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November 1, 2010
PBP Roundup
Oct 29-31

by Bradford Doolittle

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Today, the Roundup takes a look back at the action over the weekend, when those of you prone to temptation might have gotten distracted by such trifles as football, the World Series and other nocturnal attractions. Based on reader feedback from the first week of PBP Roundup, I've tweaked the categories in the box scores. Hope you enjoy. Also, in a programming note, I heard from a handful of Bulls fans anxious to get my Five Thoughts on the Bulls' stirring comeback in their home opener on Saturday against Detroit, with a special curiosity about the out-of-left-field performance from James Johnson. Sorry, I didn't go to the game. I was one of those distracted over the weekend, by Mizzou and Utah football in my case. I watched all my NBA action from Saturday after the fact. I touch on Johnson below and will keep a close watch on him tonight when the Blazers come to town. I'll be there this time, with a prime seat under the basket.

TODAY AT BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS

1. John Perrotto takes his weekly spin around the virtual newsroom of the league, with bits on the Heat, contraction and Michael Jordan's musing on his team.

2. A major announcement by our John Gasaway on the college side of the Basketball Prospectus empire.

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FRIDAY'S BOX SCORES
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PACERS 104, BOBCATS 101 (box): Charlotte's Stephen Jackson missed an open look at a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. For those worried about Charlotte's point guard situation, it surely can't be taken as a good sign that the Bobcats have the league's worst turnover rate in the early going and aren't countering that with the high rate of forced turnovers that helped fuel last season's playoff run. Indiana center Roy Hibbert continued his fast start with 13 points, 8 boards, 6 assists and 4 blocks. He may be one of this season's breakout players.

IND                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CHA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
granger,danny       69  36%  1.21  +7  28.4   augustin,d.j.       75  22%  1.08  -9  27.1
hibbert,roy         70  13%  1.59  +12 24.7   wallace,gerald      75  28%  1.16  -6  26.1
dunleavy jr.,mike   63  19%  0.93  +7  14.6   diaw,boris          60  18%  1.18  -8  15.0
hansbrough,tyler    36  15%  1.72  +12 13.1   jackson,stephen     53  25%  0.90  -7  12.6
mcroberts,josh      32  13%  2.00  +2   9.5   thomas,tyrus        39  21%  1.15  +2  12.1
collison,darren     45  27%  0.80   0   9.4   brown,derrick       29  17%  1.41  +11  7.6
george,paul         39  12%  1.69  -9   7.8   mohammed,nazr       25  19%  0.81  -1   6.4
ford,t.j.           43  17%  1.12  +3   7.2   hendersonjr,gerald  28   7%  2.41  +5   4.4
posey,james         25   9%  0.99  -10  2.3   livingston,shaun    17  19%  0.63  +7   2.9
jones,solomon       18  18%  0.33  -9   1.3   diop,desagana       40   3%  0.36  -9   0.6
foster,jeff (DNP)                             carroll,matt (DNP)
rush,brandon (DNP)                            collins,sherron (DNP)
PACE: 88.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
pacers,indiana    118.2 .525 .231 .114 .120   bobcats,charlotte 114.8 .471 .375 .193 .225

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NETS 106, KINGS 100 (box): The Nets hit 9-of-14 from the field and outscored the Kings 9-0 from the line in the fourth quarter as New Jersey overcame a six-point deficit after three periods to improve to 2-0. New Jersey, which lost its first 16 games a season ago while starting point guard Devin Harris was injured, got two big shots from Harris in the final minute. Tyreke Evans was back for the Kings after missing the season opener due to a league suspension, but Sacramento was -20 during his 36 minutes.

SAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NJN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
evans,tyreke        76  28%  0.89  -20 37.0   farmar,jordan       54  23%  1.11  +4  34.9
garcia,francisco    66  15%  1.75   0  17.8   lopez,brook         75  34%  0.84  +15 20.4
udrih,beno          76  20%  0.92   0  12.6   harris,devin        73  22%  1.45  +19 19.7
jackson,darnell     46  20%  1.06  +13  9.1   outlaw,travis       65  20%  1.16  +3  14.8
cousins,demarcus    44  20%  0.88  -4   6.8   favors,derrick      41  17%  1.12  -1   4.7
landry,carl         58  25%  0.68  -13  5.6   humphries,kris      48   9%  1.13  -2   3.7
casspi,omri         42  25%  0.51  -16  3.5   williams,terrence   24  40%  0.35  -18  2.6
head,luther         43   4%  1.20  +18  2.1   morrow,anthony      72   6%  0.74  +14  2.5
greene,donte         7  22%  1.54  +10  2.1   smith,joe           21   8%  1.21  +6   2.1
thompson,jason      30  10%  0.76  -6   2.0   petro,johan         15  18%  0.13  -9   0.3
dalembert,samuel    13  12%  0.24  -12  1.1   james,damion        15   5%  0.00  +0   0.0
wright,antoine (DNP)                          graham,stephen (DNP)
PACE: 100.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 100.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
kings,sacramento    99.6 .446 .208 .119 .114  nets,newjersey     105.5 .574 .192 .269 .197

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HAWKS 104, 76ERS 101 (box): For the second straight game Philly dug itself a big hole then fell short with a fourth-quarter rally. Atlanta's Josh Smith blocked Andres Nocioni's three at the buzzer, his sixth block of game. He also hit a big three of his own in final minute and has two treys this season after going 0-of-7 from beyond the arc last season.

ATL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
crawford,jamal      60  20%  1.46  +7  40.3   iguodala,andre      80  26%  1.39  +3  33.6
williams,marvin     62  14%  0.73  +2  18.8   brand,elton         73  18%  1.34  +4  17.6
johnson,joe         61  31%  0.93  -5  10.7   holiday,jrue        60  16%  1.03  +5  15.1
horford,al          64  18%  1.58  -4  10.3   williams,lou        37  27%  1.34  -4  14.4
smith,josh          54  29%  0.89  +11 10.2   nocioni,andres      57  17%  1.29  -2  13.4
bibby,mike          64  12%  1.32  -5  9.8    young,thaddeus      33  21%  0.80  -3   7.0
pachulia,zaza       27  21%  1.31  +7  6.0    hawes,spencer       42  24%  0.57  -7   4.5
powell,josh         42  13%  0.97  -1  5.9    battie,tony         19   6%  1.79  +3   2.3
teague,jeff         21  11%  1.29  +3  2.1    turner,evan         35  11%  0.64  -6   2.3
collins,jason (DNP)                           kapono,jason        15   3%  0.43  -2   0.4
crawford,jordan (DNP)                         speights,marreese    5  53%  0.00  -6   0.0
thomas,etan (DNP)                             songaila,darius (DNP)
PACE: 91.3        ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%    PACE: 91.3        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
hawks,atlanta    113.9 .557 .294 .219 .149    76ers,philadelph 110.7 .441  .250 .099 .159

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RAPTORS 101, CAVALIERS 81 (box): Any positive buzz the post-LeBron Cavs might have generated by beating the Celtics in their season-opener disappated after Cleveland was throttled by Toronto, one of this season's projected dogs. Cleveland played without Mo Williams, who has a groin injury, and Anderson Varejao, who missed Brazil Night in Toronto due to a death in his family. Fellow Brazilian Leandro Barbosa scored 13 points off the bench for Toronto, which also got a team-high 14 boards from Reggie Evans. Evans has been a one-man wrecking crew off the boards fro the Raptors in the early going, with 30 boards in two games.

