SWIM: Pelicans vs. Rockets

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard defends New Orleans Pelicans Alexis Ajinca during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Houston.

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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 Pelicans/Rockets game.

New Orleans fell to 0-6 when Austin Rivers plays at least 30 minutes.

Rivers’ AR (assists plus rebounds) total over the last three games is 44. LeBron James’ AR over his last four games is 47.

For the first time in his last eight games (minimum of ten minutes played), Luke Babbitt turned the ball over.

The Pelicans have lost the last seven games in which Anthony Morrow fails to miss a free throw.

Over the last 3.5 weeks, Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 5.6 FTA when both teams crack triple digits. When one team fails to score 100 points, Aminu is averaging just 0.9.

It may only be a 23 minute sample size, but James Southerland is taking shots at a greater rate than Carmelo Anthony this season.

James Harden has made more free throws over the last two weeks than Jarrett Jack has in 78 games this season.

Harden has made at least three triples in each of the Rockets last eight victories.

Terrence Jones had one stretch of six or more consecutive games where he tallied ten-plus points in the first 4.5 months of this season. He’s done so on two separate occasions in less than a month since.

Jeremy Lin’s FG% and points have increased with each passing matchup with the Pelicans this year, while his AST and AST: TO ratio have both regressed with consistency.

Omer Asik is averaging over 25 rebounds per 48 minutes in April.