The Real Box Score: Meaningless Pre-Season Game #6 PHO 92 – GSW 87

According to the AP, Phoenix “overcame” Monta Ellis’ 29 points (and, dare I say, 80% of the hi-lights). What, no mention that his shooting efficiency was only 45%? You mean to tell me the AP missed that part of the story? And in other news, there is still no peace in the Middle East.

Current Steve Nash meeting with future Steve Nash. (Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty)

(AP) Steve Nash scored 16 points, Robin Lopez had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns overcame Monta Ellis‘ 29 points, beating the Golden State Warriors 92-87 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

The victory snapped a three-game exhibition losing streak for the Suns (2-5). Despite the win the Suns are assured of their first losing preseason since 2003.

The Suns almost frittered away a 12-point fourth-quarter lead, as Golden State rallied behind Brandan Wright‘s 10 points late in the period and pulled within 87-85. The Warriors had a chance to tie the score, but Ellis missed a drive with 23 seconds remaining. Channing Frye‘s four free throws helped the Suns hold on.

Wright finished with 14 points for Golden State (3-3).

They did get one thing right, though. The Warriors did rally behind Brandan Wright, who was the best Warriors player tonight.

Can you say “ugh”? Let’s cut to the chase.

Here is the real box score:

Player MIN WS AST% BLK% STL% TOV% USG% ORB% DRB% TRB% TS% FTA/FGA
Lee 27 -1 5.69% 0% 1.77% 13.97% 25.31% 8.6% 19.75% 13.79% 16.23% 27.27%
Wright, D. 24 -1 16% 2.35% 2% 29.41% 33.77% 3.23% 11.11% 6.9% 41.67% 0%
Biedrins 16 7.5 0% 0% 2.99% 20% 14.85% 24.19% 22.22% 23.28% 50% 0%
Ellis 44 3 24.69% 0% 4.35% 8.58% 38% 1.76% 6.06% 3.76% 45.37% 32.14%
Curry 23 1.5 27.75% 2.46% 4.16% 6.93% 29.93% 0% 7.73% 3.6% 44.64% 7.69%
Bell 7 -1.5 20.78% 0% 0% 0% 13.41% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Radmanovic 27 3 5.69% 0% 0% 16.67% 10.6% 2.87% 16.46% 9.2% 30% 0%
Gadzuric 11 0.5 0% 0% 0% 0% 27.7% 14.08% 16.16% 15.05% 23.29% 16.67%
Miles 10 3.5 17.02% 0% 4.79% 20% 23.62% 15.48% 26.67% 20.69% 25% 0%
Carney 5 0 0% 0% 0% 33.33% 27.91% 0% 53.33% 24.83% 0% 0%
Adrien 19 6 0% 2.97% 2.52% 11.26% 22.25% 20.37% 14.04% 17.42% 38.07% 28.57%
Lin DNP 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Wright, B. 19 9 0% 2.97% 0% 10.37% 24.15% 4.07% 23.39% 13.07% 81.02% 100%
Amundson DNP 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Williams DNP 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Udoh DNP 0 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Warriors 31.5 10.61% 0.94% 2.19% 12.73% N/A 33.87% 72.22% 51.72% 39.66% 22%
Blazers 38.5 12.5% 1.18% 1.4% 14.46% N/A 27.78% 66.13% 48.28% 45.74% 26.67%

Keys to the game:

  • GSW finished ahead in rebounding (a good sign for the future), but shot terribly (39 TS%). Aside from Brandan Wright who seemingly scored at will (80 TS%), no other Warrior finished above 50 TS%.

Stars:

  • B. Wright (9.0 WS)
  • Biedrins (7.5 WS)
  • Adrien (6.0 WS)

Bums:

  • Lee (-1.0 WS)
  • D. Wright (-1.0 WS)
  • Bell (-1.5 WS)

Player notes:

  • A forgettable night all around, except for Brandan Wright who has put together a couple of nice games back-to-back. A win score of 9.0 in 19 minutes is excellent. I would think that Smart must quickly be gaining confidence.

Definitions for the individual statistical categories used in the “real box score” are given at basketball-reference.com.

Win Score is a “one-number” basketball metric that correlates very well with wins and was developed by Dave Berri, Martin Schmidt, and Stacey Brook in the book, “Wages of Wins”. The formula is as follows:

Win Score = PTS + REB + STL + ½*BLK + ½*AST

– FGA – ½*FTA – TO – ½*PF


The Real Box Score: Meaningless Pre-Season Game #5 GSW 100 – POR 78

Andris Biedrins finished the night with eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
Andris Biedrins finishing a slamma-jamma. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)

The Warriors handled their business at Oracle last night. According to the AP:

David Lee had 21 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the preseason, Monta Ellis scored 22 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-78 on Monday night.