CLE                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   TOR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gibson,daniel       60  14%  1.16  -11 17.0   kleiza,linas        54  29%  1.22  +21 36.0
parker,anthony      57  18%  1.11  -19 10.3   bargnani,andrea     59  25%  1.10  +15 17.7
jamison,antawn      50  21%  1.31  -3   9.8   barbosa,leandro     41  25%  1.18  +2   9.2
harris,manny        24  22%  1.65  +2   8.3   derozan,demar       53  22%  1.02  +18  9.1
sessions,ramon      47  31%  0.39  -12  7.5   jack,jarrett        42  25%  0.82  +4   8.8
powe,leon           33  21%  0.82  -5   7.3   evans,reggie        53   3%  2.74  +20  5.9
hollins,ryan        47   9%  1.41  -14  6.8   weems,sonny         41  32%  0.91  -1   5.6
samuels,samardo     14  35%  1.04  -1   5.5   calderon,jose       47  11%  0.77  +15  5.1
williams,jawad      38  30%  0.59   0   5.5   andersen,david      28  18%  1.20  +6   4.6
hickson,j.j.        36  29%  0.46  -20  4.6   johnson,amir        39   7%  2.68  +3   4.2
moon,jamario        56   6%  0.74  -20  2.3   banks,marcus         6  16%  1.26   0   0.9
graham,joey          8  21%  0.51  +3   1.0   wright,julian        8   9%  0.26  -3   0.2
PACE: 94.2        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 94.2        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
cavaliers,clevel  86.0 .435  .205 .202 .047   raptors,toronto  107.2 .512  .314 .202 .084

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CELTICS 105, KNICKS 101 (box): It was a partially brilliant night for Boston's Rajon Rondo, who handed out 24 assists and upped his season total to 50 dimes in three games. In his on-court interview after the game, Rondo called the performance, in which he also scored 10 points and chased down 10 rebounds, "probably one of my worst games as a Celtic." His performance was an abject lesson why you have to look at the full range of a player's stat line beyond the raw counting totals of the big three categories, that is if you want to get a true sense of the context in which a player put up those numbers. Rondo committed seven turnovers and took 12 shots to get those 10 points and also went just 2-of-6 from the line. Rondo put on an amazing show against the Knicks, but it didn't reach the level of brilliance that it was made out to be most everywhere--except out of the mouth of the man himself.

NYK                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   BOS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
douglas,toney       50  19%  1.39   0  22.5   pierce,paul         78  26%  1.30  +8  44.6
chandler,wilson     67  28%  0.86  -2  21.2   rondo,rajon         91  19%  1.44  +9  21.9
fields,landry       69  12%  1.65  -10 17.0   garnett,kevin       59  29%  1.11  -9  14.5
stoudemire,amare    72  31%  1.08  -3  15.4   allen,ray           81  15%  0.89  -1   9.4
felton,raymond      74  21%  1.16  -10 15.0   davis,glen          47  22%  1.15  +14  7.2
turiaf,ronny        45   6%  2.15  +10  5.3   o'neal,shaquille    45  13%  1.36  +2   4.7
walker,bill         35   9%  1.39  +1   3.2   daniels,marquis     35  16%  0.66  +6   3.9
mozgov,timofey      34  15%  0.58  -11  2.7   robinson,nate       40  11%  0.91  -6   2.7
gallinari,danilo    24  30%  0.27  -3   1.4   wafer,von            5  15%  0.00  -3   0.0
mason,roger         13   5%  1.66  +8   1.1   erden,semih (DNP)
rautins,andy (DNP)                            harangody,luke (DNP)
williams,shawne (DNP)                         west,delonte (DNP)
PACE: 96.4        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 96.4        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
knicks,newyork   104.8 .488  .184 .104 .123   celtics,bosto    108.9 .511  .326 .187 .082

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THUNDER 105, PISTONS 104 (box): There was a wild game-closing sequence in Detroit. With time winding down, the Pistons' Ben Gordon drove into the lane and kicked to Charlie Villanueva in corner for three, which he nailed to put Detroit up one with just over five seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Pistons did a great job of denying an entry pass to Kevin Durant, but things crumbled from there. Pistons coach John Kuester seems to be emerging as one of my whipping boys this season. I predicted he'd be the first coach fired, then mocked his shunning of Greg Monroe in Detroit's opener. Monroe got another DNP on Friday. On the Pistons' pentultimate defensive possession against OKC, Kuester went with a front line of Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell. Prince was the one that did such a great job of denying Durant the ball. However, the entire Detroit defense really overplayed Durant on the strong side, and the other Thunder spread the floor. The pass came into Jeff Green, who had Maxiell in his sights with no help defender in position to come to the rescue. Green dribbled right around Maxiell for a layup. Maxiell couldn't even get close enough to commit a foul and prevent the game-winning basket. Oklahoma City had Green, Durant and Serge Ibaka in the game at the time. Detroit had mobile forwards Austin Daye and Villanueva on the bench. If ever there was a defensive situation calling for dopplegšngers Daye and Prince to be paired together, this was it. After Green's layup the Pistons, who were out of timeouts, got the ball in to Gordon who dribbled to halfcourt as the game expired.

OKC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DET                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
ibaka,serge         55  17%  1.51  -15 36.3   gordon,ben          61  30%  1.39  +7  32.8
durant,kevin        80  32%  0.99  +2  24.6   stuckey,rodney      76  26%  1.18  -2  27.9
westbrook,russell   76  22%  1.25  +7  17.1   hamilton,richard    57  21%  0.99  -7  13.2
green,jeff          82  24%  0.88  +8  13.5   villanueva,charlie  52  24%  0.91  +8  11.3
krstic,nenad        39  27%  1.17  +16 12.9   prince,tayshaun     75  14%  1.03  -8  11.0
sefolosha,thabo     56   1%  7.44  +11  4.5   daye,austin         49  20%  0.63  -1   6.1
maynor,eric         18  12%  1.58  -6   2.4   mcgrady,tracy       12   5%  1.93  +6   4.3
harden,james        32  16%  0.17  -10  0.9   wallace,ben         40  12%  0.92  -9   2.8
cook,daequan        31   5%  0.00  -8   0.0   maxiell,jason       47   5%  0.96  +2   1.6
aldrich,cole (DNP)                            summers,dajuan       0   -%  0.00  -1   0.0
ivey,royal (DNP)                              bynum,will (DNP)
white,d.j. (DNP)                              monroe,greg (DNP)
PACE: 93.7        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.7        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO%  FTA%
thunder,oklacity 112.1 .400  .391 .128 .207   pistons,detroit  111.0 .518  .341 .192  .094

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HEAT 96, MAGIC 70 (box): This was a frightening outcome for the rest of the NBA. The Magic have looked like it was midseason form ever since the beginning of preseason. The Heat had looked like a team still trying to piece things together. The result? Miami held Orlando to its lowest point total in five years. Miami quietly disrupted the Orlando offense all night, perhaps best illustrated by Orlando's stupefying total of five assists in the game. No Magic player had more than one dime. No team in the last decade had fewer than six assists in a game. The Heat simply took away the Magic's signature ball movement and Orlando doesn't have the dribble penetrators to counter. The perimeter action was amazing. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are so fast on their rotations that they can collapse on Dwight Howard and scramble back to the three-point line as if they were four players instead of two, and are seemingly immune to screens. On other end, the Magic did similarly well in forcing jumpers, but Miami's supporting players shot well and they really excelled in transition, which is something that should persist all season. The Heat's halfcourt offense still feels like guys are just taking turns right now.

