Mar 06 2015

The Jazz Scored 89 Points, The Sixers Scored Less Than 89 Points

Utah Jazz 89 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Not a great offensive outing for Noel, but that can be expected when facing the Favors-Gobert frontline. The high-top fade filled the numbers elsewhere however, snatching up six errant Utah passes while registering his fourth double-double over his last five games.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 0-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19 +/-Ouch. As delightfully adequate as J-Rich has been since the return from his two-year hiatus, this was the first night where he really showed his age. He was never able to find his shooting touch and looked visibly frustrated throughout the entire game, however his presence on the floor still provided a nice amount of space for the Sixers to work with inside.

Thomas Robinson, PF 15 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0 +/-A super-efficient performance by T-Rob in just a 15-minute run. Some may argue that Coach Brown should be handing him more minutes on nights like tonight, but this may be the best-suited role for Robinson while he crafts his game.

Ish Smith, PG 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +3 +/-This is basketball in the year 2015. Ish came out the gates scorching, hitting his first four shots, and looked surprisingly competent operating in the pick-and-roll. He probably won’t be on this team in four months time, but he’s the closest thing we’ve got to Tony Wroten right now so let’s enjoy him while we can.

Henry Sims, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-This was the second DNP-CD Sims has registered over the last four games. The Jazz trot out several smallball lineups that make the Sims-Noel pairing an awkward matchup, but when Furkan Aldemir is clocking 11 minutes while Sims can’t get off the pine, that’s not a great look for our buddy Hank.

By the Numbers

– The Sixers were seven-point underdogs going into tonight’s game, and didn’t look as if they were going to cover until a last second full-court heave by Isaiah Canaan shrunk Utah’s victory to just six points. This is why you don’t gamble on sports, kids.

Tweet of the Game

Reminder: the 2015-16 NBA season starts in just under eight months from now.

Parting Shots

  •  Rudy Gobert may be the league’s very best rim protector this season, but that didn’t stop Isaiah Canaan and Ish Smith — practically midgets in comparison — from each netting some crafty shots at the rim against the Stifle Tower.
  • This was a battle between the league’s two youngest teams tonight, and boy, did it sure look like it. Neither team shot above 38 percent from the field, while combining for 33 turnovers and shooting 66.1 percent from the charity stripe. Rebuilding can be painful sometimes.
  • Speaking of painful: Jerami Grant left the game in the second half due to back spasms, possibly related to the back contusion he suffered in Orlando a couple weeks back. Hopefully he’ll be ready in time to suit up for tomorrow’s game against Atlanta.
  • Speaking of Atlanta: if you opted to watch this game over a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview in Cleveland-Atlanta tonight, you must really enjoy watching crappy basketball.
  • Speaking of crappy basketball: I really miss Tony Wroten. There, I said it.
  • robbybonfire23

    Irony for this game is that J. Rich has been the team’s best player in the “Canaan Era,” while, according to an offensively-defensively balanced metric I have added to my statistical “arsenal,” the worst player getting major minutes on the team in the Canaan Era has been none other than – Canaan. He just ain’t cuttin’ it, guys. When he doesn’t shoot well – well, he just is not making up for that with any kind of D or floor game, need I say?

    • hk99


      I remain interested in your statistical analysis, but there’s something I’ve been thinking about, but have not taken the time to question until now. You often quote a statistic that I believe is Points / Missed FG’s. Am I correct on the formula? If so, doesn’t your formula need to take missed FT’s into the equation? The reason I ask is that for some reason I thought about this after the Spurs employed the hack-a-DeAndre strategy in their game against LAC in mid-February. In that game, DeAndre Jordan scored 26 points on 8-11 from the field and 10-28 from the charity stripe. By your metric – if I recall it correctly – Jordan produced 8.67 points per missed FG. However, by going 10-28 on FT’s, he essentially scored 10 of those points on 14 additional possessions. Your thoughts…

      • robbybonfire23

        Of course, HK, our esteemed, venerable Harvey Pollack did this, years ago, as you probably know? I don’t know what he calls it, but he takes a player’s total points, and divides that figure by the total points the player would have scored, had he not missed a 2-point FG attempt; had he not missed a 3-point FG attempt; and had he not missed a free throw, to obtain a percentage score.

        Wonderful advanced concept, back in the day and perhaps even more valid now, given the advent of the 3-point FG attempt. I will check out that mid-February game and run some Harvey Pollack-type numbers. And rather than incorporate what Pollack created into what I do, just add reference to it, when mandated, such as in the game you refer to, for its own merit. And what does Harvey call his wonderful stat – I am betting you know that?