Stephen Curry added 11 points and had six assists while Andris Biedrins had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (3-2), who rallied from 11 points down in the first half.

Here’s the real box score (click on header for definition):

Player Win Score MP AST% BLK% STL% TOV% USG% ORB% DRB% TRB% TS%
Lee 16.50 33 5.63 0.00 3.04 5.71 31.25 15.47 24.24 19.61 63.56
D. Wright 2.50 36 12.00 2.02 1.39 0.00 19.44 2.84 12.70 7.49 29.46
Biedrins 13.00 25 20.34 5.82 2.01 12.50 18.80 16.34 32.00 23.73 57.14
Ellis 1.50 36 11.11 0.00 1.39 15.95 41.03 2.84 9.52 5.99 52.18
Curry -1.00 33 28.92 0.00 6.08 30.36 35.25 3.09 3.46 3.27 39.97
Bell -0.50 6 44.44 0.00 8.37 0.00 19.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Radmanovic -1.50 6 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 9.52 0.00 19.05 8.99 0.00
Gadzuric 0.00 6 0.00 0.00 0.00 50.00 19.05 0.00 19.05 8.99 100.00
Miles 2.50 10 40.00 0.00 5.02 0.00 10.90 0.00 0.00 0.00 53.19
Carney 2.00 12 0.00 0.00 4.18 13.44 36.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 69.88
Adrien 7.50 8 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 21.62 38.30 28.57 33.71 100.00
Lin 4.00 12 22.22 0.00 4.18 43.10 22.50 0.00 19.05 8.99 94.70
B. Wright 3.00 19 0.00 7.66 2.64 20.49 30.09 5.38 24.06 14.19 45.10
DNP Amundson Williams Udoh
GSW 49.5 240 15.28 1.52 2.93 15.80 N/A 34.04 76.19 53.93 52.11
POR 16.00 240 18.27 0.30 2.30 23.32 N/A 23.81 65.96 46.07 47.45

Keys to the win:

  • GSW won the TOV, rebounding, and efficiency battles. Pretty much sums up the formula for winning.

Stars:

  1. David Lee (16.5 WS)
  2. Andris Biedrins (13.00 WS)
  3. Jeff Adrien (7.50 WS)

Bums:

  1. Stephen Curry (-1.00 WS)
  2. Vladimir Radmanovic (-1.50 WS)
  3. Monta Ellis (1.50 WS)

Player notes:

  • An off-night for Curry, who shot just 39.97 TS%. His TOV is kind of ridiculously high so far in the pre-season. He needs to cut that number in half.
  • Ellis using a lot of possessions and shooting with below-average efficiency. What’s new?
  • Lee is clearly not just a paper tiger. His efficiency and rebounding numbers, if not his defense, are going to keep this team in games.
  • Biedrins did his thing. Rebounded a bunch and shot with above-average efficiency. Good shot-blocking numbers, too. Just cut down on the 10-ft jumpers.
  • Carney came in and shot lights-out. Maybe he can replace some of Maggette’s aggressive  “get to the rim” tenacity and draw fouls.
  • B. Wright had a nice little game, probably his best so far of the pre-season. Now that Amundson is out to start the season, B. has to step up his game. He did last night.
  • D. Wright had a terrible night shooting. He did some other things, but not enough to make up for the missed shots.

Definitions for the individual statistical categories used in the “real box score” are given at basketball-reference.com.

Win Score is a “one-number” basketball metric that correlates very well with wins and was developed by Dave Berri, Martin Schmidt, and Stacey Brook in the book, “Wages of Wins”. The formula is as follows:

Win Score = PTS + REB + STL + ½*BLK + ½*AST

– FGA – ½*FTA – TO – ½*PF


WoW Network Stat Geek Smackdown!

What better way to break in a new blog than to use the first post to enter a prediction contest? Andres Alvarez over at Nerd Numbers has set up some ground rules:

  1. Open to anyone with a blog and a love of basketball.
  2. Submission due by 7:30 EST tip-off between Miami and Boston (Oct. 26).
  3. Submission will be the most recent blog post listing your picks specificially for Wages of Wins Network Geek Smackdown
  4. Contest will have three parts; Team Records, Wins Produced Awards and Media Awards (You do not need to enter all three)
  5. For Team records submit the playoff seeding chart for the Eastern and Western Conference. 2 points for each team correctly placed, 1 points if within one seed. 2 Point bonus for each team with the record picked exactly.
  6. Wins Produced Awards will be for Rookie of the Year, MVP, Most Improved and Sixth Man. These will judged on total Wins Produced. For Sixth Man the criteria will be starting less than 60% of their games. 3 points for picking the #1 in any category, 2 points for picking #2 in any category, 1 point for picking #3 in any category.
  7. Exact same criteria for media awards, except instead of using Wins Produced we will judge based on media voting.

to be continued…