Boxed Out: A weekly look at statistical oddities around the NBA
We can't seem to get off the backup guard theme in our weekly number-crunching. It's a Western non-star who dominates this week's Boxed Out.
Flip Murray, Monday versus Minnesota: 12-for-18 from the field, 5-for-8 on threes, 30 points, 5 assists, 1 turnover
Enough to help the Hawks to a win, but not enough to help them gain the edge in bench scoring. The Wolves' reserves outscored Atlanta's, 48-38.
Antawn Jamison, Monday versus Chicago: 27 field-goal attempts, 0 assists
Fun fact: Kobe Bryant has put up 30 shots without dishing out a single assist on four occasions in his career.
Memphis Grizzlies, Monday at Miami: 12 assists, 20 turnovers
Noted for general badness.
Courtney Lee, Monday at New York: 6-for-8 from the field, 2-for-3 on threes, 8-for-8 foul shooting, 22 points
That's a 20-plus point game on a smooth 91.7 percent true shooting.
Andre Miller, Monday at Portland: 9-for-20 from the field, 9-for-11 foul shooting, 27 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 turnovers
All-over-the-place line for a point guard.
Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas, Tuesday versus Detroit: 13-for-22 from the field, 7-for-9 foul shooting, 33 points, 22 rebounds (7 offensive), 7 assists, 5 turnovers
Double-doubles for both youngsters in the Bulls' frontcourt.
Tony Parker, Tuesday versus Golden State: 13-for-20 from the field, 30 points, 10 assists, 3 turnovers
Pedestrian by his standards for the week.
Roger Mason Jr., Tuesday versus Golden State: 10-for-16 from the field, 3-for-5 on threes, 24 points
Loves to shoot, isn't scared to take the big shot, has really cool hair.
Ron Artest, Luis Scola, Yao Ming, Tuesday at Utah: 11, 12 and 13 rebounds respectively
Scola (four) and Yao (five) each collected more offensive rebounds than the Jazz (three). Sadly for the Rockets, games are decided by points (99-86 the wrong way in this case) rather than rebounding totals (52-42 for Houston).
Tony Parker, Wednesday at Atlanta: 18-for-25 from the field, 42 points, 10 assists, 2 turnovers
That's more like it.
Anderson Varejao, Wednesday versus New Jersey: 6-for-8 from the field, 4-for-4 foul shooting, 16 points, 11 rebounds (3 offensive)
Wild Thing continuing to cause problems.
Dwyane Wade, Wednesday at Indiana: 5-for-24 from the field
Not his best work.
T.J. Ford, Wednesday versus Miami: 20 points, 9 rebounds
Smallest guy on the court.
Rodney Carney, Wednesday at Philadelphia: 7-for-10 from the field, 7-for-8 on threes
Nil for two from two-point land. Thanks to my buddy Lee for pointing this one out.
Chris Bosh, Wednesday versus Milwaukee: 8-for-10 foul shooting
The Bucks went 7-for-9. The Raps totaled 35-for-40. Quite a difference.
Mike Taylor, Wednesday at New York: 14-for-20 from the field, 7-for-7 foul shooting, 35 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, plus-20
Backup point guard for the Clippers. Really.
Zach Randolph, Wednesday at New York: 15-for-21 from the field, 33 points
He's the gift that keeps on giving to the Knicks.
Al Harrington, Wednesday versus LA Clippers: technical foul for hanging on the rim in final minute of regulation
This extended Magic Al's margin for his league lead in the "Hanging on the rim technicals received with one's team up three in the last minute against the Clippers that set up a free throw, the tying basket and then a loss to the Clips in overtime" category to two.
Dwight Howard, Wednesday versus Boston: 24 points, 21 rebounds, 4 blocks
I pledged earlier this season that anyone who put up a 20-20 game would get mentioned in this space. Next.
Anthony Morrow, Wednesday at Dallas: 10-for-11 from the field, 3-for-4 on threes, 6-for-7 foul shooting, 29 points
Remove his contribution from the Warriors and the team drops from 47.5 percent from the field to 40.6 for the game.
Will Bynum, Thursday versus LA Lakers: 9-for-14 from the field, 25 points, 11 assists
Playing rather well of late.
Rudy Fernandez, Thursday versus Phoenix: 8-for-10 from the field, 5-for-6 on threes, 2-for-3 foul shooting, 23 points
Nice 100 percent true shooting performance.
Marcin Gortat, Friday versus Milwaukee: 24 minutes, 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks
It can't be easy playing behind Dwight Howard, but this guy seems to produce when he gets opportunities.
Andre Miller, Friday versus Charlotte: 2-for-11 from the field, 7 points, 3 assists, 5 turnovers
Not so good.
Chris Bosh and Shawn Marion, Friday versus Oklahoma City: 20-for-32 from the field, 41 points, 24 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks, 1 turnover
Getting 20-10 games from both starting forwards never hurts.
Pau Gasol, Friday at New Jersey: 14-for-19 from the field, 8-for-10 foul shooting, 36 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers
That's an excellent performance.
Chris Duhon, Friday versus New Orleans: 4-for-7 from the field, 4-for-7 on threes, 3-for-3 foul shooting, 15 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds
Not even a pretense of going to the basket.
Carmelo Anthony, Friday at Dallas: 18-for-29 from the field, 43 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover
Nuts but very talented.
Jose Juan Barea, Friday versus Denver: 8-for-12 from the field, 5-for-7 on threes, 22 points, 4 assists, 1 turnover
My buddy Tek says he looks like he's eight years old. But that doesn't change the fact that he sure can shoot.
Gerald Green, Friday versus Denver: 22 minutes, 2-for-9 from the field
Just for fun.
Mike Taylor, Friday at San Antonio: 10-for-13 from the field, 23 points, 3 assists, 1 turnover
It's his world this week. We're all just living in it. Besides the Spurs, that is, since they beat his team in this game.
Jeff Foster, Saturday at Chicago: 7 points, 18 rebounds (7 offensive)
Tenacious offensive rebounder. Nice to get his name in here now and then.
Brandon Rush, Saturday at Chicago: 13-for-19 from the field, 29
Glad I can like him now that he's no longer a Jayhawk.
Ray Felton, Saturday versus New York: 3-for-17 from the field, 6 points, 6 assists, 6 turnovers
Devilish. It helped that his back-up (D.J. Augustin) went 8-for-9 from the field.
Gilbert Arenas, Saturday versus Detroit: 3-for-12 from the field, 15 points, 10 assists
Up-and-down season debut for Agent Zero.
Dan Gadzuric, Saturday at Miami: 8-for-15 from the field, 18 points, 12 rebounds
Dan Gadzuric, are you serious?
Udonis Haslem, Saturday versus Milwaukee: 8-for-9 from the field, 16 points, 12 rebounds
Similar to Gadz, except that he was more efficient from the field and played for the team that won this game.
Chuck Hayes, Saturday versus LA Clippers: 21 minutes, 10 rebounds, 6 personal fouls
He got a full night's work done in far less than that.
Anthony Carter, Saturday versus Golden State: 24 minutes, 13 assists
The five Denver starters combined for 15 dimes.
Steve Nash and Jason Richardson, Saturday at Utah: 9-for-32 from the field
Here's to you, Phoenix Suns, for even making it to overtime in Utah on a night when your starting backcourt did not come to play.
That does it on our end. As always, feel free to shout at us with anything we missed. The Daily Babble comes your way Monday afternoon.
Catch ya on the flip side of the meridian.