Inside the Boxscores – December 12

Welcome to the first installment of ItB

Welcome to the first installment of ItB

Inside the Boxscores – December 12th

Welcome to the first installment of ItB, a (hopefully) regular look at the previous night in the NBA. You can see the highlights and catch the obvious stats anywhere, but I enjoy delving into the boxscores to find other stats worth mentioning. Since I follow the NBA more than college basketball on a nightly basis, I am going to give a look into the interesting stats and minutiae from the night in the NBA. The initial plan is to run this almost daily as time permits. Enjoy.

Stat lines of the Night:


Tracy McGrady, Houston: T-Mac missed a triple-double by one assist, turning in a 24-point, 10-rebound, and 9-assist performance in a Rocket win over Golden State.


Stephen Jackson, Golden State: Captain Jack had a rough night in the Warrior loss, finishing 2-14 from the field, including missing all 3 three-point attempts. Jackson committed 3 turnovers and had a +/- (see explanation below) of -18 while scoring just 8 points in 31 difficult minutes.


Vince Carter, New Jersey: Keeping this section all in the family, Tracy’s Cousin Vince was Half-Man, All-Terrible, going 0-13 from the field and scoring just 3 points while amassing 3 turnovers in 29 atrocious (see more below) minutes.

Worth Mentioning:

Zach Randolph (L.A. Clippers), Brandon Roy (Portland): Each put up 38 points as L.A. upset the Blazers in double overtime.

Greg Oden, Portland: 15 points and 15 rebounds in that Clipper-Blazer game.

LeBron James, Cleveland: Ho-hum – 28 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists in the Cleveland win over Philadelphia. The Cavs have now won 11 straight and are 20-3, the 2nd best record in the NBA.

Darko Milicic, Memphis: The much-maligned and oft-forgotten Darko had an excellent game, putting up 13 points and 11 rebounds in 35 solid minutes in a rare Grizzly win.

Ben Gordon, Chicago: One the few Bulls to put up a fight against Memphis, Gordon knocked down 7 3-pointers and scored 26 points in the loss.

Best +/-:

Joey Graham, Toronto: +28

Worst +/-:

Carter: -32 – Toronto hammered New Jersey 101-79 as Graham and Carter turned in the best and worst plus/minus totals of the night.

(Note: +/- calculates the points scored and allowed by a team while a specific player is on the floor. While not a foolproof stat, it does give an idea of the effectiveness – or lack thereof – of a team while each player was in the game.)

Most Points:

Danny Granger, Indiana: 42 – Granger was 13-21 from the field, 3-7 from 3-point range, and a perfect 13-13 from the free throw line in a loss to Detroit. For good measure, Granger added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The 42 points represent a career-high for the 4th-year player, who is currently 8th in the NBA in points per game (23.1 entering the night).

Most Rebounds:

Oden: 15 – The first 15-rebound game of Oden’s young career came in his first game playing more than 32 minutes – he played 42.

Most Assists:

Chris Paul, New Orleans: 14 – Paul came into the game leading the NBA in assists, averaging 11.9 per game and did not hurt that number despite the loss to Boston. This was Paul’s 7th game of 14 or more assists and has 16 double figure totals in the season’s first 19 games.

Miscellaneous Stats:

Jamario Moon, Toronto: 5 steals

Tim Duncan, San Antonio: 5 blocks


Marreese Speights, Philadelphia 2:33

Solomon Jones, Atlanta 1:42

Steve Novak, L.A. Clippers 0:07

Kevin Ollie, Minnesota 0:03

(Note: A “trillion” is a stat I first read about in an issue of Sports Illustrated several years ago. The phrase was coined to describe the stat line of a player who got into a game but accumulated no stats. Trillion became a mocking name for the player’s outing because the boxscore showed minutes played, following by 12 stats that were all zeroes. A player with 3 minutes played and no other stats racked up a 3 trillion. The NBA now calculates playing time down to the second so a 3 million may be a “2:33 trillion” now. I will list the trillions in order from most time played to least. A trillion is something to be celebrated in a mocking manner – somehow a player managed to do nothing in his time on the floor; no shot attempts, no rebounds, no assists, no turnover, not even any fouls. You and I could easily tally a trillion in an NBA so we poke fun at those who get paid to turn in such an effort.)


~ by Bristol on December 13, 2008.

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