SWIM: Mavericks vs. Suns

Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) passes the ball around Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) during the first half at the American Airlines Center.

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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/Suns game.

Dirk Nowitzki turned the ball over four times, just the second time since November 15th he recorded at least that many TO’s in a single game (ruined a streak of three consecutive turnover-less games).

The Mavericks hadn’t won a game in which Monta Ellis attempted more than 20 shots since the final week of February.

This was Dallas’ sixth consecutive victory when Monta Ellis finishes with at least five turnovers.

Brandon Wright has made nine of 14 shots over the last two games … considerably lowering his shooting percentage in the process.

For the month of April, Jose Calderon is averaging 4.3 assists per 48 minutes (seven below his career average).

Shawn Marion has recorded more than two assists only once over the last1,5 months: it was only last season that Marion averaged 2.4 assists.

Eric Bledsoe’s April splits may officially convert him to an off guard for his bright NBA career. He is shooting 60.2% from the field and averaging 22.8 points, but he has exactly as many turnovers as assists.

The Suns haven’t won a game in which Goran Dragic has failed to make a three pointer (minimum of one attempt) since the middle of January.

Dragic had three blocks in Phoenix’s last victory: he has three total blocks in their last dozen losses.

Channing Frye knocked down five triples tonight in 35 minutes of action: he had made just one three pointer in his last four games (97 minutes and 15 attempts).

Gerald Green’s first game against the Mavericks this season saw him score 22 points on 6/10 shooting with four three pointers made. In his final two games against Dallas, however, he has totaled just 21 points on 6/22 shooting with two three pointers made.