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February 25, 2011
The Shootaround
The Team That Stood Pat

by Bradford Doolittle

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The scorecard is dizzying. By my count, beginning with the Carmelo Anthony megadeal, 43 players changed teams this week via trade. That doesn't even include players like Chris Johnson, Jeff Adrien, Derrick Brown, Sherron Collins and Dominic Maguire who were either dropped or picked up to re-situate rosters after a deal. In Chicago, no one is dissecting any trade involving the Bulls today for a simple reason: they didn't make a deadline splash.

It would be misleading to say that the Bulls' inactivity is a hot topic in the Windy City today. Not after last night's thrilling win over the ballyhooed Miami Heat, which will be the subject of a story I'll likely put up over the weekend. No, there is a buzz around the Bulls right now and the fact that Chicago's braintrust didn't pull the trigger on a trade to upgrade the shooting guard position almost seems beside the point. For now.

For what it's worth, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game that he "likes his team." He's said it a thousand times, usually tagging on a comment about the team's bench as one of the strengths of the roster. He's right but, unfortunately, it's not a bench spot that many people feel needs to be upgraded. It's the starting spot held down by Keith Bogans, constantly pointed at as a possible Achilles' heel in the Bulls' championship aspirations.

The Bulls need to upgrade that spot, as I've written about plenty. However, the need wasn't so acute that it merited spending a rotation big man, as apparently other teams were demanding in trade discussions. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune Tweeted that one offer the Bulls made was to Memphis, involving two first-round picks, a second-round pick and Ronnie Brewer in exchange for O.J. Mayo. Mayo would have been a clear talent upgrade, but would he have fit as a fourth or even fifth offensive option after Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and maybe even Joakim Noah? Would he have been asked to be a bench player, a role he's chaffed under in Memphis? The Bulls were probably lucky this one didn't go through. (These same concerns apply to Denver's J.R. Smith, though he's got a solid history as a bench option.)

Another rumor with some credibility was Chicago's effort to acquire Houston wing Courtney Lee. Lee would also have been an upgrade and would have fit nicely into Chicago's second unit. Still only in his third season, Lee played well as a supporting player on Orlando's Finals entrant in 2009. However, the Rockets were reportedly adamant that Chicago would have to cough up reserve center Omer Asik in addition to the draft picks they were dangling. The demand was a deal-breaker and, really, it was a no-brainer for Bulls GM Gar Forman. As Asik and Taj Gibson, another sought-after player, demonstrated against Miami, they are essential pieces to Chicago's depth and team chemistry. They're not untouchable by any stretch, but the nominal upgrade from Bogans to Lee simply wasn't worth it.

Before Thursday's game, Forman emphasized the Bulls' need to remain flexible as they craft a long-term championship contender. It's an oft-repeated mantra. The Bulls have four first-round draft picks in the next two years, attractive young talent and, down the line, some expiring contracts. They are well situated to make incremental improvements while maintaining a good production-to-pay ratio for the next few years. That's all great, but the danger is to protect those processes so carefully that you miss opportunities to put your team over the top. After all, the goal is to win a championship. For now, the Bulls are banking on continuity to get them there in the short term.

The Bulls will have to make a move of some sort. Trading James Johnson to Toronto on Wednesday left Chicago with 12 men on the roster. They have about nine more days before a player has to be added. They've worked out several D-Leaguers as fallback options, but for now Forman will monitor the buyout market which he termed a "wait-and-see kind of thing." There may be some interesting names that drop over the next few days and Chicago has about $2.9 million in cap space left. If an attractive guard comes available, the Bulls should be able to outbid other contenders. So we'll see. Those frightened by the thought of Bogans being introduced as a starter before a playoff game take heart--it's not over yet.

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Live Chat: 2011 NBA Trade Deadline (by Basketball Prospectus): Join Basketball Prospectus' NBA analysts to discuss all the deals and rumors leading up to the 3 p.m. Eastern trade deadline. (free)

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Making a Run: Chances for Denver and Utah (by Kevin Pelton): The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz were the sellers in this week's biggest trades. Can the remaining players still reach the Western Conference Playoffs? (premium)

Poll Position: Florida's Back (by John Gasaway): Since winning their second consecutive national championship in 2007, the Gators have gone 0-1 in NCAA tournament play. But in his feature for ESPN Insider John says this is Billy Donovan's best team since the days of Horford, Noah, and Brewer. (premium)

