The Portland Trail Blazers edged out the Denver Nuggets Tuesday night by just two points. Coach Terry Stotts’ team won the possession battle by forcing two more turnovers than Denver. He can thank big man LaMarcus Aldridge for his team keeping the rock.
LMA became the first NBA player since Carmelo Anthony to take 30 shots while committing zero turnovers.
His ability to get a shot up before fumbling the ball away is a prime reason why he is a valuable piece of the Blazers. Aldridge’s career turnover rate of 8.2% is one of the three lowest of all-time.
Here is the complete list of games with 30+ FGA’s and Zero turns (since 2010):
Player Date Tm FGA TOV
LaMarcus Aldridge 2014-12-02 POR W 30 0
Carmelo Anthony 2014-01-24 NYK W 35 0
Kevin Durant 2014-01-07 OKC L 34 0
LaMarcus Aldridge 2013-12-26 POR W 31 0
Kevin Durant 2013-01-14 OKC W 30 0
The OKC Thunder display Friday highlighted why they miss Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook so much. In a home loss to the Pistons Scott Brooks‘ team made one free throw.
Over 53 minutes and nearly one-hundred shot attempts only Steven Adams would make a foul shot for the home team.
See KD has led the NBA in made free throws for five years straight. In addition Russ has been among the top-five league wide in each of his last three healthy seasons. Getting to the foul line and converting has been the primary advantage for OKC during their five year run of success.
Sans their stars the Thunder have become the first team in at least three decades to make fewer than two foul shots in an overtime game.
Only the expansion Toronto Raptors featuring rookie Damon Stoudamire played an entire NBA game while not hitting a freebie.
Date Tm Opp Result MP FGA FT FTA
2014-11-14 OKC DET L 89-96 (OT) 265 96 1 6
2014-02-08 MEM ATL W 79-76 240 90 1 1
2013-11-24 PHO ORL W 104-96 240 95 1 3
2012-01-14 TOR CHI L 64-77 240 86 1 7
2004-02-25 NJN MIN L 68-81 240 83 1 5
1996-01-09 TOR CHH L 91-92 240 84 0 3
There is a feel of scattered greatness around this Miami Heat team. Erik Spoelstra runs the second best offensive team in the NBA but Miami is just average defensively. Looking at the Miami Heat’s Four Factors (developed by Dean Oliver) there is much craziness to be seen.
On offense Miami is:
- By far the best shooting team in the NBA (56% effective Field Goal Percentage!)
- The worst offensive rebounding team in the NBA
- A very poor ball control team (second highest turnover percentage)
- Good at getting points at the foul line
The defense is a little less spastic but still interesting, the Heat are:
- By far the best team at forcing turnovers
- A below average defensive rebounding unit
- Poor at preventing their opponents shots from going in the basket (51% eFG)
- Just below average at keeping their opponents off the foul line
Finally, a few individual highlights from Miami’s roster: