 51 23 23  7  9  4 122

LOS ANGELES C               CHICAGO
     Fast Break Pts   8          Fast Break Pts  12
  Second Chance Pts   1       Second Chance Pts  20
Points in the Paint  42     Points In the Paint  38
       Biggest Lead   2            Biggest Lead  35

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
LAC (1-3)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHI (3-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
griffin,blake........77%  38%  1.25  -22 35.2  rose,derrick.........69%  32%  1.16  +20 28.9
gordon,eric..........69%  29%  0.99  -20 21.3  noah,joakim..........67%  27%  1.37  +27 24.3
williams,maurice.....71%  16%  1.16  -29 13.9  deng,luol............71%  21%  1.31  +20 23.2
foye,randy...........38%  10%  1.92  - 8  7.5  boozer,carlos........65%  27%  1.31  +24 19.6
jordan,deandre.......48%  11%  1.12  -12  5.5  watson,c.j...........31%  17%  2.88  +14 17.0
bledsoe,eric.........42%  17%  0.77  -16  5.5  asik,omer............33%   2% 10.60  + 7  8.7
thompkins,trey.......15%  13%  2.24  - 3  5.1  bogans,keith.........44%   3%  5.94  +17  8.6
kaman,chris..........50%  16%  0.46  -22  3.9  brewer,ronnie........52%  15%  1.07  +13  8.2
aminu,alfarouq.......27%  18%  0.59  -11  3.4  butler,jimmy.........13%  14%  2.05  + 3  3.6
gomes,ryan...........60%   5%  0.73  -23  2.6  gibson,taj...........35%  23%  0.38  +10  2.9
smith,craig.......... 2% 107%  0.65  - 2  1.5  korver,kyle..........21%   3%  1.52  +15  1.2
warren,willie........ 2%  55%  0.00  - 2  0.0  scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)  
PACE: 83.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 83.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
CLIPPERS.........  105.5 .528  .179 .156 .111  BULLS............  146.3 .585  .576 .108 .174

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GRIZZLIES 116, SUNS 100: A tough test for the surprising Suns, who entered the game as one of four unbeaten teams left in the league. Memphis went on a 23-11 run during the first half and led by 13 at the break with Rudy Gay's 12 points leading the way. Gay entered the game averaging 29.7 points per contest. He finished with 26 this time out, as the Grizzlies led by double digits for the entire second half and came evened their record at 2-2. The Suns are no longer perfect after getting pounded in transition (44-24) and in the paint (34-18). The bad news for Memphis: Zach Randolph was injured and will miss a couple of games.