Around the Rim: Mountain West Showdown (by John Perrotto): When BYU and San Diego State meet Saturday on national TV, the eyes of the country will be on the battle between top-10 teams. (premium)

By the Numbers: Rating Trade Value (by Kevin Pelton): Bill Simmons' annual trade value column ranks the league's best assets. What happens when we try to do the same thing using only the numbers? (premium)

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Big Apple Crystal Ball: SCHOENE on the Knicks (by Kevin Pelton): Having revamped their lineup by adding both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups and trading two starters on Monday, the SCHOENE Projection System takes a stab at what the Knicks will look like the rest of this season. (premium)

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HOT FIVES

POWER RATING (POW)      GR (2/24-2/25)               WP82 -- ALL        WP82 -- ROOKIES
San Antonio Spurs, 63.5 wade,dwyane (THU), 44.2      james,lebron, 26.7 griffin,bl., 13.9
Boston Celtics, 58.4    bryant,kobe (WED), 43.5      rose,derrick, 21.1 wall,john, 4.9
Miami Heat, 57.9        salmons,john (WED), 42.8     paul,chris, 20.3   neal,gary, 4.7
Chicago Bulls, 56.4     rose,derrick (WED), 38.8     gasol,pau, 19.3    fields,landry, 4.3
Dallas Mavericks, 55.9  billups,chauncey (WED), 37.9 bryant,kobe, 19.1  turner,evan, 3.4
Note: GR leaders are from previous night only.

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LEADERBOARD

TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY SINCE JAN. 1
TEAM, DRTG                          TEAM, DRTG
 1. Chicago Bulls, 102.3            16. Dallas Mavericks, 111.1
 2. Boston Celtics, 103.0           17. Atlanta Hawks, 111.3
 3. San Antonio Spurs, 104.9        18. Sacramento Kings, 111.4
 4. Orlando Magic, 105.0            19. Portland Trail Blazers, 111.5
 5. Milwaukee Bucks, 106.3          20. Denver Nuggets, 111.8
 6. Los Angeles Lakers, 106.7       21. New Jersey Nets, 111.9
 7. Miami Heat, 106.9               22. New York Knicks, 112.5
 8. Philadelphia 76ers, 107.2       23. Washington Wizards, 113.7
 9. Phoenix Suns, 107.5             24. Los Angeles Clippers, 113.9
10. Charlotte Bobcats, 107.7        25. Golden State Warriors, 114.0
11. New Orleans Hornets, 108.0      26. Detroit Pistons, 114.2
12. Memphis Grizzlies, 109.0        27. Houston Rockets, 114.7
13. Indiana Pacers, 110.5           28. Utah Jazz, 115.7
14. Oklahoma City Thunder, 110.8    29. Toronto Raptors, 116.5
15. Minnesota Timberwolves, 110.9   30. Cleveland Cavaliers, 118.4

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WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

NOTE: Glossary is at bottom of page.

ROCKETS 124, CAVALIERS 119 (box): I've never introduced a GR/FGA metric into NBAPET, but box score lines like the one Chuck Hayes (eight FGAs) put up makes me want to add this possible measure of role player utility because, remember, GR attempts to quantify in points the overall contribution of a player on both ends of the floor.

HOU (28-31).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CLE (10-47).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
hayes,chuck..........69%  11%  2.33  +11 28.7  sessions,ramon.......72%  26%  1.29  -14 34.6
budinger,chase.......61%  30%  1.50  - 5 19.4  harris,manny.........55%  29%  1.44  +10 32.7
martin,kevin.........61%  36%  1.15  + 8 17.9  parker,anthony.......77%  17%  1.68  - 7 14.9
lee,courtney.........39%  23%  1.71  - 3 14.9  jamison,antawn.......75%  23%  1.28  -13 14.8
battier,shane........60%   5%  3.84  +12 14.7  samuels,samardo......38%  22%  1.14  + 6 12.5
scola,luis...........39%  37%  0.93  + 6 11.5  moon,jamario.........60%  10%  2.23  +14  8.2
miller,brad..........31%  11%  1.69  - 6  9.6  eyenga,christian.....36%  20%  0.63  -18  3.4
lowry,kyle...........58%  15%  0.64  + 6  4.4  hickson,j.j..........51%  16%  0.39  -12  1.9
brooks,aaron.........42%  23%  0.62  - 1  4.2  hollins,ryan.........37%   9%  0.10  + 9  0.4
patterson,patrick....39%   2%  4.75  - 3  3.3  gee,alonzo...........(DNP)  
hill,jordan..........(DNP)                     graham,joey..........(DNP)  
smith,ishmael........(DNP)                     powe,leon............(DNP)  
PACE: 96.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 96.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Rockets..........  128.6 .520  .423 .104 .128  Cavaliers........  123.4 .588  .167 .104 .068

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PACERS 102, PISTONS 101 (box): The Pacers avenged a loss at Detroit in their last game before the All-Star break after Detroit's Rodney Stuckey lost a ball out of bounds with one second left, fumbling a chance to put up a game-winning shot.

