Mar 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles the ball as New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca (42) and forward Luke Babbitt (8) defend during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center.
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/Jazz game.
Derrick Favors recorded his third double double of the week, one fewer than he had since the beginning of February.
Favors matched his season high in both free throws attempted (9) and made (6).
Enes Kanter has seven games this month without a turnover to go along with two games with at least six turnovers.
Gordon Hayward has turned the ball over at least twice in every game this month (15 games). Last March, Hayward recorded fewer than two turnovers in nine of 16 games.
Utah is 2-19 in the last 21 games in which Trey Burke has played at least 30 minutes and 5-1 when he fails to play 30 minutes.
For only the fourth time in four years and second time against Utah, Tyreke Evans had a points/assists double double at home.
Anthony Morrow has attempted 12 free throws in the last two games after attempting 50 in his first 64 games this season.
Over the last month, Al-Farouq Aminu is shooting 70% from the field in games in which he plays more than 30 minutes. Five of his nine missed attempts in those games came tonight.
The Pelicans are 7-1 this month when Aminu sets up a teammate at least once.
Alexis Ajinca is shooting 58.3% from the field over New Orleans last six games, a considerable improvement for a player who converted at an 18.2% rate the previous six contests.
Greg Stiemsma was disqualified for the third time, the same number of instances in which he has scored at least ten points this season.