Boxed Out: A weekly look at the statistical oddities around the NBA
Goofy stat lines. Biting pseudo-witticisms. That's right, it's time for our latest edition of Boxed Out.
Luis Scola, Monday at New Jersey: 1-for-6 from the foul line
I still can't wrap my head around how this sort of thing happens at this level.
Jameer Nelson, Monday versus Golden State: 9-for-9 from the field, 4-for-4 from three, 22 points, 7 assists, 1 turnover
We mentioned this in the comments section of last week's piece, but it was too efficient a performance not to note once more, especially for a guy I've questioned in the past. It never hurts to put up an effective field goal percentage of 122-plus percent.
Joe Johnson, Tuesday versus Oklahoma City: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 turnovers
I love watching this guy play, especially when he isn't burning the Celtics.
Devin Harris and Vince Carter, Tuesday at Indiana: 21-for-37 from the field, 6-of-10 from three, 19-of-21 from the foul line, 67 points, 12 assists, 13 rebounds
That's a heckuva game from a starting backcourt. Didn't hurt that Harris won it at the buzzer either.
Rodney Stuckey, Tuesday versus Chicago: 15-of-24 from the field, 9-of-11 from the line, 40 points, 4 assists
Good thing the Pistons had him in the lineup since he scored 40 of the backcourt's 45 points. Allen Iverson put up the other five from the foul line to complement his 0-for-7 performance in the field.
Randy Foye, Tuesday at San Antonio: 9-for-17 from the field, 26 points, 16 rebounds
We're talking about a 6-4 combo guard here. The rest of the Wolves' roster combined for 22 rebounds. Well done, Randy.
Chris Paul, Thursday at Orlando: 0 steals
Over the Hornets' previous 108 games, that didn't happen once. That's an NBA record. Congratulations, CP3.
Jason Richardson, Thursday versus San Antonio: 11 points, 8 rebounds 1 CTLIS
If you're confused about what CTLIS is, that's because I just invented it for the purposes of this feature: "crunch time lost in space." As in, with the Suns up two on the game's final possession and Richardson assigned to three-point specialist Roger Mason, he managed to get completely and utterly lost in space. He made a half-hearted effort to help Grant Hill, who didn't need help on Tony Parker's drive toward the rim. Richardson didn't get there, but he went just far enough to not have a chance to get back to Mason when Parker kicked the ball to the left corner for the game-winning trey.
No, it doesn't show up in the box score, but it definitely warranted a mention seeing as J-Rich was entirely responsible for Mason getting the look he did.
Nate Robinson, Friday versus Minnesota: 26 points, 10 rebounds (5 offensive)
This guy is listed at 5-foot-9, which makes him seven inches shorter than the giant that is Randy Foye. And 5-9 is a stretch.
Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston, Friday at New Orleans: 3-for-21 from the field
Not such a great backcourt effort. In a related story, the Rockets put up 79 points on 36.1 percent shooting from the field. They also lost.
Denver Nuggets, Friday versus Philadelphia: 24-of-25 from the foul line.
The Sixers, 27th in the league in free throw accuracy, shot 18-for-30 (60 percent). The difference in the game was four points. Fundamentals, people.
Jermaine O'Neal, Friday at Sacramento: 15-of-19 from the field, 36 points, 9 rebounds
Sometimes, power forwards do come back from the dead, albeit only for a night at a time.
Brandon Roy, Saturday versus Toronto: 14-of-19 from the field, 32 points, 9 assists
We're unabashedly in love with this guy. You're going to want to get used to seeing his name in this space on a weekly basis.
O.J. Mayo, Saturday at San Antonio: 52 minutes, 12-of-22 from the field, 29 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
One of the many underrated facets of League Pass: getting to watch the Grizzlies, simply for the purpose of observing this guy. How he managed three assists while shooting the ball every time he touched it, I'm not sure. But, wow, he sure is talented.
San Antonio Spurs, Saturday versus Memphis: 8 turnovers
In a double overtime game. That's a clinic in taking care of the basketball.