SWIM: Pelicans vs. Suns

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/Suns game.

Austin Rivers previous career-high AR (assists plus rebounds) was 12 before he registered eight assists and seven rebounds tonight.

For his career, Rivers averages a shade over two FTA, yet he has missed at least one free throw (minimum of one FTA) in every game over the last three-plus weeks.

The Pelicans benched outscored their starters, 53-35.

Jeff Withey is shooting 80% from the field during the Pelicans six game losing streak.

Al-Farouq Aminu had as many turnovers tonight (four) in 22 minutes as he did in his final seven February games (212 minutes).

For the first time in nearly three months, the Pelicans lost a game in which Darius Miller made a three pointer and a free throw.

For the first time since February 2010, Channing Frye’s team has won three games in a row, and he hasn’t made a single three.

Over the last three weeks, P.J. Tucker had scored 14 total points in games in which he failed to make a triple: he scored 15 points against New Orleans without a 3PM.

Tucker had recorded at least one turnover in 19 of 21 games before going turnover-less in each of the last three games.

Goran Dragic deserved to be an all stat in my opinion, but this was his first game with at least 20 points and nine assists since February 18th.

The Suns have won six straight five-rebound five-assist games from Eric Bledsoe.