DET (21-38).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  IND (26-30).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
stuckey,rodney.......84%  23%  1.12  + 6 25.4  hansbrough,tyler.....66%  30%  1.12  + 2 33.4
mcgrady,tracy........79%  24%  1.24  + 8 24.9  granger,danny........57%  25%  1.41  - 5 29.8
monroe,greg..........67%  30%  1.33  + 8 17.9  george,paul..........46%  28%  0.87  + 3 10.9
wallace,ben..........71%   4%  3.27  + 8 15.4  collison,darren......67%  17%  1.29  + 3  9.8
bynum,will...........32%  23%  1.53  -11 13.4  rush,brandon.........70%   8%  1.74  - 2  9.2
gordon,ben...........60%  18%  1.20    0 11.3  jones,dahntay........27%  34%  0.75  + 4  6.8
wilcox,chris.........35%  18%  0.99  -10  5.3  mcroberts,josh.......34%  17%  1.55  - 1  5.9
daye,austin..........29%  15%  1.31  - 6  4.6  foster,jeff..........37%  13%  1.21  + 3  5.3
villanueva,charlie... 9%  31%  0.02  -11  0.0  hibbert,roy..........63%   6%  1.56    0  5.0
prince,tayshaun......19%  18%  0.00    0  0.0  price,a.j............33%  30%  0.55  - 2  3.5
maxiell,jason........(DNP)                     posey,james..........(DNP)  
summers,dajuan.......(DNP)                     stephenson,lance.....(DNP)  
PACE: 85.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Pistons..........  118.4 .530  .341 .117 .108  Pacers...........  119.6 .459  .364 .117 .134

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KINGS 111, MAGIC 105 (box): Jermaine Taylor scored a career-high 21 points on just 12 shots, the Kings rode a 32-21 fourth quarter to a shocking win and Orlando's Dwight Howard blasted the collective effort of his teammates after the game.

SAC (14-41).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  ORL (37-21).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
udrih,beno...........85%  18%  1.57  + 5 20.4  turkoglu,hedo........78%  14%  2.23  - 1 29.6
taylor,jermaine......58%  21%  1.54  + 3 18.9  howard,dwight........90%  24%  1.36  - 1 27.3
cousins,demarcus.....51%  24%  0.98  -10 18.1  nelson,jameer........62%  27%  1.01  - 8 15.7
thompson,jason.......72%  21%  1.20  +12 15.2  redick,j.j...........64%  14%  1.26  - 6 12.2
dalembert,samuel.....57%  32%  0.83  +17 13.5  richardson,jason.....51%  20%  1.09  - 6 10.1
head,luther..........51%  15%  1.52  +10 12.1  anderson,ryan........61%  15%  1.02  + 1  8.6
casspi,omri..........79%   9%  2.09  + 8 10.4  bass,brandon.........49%  17%  0.63  -10  6.9
jackson,darnell......17%  15%  2.30  -12  9.0  arenas,gilbert.......46%  25%  0.42  + 3  5.6
jeter,pooh...........15%  18%  1.11  + 1  4.4  duhon,chris.......... 1%   -%  0.00  - 2  0.0
greene,donte.........15%  32%  0.09  - 4  0.6  allen,malik..........(DNP)  
evans,tyreke.........(DNP)                     clark,earl...........(DNP)  
garcia,francisco.....(DNP)                     richardson,quentin...(DNP)  
PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Kings............  122.6 .563  .286 .110 .131  Magic............  115.9 .494  .256 .110 .097

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76ERS 117, WIZARDS 94 (box): Thaddeus Young put up just seven shots but ended up with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes off the Sixers' bench as Philly crawled within a game of the .500 mark it hasn't reached all season.