ORL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
howard,dwight       52  33%  0.84  -15 20.8   bosh,chris          54  18%  1.04  +29 40.4
anderson,ryan       25  28%  1.51  -4  15.5   wade,dwyane         62  38%  0.99  +32 28.5
nelson,jameer       45  32%  0.61  -13  8.9   james,lebron        55  25%  1.23  +13 14.7
pietrus,mickael     43  20%  0.52  -15  7.7   jones,james         49   8%  2.30  +10  7.4
bass,brandon        38  22%  1.02  +5   7.4   arroyo,carlos       46  12%  1.57  +21  6.3
richardson,quentin  40  12%  0.68  -16  4.7   haslem,udonis       41  21%  1.17  +2   4.2
redick,j.j.         56   6%  1.09  +1   4.6   ilgauskas,zydrunas  29  28%  0.82   0   4.1
gortat,marcin       26   5%  2.69  -9   4.1   house,eddie         44  22%  0.89  -1   3.5
carter,vince        25  22%  0.45  -26  3.2   magloire,jamaal      9   6%  1.35  -2   0.2
duhon,chris         42   7%  0.43  -13  1.8   anthony,joel        41   2%  0.00  +23  0.0
lewis,rashard       45  26%  0.07  -25  1.0   chalmers,mario (DNP)
williams,jason (DNP)                          stackhouse,jerry (DNP)
PACE: 87.8        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 87.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO%  FTA%
magic,orlando     79.8 .333  .178 .182 .170   heat,miami        109.4 .463 .304 .137  .135

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TIMBERWOLVES 95, BUCKS 85 (box): A rough start for Milwaukee, which fell to 0-2 in its two road games to begin the season and managed just a .374 eFG% in the game. In the (very) early going, the Bucks are in the bottom three of the league in Offensive Rating (29th), eFG% (28th) and offensive rebounding (29th). Minnesota fans have to be excited about the apparent fit between young forwards Micheal Beasley and Kevin Love, especially when coach Kurt Rambis actually leaves them on the floor.

MIL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jennings,brandon    69  25%  0.87  -15 17.8   beasley,michael     64  25%  1.26  +11 29.4
maggette,corey      62  31%  1.02  -13 15.2   ridnour,luke        67  11%  2.11  +8  16.4
bogut,andrew        57  11%  1.43  -1  13.1   love,kevin          55  30%  1.01  +19 14.7
gooden,drew         38  38%  0.67  -8   9.6   johnson,wesley      56  24%  0.80  +5  10.5
delfino,carlos      59  12%  1.13  -12  7.3   brewer,corey        43  27%  0.62  +7   7.0
dooling,keyon       24  22%  0.30  +1   6.6   tolliver,anthony    47  10%  1.55  -1   6.7
salmons,john        44  24%  0.65  -4   5.4   ellington,wayne     42  16%  1.16  +6   5.4
sanders,larry       22  15%  0.92  -12  4.4   milicic,darko       50  17%  0.44  -1   4.2
mbahamoute,luc      37  10%  0.83  +3   3.7   koufos,kosta        19  16%  0.97  -3   2.9
boykins,earl        29  11%  0.66  +7   2.3   pekovic,nikola      14  16%  0.39  +3   0.9
brockman,jon        28   5%  0.78  +1   2.0   telfair,sebastian   30  15%  0.46  +3   0.4
ilyasova,ersan      16  21%  0.00  -2   0.0   hayward,lazar        1  68%  0.00  -2   0.0
PACE: 97.4        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
bucks,milwaukee   87.3 .374  .176 .144 .113   timberwolves,minn  98.6 .412 .400 .195 .163

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HORNETS 101, NUGGETS 95 (box): Depth was supposed to be an issue for the Hornets this season, but the reserves were the primary reason New Orleans improved to 2-0. Marcus Thornton, Jerryd Bayless, Peja Stojakovic and company handily outplayed their Denver counterparts. With just five shots in 36 minutes, NenÍ needs to become more involved in the Denver attack.

DEN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NWO                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
billups,chauncey    64  31%  0.90  +7  23.8   paul,chris          68  20%  1.36  +1  20.3
anthony,carmelo     73  26%  1.13  +5  21.6   okafor,emeka        57  15%  1.35  -1  18.9
afflalo,arron       66   6%  2.61  -7  20.4   west,david          67  22%  1.00  -3  14.0
williams,shelden    43  22%  0.97  -1  13.1   ariza,trevor        58  17%  1.25  -12 12.9
smith,j.r.          39  31%  0.92  -5  11.6   thornton,marcus     34  25%  1.19  -5  10.9
harrington,al       46  22%  0.90  -4   7.1   bayless,jerryd      26  27%  1.03  +10  8.8
lawson,ty           31  21%  0.75  -16  5.2   belinelli,marco     43  15%  0.83  +4   8.1
hilario,nenÍ        68   6%  1.70   0   5.0   stojakovic,peja     25  27%  1.08  +7   7.9
ely,melvin          10   7%  0.08  -9   0.1   smith,jason         15  34%  0.75  -1   4.4
balkman,renaldo (DNP)                         mensahbonsu,pops    12  13%  1.51  +4   4.3
carter,anthony (DNP)                          green,willie        25   8%  2.48  +16  4.0
forbes,gary (DNP)                             ilungambenga,didier 10   9%  0.00  +10  0.0
PACE: 88.1        ORTG  eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 88.1         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
nuggets,denver   107.8  .528 .314 .227 .125   hornets,neworlean 114.6 .532 .297 .170 .120

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GRIZZLIES 91, MAVERICKS 90 (box): Marc Gasol made 1 of 2 free throws late to put Memphis up one. The Grizzlies then did a great job of denying a Dallas entry pass and Jason Kidd wound up throwing the ball away to O.J. Mayo, giving Memphis the win in a game in which Zach Randolph sat out with a tailbone injury. Memphis forced 20 Dallas turnovers, 12 coming off steals, as the Grizzlies' athleticism proved to be tough for mistake-averse Dallas to overcome.

MEM                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
mayo,o.j.           70  24%  1.21  +4  25.3   kidd,jason          66  20%  1.15  -7  20.2
gasol,marc          63  11%  1.82  +14 19.7   nowitzki,dirk       72  25%  1.26  -5  19.2
gay,rudy            83  22%  1.11  -3  17.1   marion,shawn        46  27%  0.87  +7  16.3
conley,mike         71  19%  0.83  +8  14.1   butler,caron        65  29%  0.85  -4  15.5
arthur,darrell      50  19%  1.16  +6  11.1   barea,jose          30  23%  1.24  +2  13.1
allen,tony          26  33%  0.79  +7   6.4   terry,jason         69  18%  1.08  +3   8.8
henry,xavier        24  36%  0.44  -8   2.9   chandler,tyson      54   6%  1.03  -1   3.4
thabeet,hasheem     22   0%  6.43  -11  2.2   jones,dominique     17   9%  1.45   0   2.0
haddadi,hamed        6  27%  0.57  -2   0.9   haywood,brendan     37   6%  0.28   0   0.4
law,acie            20   6%  0.29  -7   0.3   cardinal,brian (DNP)
young,sam           20  21%  0.06  -3   0.2   mahinmi,ian (DNP)
carroll,demarre (DNP)                         stevenson,deshawn (DNP)
PACE: 90.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
grizzlies,memphis 100.1 .413 .275 .143 .174   mavericks,dallas   99.0 .514 .205 .220 .116

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WARRIORS 109, CLIPPERS 91 (box): The Warriors are making SCHOENE look good so far, and are fun to watch to boot. Golden State got a terrific outing from Dorell Wright, who is taking advantage of his full-time role. Wright scored 24 points and needed just 13 shots to get there. He went 6-of-8 on threes. On the downside, Stephen Curry re-sprained his ankle and had to leave the game. He's listed as day-to-day. Monta Ellis, who scored 46 points in the Warriors' opener, toned down his gunslinging act and took just 12 shots in 33 minutes while handing out a team-high 11 assists.

LAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   GSW                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gordon,eric         63  33%  0.86  -16 23.5   carney,rodney       39  24%  1.30  +1  28.8
davis,baron         68  19%  1.35  -13 20.7   wright,dorell       76  17%  1.93  +14 18.8
griffin,blake       58  30%  0.81  -2  15.0   ellis,monta         65  20%  1.55  +22 17.4
kaman,chris         60  25%  0.81  -9  11.5   lee,david           61  23%  1.07  +12 14.9
jordan,deandre      27  14%  1.62  -5   6.1   curry,stephen       53  20%  1.54  +17 11.6
gomes,ryan          58   9%  1.04  -12  5.1   wright,brandan      28  22%  0.65  +1   5.1
foye,randy          51  14%  0.81  -9   5.0   biedrins,andris     32  16%  1.29  +21  5.0
cook,brian          25  27%  0.59  -4   3.4   radmanovic,vladimir 39  22%  0.80  +3   4.7
butler,rasual       46   3%  2.17  -6   2.9   williams,reggie     52  15%  0.81   0   3.9
bledsoe,eric        10  15%  0.90  +2   2.1   gadzuric,dan        26  17%  0.99  -1   3.8
aminu,alfarouq      10   9%  0.26  +2   0.3   lin,jeremy           5  19%  0.32   0   0.3
collins,jarron (DNP)                          bell,charlie (DNP)
PACE: 95.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 95.3         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
clippers,losangel  95.5 .416 .275 .178 .148   warriors,goldenst 114.4 .617 .257 .199 .078

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LAKERS 114, SUNS 106 (box): Reports that the Lakers haven't played much defense so far are greatly exaggerated. L.A. has simply played two fast-pace teams and while they've given up 108 points per game, the Lakers still rank fifth in the league in Defensive Rating. Ho hum. The Suns got some nice performances from reserves Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley, but the second unit wasn't able to carry Phoenix as it did against the Lakers in last spring's Western Conference Finals.

LAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHX                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
odom,lamar          79  16%  1.66  +10 27.3   dragic,goran        36  30%  1.38  -10 19.5
bryant,kobe         66  32%  1.09  +9  26.4   lopez,robin         63  25%  1.11  -6  18.0
gasol,pau           77  20%  1.53  +15 18.6   richardson,jason    57  29%  1.03  +2  17.8
fisher,derek        57  15%  1.05  -2  14.1   hill,grant          66  23%  1.07  -2  16.8
artest,ron          72  17%  1.15  -4  12.1   dudley,jared        36  12%  1.76  -10 12.6
barnes,matt         35  21%  1.45  +5   8.2   nash,steve          57  19%  1.21  +2  10.2
blake,steve         36  18%  1.00  +10  6.7   turkoglu,hedo       60  12%  1.41  -10  9.1
brown,shannon       30  22%  0.94  +4   5.6   warrick,hakim       34   8%  1.37  +2   4.3
ratliff,theo        16   5%  0.88  -7   2.7   childress,josh      27  18%  0.78  -6   3.4
caracter,derrick (DNP)                        frye,channing       30  10%  0.53  -2   1.4
ebanks,devin (DNP)                            clark,earl (DNP)
vujacic,sasha (DNP)                           siler,garret (DNP)
PACE: 93.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.6         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
lakers,losangeles 121.8 .547 .295 .118 .056   suns,phoenix      113.2 .522 .267 .107 .061

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HAWKS 99, WIZARDS 95 (box): The Hawks are getting balance and a wide distribution of assists, and their offensive efficiency is near the top of the league. So far, so good for Larry Drew's new system. John Wall had his first big game for the Wizards with 28 points on 17 shots. Washington was beaten on the boards once again, but center JaVale Mcgee blocked seven shots. The Wizards are last in the league in defense and rebounding, with what little resistance they've shown so far coming from steals and blocks.

WAS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ATL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
thornton,al         82  21%  1.17  +2  32.3   johnson,joe         84  29%  0.92  +14 26.9
wall,john           82  27%  1.26  +3  29.6   crawford,jamal      66  23%  0.91  -1  23.8
blatche,andray      65  33%  0.75   0  17.9   horford,al          50  26%  1.42  -6  19.0
hinrich,kirk        80   8%  1.57  -5  10.6   bibby,mike          61  11%  1.85  +15 10.9
jianlian,yi         47  19%  0.75  +5   6.2   smith,josh          66  18%  1.10  -1  10.0
mcgee,javale        52  16%  0.91  -6   5.1   teague,jeff         27  24%  0.70  -6   7.9
armstrong,hilton    15  18%  0.13   0   0.5   pachulia,zaza       33  16%  0.89  +2   3.6
young,nick          20   7%  0.00  -2   0.0   powell,josh         27   7%  0.57  +5   2.0
booker,trevor (DNP)                           williams,marvin     41   4%  0.84  -10  1.3
armstrong,hilton (DNP)                        collins,jason       10  36%  0.39  +8   1.1
hudson,lester (DNP)                           crawford,jordan (DNP)
seraphin,kevin (DNP)                          thomas,etan (DNP)
PACE: 92.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
wizards,washingto 102.3 .526 .211 .194 .100   hawks,atlanta     106.6 .451 .333 .183 .142

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KINGS 107, CAVALIERS 104 (box): After Omar Casspi missed two free throws in the waning seconds, Cleveland coach Byron Scott called timeout with the Cavaliers trailing by three. Kings coach Paul Westphal elected to foul Jawad Williams to prevent a game-tying three. Williams made one free throw, then missed the second on purpose. DeMarcus Cousins snared the rebound and was fouled. Two seconds still remained. Cousins made only one of two, but Cleveland was out of timeouts, and the game ended on Daniel Gibson's futile heave from beyond halfcourt. Gibson is getting extra run with Mo Williams out and is averaging 15 points and six assists in three games. On the downside, Antawn Jamison is shooting 32 percent and has been a non-factor in his bench role.

SAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CLE                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
evans,tyreke        78  29%  0.95  +2  23.7   gibson,daniel       58  27%  1.38  +5  23.9
casspi,omri         78  11%  2.36  +12 20.3   sessions,ramon      58  26%  1.20  -4  20.5
cousins,demarcus    52  30%  0.88   0  19.5   hickson,j.j.        52  26%  1.02  -6  19.7
thompson,jason      23  34%  0.92  -3  13.3   parker,anthony      58  18%  1.06  -6  14.4
landry,carl         61  15%  1.36  +1  12.7   williams,jawad      33  19%  1.82   0  11.4
udrih,beno          62  16%  1.61  +4  12.5   moon,jamario        60  11%  1.24  +1   9.0
garcia,francisco    32  15%  0.76  +2   6.7   varejao,anderson    65  13%  0.83  -9   8.6
head,luther         20   7%  3.31  -13  4.0   hollins,ryan        25  16%  1.32  +6   5.5
dalembert,samuel    31  13%  0.94  +5   3.9   jamison,antawn      34  19%  0.42  -1   2.7
jackson,darnell     12  13%  2.01  +7   2.4   harris,manny         6  14%  0.00  -1   0.0
greene,donte         0   -%  0.00  -1   0.0   graham,joey (DNP)
wright,antoine (DNP)                          powe,leon (DNP)
PACE: 89.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
kings,sacramento  119.0 .578 .306 .167 .117   cavaliers,cleve   115.7 .525 .238 .145 .142

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TRAIL BLAZERS 100, KNICKS 95 (box): The Knicks blew a nine-point lead in last five minutes, a collapse caused by forced shots, turnovers and missed free throws. The last miscue was Amar'e Stoudemire's sixth turnover, coming at about the six second mark with New York down by two. Portland's finished the game with a decisive 17-3 run and improved to 3-0 on the season, all three wins coming on fourth quarter rallies. Wilson Chandler continued his fast start and ranks fourth in the league in WP82.

