Lenovo Breakdown: Mar. 6, 2008
Posted Mar 13 2008 11:31AM
By Lauren Brill
What is the Lenovo Stat?
The Lenovo Stat shows the power of teamwork. It's a way of showing the best-engineered/best combination of players on the court. The Lenovo Stat is a plus/minus statistic that looks at the point differential when players are both in and out of the game, to see how the team performs with various combinations. The Lenovo Stat can look at a variety of combinations – including the best two-player, three-player and even five-player combinations for each game.
Here is a look at the top Lenovo performers through Mar. 6, 2008:
The Celtics starting five have reclaimed the top seed in the Lenovo Stat. Not only did they win all three matchups they played this past week but throughout the three games there were only five lead changes and seven times tied. Up +43 from last week's Lenovo Stat, the Celtics' starters now edge Detroit by +61.
Boston gave Detroit double the trouble this week. Besides forcing them to relinquish their two spots in the top three Four-Player Lenovo Stat Combo category, the boys from Beantown also handed the Pistons a 90-78 loss on Wednesday night. While Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo scored in double-digits in the win, they also managed to clinch a postseason berth with the victory.
When the Celtics Big Three joined forces at the start of the season, some anticipated pure and utter greatness. Others were more cynical and worried that the three amigos would collide as a result of their three egos. Irrespective of whether they win a title or not KG, P Squared and Ray Ray, who have appeared in the top-three of the Three-Player Lenovo Stat Combo category repeatedly, have proved that their games complement rather then complicate their desire to be victorious. As the Celtics own a league-best 47-12 record, they have silenced the critics and frightened the competition.
Can you believe just a few shorts months ago Kobe Bryant wanted to be traded? Good thing he stayed. On Sunday night, L.A. took on Dallas, a team that Kobe supposedly had wanted to play for at the start of the season. While he is still dressed in Lakers' threads, he was all smiles after the game as the Lakers defeated the Mavs 108-104 in overtime. The 10-time All-Star poured in an impressive 52 points and 11 rebounds. As a testament to how talented Kobe is and how pivotal he can be in a tight matchup, Dallas Mavs coach Avery Johnson told the AP, "We gave him a single look, then we double-teamed him, then we gave him a triple-team and he split the triple-team and scored. We tried to zone him, we tried to funnel him in the trap for a zone and he went the other way. He didn't cooperate on any of our defenses."