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November 15, 2010
PBP Roundup
Nov. 12-14

by Bradford Doolittle

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Keeping up with the NBA over the weekend can be an difficult task in most ideal situations. At least that's generally the case for me, as I usually try to cram a week's worth of personal obligations into each Friday and Saturday. This weekend was even worse than most as I took a charter bus to South Bend, Ind., for what turned out to be a very dreary Utah-Notre Dame college football game. Some of my wife's family was in town from Salt Lake City for the game. I'd arisen at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to zip through Friday's NBA action before leaving. I recorded more games on Saturday, including the Charlotte-Utah game. Alas, trying to avoid the result of the Jazz-Bobcats contest while riding through eastern Indiana, with a bus full of Utah Ute fans, with smart phones, starving for some good sports news ... proved to be a futile endeavor. "The Jazz won at the buzzer!" someone finally blurted. However, as I listened to the NBA buzz on the bus replace the football-fueled disappointment on the ride back to Chicago, one thing did become abundantly clear: The Jazz are the story in the NBA right now.

PRO BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS HOOPS LIST
Games through Nov. 14
TEAM, POW                          TEAM, POW
1. hornets,neworleans, 73.8        16. grizzlies,memphis, 40.1
2. celtics,boston, 64.9            17. warriors,goldenstate, 39.8
3. heat,miami, 59.2                18. thunder,oklahomacity, 37.0
4. nuggets,denver, 57.8            19. pacers,indiana, 36.7
5. suns,phoenix, 55.6              20. bobcats,charlotte, 32.1
6. lakers,losangeles, 54.0         21. pistons,detroit, 31.7
7. bucks,milwaukee, 52.2           22. cavaliers,cleveland, 28.1
8. spurs,sanantonio, 50.2          23. 76ers,philadelphia, 26.6
9. jazz,utah, 49.5                 24. raptors,toronto, 24.9
10. bulls,chicago, 49.4            25. knicks,newyork, 24.9
11. trailblazers,portland, 47.5    26. nets,newjersey, 24.1
12. mavericks,dallas, 46.5         27. kings,sacramento, 22.3
13. magic,orlando, 46.4            28. timberwolves,minnesota, 20.1
14. rockets,houston, 41.6          29. clippers,losangeles, 16.6
15. hawks,atlanta, 40.5            30. wizards,washington, 14.7
NOTE: POW, our formula for a team's power rating, is an estimate of a team's "true talent" level expressed as wins per 82 games. The formula takes into account point differential, home-road performance, record in close games and strength of schedule.

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)        GR (11/12-11/14)         WP82 - -ALL           WP82 -- ROOKIES
hornets,neworleans, 73.8  arenas,gilbert (s) 43.9  james,lebron, 25.2    wall,john, 10.9
celtics,boston, 64.9      jackson,stephen (s) 41.3 williams,deron, 22.8  griffin,blake, 9.9
heat,miami, 59.2          gasol,pau (u) 41.0       gay,rudy, 22.3        johnson,wesley, 5.4
nuggets,denver, 57.8      wallace,gerald (f) 39.5  rondo,rajon, 21.4     bledsoe,eric, 4.7
suns,phoenix, 55.6        williams,deron (f) 37.6  gasol,pau, 21.3       turner,evan, 2.5
Note: GR leaders are from weekend only; (f)-Friday, (s)-Saturday, (u)-Sunday

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FRIDAY'S BOX SCORES & RECAPS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

JAZZ 90, HAWKS 86 (box): For the fourth straight game--the last three on the road against the upper tier of the Eastern Conference--the Jazz overcame a double-digit lead to win. Al Horford missed two free throws with :07.6 to play that would have tied the game for the Hawks. Deron Williams' tear continued, with 24 points and 10 assists. Williams has taken on an even larger share of the Utah offense, with an increased scoring average, a higher usage rate and even more turnovers. His shooting percentages are as high as ever, but he's getting to the line more often. The overall result is that through Friday, Williams was a shade behind LeBron James for the league lead in WP82. Could Williams mount an MVP charge? Let's address that in Saturday's Jazz recap. The Hawks' suffered their fourth straight loss after opening the season with six straight wins, as the old Josh Smith/Joe Johnson model has suddenly supplanted the new all-hands-on-deck philosophy of first-year coach Larry Drew.

UTA (6-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ATL (6-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,deron       81%  32%  1.22  - 5 37.6   smith,josh           76%  24%  1.37  - 5 33.1
kirilenko,andrei     76%  15%  1.67  + 4 19.6   johnson,joe          79%  31%  1.01  - 4 32.0
jefferson,al         72%  21%  1.33  - 9 19.3   horford,al           78%  19%  1.08  + 3  9.2
miles,c.j.           54%  32%  0.79  +10 14.5   crawford,jamal       46%  28%  1.24  - 4  8.8
millsap,paul         74%  14%  1.12  - 2  6.2   powell,josh          24%  31%  0.76  -10  7.3
fesenko,kyrylo       28%  17%  0.53  +13  2.9   williams,marvin      62%  14%  0.82    0  4.6
evans,jeremy         13%  29%  1.04  + 8  2.9   pachulia,zaza        35%   3%  2.08  - 1  3.2
bell,raja            59%   5%  1.15  - 6  2.5   bibby,mike           54%   8%  1.07  + 2  2.9
watson,earl          19%   8%  2.92  + 9  2.4   teague,jeff          21%   3%  2.46    0  1.8
price,ronnie         13%  23%  0.40  - 2  1.4   evans,maurice        25%  18%  0.50  - 1  1.4
elson,francisco      12%  10%  0.00    0  0.0   collins,jason (DNP)
hayward,gordon (DNP)                            crawford,jordan (DNP)
PACE: 82.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 82.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
jazz,utah          109.3 .452  .333 .109 .101   hawks,atlanta      104.4 .528  .282 .194 .112

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ROCKETS 102, PACERS 99 (box): Brad Miller scored 23 points for the Rockets, who looked a lot more effective when Kyle Lowry was manning the point instead of Ishmael Smith. Smith started both halves, but Lowry played 22 of the 24 minutes after halftime. The Pacers hung in thanks to a strong performance from their bench, highlighted by James Posey's five three-pointers. However, Darren Collison had an uneven game. He has several impressive drives to the basket, using his speed to finish both off of pick-and-rolls and in transition. However, he didn't have any assists in the game. After Lowry badly missed a three in the last half-minute, Mike Dunleavy rebounded for Indiana and took a dribble before calling timeout with :15.3 to play. That meant of course that Indy couldn't advance the ball to halfcourt. A mistake, but still there was plenty of time to push the ball up the floor and run a play. Unfortunately, the Pacers looked out of sorts after coming out of the huddle. Danny Granger couldn't get a clean look and kicked to Collison, who missed an awkward-looking three at the buzzer, wide right.

