Boxed Out: A weekly look at statistical oddities around the NBA
Earlier this season, I criticized Devin Harris for his unneeded I-don't-know-how-I'll-respond rhetoric after getting upset with his justifiable benching by Lawrence Frank in a blowout loss to the Celtics. It's been a month since then, but this seems to be the week he picked to show us that he's doing just fine. The Nets' point guard and general Chris Andersen oddity highlight this week's edition of Boxed Out:
Devin Harris, Monday versus Philadelphia: 11-for-22 from the field, 5-for-9 on threes, 12-for-14 foul shooting, 39 points, 8 assists
That sounds like a pretty good night even before one remembers that he also hit the halfcourt three-pointer at the gun to give the Nets a 98-96 win.
Jarrett Jack, Monday at New York: 11-for-19 from the field, 3-for-5 on threes, 8-for-11 foul shooting, 33 points
This guy really enjoys playing the Knicks.
Troy Murphy, Monday at New York: 8-for-16 from the field, 19 points, 21 rebounds
Busy night for Troy.
Nate Robinson, Monday versus Indiana: 11-for-18 from the field, 4-for-6 on threes, 15-for-19 foul shooting, 41 points, 8 rebounds
Great game for the dunk champ.
Chris Paul, Monday at Sacramento: 11-for-19 from the field, 27 points, 13 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers
Just our obligatory weekly check-in with the league's best point guard.
Andrea Bargnani, Chris Bosh, Anthony Parker, Tuesday versus Minnesota: 28-for-44 from the field, 16-for-17 foul shooting, 76 points
These three sharpshooters missed 16 shots between them. Shawn Marion missed 10 of his 15 attempts.
Dwyane Wade, Tuesday versus Detroit: 11-for-20 from the field, 31 points, 16 assists, 6 turnovers
He continues to kill himself for a Miami team that remains on the second tier in the East.
Rafer Alston, Tuesday at Chicago: 4-for-12 from the field, 10 points, 5 assists, 4 turnovers, minus-10
Keep on killin' it, Skip!
Kevin Durant, Tuesday versus LA Lakers: 11-for-20 from the field, 32 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 6 turnovers
He puts up one of these nights every week these days (when healthy). And that's the bare minimum lately.
Tony Parker, Tuesday versus Dallas: 15-for-32 from the field, 37 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 turnovers
Tim who? Manu who?
Dallas Mavericks starters, Tuesday at San Antonio: 15-for-49 from the field, 45 points
The Mavs would be the one team in this game that wasn't playing without two of its top three players.
Boris Diaw, Tuesday at Phoenix: 10-for-12 from the field, 6-for-8 foul shooting, 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers
Returning to the desert in style! Former Sun Raja Bell chipped in with 23 points of his own.
Marc Gasol, Wednesday at Indiana: 9-for-12 from the field, 22 points, 15 boards
If only he could be bothered to guard anyone.
All five Philadelphia starters and Louis Williams off the bench, Wednesday at Washington: at least 10 field-goal attempts
No one took more than 13, five of the six scored in double-figures and the team won by eight. Also, as CB member Slick reminded me, Andre Iguodala threatened a quadruple-double in this game with 22 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and seven turnovers.
Devin Harris, Wednesday versus Chicago: 14-for-23 from the field, 11-for-11 foul shooting, 42 points, 6 assists
Monday's performance apparently wasn't enough.
Dwight Howard, Wednesday at New York: 8-for-15 from the field, 8-for-9 foul shooting, 24 points, 21 rebounds, 4 blocks
Rule of thumb: Put up a 20-20 game, and you're likely to make an appearance in this space.
Chris Duhon, Wednesday versus Orlando: 0-for-6 from the field, 0 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 turnovers
This line just screams "Jason Kidd!" at me.
Kevin Love, Wednesday versus Utah: 10-for-12 from the field, 24 points, 15 rebounds (7 offensive)
Al Jefferson's unfortunate injury seems to be having quite an effect on the Rookie of the Year race.
Tyson Chandler, Wednesday versus Detroit: 5-for-9 from the field, 0-for-4 foul shooting, 10 points, 17 rebounds
"Really, Tyson, it was all money, nothing personal, we promise..."
Brandon Bass, Wednesday versus Milwaukee: 5-for-8 from the field, 8-for-8 foul shooting, 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, minus-2
He played 30 minutes, and his team won by 20. Yet James Singleton managed to go plus-28 while posting two points and picking up five fouls in just 21 minutes.
Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, Wednesday at San Antonio: 9-for-27 from the field, 27 points, 4 assists
The other team's point guard was Tony Parker. He went 17-for-27 by himself for 39 points and nine assists.