POR                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NYK                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
roy,brandon         77  36%  0.94  +2  23.0   chandler,wilson     72  28%  1.13  -2  32.2
aldridge,lamarcus   80  29%  0.78  +10 21.0   douglas,toney       52  22%  0.85  +1  13.9
miller,andre        62  22%  1.54  +7  21.0   stoudemire,amare    67  31%  0.73  -2  12.3
matthews,wesley     49  21%  1.05  -4  18.0   felton,raymond      72  18%  1.29  -7  12.0
batum,nicolas       54  10%  1.80  +16 13.7   walker,bill         34  12%  2.07  -1  11.6
camby,marcus        48   8%  1.10  +1   3.5   fields,landry       48  15%  1.43  -7   8.5
fernandez,rudy      31  10%  1.15  -1   3.4   turiaf,ronny        48   5%  2.28  +5   4.8
oberto,fabricio     33   7%  1.18  -7   3.1   gallinari,danilo    29  25%  0.40  -11  3.7
cunningham,dante    22   2%  2.60  -3   1.0   mozgov,timofey      30  12%  0.64  +2   3.3
johnson,armon        9   8%  0.25  +4   0.2   mason,roger         10   5%  0.00  -3   0.0
babbitt,luke (DNP)                            rautins,andy (DNP)
mills,patrick (DNP)                           williams,shawne (DNP)
PACE: 92.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.7         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
trailblazers,port 107.8 .526 .214 .162 .142   knicks,newyork    102.4 .460 .360 .183 .119

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PACERS 99, 76ERS 86 (box): Philly still looks lost on offense and may be digging a huge hole for themselves. The good news is that Jason Kapono, who started the Sixers' first two games, got a DNP is this one. Small victories. Roy Hibbert had another solid outing for the Pacers, whose first unit is crystallizing with Josh McRoberts at the four. Tyler Hansbrough had a nice outing off the bench for Indiana.

PHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   IND                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,lou        41  32%  1.28  +1  18.1   granger,danny       77  20%  1.29  +13 29.1
brand,elton         67  23%  0.93  -20 17.0   dunleavy jr.,mike   73  15%  1.28  +22 17.7
young,thaddeus      51  18%  1.14  +13 15.7   collison,darren     50  27%  1.13  +16 13.3
holiday,jrue        60  23%  0.80  -18  9.8   hibbert,roy         65  23%  1.08  +25 12.7
iguodala,andre      67  24%  0.69  -28  9.1   george,paul         40  15%  1.52  -9  10.4
nocioni,andres      62  10%  1.11  -9   8.5   mcroberts,josh      60  20%  0.78  +13  8.5
turner,evan         65  18%  0.74  +5   6.6   hansbrough,tyler    46  21%  0.99  +13  6.2
hawes,spencer       27  16%  0.71  -17  3.1   ford,t.j.           45  19%  0.90  -3   5.6
speights,marreese   17   3%  3.32   0   2.0   posey,james         12  12%  0.43  -13  0.6
battie,tony         18  13%  0.16  +8   0.6   jones,solomon        6  12%  0.00  -12  0.0
kapono,jason (DNP)                            jones,dominique (DNP)
songaila,darius (DNP)                         rush,brandon (DNP)
PACE: 95.1         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 95.1         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers,philadelphia 90.5 .476 .255 .200 .074   pacers,indiana    104.1 .455 .320 .189 .116

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BULLS 101, PISTONS 91 (box): The Bulls outscored Detroit 34-9 in the fourth quarter, salvaging what would have been a discouraging home opener for coach Tom Thibodeau and his new roster. Much of Chicago's run came with reserves Omer Asik, Kyle Korver and James Johnson on the floor. Johnson's corner three at the 5:03 mark tied the game and completed Chicago's rally from 21-point deficit. During the run, Asik altered several shots and drew a pair of charges. The Pistons, who fell to 0-3 despite holding fourth quarter leads in all three of their games, died by the double-edged sword of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva's streak shooting. Gordon had a ridiculous first half with 21 points on just five shots. He had zero points on five shots in the second half. Johnson's huge fourth quarter may have been a career changer. He showed a full range of skills and was the most confident and assertive he's been since turning pro. JJ made some mistakes, but he was very active and his energy helped shake Bulls out of their doldrums. His putback dunk off Derrick Rose's missed layup late in the game was the exclamation mark on the comeback and his signature moment as a professional. Johnson's help defense in the 4th qtr was fantastic.

DET                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CHI                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gordon,ben          57  30%  0.91  +5  17.6   rose,derrick        78  46%  1.02  +15 41.3
stuckey,rodney      77  21%  1.12  -18 16.3   noah,joakim         81  17%  1.23  +12 14.8
villanueva,charlie  59  27%  0.83  -1  15.6   johnson,james       38  16%  1.85  +24 11.4
prince,tayshaun     85  19%  0.85  -11 13.1   deng,luol           53  24%  0.56  -4   7.2
wallace,ben         53  10%  1.58  -14  9.1   scalabrine,brian    42  11%  1.41  +5   6.8
daye,austin         35  17%  0.94  -3   6.6   gibson,taj          37  20%  0.86   0   4.9
hamilton,richard    46  20%  0.39  -21  6.0   korver,kyle         44   9%  1.02  +16  4.4
maxiell,jason       30  16%  0.82  -10  3.3   watson,c.j.         20  20%  0.92  -5   4.3
mcgrady,tracy       34  14%  0.66  +12  2.5   bogans,keith        48   7%  0.60  -3   3.3
monroe,greg         15  10%  0.94  +11  2.4   asik,omer           31   3%  1.89  +12  2.0
bynum,will (DNP)                              brewer,ronnie       13  19%  0.73  -13  1.9
summers,dajuan (DNP)                          thomas,kurt          6  17%  0.33  -9   0.3
PACE: 98.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 98.4         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
pistons,detroit    92.5 .409 .245 .183 .156   bulls,chicago     102.6 .459 .304 .163 .139

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GRIZZLIES 109, TIMBERWOLVES 89 (box): Wow. Memphis jumped out to a 2-4 lead and cruised thanks to an avalanche of steals and fastbreak dunks. Minnesota committed a franchise-worst 30 turnovers, 22 coming off Memphis steals--also a franchise record. Memphis has won both its games without Zach Randolph, who missed his second straight game. In his place, Darrell Arthur has played well. The real story for Memphis so far has been Mike Conley, who looks like a player coming into this own. Conley had 14 points, seven boards, 11 assists and seven steals, more than offsetting a 5-of-15 shooting performance. Conley ranks 24th in the league in WP82 so far, just behind teammate Rudy Gay.