HOU (2-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   IND (3-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
scola,luis           62%  23%  1.11  +10 25.1   granger,danny        78%  24%  0.93  - 8 21.1
miller,brad          71%  24%  1.43  +18 21.6   dunleavy jr.,mike    67%  15%  1.69  -11 19.8
martin,kevin         68%  28%  0.92  +12 14.0   collison,darren      68%  19%  0.85  -22 17.1
lee,courtney         31%  22%  1.04  -13 11.8   posey,james          55%  19%  1.83  +16 16.9
lowry,kyle           72%  20%  1.13  + 3 11.6   hibbert,roy          60%  29%  1.02  + 1 11.9
budinger,chase       45%  18%  1.38  -12 11.2   ford,t.j.            32%  25%  1.27  +19  7.1
battier,shane        83%   9%  1.14  +18  9.3   hansbrough,tyler     23%  23%  0.68  -12  5.7
hill,jordan          22%  12%  1.35  - 6  2.5   mcroberts,josh       62%  12%  0.58  -11  4.6
smith,ishmael        28%  13%  0.28    0  1.6   rush,brandon         55%  12%  0.38  +13  1.8
jeffries,jared       11%  26%  0.22  - 6  0.6   george,paul (DNP)
hayes,chuck           6%  17%  0.00  - 9  0.0   jones,dahntay (DNP)
taylor,jermaine (DNP)                           jones,solomon (DNP)
PACE: 93.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 93.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
rockets,houston    109.1 .545  .231 .171 .118   pacers,indiana     105.9 .500  .256 .160 .061

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RAPTORS 110, MAGIC 106 (box): The Raptors snapped a six-game losing streak in what has to be looked at as the most surprising score so far in the young season. DeMar DeRozan reversed his recent trend of playing a little worse each time out and instead put up his best GR of the season by a mile, scoring a career-high 26 points. Sonny Weems started for the injured Linas Kleiza, forming an athletic wing duo with DeRozan, and hit a big three late in the game. Mickael Pietrus, who has been largely squeezed out of Stan Van Gundy's rotation this season, hit eight three-pointers in the game.

TOR (2-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ORL (5-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
derozan,demar        84%  21%  1.28  + 3 34.3   pietrus,mickael      62%  18%  2.16  - 1 27.7
bargnani,andrea      82%  31%  0.86  + 8 26.1   nelson,jameer        76%  26%  1.27  + 1 26.3
calderon,jose        46%  23%  1.35  +12 15.9   howard,dwight        91%  27%  0.88  - 5 21.7
jack,jarrett         55%  23%  1.02  - 4 10.7   lewis,rashard        53%  11%  1.32  + 4 11.0
johnson,amir         34%  21%  1.26  +10 10.7   richardson,quentin   38%  23%  0.95  - 3  9.6
weems,sonny          67%  15%  1.31  - 7  9.5   carter,vince         66%  19%  0.77  + 6  7.0
wright,julian        50%  14%  1.21  + 9  5.8   bass,brandon         47%  20%  0.81  - 8  5.7
evans,reggie         67%   5%  1.48  -13  5.5   gortat,marcin         9%  10%  2.20  + 1  2.0
dorsey,joey          15%  23%  0.01  + 2  0.0   duhon,chris          24%   7%  1.53  - 5  1.9
alabi,soloman (DNP)                             redick,j.j.          34%   7%  0.46  -10  1.2
banks,marcus (DNP)                              anderson,ryan (DNP)
davis,ed (DNP)                                  williams,jason (DNP)
PACE: 92.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
raptors,toronto    118.5 .538  .308 .172 .147   magic,orlando      114.2 .608  .206 .172 .137

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BOBCATS 93, WIZARDS 85 (box): Charlotte won its second straight despite committing twice as many turnovers (24-12) as the Wizards and getting outscored 24-9 on those miscues. Gerald Wallace had an efficient 25 points and locked down Al Thornton to lead the charge. As the Wizards sort out the playing time in their backcourt, this game was an extreme example of what Kirk Hinrich and Gilbert Arenas bring to the table. Hinrich had an ultimate glue player game, scoring 14 points on seven shots, handing out eight assists and limiting Stephen Jackson to 13 points on 11 shots in 42 minutes. Arenas played 31 minutes off the bench, shot 2-of-14 from the floor and led the team with four turnovers. It's not always this bad. Actually, it's never this bad, but which player would you rather pair with John Wall?

CHA (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   WAS (2-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wallace,gerald       84%  23%  1.43  +15 39.6   hinrich,kirk         79%   8%  3.06  - 5 23.5
augustin,d.j.        69%  20%  1.86  +16 22.8   blatche,andray       79%  29%  1.05  -12 14.9
diaw,boris           80%  17%  1.65  +12 16.1   mcgee,javale         45%  17%  1.31  - 6 13.8
jackson,stephen      87%  17%  1.05  +12  9.8   wall,john            84%  19%  1.37  -17 13.8
thomas,tyrus         28%  32%  0.81  -11  6.4   young,nick           27%  26%  1.09  + 4 10.9
livingston,shaun     36%  18%  0.59  -13  4.6   arenas,gilbert       66%  27%  0.57  + 1  9.7
mohammed,nazr        47%  20%  0.64  +26  3.8   jianlian,yi          66%  13%  1.05  - 2  9.6
carroll,matt         24%  17%  0.73  - 4  2.9   armstrong,hilton     10%  13%  1.96  + 4  3.0
brown,derrick        14%  27%  0.80  - 7  2.7   thornton,al          44%  22%  0.15  - 7  1.0
diop,desagana        23%   1%  4.42  - 4  0.8   booker,trevor (DNP)
hendersonjr,gerald    7%  30%  0.00  - 2  0.0   martin,cartier (DNP)
collins,sherron (DNP)                           seraphin,kevin (DNP)
PACE: 84.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 84.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
bobcats,charlotte  109.5 .543  .485 .283 .124   wizards,washington 100.1 .448  .289 .141 .052

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TIMBERWOLVES 112, KNICKS 103 (box): Kevin Love's 31 points and 31 rebounds were the story, but let's not overlook Michael Beasley's second-straight big scoring game in what looks like an emergent trend for the Timberwolves. Right now, it looks like Kurt Rambis has seen the light and is just rolling his young forwards out there and leaving them alone to do their thing. A struggling franchise has to start somewhere, and Beasley's scoring and Love's board work and stretch ability are the stuff of solid foundations. Love's 30/30 game was the first since Moses Malone in 1982. After his outburst on Friday, Love was averaging 19.7 rebounds per 40 minutes. As long as he's getting 38-40 minutes a night, more 30/30 outings, or at least 20/20 could be in the offing. For the Knicks, a nice outing for Ray Felton was inflated by the credit he gets for Sebastian Telfair's zero-points-in-37-minutes showing.

