Tonight’s 4 Factors (@ DEN, 11/17/07)

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 Nuggets, 83 – 115

	Pace	Eff	eFG	FT/FG	OREB%	TOr
NYK	92.0	90.2	40.5%	17.9	34.0	18.5
DEN		125.0	55.1%	20.5	38.3	12.0

Another game, another discouraging loss. The Nuggets dominated on both ends of the court. The Knicks had another awful offensive performance, driven by horrific shooting and ball handling. It was the third consecutive game New York shot under 43% eFG. Meanwhile, Denver scored at will, and on the rare occasions when they did miss they simply crushed the Knicks on the offensive glass, despite being a below average offensive rebounding team coming into the game.

It’s early in the season, yes, but the Knicks are in trouble. It was expected that they would be bad on D. But aside from a flash in the pan in the season’s first few games, the offense has looked just about as bad as the D. It’s not that the offense hasn’t been living up to expectations, but rather it’s been genuinely bad, bottom-third of the league bad. If the Knicks can’t work out the offensive kinks, they’ll be bottom feeders on both ends of the court and knocked out of the playoff picture shockingly early.

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

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2 thoughts to “Tonight’s 4 Factors (@ DEN, 11/17/07)”

  1. My moment of truth, or zen, for the night…

    How did Lee do….

    Ah yes, 11 rebounds, 4-6, 21 minutes…

    So, Lee has a monster game in Sac, then plays 21 minutes, while Zach shoots 8-23….


    Just from a peek at the boxscore, this must have been the worst game ever….

    should be fun reading the thread, lol…

  2. I watched the whole game… Knicks had absolutely nothing. Lee got torched trying to cover Carmelo — Knicks front-line does not have defensive mobility, Knick guards can’t stop perimeter…even Balkman was a no show…

    The mediocre teams in the west like Sacramento would win 50 games in the East…squeaking into the play-offs in the East would be nothing to be particularly proud of…missing the playoffs means your team really S**Ks…

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