Looking at a box score is something anyone can do. Who lead my team in scoring? How’d we shoot from the field? And while that knowledge is useful, does it really earn you bonus points around the water cooler?
That’s why I’m here. I’m bringing you the S.W.I.M: Statistics Worth Increased Media. Let Joe from accounting regurgitate what he heard on the way in this morning; you’re better than that. Use these nuggets to gain a unique perspective about last night’s Spurs/Cavs game.
Dion Waiters scored 24 points in a losing effort: he scored a total of 25 points in all of the losses in which he was active in February.
For the fourth time in seven games with the Cavaliers, Spencer Hawes made three three pointers. He had four such performances in his first 216 as a member of the Sixers.
Seven players came off the bench for Cleveland, but two of them accounted for 97.4% of the bench scoring.
Anthony Bennett made two three pointers in this one, not bad for a player who didn’t score more than six points in an entire game until late December.
Over the last 53 days, Matthew Dellavedova has very quietly handed out 56 assists and turned the ball over just 11 times.
The Spurs recorded 3.55 assists for every turnover, a ratio that only four individuals can claim this for the season.
The Spurs improved to 11-0 over the last 12 months when Danny Green scores at least 18 points and have now won 18 of the last 19 such games.
San Antonio has won four games since the beginning of February where Danny Green makes at least three triples and is averaging 117.8 points in those contests.
Tim Duncan made more free throws than field goals for the third time in five games, something he did only five times in the first 55 games this season.
Future hall of famers Duncan and Tony Parker were the Spurs seventh and eighth highest scoring players against the Cavaliers. On the flip side, Cleveland’s seventh and eight options were a career journeyman (Jarrett Jack) and an underwhelming former first rounder (Tyler Zeller).
Kawhi Leonard recorded at least one rebound, assist, block, steal, foul, and turnover for a career-high fourth straight game.