MIN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MEM                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
telfair,sebastian   51  24%  1.02   0  12.9   gay,rudy            97  23%  1.12  +30 30.6
love,kevin          55  29%  0.92  -22 11.5   conley,mike         85  21%  1.22  +27 24.9
tolliver,anthony    49   8%  1.56  +8   8.4   mayo,o.j.           89  27%  1.26  +26 17.7
johnson,wesley      55  16%  0.74  -2   8.4   arthur,darrell      68  21%  1.02  +18 11.0
ellington,wayne     65  16%  1.28  -24  8.1   gasol,marc          70  15%  1.09  +31  7.7
pekovic,nikola      31  27%  0.74  -5   7.9   allen,tony          48  20%  0.98  -1   6.7
ridnour,luke        56  19%  0.79  -20  6.3   carroll,demarre      4  23%  1.88  -4   1.7
hayward,lazar       27  10%  1.56  -1   5.3   law,acie            16   4%  0.88  -4   0.5
beasley,michael     46  26%  0.46  -22  4.5   young,sam           29   8%  0.12  -13  0.3
milicic,darko       44  23%  0.50  -20  4.4   haddadi,hamed        7  12%  0.29  +3   0.3
brewer,corey        45  17%  0.79  +4   4.1   thabeet,hasheem     18   9%  0.00  -10  0.0
koufos,kosta        14  17%  0.64  +4   0.8   carroll,demarre (DNP)
PACE: 107.5        ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 107.5        ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
timberwolves,minn  82.8 .382 .358 .279 .131   grizzlies,memphis 101.4 .505 .191 .167 .074

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NUGGETS 107, ROCKETS 94 (box): Denver's Al Harrington scored 28 points off the bench. Harrington gives Denver's depth a huge boost. Once Chris Anderson returns, this may be the best second unit Denver has had under coach George Karl, with a a group featuring Ty Lawson, J.R. Smith, Anderson and Harrington. Harrington was a killer down the stretch against the Rockets and the difference in the game with 10 points in the final period. Yao Ming has a long way to go. His 24-minute limit has caused a lot of consternation, but right now that may be too many minutes for him. The Rockets are better without him--for now. That's obviously going to change in the long run. Houston is -25 with Yao on the floor in the two games in which he's played.

DEN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   HOU                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
harrington,al       60  37%  1.22  +21 35.3   scola,luis          77  22%  1.45  -2  29.6
anthony,carmelo     73  29%  1.04  +20 29.0   martin,kevin        74  28%  0.91  -4  21.9
billups,chauncey    67  18%  1.01  +2  12.6   budinger,chase      38  24%  0.91  -4  11.3
afflalo,arron       69   9%  1.58  +7   9.2   brooks,aaron        53  21%  0.82  -11 10.5
hilario,nenÍ        68  13%  1.34  +1   8.5   ming,yao            46  27%  0.94  -19  8.9
williams,shelden    67   7%  1.47  +4   5.6   lee,courtney        27   9%  2.64  -7   4.6
smith,j.r.          35  23%  0.97  -2   4.8   lowry,kyle          42  23%  0.39  -4   4.2
lawson,ty           41  23%  0.53  +9   3.8   miller,brad         33  18%  0.38   0   1.9
forbes,gary          9  40%  0.28  +3   0.7   battier,shane       60   3%  1.27  -9   1.8
balkman,renaldo (DNP)                         hayes,chuck         32  15%  0.49  -6   1.4
carter,anthony (DNP)                          hill,jordan          7  11%  0.00  +1   0.0
ely,melvin (DNP)                              jeffries,jared (DNP)
PACE: 97.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
nuggets,denver    109.4 .433 .271 .123 .148   rockets,houston    96.1 .475 .205 .194 .094

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BUCKS 98, BOBCATS 88 (box): Brandon Jennings notched his first career triple-double for Milwaukee, but was overshadowed by Carlos Delfino's efficient 23 points and solid work limiting the previously red-hot Gerald Wallace. Milwaukee was 11-of-22 from three-point range in picking up its first win. D.J. Augustin had a big scoring night for Charlotte, but the Bobcats continue to struggle on both ends of the floor.

CHA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
augustin,d.j.       69  20%  1.92  -1  28.3   delfino,carlos      73  21%  1.52  +8  37.3
jackson,stephen     74  25%  1.16  -16 21.4   bogut,andrew        61  21%  1.01  +15 20.8
brown,derrick       22  11%  2.11  -2  12.4   jennings,brandon    70  15%  2.30  +14 16.7
diaw,boris          43   9%  1.03  -3  10.0   salmons,john        59  22%  1.09  +8  12.3
livingston,shaun    27   9%  1.54  -2   9.2   mbahamoute,luc      60   7%  2.16  +9  11.5
wallace,gerald      74  21%  0.51  -11  9.0   maggette,corey      32  45%  0.48  -2  10.8
thomas,tyrus        37  38%  0.54  -10  9.0   gooden,drew         23  25%  0.40  +1   3.7
mohammed,nazr       39  15%  0.38  -13  3.0   boykins,earl         8   8%  4.62   0   3.1
hendersonjr,gerald  25  10%  0.46  +10  2.3   brockman,jon        22   9%  0.80  -5   1.1
diop,desagana        8  34%  0.24  -2   0.7   dooling,keyon        8  31%  0.00  +0   0.0
carroll,matt (DNP)                            boykins,earl (DNP)
collins,sherron (DNP)                         sanders,larry (DNP)
PACE: 83.5        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 83.5        ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
bobcats,charlott 105.4 .539  .161 .216 .121   bucks,milwaukee  117.3 .528  .378 .216 .142

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HORNETS 99, SPURS 90 (box): The Hornets won in San Antonio to remain unbeaten and further justify the optimism of both SCHOENE and NBAPET. Chris Paul is back to MVP caliber, it appears. As with what happened when Dwyane Wade suffered through an injury-marred campaign, I think it's easy to overlook star players still in their primes who are coming off of injury. I guess nobody wrote off Paul like they did Wade, who drew Penny Hardaway comparisons, but people were missing the boat on the Hornets. Paul looks great even with a knee brace. Tim Duncan played only one minute in the fourth quarter as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich elected to go with a small lineup to get the Spurs back into the game. It nearly worked, as the Spurs rallied from 18 down and closed within three on a Manu Ginobili jumper with 2:05 to play.

NWO                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAS                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
paul,chris          61  32%  1.25  +4  25.7   ginobili,manu       72  29%  1.09  -4  29.4
west,david          50  33%  0.89  +11 23.8   jefferson,richard   65  18%  1.34  -3  17.3
okafor,emeka        36  17%  1.21  -2  11.9   hill,george         52  12%  1.50  +3  14.0
thornton,marcus     60  23%  1.23  +4  11.6   parker,tony         53  24%  0.99  -11  9.1
green,willie        46  23%  1.11  +1  10.8   neal,gary           37  16%  1.43  +1   6.3
ariza,trevor        61  14%  0.96  +10  8.7   mcdyess,antonio     41  18%  0.83  -18  6.3
belinelli,marco     45  10%  1.15  +10  5.1   anderson,james      21  20%  1.26  -4   4.7
smith,jason         41  13%  1.04  +6   5.1   blair,dejuan        75  14%  0.53  -6   4.6
bayless,jerryd      22  14%  0.32  -7   1.2   duncan,tim          54  22%  0.56  -3   4.2
ilungambenga,didier 30   9%  0.36  +3   0.9   gee,alonzo (DNP)
mensahbonsu,pops    19   5%  0.57  +5   0.5   simmons,bobby (DNP)
stojakovic,peja (DNP)                         temple,garrett (DNP)
PACE: 93.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.9         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
hornets,neworlean 105.4 .545 .091 .170 .080   spurs,sanantonio   95.8 .424 .229 .149 .098

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SUNDAY'S BOX SCORES
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HEAT 101, NETS 78 (box): Stifling defense? The Nets scored .92 points per possession, so check. Efficient offense? 1.19 points per possession and .575 eFG%. Check that. Sharing the ball? Well, 29 assists on 36 made field goals with four players getting four or more assists. Yep, sharing the ball just fine. The Heat have won three straight games since losing at Boston to start the season and lead the league in Defensive Rating by a good margin. After listening and reading to lots of reports about Derrick Favors being not quite what the Nets thought they were getting, I got a chance to watch the rookie for a full game for the first time. Sure, some of his game lacks polish, but the guy's length, instincts, strength and quick leap combine to make him an absolute beast around the offensive glass. He had 10 more offensive boards on Sunday and is averaging 18.8 rebounds per 40 minutes in the Nets' first three games, while shooting 58 percent from the floor. Troy Murphy may assume the starting four spot once he returns from his back woes, but Nets fans will be clamoriong for Avery Johnson to put Favors in the starting five and leave him alone. The one concern I see at this point is his high foul rate.

