After each game this season, we’ll be taking a look at what the four factors have to say about the game– how the winner won and the loser lost. For an intro to the four factors, see A Layman’s Guide to Advanced NBA Statistics.
Knicks lose to Suns, 102 – 113
Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr NYK 96.0 106.3 50.0% 18.6 29.3 17.7 PHO 117.7 61.0% 32.9 27.3 19.8
Seems a bit silly to look too closely into this one. Phoenix got whatever they wanted. Much of the game was garbage time or a close approximation, and so the stats won’t be completely true to the competitive portions. New York ended up with an offensive performance right at season average. Phoenix performed like an elite team on offense rather than the 9th place, 108 point per 100 possession team they had been up until tonight.
Of course much of the story with the Knicks right now is not in the box score. With Marbury AWOL and a rash of injuries (Q, Balkman, Collins, Nate’s hamstring), the season seems to be falling apart only 6 games in, if that’s even possible.
4 factor stats were acquired using the ESPN4Factors script by Cherokee of the ABPRmetrics board. Firefox users can use this script (after installing the Greasemonkey extension) to see 4 factor stats automatically displayed in all NBA boxscores on espn.com.