WAS (15-41).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHI (28-29).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wall,john............91%  26%  1.18  -18 23.5  young,thaddeus.......53%  20%  1.59  +26 22.7
booker,trevor........38%  27%  1.81  - 5 22.9  speights,marreese....41%  30%  1.23  + 7 20.1
young,nick...........66%  23%  0.87  -27 18.0  turner,evan..........55%  22%  1.21  +12 16.3
blatche,andray.......61%  29%  0.82  -23 13.1  iguodala,andre.......63%  14%  1.63  +16 16.1
martin,cartier.......41%  22%  0.80  + 3  8.8  hawes,spencer........32%  19%  1.74  + 6 13.8
howard,josh..........62%  12%  0.77  -26  7.5  holiday,jrue.........58%  24%  1.43  +25 11.5
thornton,al..........40%  15%  0.71  - 1  3.7  williams,lou.........42%  20%  1.27  +22  9.3
jianlian,yi..........28%   8%  1.07  -11  2.1  brand,elton..........59%  18%  1.36  +16  9.3
lewis,rashard........25%   9%  0.78  - 8  1.6  meeks,jodie..........70%  15%  0.99  + 4  8.8
seraphin,kevin.......22%   2%  1.17  + 6  1.2  nocioni,andres.......13%  13%  0.70  - 9  1.0
mcgee,javale.........25%  13%  0.36  - 5  1.1  songaila,darius......15%  19%  0.00  -10  0.0
bibby,mike...........(DNP)                     battie,tony..........(DNP)  
PACE: 90.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.8          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Wizards..........  103.5 .443  .220 .110 .107  76ers............  128.8 .564  .303 .110 .160

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RAPTORS 118, BULLS 113 (box): The Raptors put up the best Offensive Rating of the season by a Chicago opponent despite shooting 0-of-5 from three-point range in a game that had to have Bulls defensive tyrant Tom Thibodeau grinding his teeth.

CHI (38-17).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  TOR (16-42).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
rose,derrick.........80%  36%  1.17  - 2 38.8  derozan,demar........67%  29%  1.10  +11 25.4
deng,luol............88%  17%  1.20  + 4 22.5  bargnani,andrea......87%  29%  0.90  + 9 24.6
boozer,carlos........68%  33%  0.88  - 7 18.1  weems,sonny..........35%  21%  1.26  - 3 15.8
watson,c.j...........20%  16%  2.05  - 3 10.8  johnson,amir.........71%  12%  1.72  + 3 15.0
noah,joakim..........51%  17%  1.15    0 10.7  calderon,jose........83%  10%  2.08  +16 14.9
brewer,ronnie........42%  12%  2.02  - 7  9.7  johnson,james........55%  13%  1.14  + 9  9.1
gibson,taj...........33%  26%  0.56  + 4  3.5  davis,ed.............26%  23%  1.23  + 1  8.7
thomas,kurt..........47%   1%  6.23  - 5  3.3  barbosa,leandro......43%  21%  1.31  - 8  8.6
bogans,keith.........33%   5%  1.99  - 2  2.7  ajinca,alexis........16%  17%  1.10  - 3  5.3
korver,kyle..........38%   7%  1.18  - 5  2.3  bayless,jerryd.......17%  23%  0.18  -10  0.5
asik,omer............ 1%   -%  0.00  - 2  0.0  alabi,soloman........(DNP)  
scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)                     wright,julian........(DNP)  
PACE: 92.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bulls............  122.5 .477  .372 .108 .176  Raptors..........  127.9 .581  .167 .108 .162

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KNICKS 114, BUCKS 108 (box): It was only the first game as a Knick for Carmelo Anthony, but New Yorkers might have gotten a glimspe of all edges of the sword, as Anthony needed 25 shots for his 27 points and the team allowed the second-highest Offensive Rating the normally anemic Bucks have posted this season.

MIL (22-35).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NYK (29-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
salmons,john.........84%  24%  1.35  - 5 42.8  billups,chauncey.....69%  25%  1.40  + 7 37.9
delfino,carlos.......80%  17%  1.21  -10 15.6  anthony,carmelo......82%  34%  0.92  + 1 28.5
bogut,andrew.........86%  17%  1.04  - 2 13.9  douglas,toney........61%  22%  1.77  + 8 19.8
maggette,corey.......25%  40%  1.08  - 2 10.2  stoudemire,amare.....71%  26%  0.98  + 7 14.7
dooling,keyon........57%  19%  1.38  + 1 10.0  turiaf,ronny.........42%   5%  2.78  + 3  7.5
mbahamoute,luc.......53%  13%  1.18  - 8  9.8  williams,shawne......52%  13%  1.21  + 1  6.9
jennings,brandon.....73%  19%  0.98    0  9.7  fields,landry........89%   9%  0.99    0  6.3
ilyasova,ersan.......30%  20%  1.25  - 3  8.2  walker,bill..........35%   9%  1.45  + 3  5.2
brockman,jon.........11%   8%  0.00  - 1  0.0  brewer,corey.........(DNP)  
boykins,earl.........(DNP)                     carter,anthony.......(DNP)  
douglas-roberts,chris(DNP)                     mason,roger..........(DNP)  
sanders,larry........(DNP)                     williams,shelden.....(DNP)  
PACE: 90.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 90.0          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Bucks............  120.1 .506  .271 .111 .157  Knicks...........  126.7 .550  .229 .111 .137

