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 Mavericks/Jazz game.
For the tenth consecutive road game (minimum 20 minutes played), Vince Carter made multiple three pointers.
In his four games against the Jazz this season, Carter is shooting better from downtown than from the free throw line.
For the first time since February 2012, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t turn the ball over in back-to-back games (minimum 30 minutes played in both games).
The Mavericks improved to 6-1 in the last seven games that Shawn Marion plays but does not record a personal foul.
Jose Calderon is averaging just 4.6 assistsper48 minutes in April (his career average is 11.5).
Theoretically, a team that dominates the paint should hold the edge in FG%, yet the Mavs (who were outscored by 18 points on the interior) made four more shots on 15 fewer attempts.
Derrick Favors averages 13 points and this was the ninth time in his last 11 home games in which he has scored at least that many points.
Including games in which he didn’t play, the Jazz have lost eight straight games that Favors didn’t record an assist.
Gordon Hayward missed his only two free throw attempts in this game: he had missed just two of his first 15 free throws this month.
Utah has not won a game in which Hayward has attempted more than four three pointers since January 2nd.
Richard Jefferson attempted a season-high 17 shots from the field in this game, eclipsing his previous high of 12.