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/Pacers game.
Tim Duncan grabbed six rebounds while committing three turnovers. He came into this contest averaging 11.5 rebounds in his last 11 games with at least three turnovers.
The Spurs improved to 31-3 this season when Patty Mills’ point total reaches double figures. San Antonio has also won ten straight games when the reserve guard connects on multiple triples.
Seven of Boris Diaw’s eight games with multiple 3PM, rebounds, and assists over the last nine weeks have come on the road.
Tiago Splitter came into this game averaging one personal foul every 7.8 minutes over the last two weeks, yet he committed only one foul in 32 minutes.
For the third time during this 18 game win streak, Kawhi Leonard made multiple three pointers inconsecutive games. He hadn’t done so once this season prior to the current streak.
The Spurs have won all seven of their March road games (including games against the Warriors, Bulls, and Pacers), with a point differential of +129.
Manu Ginobili has made just one of his last 16 three point attempts.
For the second time in 17 days, Lance Stephenson has a three game streak of at least five 3PA. He hadn’t had one such streak since games 3-5 this season.
In the middle of March, Paul George eclipsed his season average of 21.7 points in three consecutive games. Since that point in time (eight games), the All Star has done so only once.
Roy HIbbert has recorded just two double doubles since Valentine’s Day. To my knowledge, Hibbert is still taller than any opponent.
The Pacers finished March winless in games David West fails to reach double figures in points or rebounds.
During the first four months of the season, Indiana lost one game in which Luis Scola handed out at least three assists. Tonight was the Pacers second such loss in March.