Points in the Paint

» November 4, 2009 3:21 PM | By Brandon Hoffman
  • Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer:  “The Charlotte Bobcats might not be much offensively, but they’re adapting to what coach Larry Brown means when he says play the game the right way. Two statistics in particular demonstrate that: The Bobcats are second in the NBA in rebounding and average dramatically more free-throw attempts than their opponents. In both cases, small forward Gerald Wallace is the key reason. Through the first four games, the Bobcats are averaging 46.25 rebounds, compared to 39.75 for their composite opponent. That’s second in the league (to Memphis), both in rebounds per game and rebounding differential. Wallace is averaging 14 rebounds per game, second only to Toronto’s Chris Bosh at 14.7 Meanwhile, the Bobcats are nearly doubling opponents’ free-throw attempts (116-69). Wallace’s drives are essential to that. Though he’s shooting only 33 percent from the field, he’s averaging nine trips to the foul line per game. Brown has always pointed to rebounding and free-throw attempts as markers of a team’s effort and efficiency because rebounding limits opponent possessions and foul shots are bonus opportunities to score.”
  • Rachel Shuster and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY:  “Attendance for the home openers was down only 1% from a year ago, although 10 of the 30 NBA clubs did not draw capacity compared to seven last season. Some of that might be attributable to baseball’s season lasting longer.”
  • Vince Thomas has spotted the Lakers’ Achilles heel:  “There’s a potential problem brewing in L.A. We keep expecting for Jordan Farmar to get back to that pre-injury ‘promising young point guard’ that we saw the past couple years. And we keep waiting for Sasha Vujacic to get his stroke back. And we keep hoping that Luke Walton plays like a guy that deserved the $30 million contract he signed in 2007. But none of that is going to happen. So here’s what the Lakers have: Kobe, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and Derek Fisher. That’s six players, all of whom will be 30 years old by playoff time (well, Gasol turns 30 in July). In order for L.A. to be L.A. for a championship run, Phil needs to keep Fish’s minutes around 30 and Kobe’s around 36-38. Here’s the thing — with a bench that doesn’t feature a competent backup PG or a wing player taller than 6-foot-5, the Lakers are looking at a bench where Odom (when Gasol returns) is the only player worthy of cracking the rotation.”
  • From Ian Thomsen’s good article on Dwyane Wade:  “How much taller is LeBron James than you? ‘About four or five inches,’ Dwyane Wade replied with a laugh. ‘They’re all about three or four inches taller than me.’ Even Kobe Bryant? ‘He’s listed at 6-6, but Kobe is [really] about 6-6½,’ Wade said. ‘I’m about 6-3½. So Kobe has some inches on me as well.’ Seven years into a career that has overwhelmed all expectations, Wade — who is listed officially at 6-4 — was explaining how and why he continues to view himself as an underdog. ‘Once I get done in this game and I can look back — hopefully — on the things I accomplished, then I can smile,’ he told me last Friday before a game at Indiana. ‘But right now, I try not to pat myself on the back. I feel like I have to work harder than any one of them because of my height, because I’m at a disadvantage that way. So I feel I have to work harder to get the things I get on the basketball court than the 6-8 LeBron or the 6-8 Kobe or the 6-8 Carmelo [Anthony].’ See how his mind works? Within a minute, he’d inflated Kobe by another two inches.”

One Response to “Points in the Paint”

  1. Erick Says:

    As someone who hasn’t taken calculus in 5 years (and wasn’t any good at it to begin with), that advanced +/- ratio article is rough on the eyes.

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