MIA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NJN                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
james,lebron        51  42%  0.95  +18 30.3   williams,terrence   50  31%  0.66  -14 20.5
bosh,chris          46  22%  1.45  +13 22.1   favors,derrick      43  23%  1.29  -18 16.0
wade,dwyane         48  30%  1.36  +19 19.7   lopez,brook         49  32%  1.01  -10 13.6
house,eddie         42  17%  1.63  +12 15.5   harris,devin        51  20%  1.43  -12 12.6
arroyo,carlos       48  17%  1.52  +5  13.0   humphries,kris      36   8%  1.66  -2   8.1
ilgauskas,zydrunas  32  17%  1.38  +16  5.3   james,damion        33  12%  0.62  -3   5.1
jones,james         54   9%  1.25  +15  5.1   morrow,anthony      49  15%  0.60  -10  4.7
haslem,udonis       43  17%  0.83  +8   4.3   farmar,jordan       29  21%  0.81  -13  4.3
anthony,joel        43   3%  2.04  +9   2.3   petro,johan         24   6%  1.95  -8   3.4
chalmers,mario       6  16%  1.04   0   0.6   graham,stephen      13  30%  0.58  +1   2.0
magloire,jamaal      6  14%  0.41   0   0.2   outlaw,travis       39  10%  0.33  -18  1.3
stackhouse,jerry     6  16%  0.27   0   0.2   smith,joe            9  25%  0.02  -8   0.1
PACE: 85.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 85.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
heat,miami        118.8 .575 .172 .106 .176   nets,newjersey     91.8 .371 .352 .176 .119

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MAVERICKS 99, CLIPPERS 83 (box): None of Sunday's games were close, as the Mavericks 16-point margin of victory at L.A. qualified as the day's nail-biter. The Mavericks rank second to Miami in defensive efficiency right now and if that continues, Dallas could emerge as the favorite in the West. Shawn Marion was the guy who impressed me on the defensive end against the Clippers, but you can't overlook the contributions of Tyson Chandler. The Mavs were +21 with him on the floor and his presence contributed to the combined 9-of-30 shooting performance from Clippers big men Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin. The Clippers' offense hasn't yet reached a point per possession this season and has gotten worse each game. Welcome to life under Vinny Del Negro.

DAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
kidd,jason          61  18%  1.65  +21 23.5   griffin,blake       63  32%  0.70  -27 19.5
terry,jason         62  27%  0.92  +20 20.8   gordon,eric         54  19%  0.96  -23 11.2
nowitzki,dirk       59  27%  0.85  +21 15.3   kaman,chris         61  24%  0.85  -22 10.1
butler,caron        55  26%  1.02  +20 11.3   davis,baron         62  19%  0.79  -21 10.0
marion,shawn        53  21%  0.98  -4   9.3   bledsoe,eric        31  24%  0.81  +5   8.2
haywood,brendan     53   9%  1.65  -3   8.8   aminu,alfarouq      45  22%  0.75  +1   7.1
chandler,tyson      37  10%  1.65  +21  5.8   jordan,deandre      38  15%  1.60  +3   7.0
barea,jose          36  19%  0.89  -10  5.6   butler,rasual       39  13%  0.68  +7   6.3
cardinal,brian      16  15%  1.36  -3   3.5   gomes,ryan          48   7%  1.86  -17  6.0
jones,dominique     26   5%  0.90  +1   2.2   smith,craig         22   9%  2.21  +12  4.1
mahinmi,ian          2  40%  0.27  -2   0.4   collins,jarron       2  43%  0.00  +2   0.0
stevenson,deshawn    2  43%  0.00  -2   0.0   cook,brian (DNP)
PACE: 92.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.8         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
mavericks,dallas  106.6 .513 .195 .151 .137   clippers,losangele 89.4 .366 .313 .183 .147

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JAZZ 120, THUNDER 99 (box): Remember that scene from "A Clockwork Orange" when the old homeless people encounter the rehabilitated Alex out on the street and proceed to take out all their abuse-fueled frustration on the defenseless former practitioner of ultra-violence? That's what the Jazz looked like on Sunday. After getting manhandled in its first two games and facing a tough test at Oklahoma City, Utah responded with an intense, sustained effort on both ends of the floor. It was one of those games where you just shrug your shoulders and say one team was a lot more motivated than the other. The Jazz's struggling offense got it together with Deron Williams notching 15 of Utah's 32 assists. Paul Millsap was a beast off of slip screens and finished with a Boozeresque 30 points and 16 rebounds.

UTA                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   OKC                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
millsap,paul        79  27%  1.36  +24 29.0   durant,kevin        79  33%  0.95  -22 26.1
jefferson,al        85  22%  1.02  +20 27.2   westbrook,russell   62  28%  1.16  -17 19.7
miles,c.j.          51  26%  1.33  +21 19.2   green,jeff          80  20%  0.88  -25 12.9
williams,deron      75  19%  1.58  +18 18.9   maynor,eric         33  15%  1.15  -3  10.9
kirilenko,andrei    79  18%  1.28  +22 15.9   ibaka,serge         47  13%  0.82  -3   9.2
bell,raja           38   8%  2.14  +5   4.9   aldrich,cole        22  15%  1.34   0   8.4
hayward,gordon      31  20%  0.39  -7   3.4   sefolosha,thabo     49  14%  0.89  -16  6.1
watson,earl         24  10%  0.65  +3   1.7   harden,james        68  15%  0.49  -4   4.0
elson,francisco      9   8%  1.62   0   1.1   white,d.j.           6  33%  0.98  +1   2.6
evans,jeremy        12   6%  0.07  -1   0.0   krstic,nenad        31  11%  0.07  -17  0.2
fesenko,kyrylo       7  12%  0.00  +1   0.0   cook,daequan        19   5%  0.00  +1   0.0
price,ronnie (DNP)                            ivey,royal (DNP)
PACE: 99.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 99.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
jazz,utah         121.3 .572 .205 .162 .133   thunder,oklacity  100.0 .431 .171 .141 .151

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LAKERS 107, WARRIORS 83 (box): Both teams came into this game unbeaten but, not surprisingly, only one of them looked ready for prime time. The Lakers had 18 offensive rebounds in 45 opportunities, leading to 20 second-chance points. The big difference was that the Lakers were able to reduce the Warriors' offense to contested jump shots, resulting in a 23-6 advantage for the champs from the foul line. David Lee went scoreless in 19 minutes in his matchup with Lamar Odom.

