SWIM: Thunder-Kings

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 Thunder/Kings game.

The Thunder improved to 3-4 in games since the beginning of February that Kevin Durant failed to record a block or a steal.

Durant’s five free throw attempts matched his fewest in a game in more than two months.

Caron Butler is shooting 67.7% from three in games in which he has scored at least 13 points for the Thunder.

After blocking a shot in 30 of 31 games, Serge Ibaka has now gone back-to-back contests without a single rejection.

Derek Fisher matched a season-high with five assists and he has at least doubled his season average in rebounds (1.5) in each of those five assist games.

To celebrate UConn’s championships in both men’s and women’s college basketball, Hasheem Thabeet was inserted to the game. He immediately picked up a foul and has now committed 16 fouls in his last 65 minutes of action.

The Kings fell to 0-9 when Travis Outlaw attempts more than eight shots in a game.

On the statistically bright side, Outlaw already has more assists in April (7) than he did in all of March (6).

For the sixth time this season, DeMarcus Cousins recorded a PR (points plus rebounds) of at least 38 in two or more consecutive games.

Kevin Durant leads the league in minutes played, yet he has been on the court for 97 fewer minutes than Ray McCallum over the last two weeks.

Jared Cunningham played only six minutes in this game, but he made six free throws (he has four made field goals all season long).