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GRIZZLIES 104, TIMBERWOLVES 95 (box): Michael Conley had 22 points, five rebounds and nine assists for Memphis, while Minnesota's Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds, tying Moses Malone's NBA record with his 44th consecutive double-double.

MEM (32-27).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  MIN (13-45).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
randolph,zach........78%  22%  1.39  +10 24.4  beasley,michael......67%  28%  0.67  -16 15.6
young,sam............81%  20%  0.99  + 1 23.5  love,kevin...........64%  20%  1.24  - 7 15.2
conley,mike..........77%  27%  1.29  +14 20.4  ridnour,luke.........70%  17%  1.48  - 8 13.8
allen,tony...........76%  14%  1.19  +15 16.3  ellington,wayne......49%  26%  1.33  + 1 13.2
gasol,marc...........70%  15%  1.00  +12 11.8  milicic,darko........63%  17%  0.83  -12 11.8
mayo,o.j.............42%  31%  1.00  + 1  8.0  tolliver,anthony.....38%  17%  1.11  + 1  9.0
arthur,darrell.......32%  20%  0.83  + 4  4.1  hayward,lazar........34%  19%  1.18  + 5  8.3
williams,jason.......23%   6%  2.53  - 4  2.5  telfair,sebastian....30%  24%  1.12  - 1  8.3
thabeet,hasheem......21%   6%  1.08  - 8  1.9  pekovic,nikola.......35%  13%  0.87  + 2  4.0
carney,rodney........(DNP)                     johnson,wesley.......51%  12%  0.64  -10  3.9
carroll,demarre......(DNP)                     curry,eddy...........(DNP)  
vasquez,greivis......(DNP)                     webster,martell......(DNP)  
PACE: 92.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 92.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Grizzlies........  112.8 .482  .250 .108 .143  Timberwolves.....  103.0 .397  .340 .108 .129

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HORNETS 98, CLIPPERS 87 (box): Chris Paul had 19 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals for the Hornets.

LAC (21-37).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  NWO (34-25).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
griffin,blake........90%  27%  0.95  -11 18.2  paul,chris...........81%  25%  1.30  +16 31.8
foye,randy...........83%  20%  1.40  -13 16.0  west,david...........71%  33%  0.99  + 9 28.1
kaman,chris..........53%  32%  0.70  - 9 14.3  green,willie.........69%  16%  1.63  + 8 14.1
aminu,alfarouq.......49%  13%  1.35  + 1 14.0  belinelli,marco......33%  22%  1.59  - 3 11.1
gomes,ryan...........51%  19%  0.88  -12 11.8  smith,jason..........63%   8%  1.18  + 3  8.7
bledsoe,eric.........83%  10%  1.53  -16 11.5  jack,jarrett.........42%  25%  1.06  + 2  8.2
smith,craig..........10%  30%  1.15    0  5.6  ariza,trevor.........72%  15%  0.80  +13  8.2
jordan,deandre.......34%   7%  1.31  + 2  5.0  gray,aaron...........57%   9%  1.15  +13  5.9
butler,rasual........32%  20%  0.80  + 4  3.5  andersen,david....... 9%  22%  0.15  - 3  0.2
warren,willie........ 2%  58%  3.34  + 3  2.7  pondexter,quincy..... 2%  60%  0.00  - 3  0.0
cook,brian...........13%  22%  0.25  - 4  0.7  ilungambenga,didier..(DNP)  
diogu,ike............(DNP)                     okafor,emeka.........(DNP)  
PACE: 84.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 84.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Clippers.........  103.3 .521  .143 .119 .110  Hornets..........  116.3 .532  .182 .119 .110

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SPURS 109, THUNDER 105 (box): In what turned out to be Jeff Green's last game as a member of the Thunder, he looked off Kevin Durant and then missed a game-tying three in the final seconds as San Antonio won for the 19th straight time at home and improved to 26-2 at the AT&T Center.