NYK (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIN (3-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
felton,raymond       84%  20%  1.38  -10 37.3   beasley,michael      85%  30%  1.19  + 2 33.2
gallinari,danilo     85%  22%  1.08  - 2 14.6   love,kevin           85%  32%  1.24  +12 27.6
fields,landry        75%  19%  1.11  + 2 14.2   johnson,wesley       78%   8%  2.31  +15 12.0
chandler,wilson      88%  20%  1.09  -17 14.2   brewer,corey         62%  12%  1.54  +18 11.5
stoudemire,amare     58%  27%  0.79  -12  9.0   milicic,darko        42%  21%  0.78  - 4  8.1
douglas,toney        49%  17%  0.98  -11  7.8   tolliver,anthony     23%  36%  0.47  - 7  6.1
mozgov,timofey       36%   5%  1.22  + 1  2.0   pekovic,nikola       15%  15%  1.25  - 1  4.5
randolph,anthony     25%  13%  0.48  + 4  1.4   telfair,sebastian    77%   6%  1.02  + 8  4.4
mason,roger (DNP)                               gaines,sundiata      23%  24%  0.29  + 1  2.1
rautins,andy (DNP)                              hayward,lazar         4%  23%  0.00  - 1  0.0
walker,bill (DNP)                               koufos,kosta (DNP)
williams,shawne (DNP)                           ellington,wayne (DNP)
PACE: 102.4         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 102.4         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
knicks,newyork     100.6 .440  .220 .137 .107   timberwolves,minn  109.4 .475  .347 .137 .090

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MAVERICKS 99, 76ERS 90 (box): The Maverics won their third straight on the shoulders of their two-headed monster at center. Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood combined for 17 points and 29 rebounds, with the latter getting a little more run than normal because of the former's foul trouble. Chandler and Haywood are averaging about 12 points and 15 boards on the season in what has become a solid duo in the pivot for Rick Carlisle. The Mavericks rank third in the NBA in Defensive Rating and lead the circuit in opponent eFG%. Jason Kidd notched his 11,000th career assist in the contest. Andre Iguodala had 13 points in his return to the lineup for the Sixers.

PHI (2-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   DAL (6-2)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
young,thaddeus       51%  27%  1.09  - 1 23.1   barea,jose           47%  35%  1.11  +10 23.1
holiday,jrue         82%  15%  1.54  - 7 17.6   terry,jason          68%  25%  0.94  +11 20.2
nocioni,andres       41%  27%  1.37  - 8 16.0   nowitzki,dirk        76%  27%  0.74  +14 17.8
brand,elton          61%  17%  0.86  -11 12.3   haywood,brendan      47%  15%  1.53  +10 13.7
iguodala,andre       79%  20%  1.04  - 4 11.8   marion,shawn         63%  20%  1.35  - 1 13.4
hawes,spencer        51%  27%  1.07  + 4  9.8   kidd,jason           70%  17%  1.42  - 4 13.4
turner,evan          58%  14%  0.91  - 1  9.4   chandler,tyson       53%  13%  1.64  + 1  6.5
battie,tony           8%  10%  2.80  - 8  2.1   stevenson,deshawn    27%   9%  1.95  - 3  4.7
meeks,jodie          37%  11%  0.34  - 6  1.6   cardinal,brian       47%   3%  3.65  + 7  3.1
williams,lou         20%  23%  0.35  - 6  1.1   mahinmi,ian           2%  69%  0.00    0  0.0
speights,marreese    12%  14%  0.44  + 1  0.5   jones,dominique (DNP)
kapono,jason          0%   -%  0.00  + 2  0.0   novak,steve (DNP)
PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers,philadelphia 105.4 .458  .311 .152 .119   mavericks,dallas   115.9 .481  .364 .117 .149

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SUNS 103, KINGS 89 (box): This was the fourth straight loss for the Kings, the first three of which were at home. Sacramento has been struggling on the offensive end, but the defense wasn't sharp either in allowing Steve Nash's season-best performance. The Suns continue to get little from Hedo Turkoglu, but as always the offense is super efficient. Phoenix is playing at a slower pace this season relative to the league, but the Suns still rank second in the NBA in Offensive Rating. DeMarcus Cousins fouled out in 21 minutes off the bench. The Sacramento rookie is averaging 8.4 fouls per 40 minutes. He's also averaging 20.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per 40, but the constant foul trouble has limited Cousins to 21.4 minutes per game.

SAC (3-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   PHX (4-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
evans,tyreke         87%  23%  1.24  - 1 26.8   nash,steve           74%  30%  1.70  +14 33.9
landry,carl          72%  25%  1.20  -15 24.0   warrick,hakim        48%  25%  1.42  + 9 26.6
casspi,omri          74%  15%  1.42  - 9 21.7   richardson,jason     71%  25%  0.92  +17 14.9
garcia,francisco     38%  19%  1.06  - 4 10.5   dragic,goran         26%  39%  0.92    0 14.5
udrih,beno           74%  19%  1.14  -20  9.7   frye,channing        61%  10%  1.32  +13  8.6
cousins,demarcus     44%  20%  0.97  -12  6.5   childress,josh       52%  13%  1.58  +12  7.4
dalembert,samuel     51%  14%  1.04  - 2  4.8   lopez,robin          39%  14%  1.42  + 1  7.1
jackson,darnell      32%  19%  0.47  + 1  1.7   turkoglu,hedo        52%  14%  1.01  + 5  5.0
wright,antoine       20%  18%  0.11  - 6  0.2   hill,grant           43%  12%  0.90  + 1  4.1
head,luther           6%  19%  0.00  - 2  0.0   dudley,jared         34%  16%  0.06  - 2  0.4
greene,donte (DNP)                              clark,earl (DNP)
thompson,jason (DNP)                            siler,garret (DNP)
PACE: 84.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 84.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
kings,sacramento   105.8 .438  .420 .131 .099   suns,phoenix       122.5 .544  .310 .131 .141

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THUNDER 110, TRAIL BLAZERS 108 (box): Russell Westbrook (career-high 36) and Kevin Durant (34) scored a combined 70 and made the plays down the stretch for the Thunder. Durant hit three straight jumpers in the last two minutes to help OKC get control, but then missed a free throw late that would have put the Thunder up by three points. The Blazers, out of timeouts, pushed the ball up the floor. Andre Miller drove baseline and kicked to the weakside corner for an open three by Rudy Fernandez, but the shot missed and Nicholas Batum was unable to gather himself for a follow-up after snagging the offensive board. It was a nice win in a great game for the Thunder, but it did little to assuage concern over OKC's 28th-ranked defense.