STRAT-O-MATIC BOX SCORE
PHOENIX                     21 31 24 24  100
MEMPHIS                     28 37 26 25  116

                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
C.FRYE       30   5  9  56  2  5  40  0  0      -1   0  6  6  3  3  1  2  1  12
S.NASH       35   5 12  42  0  4   0  0  0     -13   1  3  4 15  1  1  6  0  10
G.HILL       29   6 13  46  2  5  40  2  2 100  -5   1  3  4  2  1  0  0  0  16
J.DUDLEY     28   7 12  58  0  2   0  0  0     -11   3  2  5  0  0  2  3  1  14
M.GORTAT     21   1  6  17  0  0      0  0      -2   1  4  5  2  3  0  1  0   2
V.CARTER     30   5 14  36  2 10  20  0  0     -14   0  4  4  2  0  0  2  0  12
H.WARRICK     7   1  2  50  0  1   0  5  5 100   0   1  1  2  0  0  0  0  0   7
A.BROOKS     15   4  8  50  3  6  50  2  2 100  -7   0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  13
M.PIETRUS     6   1  2  50  1  1 100  0  0       4   0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   3
R.LOPEZ      20   1  2  50  0  0      1  2  50 -14   0  2  2  1  1  0  1  0   3
J.CHILDRESS   1   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -1   0  1  1  0  0  1  0  0   0
M.MORRIS     18   4  9  44  0  0      0  0     -16   0  1  1  1  2  0  1  1   8
PHOENIX      48  40 90  44 10 34  29 10 11  91       7 28 35 26 11  5 17  3 100
                 ----FG--- ---3PT--- ---FT---       REBOUNDS
NAME        MIN  MD AT PCT MD AT PCT MD AT PCT +/-  OF DF  T AS PF ST TO BK PTS
M.CONLEY     35   5 13  38  2  6  33  0  0      20   1  4  5 11  0  1  1  0  12
Z.RANDOLPH   13   5  7  71  0  0      0  0       6   1  3  4  1  0  0  0  0  10
M.GASOL      34   7  9  78  0  0      1  2  50  16   3  7 10  1  3  0  2  2  15
R.GAY        43  11 25  44  1  4  25  3  4  75   7   0  3  3  5  1  2  4  2  26
T.ALLEN      23   3  9  33  0  0      0  0      10   1  2  3  4  0  3  1  0   6
S.BATTIER    23   4  6  67  2  3  67  0  0      15   1  7  8  3  1  1  2  0  10
O.MAYO       26   6  7  86  1  1 100  0  0       7   0  3  3  2  2  1  1  0  13
D.ARTHUR     25   6  9  67  0  0      1  2  50  -1   0  5  5  3  3  1  0  0  13
G.VASQUEZ    10   4  4 100  0  0      0  0       3   0  0  0  3  1  0  3  0   8
X.HENRY       3   0  1   0  0  0      0  0      -7   0  1  1  0  0  0  1  0   0
H.HADDADI     5   1  1 100  0  0      1  2  50   4   1  1  2  0  0  0  1  1   3
MEMPHIS      48  52 91  57  6 14  43  6 10  60       8 36 44 33 11  9 16  5 116

PHOENIX                     MEMPHIS
     Fast Break Pts  24          Fast Break Pts  44
  Second Chance Pts  11       Second Chance Pts   7
Points in the Paint  18     Points In the Paint  34
       Biggest Lead   0            Biggest Lead  24

BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS BOX SCORE
PHX (3-1)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MEM (2-2)...........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nash,steve...........73%  22%  1.13  -13 17.9  gay,rudy.............90%  31%  0.87  + 7 23.1
hill,grant...........60%  20%  1.23  - 5 15.3  conley,mike..........73%  17%  1.54  +20 18.9
dudley,jared.........58%  23%  0.94  -11 12.9  gasol,marc...........71%  14%  1.35  +16 14.3
frye,channing........63%  15%  1.39  - 1 12.4  mayo,o.j.............54%  12%  1.76  + 7 11.9
carter,vince.........63%  23%  0.87  -14 11.6  battier,shane........48%  14%  1.84  +15 11.7
brooks,aaron.........31%  25%  1.47  - 7 10.0  arthur,darrell.......52%  16%  1.41  - 1 10.6
morris,markieff......38%  24%  0.72  -16  6.2  randolph,zach........27%  23%  1.44  + 6  7.9
warrick,hakim........15%  26%  1.46    0  5.0  allen,tony...........48%  18%  0.99  +10  7.7
lopez,robin..........42%   7%  0.98  -14  2.9  vasquez,greivis......21%  30%  1.18  + 3  6.8
gortat,marcin........44%  13%  0.54  - 2  2.8  haddadi,hamed........10%  25%  1.13  + 4  2.9
pietrus,mickael......13%  21%  1.08  + 4  2.6  henry,xavier......... 6%  29%  0.14  - 7  0.2
childress,josh....... 2%  44%  0.62  - 1  0.5  selby,josh...........(DNP)  
PACE: 100.0         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 100.0         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
SUNS.............  100.0 .500  .163 .170 .048  GRIZZLIES........  116.1 .604  .222 .160 .044

