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 Pelicans/Clippers game.
The Pelicans lost this game by 32 points, but they outscored Los Angeles by four points in the paint and lost the battle of half-court offense production by only nine.
Blake Griffin has managed just nine rebounds in his last two games against New Orleans. In his other 59 games this season, he has totaled at least that many rebounds 39 times, including a ten rebound effort against these very Pelicans in December.
Ryan Hollins averages 2.3 points, yet he made more field goals (on 16 fewer attempts) in nine minutes than Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon (35.8 points per game) did in 52 minutes.
DeAndre Jordan swatted four shots, his lowest in a meeting with the Pelicans this season, giving him 78 since January 1st. That total, accumulated in just 28 games, would rank him 16th in the league for the entire season.
Chris Paul handed out four assists for every turnover committed a stat line that we would praise for just about anyone else. For Paul, however, it matched his worse assist-to-turnover ratio in over two months.
Paul made three shots in the second quarter from at least 15 feet out while the Pelicans longest FGM in a 29 minute 12 second stretch (late first quarter to early fourth) was a 13-footer.
The 108 points that Los Angeles scored was the second fewest in 2014 in a game in which Matt Barnes makes multiple three pointers.
Blind resume: in the last two meetings with the Clippers
Player A: 56 minutes, 30 points on 57.9% shooting, and 22 rebounds
Player B: 58 minutes, 34 points on 36.4% shooting, and 15 rebounds
The Pelicans opened the season losing the first four games in which Anthony Davis attempted at least three free throws and didn’t record a miss. They followed that up by winning the next three such games. After last night, they are riding a three game skid when he does so, with all three games taking place in eight days.
New Orleans has beaten exactly one playoff team this year in a game that Eric Gordon attempted at least 13 shots.
An astounding 60% of Pelicans that appeared in this game shot under 17%from the floor. They combined to make just three of 39 shots (7.7%) and score 14 points in 110 minutes. By contrast, the Clippers had six players make at least three field goals individually and three players at least match those 14 points scored.
Since flipping the calendar to 2014, 40% of the games in which Austin Rivers has knocked down a three pointer and scored ten-plus points have come against the Clippers.
The Pelicans gave up at least 108 points for the third consecutive road game after allowing fewer than 95 per game in their previous six games away from New Orleans.
From earlier, Player A was Alexis Ajinca and Player B was Anthony Davis