GSW                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAL                PLY  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wright,dorell       67  24%  1.03  -22 18.7   odom,lamar          58  17%  1.97  +24 28.2
carney,rodney       34  31%  0.89  -6  14.3   gasol,pau           70  29%  1.20  +33 22.1
ellis,monta         76  29%  0.82  -33 11.8   fisher,derek        50  13%  1.82  +18 14.8
bell,charlie        42  23%  0.74  -2  10.6   bryant,kobe         54  34%  1.00  +21 14.0
biedrins,andris     55   9%  1.71  -18  7.2   barnes,matt         47  14%  1.46  +8  10.0
williams,reggie     46  12%  1.38  -17  6.8   artest,ron          58  15%  0.93  +27  7.4
wright,brandan      34  15%  1.78  +3   6.1   brown,shannon       44  15%  0.73  +5   4.0
lin,jeremy          32  12%  0.92  +3   3.3   vujacic,sasha       16  13%  1.62  -2   3.0
adrien,jeff          8  20%  1.91  +2   2.8   blake,steve         32  16%  0.65  +7   2.3
radmanovic,vladimir 17  25%  0.49  +1   2.2   ebanks,devin        24  26%  0.49  -12  2.2
gadzuric,dan        32   9%  0.94  -5   1.8   caracter,derrick    14  23%  1.07  -1   2.1
lee,david           38  20%  0.18  -26  1.0   ratliff,theo        12   4%  1.86  -8   1.3
PACE: 96.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 96.0         ORTG eFG% oRB%  TO% FTA%
warriors,goldenst  86.5 .438 .288 .188 .060   lakers,losangeles 111.5 .477 .400 .208 .138

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GLOSSARY
PLY is an estimate of how many possessions on which the player was on the court. USG is an estimate of how many of those plays a player used by shooting, going to the line or committing a turnover, with a portion the team's offensive rebound total subtracted. Is an estimate of each player's points created per possession used, a measure of offensive efficiency. The stat accounts for a player's entire box score line, not just the scoring categories. Plus-Minus (+/-) data is from official box scores from NBA.com. Game Rating (GR) reflects a player's Points Created total, or the portion of his team's offense for which he gets credit based on his box score line. This number is then adjusted for estimated defensive performance based on box score counterpart productivity. GR is pace-adjusted so you can compare players from game to game. TEAM STATS: PACE, or esimated possessions in the game; ORTG: a team's points per 100 possessions; eFG%: team's shooting percentage with an extra half-point added for each made three-point field goal; oRB%: percentage of a team's misses that they retrieved off the offensive glass; TO%: percentage of at team's possessions resulting in a turnover; FTA%: percentage of a team's possessions resulting in a trip to the foul line.

NEWS & MOVES

Minutiae from around the league

LEAGUE: "Maurice Lucas, the starting power forward known as "The Enforcer" on the franchise's only NBA Championship team, died Sunday at the age of 58. Lucas battled bladder cancer for the past two years. He was an assistant coach for the Blazers when he had surgery in April of 2009, then appeared to be recovering when he suffered a relapse that hospitalized him in November of 2009. He passed away Sunday evening in Portland with his family by his side." (The Oregonian)
Sad, sad news about a guy remembered for his physical style yet by all accounts was a beloved figure around the league. Lucas played his college ball under Al McGuire at Marquette, broke into the professional ranks as a member of the colorful Spirits of St. Louis in the ABA and teamed with Bill Walton as the second-best player on Portland's 1977 championship team. He twice finished in the top 10 of the MVP balloting. Just in basketball terms, it was an amazing journey for Lucas.

BOBCATS: "Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year option on point guard D.J. Augustin and the third-year option on guard Gerald Henderson." (press release)
Both players have a way to go to earn extensions once these rookie options run dry.

MAGIC: "Jason Williams of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for one game for making contact with a game official following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magicís 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards at Amway Center on Thursday, Oct. 28." (press release)
Williams sat out Orlando's loss at Miami on Friday. His absense is not the reason the Magic lost.

PACERS: "The Indiana Pacers announced Friday they have picked up the fourth-year option on Brandon Rushís contract. Per club policy no details of the contract are released. Rush, a third-year player out of Kansas, was drafted 13th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. In his three seasons with the Pacers, Rush has career averages of 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game." (press release)
The Pacers don't need to give up on Rush just yet, but they do need the talented wing to mature on and off the court. Indy is in a good cap position and can easily accomodate another year to develop Rush under his rookie deal.

ROCKETS: "Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has picked up the second-year option on the contract of forward/center Jordan Hill and the third-year option on guard Courtney Lee." (press release)
Lee is a bargain under his rookie contract and well worth the extension. Hill's development has been slower, but he's shown enough that you wouldn't want to cut bait already.

SPURS: "The San Antonio Spurs today announced that guard Tony Parker has signed a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy details of the contract were not announced. -- 'We are thrilled that Tony has signed a long-term contract extension.' said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. 'He has enjoyed an outstanding NBA career. With all that he has accomplished it is easy to forget that he is only 28-years-old. Tony is a unique talent and a wonderful young man.'" (press release)
Later it was reported that the extension was for 4 years, $50 million. Color me surprised. Because of the possible lockout, the move makes perfect financial sense for Mr. Longoria. Despite what Popovich said, the fact is that Parker is heavily reliant on elite quickness and also takes a lot of physical abuse as a result of his slashing style. He may be 28, but he may also be an old 28, and his performance last season was well below his career standards. I'm surprised because the pragmatic Spurs must be more confident than I am that Parker will retain his value. I'm also surprised because of his celebrity lifestyle, which I would have thought would mean Parker and his wife might be looking for a little higher-profile locale.

TRAIL BLAZERS: "The Portland Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Nicolas Batum and guard/forward Rudy Fernandez. The moves, announced today by General Manager Rich Cho, keep both players under contract through the 2011-12 season." (press release)
Guess we probably should stop referring to Rudy Fernandez as "disgruntled." The recent trade that sent Jerryd Bayless from Portland to New Orleans freed up some rotation minutes for Fernandez and perhaps things will work out after all.

OVERSEAS: "Lebanese basketball league champion Riyadi has added more star quality to its roster Wednesday with the signing of Loren Woods from Iranian side Mehram, the current Asian champion. Woods, 32, has enjoyed a successful career in Turkey, Spain and Iran after playing six seasons in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves and should be fit to play in Riyadiís season opener Friday against newly promoted Haouch Omara." (Lebanon Daily-Star)
Woods, the former Arizona center, went to camp this fall with the Cavaliers.

FAB FIVE

A selection of our favorite NBA links

1. Fanhouse's Sam Amick on the state of the agent industry.

2. The latest Works delves into the league's hype managment machine and other things NBA.

3. Kelly Dwyer with his take on LeBron's fang mouthpiece which caused me to mention to someone the other night that I'm worried he's going the way of Elvis and Michael Jackson. Too much fame, too early.

4. On the other hand, LeBron told reporters that he might do things differently, which at least suggests he hasn't completely lost touch with reality, his latest commercial evidence to the contrary.

5. Ridiculous Upside with the complete D-League allocation list. By the way, the D-League draft is today.

ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+9   por @ chi,  8:00 PM EST [ por by  8 ]   Greg Willard, Rodney Mott, Haywoode Workman
+8   tor @ sac, 10:00 PM EST [ tor by  2 ]   Joey Crawford, Pat Fraher, Marat Kogut
-27  sas @ lac, 10:30 PM EST [ sas by 17 ]   Derrick Stafford, Kane Fitzgerald, Zach Zarba

Through Sunday, 43 of 1,230 games (3.5%) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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