POR (6-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   OKC (5-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
roy,brandon          73%  25%  1.23  -10 32.8   westbrook,russell    92%  34%  1.25  +14 34.1
fernandez,rudy       48%  20%  1.73  + 7 24.6   durant,kevin         85%  33%  1.19  + 2 29.4
miller,andre         74%  27%  1.27  - 5 17.3   ibaka,serge          79%  18%  0.98  + 4 23.2
batum,nicolas        67%  27%  1.19  - 2 15.2   krstic,nenad         87%  12%  1.21  +11 20.1
aldridge,lamarcus    80%  19%  0.80  - 1 10.7   harden,james         43%  18%  1.71  - 9 14.3
cunningham,dante     37%   6%  2.32  + 5  8.1   sefolosha,thabo      70%   1%  5.24  + 7  4.1
camby,marcus         78%   6%  1.88  -14  7.8   maynor,eric          23%  17%  0.50  -11  2.0
johnson,armon        11%   7%  4.00  - 1  4.8   cook,daequan          5%  21%  0.00  - 8  0.0
matthews,wesley      27%  30%  0.70  + 6  3.7   white,d.j. (DNP)
marks,sean            4%  26%  0.00  + 5  0.0   aldrich,cole (DNP)
babbitt,luke (DNP)                              mullens,byron (DNP)
mills,patrick (DNP)                             peterson,morris (DNP)
PACE: 86.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 86.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
trailblazers,port  125.0 .586  .344 .174 .122   thunder,oklacity   127.3 .589  .321 .162 .132

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PISTONS 113, CLIPPERS 107, OT (box): The Clippers lost their fifth straight, missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation. With the score tied, Eric Gordon held the ball out top with the floor spread but when he started on his drive, he slipped and the ball bounced to Rip Hamilton. Detroit had a timeout remaining, but Hamilton rushed the ball down the floor and missed a shot at the buzzer. No matter for the Pistons as the Clippers appeared to run out of gas in the overtime period. Discouraging as things seem right now for the Clippers, L.A. started Al-Farouq Aminu in the game, giving the Clips four starters age 22 or under. With Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, backup center DeAndre Jordan and, of course, Gordon and Blake Griffin, the Clippers can put a super-young, super-athletic lineup on the floor at any given time. If that sounds like the Thunder/Grizzlies model, you're right. However, before we declare that the future is now for L.A., let's not lose sight of the fact that veterans Baron Davis and Chris Kaman are still around and if they ever get healthy, they'll demand front-line roles.

DET (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAC (1-9)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
villanueva,charlie   66%  27%  1.38  + 8 23.5   gordon,eric          79%  34%  0.83  - 7 23.4
stuckey,rodney       59%  28%  0.97  + 6 15.6   griffin,blake        83%  20%  1.17  -10 20.9
hamilton,richard     62%  26%  0.81  - 1 13.0   bledsoe,eric         87%  14%  1.41  -10 17.4
prince,tayshaun      70%  20%  0.66  + 3 12.1   butler,rasual        41%  32%  0.84  - 3 12.5
daye,austin          48%  17%  1.30  + 5 11.0   gomes,ryan           80%  10%  0.98  - 6 10.7
mcgrady,tracy        15%  18%  1.96  - 1  8.6   smith,craig          48%  15%  1.55  - 7  8.5
maxiell,jason        46%  12%  1.47  +12  8.3   aminu,alfarouq       37%  20%  0.99  + 4  7.1
bynum,will           41%  18%  0.65    0  8.0   jordan,deandre       30%  13%  0.75  + 4  5.0
gordon,ben           38%  16%  1.40  + 7  6.1   warren,willie        14%  11%  0.25  + 4  0.5
wallace,ben          43%   5%  2.40  - 8  5.2   cook,brian            1%  70%  0.00  + 1  0.0
monroe,greg          12%   5%  0.36  - 1  0.4   collins,jarron (DNP)
summers,dajuan (DNP)                            foye,randy (DNP)
PACE: 101.1         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 101.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
pistons,detroit    111.8 .543  .159 .129 .157   clippers,losangeles 105.9 .488  .308 .218 .165

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SATURDAY'S BOX SCORES & RECAPS

JAZZ 96, BOBCATS 95 (box): This is getting ridiculous. The Jazz trailed by 19, on the road, and came back to win. Deron Williams hit the game-winner with a one-hand runner. Williams, who as I wrote in Friday's recap, is second in the NBA in WP82. He's doing more for the Jazz than ever before and he was already recognized as one of the top players in the league. When you factor in the high-profile wins the Jazz have gotten over the last week and signature moments like his game-winning shot in Charlotte, I don't think it's a stretch to suggest Williams could find himself in the hunt for the MVP award. It's early--the Jazz will need to finish at or near the top of the West adn Williams will have to keep putting up huge numbers, but it's something to watch.

UTA (7-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CHA (3-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
williams,deron       74%  30%  1.01  + 1 24.3   jackson,stephen      69%  36%  1.26  + 7 41.3
miles,c.j.           55%  30%  0.97  +18 20.3   mohammed,nazr        76%  23%  1.52  + 7 15.8
millsap,paul         70%  19%  1.14    0 16.9   augustin,d.j.        86%  17%  1.20  + 6 15.3
kirilenko,andrei     79%  16%  1.31  - 6 16.6   wallace,gerald       81%  16%  1.36  + 2 15.1
jefferson,al         65%  22%  1.40  - 6 13.3   diaw,boris           70%  19%  0.85    0 12.4
evans,jeremy         17%  17%  1.58  - 3  7.1   brown,derrick        30%  15%  1.04  - 5  6.9
price,ronnie         11%  17%  1.97  + 1  4.3   diop,desagana        23%  12%  0.87  - 8  1.9
fesenko,kyrylo       35%   9%  1.48  + 7  3.4   livingston,shaun     33%   7%  1.30  - 5  1.9
watson,earl          26%  14%  0.49    0  2.9   carroll,matt         18%  16%  0.59  - 5  1.0
bell,raja            46%   9%  0.87  -13  2.5   collins,sherron       0%   -%  0.00    0  0.0
elson,francisco      14%   5%  1.13  + 4  0.8   livingston,shaun (DNP)
hayward,gordon        8%  37%  0.12  + 2  0.4   hendersonjr,gerald (DNP)
PACE: 85.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 85.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
jazz,utah          112.8 .468  .268 .106 .150   bobcats,charlotte  111.6 .494  .310 .129 .124

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MAGIC 91, NETS 90 (box): The suddenly stuggling Magic barely avoided dropping its third in a row. Jameer Nelson hit a little fadeaway for the winning score. That came after Brook Lopez's clutch free throws with :11.5 to play and before Devin Harris' desperation three at the buzzer. The Magic struggled on offense for the most part, but were rescued by a dominating performance on the boards. Orlando grabbed 13 of 42 offensive rebound chances while holding New Jersey to two out of 32.

ORL (6-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NJN (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bass,brandon         44%  22%  1.62  + 4 22.6   harris,devin         73%  36%  1.16  -10 33.1
carter,vince         66%  26%  0.77  + 4 18.9   outlaw,travis        96%  13%  1.85  + 1 29.0
pietrus,mickael      50%  15%  1.96  - 6 16.0   lopez,brook          86%  29%  0.85  + 2 21.6
lewis,rashard        63%  17%  1.02  - 1 13.7   farmar,jordan        38%  32%  0.91  +12  9.6
howard,dwight        56%  24%  1.24  - 2 13.2   humphries,kris       55%  12%  1.00  -11  6.6
nelson,jameer        58%  29%  0.91  + 1  9.8   morrow,anthony       77%   8%  0.34  + 9  2.6
gortat,marcin        44%  14%  1.18  + 3  4.4   petro,johan          11%  30%  0.66  - 6  2.3
richardson,quentin   43%   5%  2.54    0  3.5   murphy,troy          18%  12%  0.92  +12  1.6
duhon,chris          29%   8%  1.71  + 4  2.9   ross,quinton         17%   6%  1.36  -10  1.4
redick,j.j.          34%  27%  0.40  - 3  2.2   favors,derrick       28%   7%  0.00  - 4  0.0
williams,jason       12%  17%  1.07  + 1  1.8   james,damion (DNP)
anderson,ryan (DNP)                             uzoh,ben (DNP)
PACE: 83.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 83.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
magic,orlando      108.9 .468  .310 .120 .137   nets,newjersey     107.7 .549  .063 .156 .079

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PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 85 (box)There was reportedly a chance that Mike Dunleavy Jr. was going to be benched once Brandon Rush returned from his suspension last week, but Dunleavy remained in the starting lineup. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but Dunleavy has had his three games of the season since Rush returned. He's hit 12 three-pointers over that span. When you consider that Indiana was projected to win 30-35 games, a 4-4 record would seem to be a terrific start for the Pacers. Their POW is 35.4, which means their level of play so far is right on target for the upper end of Indiana's projection. However, if you watch the Pacers play, it just seems like they could be doing even better. With a little more consistency and given the competition beyond the first six spots in the East, the Pacers are a playoff team.

