Thursday, January 28, 2010

Nice to get an easy one

After an average margin of less than 3 points in their previous 7 games, it was nice for the Cavaliers to get an easy one last night against the Timberwolves. They won their 6th straight overall and pushed their record at home to 18-3 with a 14-point win. They have won 16 of their last 17 in the friendly confines of the Q.

It's not often that LeBron James will be your 6th leading scorer, but such was the case last night as the King only attempted 8 shots in just 30 minutes of action. That was still enough time to put together a tidy stat line of 12 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds. Player of the game honors went to JJ Hickson for his career-high 23 points and 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. His +17 for the game was a nice turnaround from his atrocious -17 he put together just two nights before in Miami. But that's what you get with JJ - wild inconsistency. Shaq also put together his 6th straight game in double figures and Jamario Moon chipped in 14 off the bench.

In my boredom on a snowy Thursday morning I put together some numbers below to see which category most affects Cavalier wins. Most astounding to me is the fact that we have had less turnovers than our opponents in only 25% of our games, yet still have the league's best record. If they can clean that up and improve the FT shooting, last year's mark of 66 wins might still be attainable. Stay tuned.

Wins Losses Frequency Win Pct % of Total Wins
More Assists 30 1 66.0% 0.968 0.833
More Rebs 26 9 74.5% 0.743 0.722
More Blocks 25 7 68.1% 0.781 0.694
More 3PM 22 7 61.7% 0.759 0.611
More FTA 21 3 51.1% 0.875 0.583
More FTM 20 3 48.9% 0.870 0.556
More Steals 19 1 42.6% 0.950 0.528
Less Fouls 15 4 40.4% 0.789 0.417
Less TO 11 1 25.5% 0.917 0.306

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