SWIM: Mavericks vs. 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 Mavericks/Kings game.

Dallas improved to 13-0 this season when Monta Ellis makes more free throws than field goals.

For the first time in more than four months, Dirk Nowitzki made at least nine free throws but failed to make a single triple.

The Mavericks last six games have seen Nowitzki’s point total decrease for three straight games … twice.

It only took Shawn Marion seven shots to score 14 points tonight, not too shabby for a player who was averaging just 1.07 points per shot this month.

The Mavericks are a perfect 4-0 over the last four-plus months when Jose Calderon plays at least 30 minutes but fails to record a rebound.

Calderon has now made multiple three pointers in each of Dallas’ last 12 victories.

The Kings average 1.9 more points in the paint than the Mavericks this season, yet they won the battle of the paint by 22 … and lost.

For his career, Rudy Gay averages one made triple per game. Gay failed to make a three pointer in this contest, his third streak of at least four games without a 3PM in his abbreviated Kings career.

Gay has 51 turnovers this month.

Reggie Evans recorded 18 rebounds in 29 minutes of action. In Sacramento’s previous three losses, Evans managed 14 rebounds in 55 minutes.

DeMarcus Cousins failed to record a double double for the second time in two nights after only one such performance in the previous 27 days.

Ray McCallum has played 137 minutes in the last three games, more than triple his previous career average.