IND (4-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CLE (4-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
dunleavy jr.,mike    76%  22%  1.24  +11 26.6   jamison,antawn       54%  33%  1.08  + 4 28.5
granger,danny        80%  32%  1.28  +21 26.0   sessions,ramon       75%  26%  0.90  - 9 20.3
hibbert,roy          58%  31%  0.99  +15 23.1   gibson,daniel        56%  29%  0.81  + 1 14.5
mcroberts,josh       57%  11%  1.13  +13  9.0   hickson,j.j.         65%  21%  0.71  -27 10.3
collison,darren      49%  16%  1.28  +12  7.6   powe,leon            43%  15%  1.24  + 6  5.3
ford,t.j.            51%  15%  1.03  + 2  6.8   parker,anthony       69%  14%  0.66  -23  4.6
rush,brandon         44%  13%  1.11  - 4  6.0   moon,jamario         48%   6%  2.01  - 3  3.9
jones,solomon        25%  18%  0.81  - 2  2.6   hollins,ryan         37%   6%  1.88  -12  3.3
posey,james          45%  10%  0.19  + 9  1.1   harris,manny         15%  25%  0.87  - 2  3.2
hansbrough,tyler     15%   5%  1.65  - 7  0.7   williams,jawad       37%  11%  0.00  - 5  0.0
george,paul (DNP)                               graham,joey (DNP)
jones,dahntay (DNP)                             samuels,samardo (DNP)
PACE: 90.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 90.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
pacers,indiana     109.4 .519  .189 .155 .083   cavaliers,cleveland 93.9 .398  .239 .144 .112

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HEAT 109, RAPTORS 100 (box): This win isn't likely to squelch the Miami freakout, as the Heat were lax on defense and on the boards against a soft Toronto club. Dwyane Wade picked his spots in this one, leading to a very efficient game and LeBron James orchestrated a decent showing on the offensive end, though less so if you consider who they were playing against. Chris Bosh's minutes were limited by foul trouble as he continues to flail in his role as a third wheel. DeMar DeRozan put up his second straight strong performance for the Raptors. They've played will with DeRozan and Sonny Weems starting on the wings and it'll be interested to see whay Jay Triano does once Linas Kleiza is ready to return to action.

TOR (2-8)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIA (6-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
calderon,jose        56%  15%  1.79  - 4 24.1   james,lebron         82%  35%  0.97  +11 32.1
bargnani,andrea      80%  34%  0.76  - 6 22.0   wade,dwyane          73%  31%  1.24  + 6 25.9
derozan,demar        88%  18%  1.22  - 7 17.0   jones,james          56%  14%  1.76  - 4 21.2
weems,sonny          72%  17%  1.31  -14 15.9   bosh,chris           45%  23%  1.24  +11 12.3
johnson,amir         52%  19%  1.23  - 7  9.2   ilgauskas,zydrunas   62%  11%  1.39  + 4 10.9
andersen,david       29%  19%  0.82  - 5  7.4   haslem,udonis        77%  12%  1.13  + 1  8.8
jack,jarrett         48%  13%  0.89  - 5  7.3   arroyo,carlos        37%  14%  0.77  +12  7.8
dorsey,joey          33%   0% 31.57  + 2  5.0   house,eddie          30%  13%  0.75  + 6  3.3
wright,julian        41%  27%  0.49  + 1  4.4   chalmers,mario       21%   7%  0.03  - 4  0.1
alabi,soloman         1%  174%  0.00   0  0.0   anthony,joel         16%   4%  0.00  + 2  0.0
banks,marcus (DNP)                              howard,juwan (DNP)
evans,reggie (DNP)                              stackhouse,jerry (DNP)
PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
raptors,toronto    112.2 .482  .325 .123 .143   heat,miami         122.4 .525  .262 .101 .178

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BULLS 103, WIZARDS 96 (box): It was "Derrick Rose versus John Wall" on the marquee, but it turned out to be Luol Deng's night. Deng has played at least 40 minutes in four straight games and five out of six. Against the Wizards, Deng enjoyed an excellent all-around game, with 20 points, nine board, six blocks and vice-grip defense on Al Thornton. Rose outplayed Wall in the first regular-season meeting between the John Calipari proteges. Gilbert Arenas, one night after shooting 2-of-14 against Charlotte, exploded for 30 points and seven three-pointers in 32 minutes. His fourth quarter shooting helped the Wizards close the gap, though the Bulls were more or less in control of this one for the last three quarters.

WAS (2-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   CHI (5-3)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
arenas,gilbert       66%  39%  1.27    0 43.9   deng,luol            91%  20%  1.36  + 2 34.2
wall,john            64%  25%  1.20  -11 15.0   rose,derrick         75%  34%  1.04  +12 20.5
armstrong,hilton     37%  22%  1.08  - 1  8.2   gibson,taj           54%  15%  1.36  + 8 15.4
hinrich,kirk         78%   6%  2.39  - 7  7.6   noah,joakim          79%  24%  0.97  +10 15.1
young,nick           39%  19%  1.55  + 3  7.0   bogans,keith         70%  12%  1.45  - 8 12.3
mcgee,javale         42%  14%  1.20  -11  5.3   korver,kyle          41%  15%  1.46  + 8  5.7
blatche,andray       56%  19%  0.47  -16  4.6   brewer,ronnie        39%  13%  1.69  +12  5.3
jianlian,yi          27%  11%  1.93  + 8  4.4   watson,c.j.          30%  18%  0.44  - 6  1.4
thornton,al          53%  25%  0.41  - 6  4.1   asik,omer            21%   7%  1.46  - 3  1.4
booker,trevor        37%   7%  1.74  + 6  3.9   johnson,james (DNP)
martin,cartier (DNP)                            scalabrine,brian (DNP)
seraphin,kevin (DNP)                            thomas,kurt (DNP)
PACE: 92.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 92.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
wizards,washington 103.9 .517  .378 .249 .038   bulls,chicago      111.5 .507  .286 .162 .162

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CELTICS 116, GRIZZLIES 110 (box): Rudy Gay hit a pair of jumpers in the final minute of regulation to bring Memphis back from a four-point deficit, but the Celtics hit 4-of-6 in the overtime period and outscored Memphis 8-0 from the foul line in the extra session. Tony Allen, apparently back in the good graces of Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, had his best game of the season against his former team. The Celtics had just three offensive rebounds in the game. The Celtics' lack of concern for the their own misses is even more pronounced this season, as Boston has dropped from 28th to 29th in offensive rebound percentage.

