Friday, November 5, 2010
10 nuggets on Celtics vs. Bulls
By Chris Forsberg
Here are 10 facts and figures to keep in mind for Friday's Celtics vs. Bulls clash (ESPN, 8 p.m) at the TD Garden (information researched for ESPN by Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.):
1. Rajon Rondo had 15 assists (14 in regulation) in the Celtics’ overtime win against Milwaukee on Wednesday. Rondo’s 82 assists this season are an NBA record for one player through his first five games of a season. He broke the mark of 81 assists previously shared by Magic Johnson (1988) and John Stockton (1989). Rondo needs 17 assists tonight to keep pace with the NBA record for most assists through a player’s first six games of a season (Stockton holds that mark with 99 during the 1989–90 season).
2. Paul Pierce scored 28 points on Wednesday night, including the 20,000th point of his career. Pierce was the 20th player in NBA history to net at least 20,000 points for one team and he’s the third player to reach that milestone for the Celtics, joining John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791). The only other franchise with as many 20,000-point players as the Celtics is the Lakers, who have four: Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor.
3. Paul Pierce has made his last 15 free throws. The only NBA player with a longer current streak than Pierce (entering Friday's game) is Jeff Green of the Thunder (18 straight free throws made).
4. Nate Robinson has made only 19.2 percent (5 of 26) of his field-goal attempts this season. That’s the lowest field-goal percentage among NBA guards with at least 15 shots from the floor.
5. Derrick Rose scored a career-high 39 points in the Bulls’ 101–93 victory at United Center the last time these clubs met (April 13). Paul Pierce led Boston with 28 points in that game and Ray Allen added 25. It’s one of five games in which both Pierce and Allen have scored at least 25 points for the Celtics, but it’s the only such game that Boston lost.
6. Brian Scalabrine has made six of seven field-goal attempts this season (85.7 percent) but his 38.9 percent career field-goal percentage is the second lowest among active players (minimum: 1,400 FGA).
7. Rose is averaging 21.5 field-goal attempts per game this season. That ranks him second in the NBA to Kevin Durant (23.0 FGA/G). The only other player who is averaging as many as 20 field-goal attempts per game this season is Monta Ellis (20.5).
8. The Knicks scored 70 first-half points on their way to a 120–112 victory last night in Chicago. It was the first time in almost 14 years (Dec. 17, 1996 vs. the Lakers) that the Bulls allowed at least 70 points in the first half of a home game.
9. Joakim Noah leads the NBA with an average of 14.8 rebounds per game. No Bulls player has finished a season as the league’s leading rebounder since Dennis Rodman in 1997–98. Noah has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in each of his last seven regular-season games (dating back to last season). That’s the longest current streak of its kind in the league; Luis Scola is second (4).
10. Taj Gibson has fouled out of 10 games over the last two seasons (including one this year). No other NBA player more than seven DQs over that span.