        • Joe


          An interesting approach, but I wonder how we take opportunity cost into account? That is, if DeAndre Jordan were to take zero shots in a game, would this create more higher value shots for other players? So it might be all well and good that he scores 62% of the points available to HIM, but is his presence detracting from other players’ ability to either shoot 3’s or get to the line?

          • robbybonfire23

            Probably yes, Joe, but it makes me think of the old days when the Red Sox having Ted Williams at the plate could not have Jimmy Piersall, Sammy White, or Ted Lepcio at the plate, in that situation, to their great advantage.

            So that if a player is a low percentage shooting and scoring man, you want the higher percentage chance in there, represented by someone else.

            I will give you two excellent examples in the college hoops ranks this year. Dan Ochefu is the most productive shooter / scorer with Villanova, but they have actually reduced his offensive role this season. This is going to catch up with them, at some point in the Tournament. Also. Dom. Sabonis is ranked as the third-best player at Gonzaga, this season, behind two teammates, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer, who are both nominated for the Oscar Robertson award, while Gonzaga is wasting Sabonis in the role of their sixth man.

            I have said it before and I will say it again, your talent-level is important, but how you deploy the talent on hand is even more important. Every year in every sport we see teams missing the boat in this respect.

            Baseball is notorious for this, best example in recent years being the idiot Phillies staying with David Bell for his two final bottom-feeder career seasons, while putting Chase Utley’s MLB career on hold in the minor leagues for this duration. It doesn’t get any more stupid or enfeebled than that! (And where have ye gone, Ed Wade?) Ah, yes, the big Ed Wade, Charlie The Mule Manual, RAJ triumvirate – I don’t know how people can suffer that organization, any more, given that the parade of dolts never ends!

      • robbybonfire23

        HK –

        I took a look at incorporating your suggestion. What I came up with is not easy to evaluate, on merit. Let’s say a player goes 5-7 from the line; 8-20 from 2; and 1-3 from 3.

        So that’s 24 points scored. Charging one point for F.T. misses, two points for 2-point FG attempt misses; and 3 points for 3-point FG attempt misses, gives us 2 points + 24 points + 6 points = 32 points worth of misses. Now when you divide 24 points scored by 32 you get a score of 75.

        Checking a couple NBA box scores from last night, you had some players with over 100 scores, Oladipo was at 152 on the night, and you had one player with a rock-bottom score of 20, another with a low score of 37. So that the separation range here is enormously definitive.

        So let me throw it back to you and ask you what you think of it? It boils down to is it fair and accurate to debit 3 points for a missed 3, 2 points for a missed 2 and 1 point for a missed free throw, then divide this total by the actual total of points scored? Because if it is, we may have something of value here, where to comes to grading the shooting and scoring aspect of each player’s game. I am open to suggestion here. Where is the flaw, where is the weakness here, if any?

        • hk99


          The only conclusion that I have right now is that a missed 2 and a missed 3 should count the same as they are essentially the same result when they’re missed. I suspect that the formula should be changed to something like:

          Points from (FG’s – Penalty for missed FT’s) / FG Attempts

          Let me think about this more and I’ll get back to you.

          • robbybonfire23

            Meanwhile, I did some research and it would be hard to improve upon Harvey’s original conception. Damn, Harvey beat Bill James to the metrics punch by 15 years!

  • robbybonfire23

    Ahh, re the statement “That is why you don’t gamble on sports, kids,” there is a great line on this subject in the classic film “Havana,” one of my all-time favorite films.

    At a night club dinner table the husband of a woman Robert Redford help move some radio equipment onto the island, just prior to the Castro forces takeover, asks Redford:

    “What do you do for a living, Mr. Wile?”

    Redford replies: “I come down here to Havana a couple times a year to play a little cards.”

    The husband then says: “Oh, so you’re a gambler, Mr. Wile.”

    Redford replies: “I try to keep the gambling part to a minimum.”

    The husband replies: “And how do you do that?”

    Redford replies: “By being good at it.”

  • hk99

    On the radio pre-game show before the OKC game, Brett Brown had very positive things to say about Thomas Robinson although he also mentioned that he is not in good shape. This could be a reason why they are limiting his minutes. The flip side is, if he commits to getting into good shape, he could put up even better #’s.