BOS (8-2)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MEM (4-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
pierce,paul          81%  25%  1.14  - 3 24.0   allen,tony           39%  25%  1.21  +11 20.3
rondo,rajon          84%  17%  1.42  + 4 20.6   gay,rudy             92%  20%  1.09    0 19.3
robinson,nate        24%  32%  1.95  + 9 19.9   randolph,zach        76%  20%  1.22  -12 16.9
allen,ray            75%  14%  1.47    0 18.2   conley,mike          71%  24%  0.76  - 4 14.0
garnett,kevin        69%  22%  1.15  + 8 15.3   mayo,o.j.            63%  25%  0.62  -18 11.1
o'neal,shaquille     42%  36%  0.91  + 9 11.0   gasol,marc           80%  15%  1.20  - 4 10.8
davis,glen           74%  11%  1.08  + 4  7.1   arthur,darrell       31%  17%  1.11  + 9  7.8
daniels,marquis      33%  11%  0.63  + 6  1.7   vasquez,greivis      23%  10%  2.76  + 3  7.1
erden,semih          13%   7%  0.23  - 7  0.1   henry,xavier          7%  11%  1.78  - 3  2.5
wafer,von             4%  23%  0.00    0  0.0   thabeet,hasheem      10%   7%  1.56  - 7  2.1
harangody,luke (DNP)                            law,acie              6%  15%  0.00  - 5  0.0
o'neal,jermaine (DNP)                           young,sam (DNP)
PACE: 98.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 98.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
celtics,boston     117.9 .622  .094 .173 .116   grizzlies,memphis  111.8 .542  .237 .173 .107

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HORNETS 107, TRAIL BLAZERS 87 (box): When will the Hornets finally lose? Tonight's game in Dallas will be a test but, for now, New Orleans' record remains unblemished. What really jumps out at you about this game is the Hornets' shot distribution. No New Orleans player took more than 11 shots and seven players took between seven and 11. That group did not include Chris Paul, who handed out 13 assists and was content once again to just manage the game. But let's not forget about New Orleans' top-ranked defense. The Hornets' worst Defensive Rating this season 107.8, and they have held opponents under 101 in five of eight games.

POR (6-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NWO (8-0)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
batum,nicolas        69%  24%  0.88  -12 18.1   belinelli,marco      62%  15%  1.98  + 9 26.4
miller,andre         66%  18%  1.21  -11 16.1   paul,chris           67%  20%  1.62  + 8 21.4
aldridge,lamarcus    75%  21%  0.98  - 9 14.2   stojakovic,peja      36%  22%  1.69  +11 18.7
camby,marcus         62%  13%  1.71  - 7 13.1   west,david           57%  26%  1.17  +15 15.6
matthews,wesley      51%  21%  1.26  -13 12.3   okafor,emeka         69%  19%  1.15  +16 10.4
fernandez,rudy       32%  26%  0.73  - 4 10.6   ariza,trevor         68%  18%  0.83  + 5 10.3
johnson,armon        34%  30%  0.74  - 9  6.6   bayless,jerryd       38%  29%  0.86  +12  9.2
marks,sean           27%  13%  0.94  -15  4.7   green,willie         42%  22%  0.97  + 9  5.9
roy,brandon          46%  16%  0.49  - 6  2.7   smith,jason          46%  12%  1.13  + 2  5.3
cunningham,dante     33%  10%  0.69  - 4  2.1   pondexter,quincy     14%   5%  0.70  +13  0.6
babbitt,luke          3%  41%  0.00  - 5  0.0   ilungambenga,didier (DNP)
mills,patrick (DNP)                             mensahbonsu,pops (DNP)
PACE: 86.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 86.5          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
trailblazers,port  100.6 .432  .302 .150 .097   hornets,neworleans 123.7 .532  .286 .139 .137

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BUCKS 79, WARRIORS 72 (box): One day shy of the anniversary of Brandon Jennings' 55-point game against Golden State, Jennings had 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals against the Warriors, who played again without David Lee. Lee's absence contributed to the Bucks' dominance on the glass. Milwaukee was 19-of-50 on the offensive boards and had a 21-10 edge in second-chance points against a Golden State team that has plummeted in the rebound rankings since Lee went down. Four Milwaukee players reached double figures in rebounds, led by Andrew Bogut's 17 boards. The Bucks' bench, which has served them well during their current stretch of good play, managed just four points in this one.

GSW (6-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   MIL (5-5)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
ellis,monta          87%  28%  1.22  - 2 17.0   jennings,brandon     87%  28%  1.02  +14 28.5
williams,reggie      50%  28%  0.81  + 3 15.2   gooden,drew          66%  26%  1.07  + 8 20.8
radmanovic,vladimir  54%  16%  1.05  - 5 12.1   salmons,john         84%  24%  1.31  +12 16.0
wright,dorell        66%  25%  0.54  -10  7.6   mbahamoute,luc       81%   1%  8.15  +13 10.5
curry,stephen        63%  27%  0.53  -12  6.8   bogut,andrew         82%  15%  0.99  +13  9.4
adrien,jeff          40%   8%  2.22  +10  6.1   dooling,keyon        26%  21%  0.41  + 2  1.2
carney,rodney        15%  26%  0.82  - 5  4.4   maggette,corey       31%  20%  0.28  - 9  1.0
gadzuric,dan         25%  11%  1.39  -11  4.0   boykins,earl         10%  28%  0.26  - 2  0.6
bell,charlie         26%  10%  0.96  + 5  3.4   ilyasova,ersan       23%  29%  0.14  - 8  0.6
wright,brandan       16%  11%  0.91  - 1  2.2   brockman,jon         12%  13%  0.00  - 8  0.0
biedrins,andris      59%   7%  0.76  - 7  1.9   delfino,carlos (DNP)
lin,jeremy (DNP)                                sanders,larry (DNP)
PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 89.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
warriors,goldenst   80.8 .402  .220 .191 .049   bucks,milwaukee     88.7 .373  .380 .224 .104

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SPURS 116, 76ERS 93 (box): The Spurs led by as many as 32 against a reeling Sixers team. San Antonio broke the game open with a 35-12 third quarter during which they hled the Sixers to 5-of-22 shooting. Evan Turner went scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting in 27 minutes for Philadelphia.

