Last Nights Number: Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks

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46

46 is the number of made shots that the Charlotte Hornets made in the 105-75 loss to the Hawks. This is the 9th loss in a row for the Hornets as they shot 33% from the field and 21.7% from behind the arc. Kemba Walker was held to 4 points and Lance Stephenson down to 6 points.

Dennis Schroder came off the bench for 12 points for the Hawks while Jeff Teague had 10 assists.

Marcin Gortat: The Polish Rim Protector?

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Nylon Calculus has released it’s up to date rim protection stats and I wanted to take a look at the rim protection issues that the Wizards are facing.

First the Wizards stats-

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Gortat has been the best rim protector for the Wiz, but he’s still not saving points as much as contesting them. And that’s fine, contesting almost half of the shots coming to you is definitely what is asked of him. But he’s not saving any points. Their defensive rating is 101.8 making them the 8th best in the league defensively, but their offense is sputtering to 104.8, making for only the 20th best. Yes, this includes that just recently returned Bradley Beal and Martell Webster is scheduled to come back at the end of November, but their differential in points is less than 3 points a game. It’s stable, for now, but with Nene suffering from plantar fasciitis and his appearances will be about as consistent as Derrick Rose sightings, it could get ugly. What’s worse for the inside game for the Wizards is Kevin Seraphin has been pretty bad defensively and DeJuan Blair has only appeared in 3 games with 3.7 minute averages. Kris Humphries has stepped up as a great first off the bench interior player, but he’s not known for blocks.

Now let’s look at Gortat on and off the court-

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+7.2 on Blocks when he is on the floor, but +8.3 blocks when he’s off the court. Unfortunately it’s not broken down by blocks by position on the court, so it could be blocks on the perimeter. Humphries has moved to the starting 4 position while Nene is resting, and Paul Pierce has recorded many minutes in that spot, but their block average is about the same. If Pierce takes that Power Forward spot, the lane will be more open for penetration since he’s just a little slower to catch those guys.

So for the moment, Gortat has his hands full with the rim protection for the Wiz, unless DeJuan Blair can ever get off the bench.
Andy Livingston

 

Last Nights Number: Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

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40

Steph Curry hit 40 points against the Heat on 12 for 19 field goals and 8 for 11 three point attempts. Curry also dished out 7 assists, 3 steals and a block. The Dubs are now sitting pretty at 11-2 and second spot in the Western conference. Harrison Barnes also jumped out of his little slump and got 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. The Dubs bench scored a combined 19 points, but with the starters combining for 95, I guess you don’t really need much.

Bonus Number

0

Zero fast break points for the Washington Wizards as they went down to the Atlanta Hawks 106-102. Looks like the Wizards were looking too far ahead to their matchup tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Last Nights Number: Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks

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50.0%

The Pacers hit 50% from behind the arc to edge out a 111-100 win over the best offense in the league. The Mavericks shot 50.0% from the field, but only 33.3% on threes in a 8-24 performance. The Mavs bench only mustered 22 points which matched the entire output of Dirk Nowitzki, while Donald Sloan continued his hero ball output getting 29 points for the Pacers.

Last Nights Number: Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Clippers

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52

Grizzlies hosted their rivals in the Clippers and knocked around 52 points in the paint as the Grizz coasted to a 107-91 victory. Marc Gasol scored 30 points, Zach Randolph was limited to just 10, but the big Wendingo also added 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to move to 12-2 on the season.

Last Nights Number: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors

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4

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 4th straight in a 110-93 loss to the Raptors. LeBron James finished with 15 points and 10 assists, but sat out most of the 4th quarter. But the Cavs could not contend against the Raps and Lou Williams with 36 points.

So, time to panic, Cav fans?

Bonus Number

43

43 points and 14 boards was the final line for Anthony Davis as the Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106-94. Gordon Hayward had 31 points for Utah, but The Brow was dominating the mid-range game and took it to the Jazz all night.

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