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/Clippers game.
Dirk Nowitzki made his 110th three pointer of the season, the most he has made in a single season in the past decade.
Nowitzki missed four free throws in this game, one more than he missed in the entire month of February.
For the third time since the beginning of February, Monta Ellis failed to make a three pointer in back-to-back games. All six of those contests have come against teams currently in the playoff picture.
The Mavericks had won seven straight home games in which Ellis recorded at least seven dimes, a streak that started after the Clippers beat the Mavs in a game where Ellis failed to make a three and scored just 13 points and ended in a game where the Clippers beat the Mavs with Ellis failing to make a three and scoring 12 points.
Vince Carter has made at least two (and is averaging three) three pointers in Dallas’ last seven losses.
Brandon Wright and Jae Crowder combined to make all eight of their field goals and tally a +31 plus/minus. The rest of the Mavericks roster shot 40.8% from the field and had a cumulative plus/minus of -61.
Oddly enough, this was the seventh time in his last 40 games that Shawn Marion scored exactly four points. Dallas had won four in a row and five of six such games prior to this loss.
Dallas fell to 0-4 in March when Jose Calderon turns the ball over multiple times (7-2 when he doesn’t).
In his last four regular season games following a sub ten point performance, Chris Paul is averaging 26.3 points.
Paul recorded at least two steals for the 11th consecutive game, his longest streak since a 12-gamer that bridged the final two weeks of 2009 and the first two weeks of 2010.
For the second time this month, DeAndre Jordan notched a double double in a game in which he did not miss a free throw (minimum one FTA). He had only done it once since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Blake Griffin has three consecutive multi-block games after recording just three such games since the final week of November.
It’s now been more than six weeks since Jamal Crawford played at least 11 minutes and attempted more free throws than three pointers.