PHI (2-8)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAS (7-1)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
iguodala,andre       40%  24%  1.03  -20 14.7   ginobili,manu        53%  24%  1.34  +29 24.7
nocioni,andres       41%  17%  1.11  -15 14.6   parker,tony          57%  25%  1.64  +26 21.1
holiday,jrue         74%  29%  0.81  -12 13.7   blair,dejuan         50%  19%  1.45  +20 17.8
young,thaddeus       44%  18%  1.15  - 5 10.1   hill,george          44%  21%  1.34  + 9 12.6
williams,lou         46%  26%  0.98  - 7  9.1   bonner,matt          31%  19%  1.16  - 1  9.9
meeks,jodie          36%  19%  0.91  - 2  8.4   jefferson,richard    55%  13%  1.41  +25  8.0
hawes,spencer        29%  20%  0.97  -18  8.4   duncan,tim           50%  22%  0.84  +28  6.9
speights,marreese    51%  21%  0.91  - 1  8.1   neal,gary            50%  17%  0.71  - 5  5.6
brand,elton          44%  19%  0.80  -26  5.2   splitter,tiago       39%  18%  0.91  - 2  5.3
kapono,jason         25%  14%  0.77  + 9  3.0   quinn,chris          25%  13%  1.70  - 9  3.7
turner,evan          57%   5%  0.15  - 8  0.5   mcdyess,antonio      16%  22%  0.91  + 4  2.3
battie,tony          14%  12%  0.00  -10  0.0   gee,alonzo           31%  17%  0.30  - 9  1.5
PACE: 97.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.1          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
76ers,philadelphia  95.8 .439  .178 .155 .109   spurs,sanantonio   119.5 .529  .250 .144 .141

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SUNDAY'S BOX SCORES & RECAPS

HAWKS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 105 (box): The Timberwolves weren't far off from nabbing their third straight win, but weren't able to keep the Hawks off the line. Michael Basley and Kevin Love were solid again, as many of Minnesota's possessions continue to be two-man sets between the two young forwards. It's working so why change? The Hawks rode Al Horford domination of the center matchup, as he put up 28 points and 10 boards in 36 minutes verus Darko Milicic's two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes. Milicic has cracked double-digits in GR only once this season. Horford actually switched over to Love down the stretch and helped frustrate the latter's efforts at getting off a lead-narrowing three-pointer with the his active hands.

MIN (3-8)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   ATL (7-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
telfair,sebastian    82%  17%  1.50  + 6 28.1   horford,al           74%  22%  1.61  + 5 37.0
tolliver,anthony     44%  14%  2.14  + 1 18.6   smith,josh           83%  29%  0.94    0 21.8
beasley,michael      71%  31%  1.01  + 6 18.0   johnson,joe          58%  24%  1.35  - 7 20.8
love,kevin           85%  25%  1.02  + 2 17.3   evans,maurice        34%  14%  1.80  +11 11.7
brewer,corey         48%  25%  0.82    0 13.4   williams,marvin      58%  15%  1.11  - 8  7.6
johnson,wesley       77%   9%  1.51  - 1  7.7   crawford,jamal       64%  18%  0.82  + 8  6.9
koufos,kosta         12%  29%  1.03  -12  4.3   teague,jeff          36%  11%  1.30  +11  4.2
milicic,darko        42%  20%  0.36  - 6  2.1   bibby,mike           44%  12%  0.99  + 8  3.5
hayward,lazar        21%   2%  4.17  -14  1.2   pachulia,zaza        24%  17%  0.80  + 1  2.0
gaines,sundiata      18%  19%  0.00  -12  0.0   powell,josh          24%  22%  0.46  + 1  1.5
ellington,wayne (DNP)                           collins,jason (DNP)
pekovic,nikola (DNP)                            crawford,jordan (DNP)
PACE: 94.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 94.9          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
timberwolves,minn  110.6 .526  .324 .221 .144   hawks,atlanta      116.9 .481  .357 .158 .181

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PISTONS 100, KINGS 94 (box): The Kings' defensive problems continued in their fifth straight loss. Don't look now, but Detroit has won four of five after starting the season 0-5. Detroit has won all four of those games with offense. On Sunday, John Kuester used 10 players for 14 or more minutes and only Ben Wallace took fewer than five shots. There were still plenty of isolations--the Pistons had just 18 assists on their 41 made field goals--but that didn't keep Detroit from shooting 54 percent from the floor. Sacramento went 2-of-18 from three-point range.

DET (4-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   SAC (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
gordon,ben           56%  17%  1.77  + 3 28.2   landry,carl          63%  24%  1.22  - 2 24.1
stuckey,rodney       71%  29%  0.99  + 8 18.1   evans,tyreke         83%  30%  0.75  - 1 16.8
prince,tayshaun      57%  21%  1.16  + 1 16.7   thompson,jason       36%  11%  2.67  - 3 15.5
hamilton,richard     45%  39%  0.72  + 4 15.0   head,luther          54%  16%  1.57  - 7 14.0
monroe,greg          32%  19%  1.33  + 4 12.0   udrih,beno           46%  14%  1.75  + 1 11.6
villanueva,charlie   52%  19%  1.02  + 2  7.3   dalembert,samuel     48%  11%  1.76  - 2  9.6
wallace,ben          58%   1%  8.14  + 1  6.5   casspi,omri          50%  18%  0.93  - 4  6.7
mcgrady,tracy        43%  16%  1.09  + 5  5.4   cousins,demarcus     52%  27%  0.54  - 4  6.0
maxiell,jason        57%   9%  1.22  + 4  4.7   garcia,francisco     46%  17%  0.60    0  4.6
bynum,will           29%  29%  0.63  - 2  4.1   wright,antoine       23%  10%  0.77  - 8  2.0
daye,austin (DNP)                               greene,donte (DNP)
wilcox,chris (DNP)                              jackson,darnell (DNP)
PACE: 84.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 84.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
pistons,detroit    118.0 .559  .281 .142 .099   kings,sacramento   110.9 .465  .391 .142 .109

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SPURS 117, THUNDER 104 (box): Matt Bonner went 7-of-7 from three-point range off the bench, with three of those shots coming in the fourth quarter. The Spurs outscored the Thunder 56-38 in the second half. Oklahoma City has allowed 1.11 points per possession or higher in seven of its nine games. The Thunder are 27th in Defensive Rating for the season.

SAS (8-1)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   OKC (5-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
ginobili,manu        64%  27%  1.13  + 5 28.9   durant,kevin         81%  32%  0.80  -15 26.4
parker,tony          67%  26%  1.15  + 6 23.3   harden,james         76%  13%  1.29  -11 18.0
bonner,matt          52%  15%  2.53  +14 18.5   maynor,eric          50%  21%  1.16  -13 16.4
jefferson,richard    79%  16%  1.05  +11 14.7   westbrook,russell    77%  27%  0.91  -15 16.0
blair,dejuan         33%  35%  0.79    0  8.7   ibaka,serge          51%  20%  1.05  - 6  8.4
duncan,tim           48%  14%  0.93  + 5  6.2   krstic,nenad         38%  11%  1.12  - 3  7.2
hill,george          66%  18%  0.70  +19  5.4   green,jeff           53%  16%  1.21  + 3  6.7
mcdyess,antonio      39%  14%  1.03  +10  5.0   collison,nick        23%  15%  0.65  - 4  2.2
neal,gary            38%   7%  2.17  +10  4.5   sefolosha,thabo      45%   3%  1.20  - 7  1.6
splitter,tiago        7%  24%  0.76  - 9  1.0   white,d.j.            3%  28%  0.27  + 3  0.4
quinn,chris           3%  27%  0.00  - 3  0.0   peterson,morris       3%  30%  0.00  + 3  0.0
gee,alonzo (DNP)                                aldrich,cole (DNP)
PACE: 100.8         ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 100.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
spurs,sanantonio   116.1 .472  .295 .119 .166   thunder,oklacity    103.2 .476  .135 .139 .131

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ROCKETS 104, KNICKS 96 (box): The Rockets have won three of four as they try to climb out of an early 0-5 hole. Kyle Lowry got the starting nod at point guard and, wouldn't you know it, was actually outplayed by backup Ishmael Smith. Right now, there just isn't a right answer for Rick Adelman at that position. Kevin Martin and Luis Scola provided plenty of scoring punch for the Rockets. The Knicks have lost five straight and now head out on a four-game swing on the West Coast.