OKC (36-20).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  SAS (47-10).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
westbrook,russell....75%  38%  0.84  -12 29.8  ginobili,manu........69%  22%  1.07  -10 21.3
durant,kevin.........87%  27%  1.16  - 2 23.6  duncan,tim...........68%  26%  0.84  + 4 17.3
green,jeff...........72%  25%  0.73  - 4 17.5  bonner,matt..........50%  17%  1.35  + 7 15.2
harden,james.........59%  15%  1.57  - 4 14.6  parker,tony..........75%  29%  0.81  + 1 14.8
ibaka,serge..........59%  14%  1.41  + 3  8.8  hill,george..........59%  12%  1.37  +10 13.5
cook,daequan.........29%  21%  1.20  + 8  5.4  jefferson,richard....59%   7%  2.95  + 2 11.5
krstic,nenad.........32%   3%  3.11  + 4  4.3  neal,gary............56%  19%  1.68  + 6 10.3
sefolosha,thabo......50%   3%  1.53  - 9  3.5  mcdyess,antonio......32%  14%  1.52  +12  4.8
maynor,eric..........25%   9%  0.34  + 8  0.9  blair,dejuan.........32%  26%  0.60  -12  4.2
collison,nick........12%   5%  0.55  -12  0.3  anderson,james.......(DNP)  
aldrich,cole.........(DNP)                     novak,steve..........(DNP)  
ivey,royal...........(DNP)                     quinn,chris..........(DNP)  
PACE: 96.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 96.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Thunder..........  108.7 .445  .283 .104 .123  Spurs............  112.9 .524  .089 .104 .128

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MAVERICKS 118, JAZZ 99 (box): The Mavericks shot 58 percent in a 59-44 second half to offset Al Jefferson's 30 points (on 11-of-14 shooting) in Utah's first game post-Deron Williams.

UTA (31-27).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DAL (41-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
jefferson,al.........82%  20%  1.82  -14 30.1  barea,jose...........39%  23%  1.75  +13 21.0
miles,c.j............54%  27%  1.04  -11 27.8  terry,jason..........55%  23%  1.15  +16 20.0
millsap,paul.........70%  29%  0.94  -13 18.2  haywood,brendan......54%  20%  1.24  +10 18.5
kirilenko,andrei.....59%  20%  1.81  -14 16.7  nowitzki,dirk........65%  27%  1.31  +16 17.4
watson,earl..........76%  17%  0.82  -11 10.0  beaubois,rodrigue....46%  15%  1.79  + 4 15.0
bell,raja............64%  15%  0.64  -10  7.2  kidd,jason...........56%   8%  3.08  + 7 14.3
elson,francisco......35%   9%  1.20  - 6  3.0  marion,shawn.........43%  25%  1.40  + 5 14.1
hayward,gordon.......41%  19%  0.47  -12  2.9  stojakovic,peja......48%  16%  2.42  +12 11.4
fesenko,kyrylo.......13%   5%  0.00  - 5  0.0  chandler,tyson.......46%  26%  0.77  + 9  5.4
evans,jeremy.........(DNP)                     mahinmi,ian..........13%  12%  0.73  + 4  1.0
price,ronnie.........(DNP)                     stevenson,deshawn....11%  24%  0.00  - 7  0.0
harris,devin.........(DNP)                     mahinmi,ian..........(DNP)  
PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 85.4          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Jazz.............  115.9 .481  .238 .117 .160  Mavericks........  138.1 .645  .324 .117 .144

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SUNS 105, HAWKS 97 (box): Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Hakim Warrick and Mickael Pietrus all hit double digits in scoring, combining for 51 points off the Suns' bench, a group that now adds former Houston point guard Aaron Brooks.

