Since I started analysing box scores regularly for FB in 2004 I was surprised how often unique stat-lines occurred and it’s a series designed to celebrate that fact. The rules are simple: it has to be something that never happened in the last 20 playoffs [over 1500 games] and less than 25 times during last 25 regular season games [there were over 55000]. Incidentally it’s a tribute to Basketball-Reference.com for great tools.
On May 31th there was only one game http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201105310MIA.html
And the most important thing for the rest of 2011 NBA Finals could be Nowitzki’s injured finger.
But it also contained some unique shooting:
BOTH teams shot better outside three-point line [41%, 46%] than overall [37%, 39%]!
It happened only TWO times during last 25 RS. I would like to think it was a good defense and conclusions from my post about long twos but that’s probably wishful thinking on my part ;-)
This time Mavs’ bench failed badly, for example:
Peja Stojakovic collected 3 FGA, 2 steals, 3 fouls… and nothing else in 15 minutes.
It happened only 2 times during last 25 RS. And yet they really shouldn’t complain.
Without his contributions to date they probably wouldn’t play at this stage.
Mavs’ bench didn’t deliver but they got one bright spot:
Brendan Haywood had 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and attempted 6 free-throws in less than 15 minutes.
It happened only 4 times during last 25 RS
Yes, that was that once-in-a-month event when Brendan was very active ;-)
Surprisingly LeBron James’ performance with 4 threes, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and only 1 turnover were not as unique as you may think: it happened 7 times in the playoffs since 1991…
Hell, it wasn’t even unique for LeBron himself, he did it two years ago versus Hawks – http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200905090ATL.html
Congratulations for Heat! But now I fear this series will be short and boring…