SWIM: Spurs vs. Warriors

Mar 22, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) is congratulated by forward Tim Duncan after being substituted against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at Oracle Arena.

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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 Spurs/Warriors game.

Boris Diaw missed 12 shots against the Warriors after it had been nearly three weeks since he attempted at least that many shots.

Kawhi Leonard blocked a shot for the sixth consecutive game after it took him the entire first month of the season to block a shot in that many games.

Leonard averages 5.8 rebounds for his career, yet he has had three separate three-plus game streaks of six-plus rebounds since San Antonio’s last loss.

The Spurs hadn’t scored fewer than 100 points in back-to-back wins since November 13-15.

For the second time this season, Tiago Splitter has scored at least ten points while shooting over 50percent from the field in four consecutive games.

Danny Green made only one three pointer on Friday night, so we should have known a big-time performance was coming. It’s been just less than six weeks since the last time Green made fewer than two three pointers in back-to-back games.

Patty Mills is shooting 31.7percent from the field over his last six road games (only two of which have been against playoff teams).

For the third time in the Warriors last four games against playoff teams, David Lee’s PR (points plus rebounds) failed to exceed 20 (season average sits at 28).

Harrison Barnes is averaging 9.4 points and 28.3 minutes this season, yet he has managed a total of just eight points in his last three games (85 minutes).

Barnes is struggling with his jumper over the 1.5 weeks, as he has missed 18 three pointers while attempting only 21 two pointers.

Less is more? The Warriors are a mere 2-3 this month when Steph Curry plays at least 36 minutes.

You have to go back to a loss to the Suns on February 8th to find the last Golden State loss in which Curry didn’t turn the ball over at least four times.

For the third time in a month, Klay Thompson recorded at least as many turnovers as 3PA. He had only done that twice in the first three-plus months of this season.