ATL (34-23).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  PHX (28-27).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
crawford,jamal.......70%  21%  1.49  - 9 36.2  hill,grant...........64%  10%  1.88  + 4 21.3
johnson,joe..........85%  21%  0.86  - 6 21.4  frye,channing........66%  22%  1.55  + 2 19.4
smith,josh...........93%  25%  1.22  - 5 20.1  nash,steve...........72%  24%  1.11  + 2 15.2
horford,al...........81%  23%  1.07  - 9 14.2  dudley,jared.........66%  17%  1.75  + 9 14.6
teague,jeff..........40%  23%  1.13  - 5 12.4  gortat,marcin........67%  19%  1.15  +18 14.5
wilkins,damien.......59%   9%  1.93  - 8  7.2  pietrus,mickael......37%  34%  0.86  + 3 10.8
williams,marvin......61%  11%  0.57  + 8  4.2  carter,vince.........34%  17%  0.96  - 1  9.3
collins,jason........ 9%  21%  0.56  - 6  0.8  lopez,robin..........32%  20%  1.34  - 9  9.0
pachulia,zaza........(DNP)                     warrick,hakim........34%  14%  2.42  + 6  8.8
powell,josh..........(DNP)                     dragic,goran.........28%  19%  0.74  + 6  3.1
sy,pape..............(DNP)                     childress,josh.......(DNP)  
thomas,etan..........(DNP)                     dowdell,zabian.......(DNP)  
PACE: 83.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 83.3          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Hawks............  116.4 .525  .256 .120 .079  Suns.............  126.0 .612  .219 .120 .084

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LAKERS 106, TRAIL BLAZERS 101, OT (box): LaMarcus Aldridge missed a short shot at the buzzer of regulation, then Kobe Bryant scored eight of his 37 points in overtime as the Lakers won their second straight after a three-game skid leading into the All-Star break.

LAL (40-19).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  POR (32-25).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
bryant,kobe..........85%  42%  1.13  + 8 43.5  aldridge,lamarcus....92%  25%  1.37  - 4 28.5
artest,ron...........81%  19%  1.89  +14 22.5  fernandez,rudy.......69%   8%  2.33  + 2 21.5
gasol,pau............80%  23%  1.16  + 9 18.7  batum,nicolas........83%  22%  1.30  - 7 15.5
odom,lamar...........54%  22%  1.19  + 5 15.4  matthews,wesley......83%  24%  1.03  -16 14.4
fisher,derek.........63%   4%  2.83  +25 11.4  miller,andre.........69%  23%  0.81  -11 14.0
bynum,andrew.........60%  13%  0.87  - 3  6.8  roy,brandon..........29%  15%  1.10  + 8  7.5
brown,shannon........33%  13%  0.58  -14  3.9  przybilla,joel.......50%   7%  1.21  - 2  6.9
blake,steve..........32%   0%  2.52  -15  0.6  cunningham,dante.....24%  23%  0.75  + 3  6.2
caracter,derrick..... 6%  18%  0.22  - 1  0.2  johnson,armon........ 0%   -%  1.64  + 2  2.5
walton,luke.......... 6%  17%  0.00  - 3  0.0  babbitt,luke.........(DNP)  
ebanks,devin.........(DNP)                     marks,sean...........(DNP)  
smith,joe............(DNP)                     mills,patrick........(DNP)  
PACE: 86.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 86.2          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Lakers...........  123.0 .560  .263 .116 .077  Trail Blazers....  117.2 .538  .256 .116 .128

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

BULLS 93, HEAT 89 (box): The Bulls' bench outscored their Miami counterparts 22-2 and Luol Deng hit a key three-pointer from the corner off a feed from Derrick Rose in the final minute to put Chicago over the top.

MIA (42-16).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  CHI (39-17).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
wade,dwyane..........88%  36%  0.96  - 4 44.2  rose,derrick.........78%  39%  0.86  - 2 22.4
james,lebron.........86%  29%  1.19  + 3 22.5  boozer,carlos........68%  21%  1.10  - 3 21.9
chalmers,mario.......83%   8%  2.01    0 13.0  deng,luol............85%  19%  1.36  +12 19.8
bosh,chris...........87%  24%  0.39  + 2  8.8  korver,kyle..........36%  20%  1.18  - 8 11.6
dampier,erick........60%   8%  0.98  + 1  6.8  brewer,ronnie........43%  16%  1.23  + 6  7.2
house,eddie..........31%  18%  0.23  -10  1.9  noah,joakim..........57%  11%  0.99  -11  6.1
jones,james..........28%   9%  0.00  - 6  0.0  gibson,taj...........32%  26%  0.45  + 6  5.1
anthony,joel.........(DNP)                     watson,c.j...........23%  14%  0.85  + 5  4.0
arroyo,carlos........(DNP)                     asik,omer............43%   2%  2.55  +17  2.2
howard,juwan.........(DNP)                     bogans,keith.........36%  11%  0.38  - 2  1.3
ilgauskas,zydrunas...(DNP)                     scalabrine,brian.....(DNP)  
magloire,jamaal......(DNP)                     thomas,kurt..........(DNP)  
PACE: 91.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 91.6          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Heat.............   97.1 .418  .130 .131 .130  Bulls............  101.5 .439  .283 .153 .120

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NUGGETS 89, CELTICS 75 (box): The Nuggets won their second straight since trading Carmelo Anthony, putting up their best Defensive Rating of the season against a Celtics' squad still reeling from the trade of Kendrick Perkins earlier in the day.

