SWIM: Thunder vs. Jazz

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 Thunder/Jazz game.

The Miami Heat lead the league in FG percentage, as they convert 50.4% of their shots this season. Serge Ibaka shot 53.8% from the field in this game … and finished as the seventh most accurate Thunder player.

In the first 36 games of this season, Ibaka had three games with at least four blocks. In his last 36, he’s recorded 14 such games.

Caron Butler made five-plus three pointers without a miss for the second time in two seasons, with both coming at home against the Jazz.

Butler has made multiple three pointers in four straight games with OKC winning three times. This was the first stretch of three point excellence and team success (winning the majority of games during the streak) since the final week of January, 2012.

For the first time since December 26-28, 2011, Russell Westbrook failed to make a three pointer while not missing a free throw in back-to-back games.

After missing at least five three pointers in four straight games, Kevin Durant has responded by making seven of ten triples over his last two games.

Derrick Favors’ rebound total has increased while his point total has decreased in back-to-back games.

Favors has recorded an assists, a block, and a steal in nine of 16 games this month. Utah has lost seven straight and eight of the nine instances.

It’s been nearly five weeks since the Jazz won a game in which Richard Jefferson didn’t shoot at least 60% from three.

This was Enes Kanter’s first double double with a PR (points plus rebounds) total of at least 30 since a 27 and 14 effort against the Bucks on March 3rd (six straight double doubles under 30).

Can you name the four players in the NBA averaging at least 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists? The MVP front runners (LeBron James and Kevin Durant), the rookie of the year front runner (Michael Carter-Williams), and the vastly underappreciated Gordon Hayward.