Advanced Box Scores for the 2012 NBA Playoffs : The First 11

It was close; but that’s the way it is in war. You win or lose, live or die — and the difference is just an eyelash.” -Douglas MacArthur

The playoffs are here. They are here in a big way.

In honor of the playoffs and in the spirits of crazy comebacks everywhere, I’m bringing back the recaps and advanced boxscores that I did last season.

For each and every game.

A few quick notes before we go:

  1. We start with the Original flavor Wins Produced. Please be adviced that this will change soon.
  2. The Boxscore contains:
  • Basic information: Player , Team, Game ID (Who,what and when)
  • Classic Stats:Points ,Shots, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds,Steals,Blocks, Assists (Because the classics are classics for a reason).
  • Simple spins on classics: % of Team Minutes (player minutes as % of total minutes available), Position (average player position)
  • Possesion and Play stats:Offensive Plays : Field Goal attempts + .434 Free Throw Attempts + Turnovers, Usage of Offensive Plays : % of Offensive plays used by player when in the game
  • All the classic Offensive Efficiency stats (and some slightly modded ones):Effective Field Goal %=(FG + 0.5 * 3P) / FGA,True Shooting %=Pts / (2 * (FGA + 0.44 * FTA), Points per Shot = Pts/FGA, Points per Offensive Play= Pts/Offensive Plays
  • Do it Yourself Offensive Point Margin Stats:Offensive Point Margin: this is the marginal value created by the player per offensive play spent. The calculation is: OPM = (Points per Play for Player- Avg Points per play for Player for League)*Offensive Plays for Player.Defensive Point Margin: this is the marginal value surrendered by the player per offensive play spent. The calculation is:DPM = (Points per Play for Opponent- Avg Points per play for Player for League)*Offensive Plays for Opponent. I’m doing this one by position averages per game.Combined Margin: this is just OPM-DPM
  • Rebounding Rates: % of Rebounds on Offense, % of Rebounds on Defense.
  • The Classic Wins Produced stats (explained here) and my own opponent adjusted Wins Produced Stats (explained here). The difference? Classic assumes the opposing player is average. Opponent adjusted goes out and checks by position.
  • Points over Par.

Excited yet?

Of course, I see a big poster in your future.

Or maybe two.

Quick Recaps:

Heat- Knicks #1

Lebron was very,very good. The Knicks failed to show up to the Arena.

Heat- Knicks #2

Wade took it to the Knicks. Amare took it out on the glass and not in a good way.

Bulls- Sixers #1

Derrick Rose earned the mvp for his team in his playoff cameo. Good God, is that Elton Brand’s music!??!?!!!

Pacers- Magic #1

The Richardson brothers and J.J. show how hot shooting can lead to surprising results.

Pacers- Magic #2

George & George help the Magic illustrate the concept of regression to the mean.

Hawks- Celtics #1

Hinrich has a good night and Rondo goes off his meds. Why Rajon? Why?

Spurs- Jazz #1

Tony and Timmy illustrate what the 1 seed should do to the eight seed. Did I mention San Antonio is very good?

Thunder- Mavs #1

Ibaka does Ibaka things and Harden bails the Thunder out in crunch time with an able assist from an improbable Durant heave.

Thunder- Mavs #2

Recurring theme for the Thunder, James Harden kicks tail and takes names in the playoffs.

Take Harden and add playoffs (courtesy of

Lakers-Nuggets #1

Bynum is still blocking Denver shots somewhere. George Karl thinks it’s a good idea to go small. George Karl makes my heart hurt.

Memphis-Clippers #1

Ok. Last shot for the game. Does Memphis run a play in the post down 1 at home? No. They give it to Gay on isolation play for a fifteen footer. Memphis deserved to lose.

Top three comeback in my lifetime:this, Lebron’s 48 special and the Celts in 08 in the Finals.

Also Nick Young was amazing. Seriously. Stop laughing.

Oh and Reggie Evans.

Goodnight and God bless.


P.S. Here are the Boxscores for the Playoffs by day:

05/01/12 The Missing Pieces

05/02/12 The Mercy Rule


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