BOS (41-15).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR  DEN (33-26).........PLY%  USG   PCP  +/-   GR
pierce,paul..........59%  37%  0.81  - 8 25.4  chandler,wilson......53%  19%  1.63  + 2 20.0
davis,glen...........75%  22%  0.70  -15 12.8  martin,kenyon........54%  28%  1.25  + 6 14.8
garnett,kevin........80%  18%  1.28  - 8 11.6  afflalo,arron........63%  15%  1.35  +11 14.8
rondo,rajon..........90%   9%  1.20  -11 10.0  lawson,ty............50%  14%  1.49  +12 12.9
west,delonte.........48%  25%  0.86  - 2  8.9  hilario,nene.........66%  21%  0.89  +10 10.8
allen,ray............72%  22%  0.72  -13  8.8  felton,raymond.......58%  20%  0.70  +15  9.6
johnson,chris........35%  14%  0.98  - 4  4.7  smith,j.r............54%  19%  1.25  + 7  8.7
wafer,von............31%   6%  1.51  - 6  1.8  harrington,al........34%  29%  0.49  + 4  3.4
bradley,avery........10%  21%  0.16  - 3  0.5  gallinari,danilo.....41%  16%  0.62  - 1  2.7
green,jeff...........(DNP)                     andersen,chris.......28%  12%  1.07  + 4  2.6
krstic,nenad.........(DNP)                     forbes,gary..........(DNP)  
o'neal,shaquille.....(DNP)                     mozgov,timofey.......(DNP)  
PACE: 88.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%  PACE: 88.7          ORTG eFG%  oRB%  TO% FTA%
Celtics..........   84.6 .409  .063 .135 .074  Nuggets..........  100.4 .487  .167 .158 .114

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NEWS & MOVES

Confiremed deadline deals and other minutiae from press releases around the league

SPURS: Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (strained left hamstring ) and guard Gary Neal (mild concussive symptoms) will not play tonight vs. New Jersey. THUNDER: Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Byron Mullens from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. During his two assignments this season with Tulsa, Mullens has appeared in six games (six starts) and averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 31.7 minutes per game.

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ON TAP

Tonight in the NBA

WTC  VIS @ HOM,  GAMETIME     NBAPET LINE    OFFICIALS
+16  okc @ orl,  8:00 PM EST [ orl by  6 ]   M.McCutchen, P.Fraher, T.Nunez
+ 9  den @ por, 10:30 PM EST [ por by  0 ]   J.Crawford, D.Richardson, S.Wright
+ 6  uta @ ind,  7:00 PM EST [ ind by  4 ]   B.Spooner, E.Lewis, S.Wall
+ 3  atl @ gsw, 10:30 PM EST [ gsw by  0 ]   M.Callahan, M.Kogut, L.Wood
- 1  lac @ lal, 10:30 PM EST [ lal by 15 ]   E.Malloy, M.Smith, H.Workman
- 2  nwo @ min,  8:00 PM EST [ nwo by  4 ]   K.Mauer, B.Barnaky, D.Jones
- 2  sac @ cha,  7:00 PM EST [ cha by  6 ]   D.Stafford, B.Adams, E.Roe
- 3  det @ phi,  7:00 PM EST [ phi by 10 ]   G.Willard, K.Fitzgerald, L.Richardson
- 4  njn @ sas,  8:30 PM EST [ sas by 18 ]   B.Kennedy, K.Fehr, C.Kirkland
- 6  phx @ tor,  7:00 PM EST [ phx by  5 ]   J.Phillips, O.Poole, J.Tiven
- 7  was @ mia,  7:30 PM EST [ mia by 21 ]   B.Salvatore, M.Ayotte, K.Cutler
-15  nyk @ cle,  7:30 PM EST [ nyk by  9 ]   D.Bavetta, D.Collins, B.Forte
Notes: 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.
Referee assignments not available until 8 a.m. on Feb. 22.

Through Thursday, 858 of 1,230 games (69.8 percent) 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 a 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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