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November 15, 2008

Daily Ten: Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 11:40 am

The Celtics have been playing with fire lately, overcoming big deficits against Toronto and Atlanta to stay perfect at home. Against Denver on Friday, Boston’s offensive problems finally burned them. The Celtics put up 85 points on 87 possessions against the Nuggets, sinking their offensive efficiency to 102.4, 27th in the league, and dropped a nine-point decision at the Garden.

The Denver-Boston game was the first game of a national doubleheader on ESPN that was a nice showcase for the league. In the second game, the Pistons handed the Lakers their first loss of the season. Detroit has already won five road games this season and ranks third in the NBA in offensive efficiency (112.4).

The big winner in the doubleheader was the Nuggets, however. Denver is improved on defense, as the national guys kept informing us, even though we know they weren’t as bad as all that last year. The Nuggets rank seventh in the league in defensive efficiency and are 3-3 on the road.

Nov. 14 (10.7% of season complete, 131/1230 games)

PLAYER, TEAM gRATE
1. prince,tayshaun_det 11.6
2. paul,chris_nwo 11.1
3. murray,ronald_atl 10.6
4. lopez,brook_njn 10.6
5. boozer,carlos_uta 9.9
6. wade,dwyane_mia 9.8
7. crawford,jamal_nyk 9.6
8. iverson,allen_det 8.9
9. mbah_a_moute,luc_mil 8.8
10. harris,devin_njn 8.1

Explanation of gRATE here:

Center court

There’s an interesting dynamic taking shape with the Pistons’ first unit. Tayshaun Prince has taken over much of the play-making duties on the offensive end in what amounts to a point forward role. Meanwhile, Detroit coach Michael Curry has inserted Kwame Brown into the starting lineup in what was essentially, at one time, Ben Wallace‘s job. He’s also shortened the rotation, which may catch up with the veteran squad in the long run, but in any event, Detroit is 3-0 on its swing out west.

In the news

  • The Nets started rookie Brook Lopez in place of injured center Josh Boone and had to be encouraged by the results. Lopez scored 25 points, nabbed nine boards and blocked four shots in New Jersey’s win over Atlanta.
  • Speaking of the the Hawks, Atlanta’s formerly sound perimeter defense was thrashed by the dribble-drive antics of the Nets’ Devin Harris and Vince Carter, who combined for 56 points and 24-of-28 free-throw shooting.
  • The Jazz lost at Charlotte, its third bad loss in a week. The combined record of the three teams Utah has lost to is 10-14.
  • Milwaukee got another strong game from Luc Mbah a Moute, who butted heads with fellow rookie Darrell Arthur of Memphis. Mbah a Moute had 19 points and 17 rebounds in 44 minutes and limited Arthur to 2 points and 2 boards in 23 minutes. Milwaukee outrebounded Memphis 62-36, beating the Grizzlies in overtime. The Bucks are 5-5 on the season, a mark which includes three road wins.

Tonight’s games

  • 13 uta @ cle, 7:30 p.m. EST [ cle by 6 ]
  • 5 ind @ chi, 8:30 p.m. EST [ ind by 2 ]
  • 5 nwo @ hou, 8:30 p.m. EST [ hou by 2 ]
  • 3 bos @ mil, 8:30 p.m. EST [ bos by 5 ]
  • 2 njn @ atl, 7:00 p.m. EST [ atl by 18 ]
  • -9 por @ min, 8:00 p.m. EST [ por by 3 ]
  • -11 okc @ phi, 7:00 p.m. EST [ phi by 15 ]
  • -20 gsw @ lac, 3:30 p.m. EST [ gsw by 8 ]

Notes: Games listed in order of quality, as determined by the sum of each team’s efficiency ratio. NBAPET projected winner and margin of victory is listed in brackets.

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