SWIM: Spurs vs. Grizzlies
Looking at a box score is something anyone can do. Who lead my team in scoring? Howâd we shoot from the field? And while that knowledge is useful, does it really earn you bonus points around the water cooler?
Thatâs why Iâm here. Iâm 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; youâre better than that. Use these nuggets to gain a unique perspective about last nightâs Spurs/Grizzlies game.
Kawi Leonard made 12 field goals against the defensive oriented Grizzlies: he had attempted at least 12 field goals in only one of his last seven games.
For the tenth time since the beginning of March, Leonard scored at least ten points and shot better than 53% from the field.
Manu Ginobili had made just two of 19 three point attempts entering this game, but promptly responded by making four of six against an above average defenses in terms of 3PM, 3PA, and 3P%.
Since Valentineâs Day, Patty Mills has scored seven or fewer points three times in four instances following a 20-plus point effort.
After dropping four straight such games, the Spurs have now nine straight games in which Tim Duncan has taken ten or fewer shots.
Tiago Splitter averaged 9.4 points in March, but he has totaled just eight points in three April games.
Boris Diaw has failed to score (minimum 15 minutes played) in three games this year, two of which have come against the Grizzlies.
Beno Udrih and Kosta Koufos made more field goals in 29 minutes than Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol did in 50 minutes.
Prior to this game, the Grizzlies had won ten of the 11 games in which Gasol totaled at least five points, five assists, and five rebounds.
Memphis has lost four of their last six games. James Johnson has tallied two minutes in those victories and 69 in the losses.
The Grizzlies have lost the last three games in which Mike Conley has made multiple three pointers after winning the previous 14 such games.