Chris Andersen, Wednesday versus Atlanta: 21 minutes, 3-for-7 from the field, 7 points, 12 rebounds (7 offensive), 5 blocks
Several players (Marvin Williams, Al Horford and Chauncey Billups) put up gaudy scoring or rebounding numbers in this game, but this particular line just seems weird all around for the Birdman. Nobody else on the Nuggets blocked a shot, and the Hawks swatted just four for the game.
LeBron James, Thursday at Houston: 7-for-21 from the field, 21 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 3 turnovers
That's his first time in 447 NBA games without an assist. It's also only his ninth outing with less than two rebounds.
Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, Thursday versus Phoenix: 21-for-25 from the field, 45 points, 12 assists, 5 turnovers
The worst part is that neither played more than 32 minutes in a 132-106 rout for the purple and gold.
Rip Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey, Friday at Orlando: 20-for-33 from the field, 13-for-15 foul shooting, 53 points
Amazing what happens in Pistons' starting backcourt when one ingredient is removed.
Washington Wizards, Friday versus Chicago: 8 players in double figures
We're all for team scoring balance. In addition to Antawn Jamison's 27 points and 11 rebounds, the Wizards got between 10 and 14 points from Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila, Caron Butler, Mike James, Andray Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee.
Brad Miller, Friday at Washington: 23 minutes, 4-for-6 shooting, 9 points, 11 rebounds
Here's thinking he is glad to be back in the same zip code as a playoff race, albeit an ugly one. Fellow former King John Salmons chipped in with 25 points off the bench in this game as well.
Al Horford, Friday versus Miami: 8-for-14 from the field, 21 points, 22 rebounds
Again, get a 20-20, and you've got a spot reserved here.
Mike Bibby, Friday versus Miami: 19 minutes, 0-for-7 from the field, 0 points, 2 assists
Rondo is better.
Chris Paul, Friday versus Milwaukee: 4-for-12 from the field, 9 points, 7 rebounds, 20 assists, 2 turnovers
Probably even more of a Jason Kidd tribute game than the Chris Duhon performance mentioned earlier.
Jeff Green, Friday at Dallas: 28 points, 12 rebounds
Kevin Durant isn't the only young forward on this team who can play.
Dirk Nowitzki, Friday versus Oklahoma City: 16-for-30 from the field, 8-for-10 foul shooting, 41 points, 9 rebounds
And his team needed just about every one. The Mavs scratched out a two-point overtime victory against a Thunder team that played most of the way without an injured Kevin Durant.
Chris Andersen, Friday versus LA Lakers: 28 minutes, 3-for-4 from the field, 5-for-12 foul shooting, 11 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks, plus-27
More Bird! Another weird stat line for a goofy guy.
Shaquille O'Neal, Friday versus Toronto: 20-for-25 from the field, 45 points, 11 rebounds
Throwback night in Phoenix!
Louis Amundson, Friday versus Toronto: 9-for-11 from the field, 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks
Not such a throwback performance for Louis but impressive nonetheless.
Marco Belinelli and C.J. Watson, Friday versus Charlotte: 6-for-17 from the field, 17 points, 5 assists, 5 turnovers
No Jamal Crawford need apply!
Dwyane Wade, Saturday versus New York: 16-for-29 from the field, 2-for-3 on threes, 12-for-12 foul shooting, 46 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, 3 blocks
He outscored the Knicks by a count of 24-17 in the fourth quarter.
Thabo Sefolosha, Saturday at Memphis: 5-for-13 from the field, 15 points, 11 rebounds
The Thunder stormed through Memphis without Kevin Durant.
Ron Artest, Saturday at Chicago: 13-for-24 from the field, 6-for-12 on threes, 32 points, 6 rebounds
Too bad his team blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead on the road.
James Singleton, Sunday versus Toronto: 33 minutes, 12 points, 16 rebounds (8 offensive), plus-18
Apparently, he can do more than pick up fouls and mooch off his teammates to up his plus-minus figures.
Deron Williams, Sunday at Golden State: 42 minutes, 3-for-12 from the field, 6 points, 20 assists
He and Brevin Knight combined to play every second of this game at the point guard spot for Utah, and neither secured a single rebound. But the 22 assists between them matched Golden State's total for the game.
Shaquille O'Neal, Sunday versus LA Lakers: 13-for-18 from the field, 33 points
Maybe he wasn't kidding on Friday after all.
That will do it for this week's edition of Boxed Out. Feel free to remind us of anything we missed. In an unprecedented development, The Daily Babble will come your way this afternoon.
Catch ya on the flip side of the meridian.