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STANDINGS      SCORING AVERAGE     REBOUNDS⁄GAME       FIELD GOAL PCT
TEAM WON LOST  ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
NJN    3   0   K.DURANT  OKC 33.2  K.HUMPHRI NJN 14.7  J.VESELY  WAS .733 
BOS    2   1   L.ALDRIDG POR 32.0  K.LOVE    MIN 12.7  N.HILARIO DEN .692 
NYK    2   2   M.ELLIS   GSW 29.8  A.JEFFERS UTA 12.0  B.GRIFFIN LAC .643 
PHI    1   2   R.GAY     MEM 28.8  A.BOGUT   MIL 12.0  G.HENDERS CHA .640 
TOR    1   3   A.BARGNAN TOR 28.5  K.GARNETT BOS 12.0  G.NEAL    SAS .619 
TEAM WON LOST
CHI    3   1   FREE THROW PCT      THREE POINT PCT     ASSISTS⁄GAME
DET    2   1   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
MIL    2   2   A.AFFLALO DEN1.000  C.ARROYO  BOS1.000  S.NASH    PHX 13.8 
IND    2   2   C.BILLUPS NYK1.000  E.ILYASOV MIL1.000  C.PAUL    NOH 11.7 
CLE    1   3   C.BOSH    MIA1.000  V.WAFER   BOS1.000  R.RONDO   BOS 11.3 
TEAM WON LOST  C.PAUL    NOH1.000  K.BOGANS  CHI .750  A.IGUODAL PHI 10.0 
MIA    3   1   D.DEROZAN TOR1.000  M.BELINEL NOH .667  R.WESTBRO OKC 10.0 
CHA    2   1
ORL    2   2   STEALS⁄GAME         TURNOVERS⁄GAME      BLOCKS⁄GAME
ATL    1   2   ------------------- ------------------- -------------------
WAS    0   3   T.ALLEN   MEM  3.2  J.WALL    WAS  4.3  T.DUNCAN  SAS  3.3 
TEAM WON LOST  L.JAMES   MIA  2.8  D.ROSE    CHI  4.2  K.GARNETT BOS  3.0 
SAS    3   0   A.IGUODAL PHI  2.7  R.RONDO   BOS  4.0  S.IBAKA   OKC  3.0 
NOH    2   1   R.WESTBRO OKC  2.6  D.COUSINS SAC  3.8  A.STOUDEM NYK  2.8 
MEM    2   2   J.VESELY  WAS  2.3  D.HOWARD  ORL  3.8  E.BRAND   PHI  2.7 
HOU    2   2
DAL    2   2
TEAM WON LOST
DEN    3   0
MIN    2   1
POR    1   2
UTA    1   3
OKC    1   4
TEAM WON LOST
PHX    3   1
LAL    3   2
SAC    1   3
LAC    1   3
GSW    1   3

DATE  YESTERDAY'S SCORES        HIGH POINTS      HIGH REBOUNDS   HIGH ASSISTS
----  ------------------------  ---------------  --------------  ------------
11⁄8  IND 119 vs HOU 115        D.GRANGER 42     R.HIBBERT 11    K.LOWRY 8
11⁄8  CHI 122 vs LAC  88        B.GRIFFIN 38     J.NOAH 14       M.WILLIAMS 7
11⁄8  NYK 116 vs OKC 110        C.ANTHONY 32     C.ANTHONY 10    R.WESTBROOK 10
11⁄8  MEM 116 vs PHX 100        R.GAY 26         M.GASOL 10      S.NASH 15
11⁄8  MIA  88 vs UTA  81        D.WADE 28        D.WADE 10       L.JAMES 9

TODAY'S SCHEDULED GAMES
-----------------------
CHARLOTTE (2-1) at BOSTON (2-1)
CLEVELAND (1-3) at SACRAMENTO (1-3)
DALLAS (2-2) at NEW JERSEY (3-0)
DETROIT (2-1) at GOLDEN STATE (1-3)
HOUSTON (2-2) at PHILADELPHIA (1-2)
INDIANA (2-2) at MILWAUKEE (2-2)
LOS ANGELES C (1-3) at TORONTO (1-3)
MIAMI (3-1) at NEW ORLEANS (2-1)
NEW YORK (2-2) at ATLANTA (1-2)
PHOENIX (3-1) at MINNESOTA (2-1)
PORTLAND (1-2) at DENVER (3-0)
SAN ANTONIO (3-0) at LOS ANGELES L (3-2)
UTAH (1-3) at ORLANDO (2-2)

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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