SWIM: Mavericks vs. Celtics

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/Celtics game.

The Mavericks have won four of the last five games in which Dirk Nowitzki has missed at least ten shots from the field. They’ve also won four of the last five in which Nowitzki hands out exactly one assist.

66.7% of Nowitzki’s made field goals in this game came from distance, more than triple his season percentage.

Dallas won for only the second time in 2014 when Shawn Marion attempts at least four three pointers.

The Mavs have not lost a home game that Marion records multiple steals in more than nine weeks.

For the fifth time in seven games against the Atlantic Division in 2014, Monta Ellis had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00orlower.

Despite averaging two triples and 1.3 turnovers, this game was the fourth time in just over two months in which Vince Carter failed to make a three and didn’t turn the ball over once.

Brandon Wright is shooting a cool 75% from the field in the Mavericks last seven victories.

Jeff Green saw his point production change by 30-plus points for a second consecutive game.

Green missed at least ten shots for the fifth consecutive game: he had missed double digits attempts five times in the previous 14 games.

Despite averaging more than 37 minutes, this was the first game in more than a month in which Green handed out more than two assists.

Jerryd Bayless has made ten of his 16 attempts from distance in his last four games after opening the season by making just 18 of his first 72 bombs.

Kelly Olynyk has taken three fewer three pointers than Matt Bonner this season.

Kris Humphries’ team has lost five straight games when he records double digit rebounds and a single digit point total.

Avery Bradley actually lowered his shots per minute in this game, but he is still averaging more shots per minute this season than Dwyane Wade is over the last two years: Wade is averaging 44.4% more points.