SWIM: Spurs at Timberwolves
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 Spurs/Timberwolves game.
For the third time in his last four road games, Boris Diaw committed at least four turnovers and failed to get to the free throw line.
The Spurs were 10-0 since Christmas in games where Diaw handed out at least five dimes.
Over the last two weeks, Tim Duncan is averaging 4.1 blocks per 48 minutes (more than a 36% spike from his career average).
For the first time in 51 weeks, Matt Bonner made more than two two-pointers in a single game.
It had been more than a year since the last time Marco Belinelli played at least 20 minutes but did not attempt a triple.
Over the last three weeks, Manu Ginboili is shooting 37.2% on the road.
We are only eight days into the month, but Ricky Rubio already has four games with a PA (points plus assists) of at least 20, one shy of his February total.
Rubio came into this game averaging just eight points the game following a 16-plus point performance: he dropped 23 on the Spurs.
When Gorgui Dieng struggles from the field, he more than makes up for it in superior effort on the glass. Only once all season (minimum 12 minutes of action) has Dieng missed more shots than rebounds corralled.
Corey Brewer’s nine steals over the last two games matched his career best for consecutive games.
Robbie Hummel has attempted 20 shots in his last two games, more than he attempted two weeks.
Minnesota has won eight of ten games in which Kevin love has made at least seven free throws since the ASB.