HOU (3-6)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   NYK (3-7)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
martin,kevin         88%  28%  1.05  + 8 25.7   stoudemire,amare     78%  30%  0.90  - 3 21.4
scola,luis           73%  29%  1.07    0 19.5   chandler,wilson      79%  21%  0.96    0 20.4
lowry,kyle           75%  17%  0.85  + 1 14.4   felton,raymond       83%  23%  0.76  - 1 17.7
battier,shane        68%  10%  1.35  - 1 10.9   fields,landry        66%   7%  2.11  - 1 12.5
lee,courtney         45%  18%  1.36  + 9  9.9   gallinari,danilo     75%  14%  1.14  - 1 12.2
smith,ishmael        25%  13%  1.90  + 7  7.6   douglas,toney        38%  26%  0.65  - 8  5.2
miller,brad          27%  31%  1.00  - 5  7.5   randolph,anthony     22%  25%  0.76  - 5  3.8
hayes,chuck          65%  11%  1.47  + 9  6.9   mozgov,timofey       36%   9%  1.31  -10  3.5
hill,jordan          34%  18%  0.67  +12  4.7   mason,roger          22%  22%  0.40  -11  2.2
budinger,chase (DNP)                            rautins,andy (DNP)
jeffries,jared (DNP)                            walker,bill (DNP)
taylor,jermaine (DNP)                           williams,shawne (DNP)
PACE: 97.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 97.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
rockets,houston    107.0 .488  .250 .175 .163   knicks,newyork      98.8 .454  .200 .124 .109

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SUNS 121, LAKERS 116 (box): The Lakers defensive problems are becoming more acute. L.A. has lost its last two games and have put up an aggregate 124.2 Defensive Rating in those contests. The Lakers rank 14th in the NBA on the defensive end for the season. A big factor in this game was the Lakers inability to convert second-chance opportunities. The Lakers had 20 offensive boards in the game, including nine from Pau Gasol. Gasol was 12-of-17 from the floor in his best game of the season but, overall, the Lakers got just 25 points off their second-chance shots. The Suns went nuts from the three-point line, shooting 22-of-40. Jason Richardson (7), Hedo Turkoglu (5), Channing Fry (4), Goran Dragic (3) and Steve Nash (2) all hit multiple triples in the game. The Suns hit at least four threes in all four quarters. Lamar Odom picked up a key technical with the game still tight in the final minute, believing he got fouled on a made layup. It was perhaps the most stark example yet of the new league policy against complaining, the kind of play in the kind of situation that will lead to a well-deserved debate about just where the line needs to be drawn.

PHX (5-4)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR   LAL (8-2)           PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
nash,steve           70%  18%  2.06  +13 28.2   gasol,pau            85%  23%  1.45  - 4 41.3
frye,channing        79%  18%  1.44  + 6 27.7   bryant,kobe          80%  31%  1.27  - 8 19.7
richardson,jason     75%  31%  1.60  + 8 26.9   artest,ron           47%  21%  1.39  - 5 18.9
turkoglu,hedo        55%  14%  2.51  +16 15.3   odom,lamar           88%  18%  1.39  -11 14.1
warrick,hakim        44%  19%  0.72  - 1  7.1   barnes,matt          53%  17%  0.89  - 3 10.8
dragic,goran         28%  34%  1.07  - 7  7.1   brown,shannon        39%  20%  1.48  + 8  9.2
dudley,jared         30%  26%  0.61  - 6  6.3   fisher,derek         58%   6%  2.05  - 8  5.9
childress,josh       47%   4%  2.02  - 2  5.8   vujacic,sasha        23%  17%  0.64  + 1  2.4
hill,grant           60%  17%  0.73  + 3  4.3   walton,luke          13%   3%  2.74  + 6  1.1
lopez,robin          12%   6%  0.00  - 5  0.0   ebanks,devin          7%  22%  0.00  + 3  0.0
siler,garret (DNP)                              walton,luke (DNP)
clark,earl (DNP)                                ratliff,theo (DNP)
PACE: 94.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%   PACE: 94.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
suns,phoenix       128.7 .643  .256 .128 .089   lakers,losangeles  123.4 .536  .476 .191 .080

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FAB FIVE

A selection of our favorite NBA links

1. The Cavaliers are making due without injured starters Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao.

2. Houston forward Luis Scola plans to play even if there is a lockout.

3. Golden State forward David Lee has successful surgery to clean out an infection in his left elbow.

4. Phoenix center Robin Lopez wasn't around to see most of the Suns' record peformance in L.A. on Sunday.

5. The Hornets have cut bait on lottery disappointment Joe Alexander.

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ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+26  nwo @ dal,  8:30 PM EST [ nwo by  0 ]   Dick Bavetta, Derrick Collins, Violet Palmer
+13  den @ phx,  9:00 PM EST [ phx by  2 ]   Ed Malloy, Leroy Richardson, Gary Zielinski
+ 4  mem @ orl,  7:00 PM EST [ orl by 13 ]   James Capers, Mark Lindsay, Tom Washington
= 0  okc @ uta,  9:00 PM EST [ uta by  9 ]   Steve Javie, Bennie Adams, Mark Ayotte
- 3  det @ gsw, 10:30 PM EST [ gsw by  8 ]   Marc Davis, Tommy Nunez Jr., Leon Wood
-12  njn @ lac, 10:30 PM EST [ njn by  0 ]   Ron Garretson, Tony Brown,	Olandis Poole
-15  min @ cha,  7:00 PM EST [ cha by 13 ]   Ken Mauer, Kevin Fehr, Courtney Kirkland
Note: WTC is a junk stat rating the "watchability" of a game, taking into
account the quality of the opponents and the likelihood of a close game.

Through Sunday, 142 of 1,230 games (11.5%) have been played in the 2010-11 NBA regular season.

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GLOSSARY
+/- (Plus-Minus) Raw data is from official box scores from NBA.com.
GR (Game Rating) 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.
PCP (Points Created Per Possession Used) 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.
PLY% (Play percentage) An estimate of the percentage of a team's possessions on which the player was on the court.
USG 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.
TEAM STATS
PACE: Estimated 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.

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