Here is how Brandon Jennings looked giving his post game interview after he put up a 20 point 6 rebound 12 assist stat line against the Sixers. Brandon also won the fashion matchup last night, going with a New Edition Home Again album cover theme. Amazing never stops happening in the NBA.
Quote of The Night
Has to go to Chris Bosh who hit 3 straight 3s in the 4th quarter to get the Heat the one point win over the Bobcats. “I blacked out a little bit, and when I woke up we had the lead.” Bosh gets a lot of crap, but he might be underrated at this point. He’s averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds on 53% shooting.
One of the stats kept by basketball-reference.com is Defensive Win Shares, which is an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player due to his defense. Here are the current top 5:
1. Paul George (Pacers)
2. Roy Hibbert (Pacers)
3. David West (Pacers)
4. Kawhi Leonard (Spurs)
5. Lance Stephenson (Pacers)
Those are the type of numbers you see when you play NBA 2K in franchise mode on the easy setting. The Pacers 5th starter George Hill ranks 8th overall.
Houston Rockets GM and godfather of NBA analytics Daryl Morey along with head coach Kevin McHale have all but abolished the mid-range shot from the Rockets offensive game. Despite playing at the 5th highest pace in the league the Rockets are only averaging 8.8 shots per game from the mid-range zone. Next closest is the Heat at 18.9 per game. The gap between the Rockets and Heat is wider than the gap between the Heat and the Blazers who attempt the most mid-range shots per game at 28.3. What is even more interesting is that the top three teams in offensive rating currently are in order, Heat, Rockets, and Blazers.
Wasn’t able to post this earlier cause NBA.com didn’t have the highlight up yet, but it’s exciting to think about the kind of defender MCW could become. That ability flashes at times, and one of those was last Wednesday against the Magic. Watch him take a screen from Glen Davis, only to then have the quickness and length to recover and block a Jameer Nelson layup attempt. Click here to watch the full play.
The Hawes Impact
If/when the Sixers trade Turner, Hawes, and Young lets hope as Sixers fans the first player to go is Turner. Not because I like him less than the other two or anything like that, but take a look at Turner’s shooting numbers when Hawes is on the court versus when he is off the court.