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All-Star Boxscore Breakdown!

Posted by Neil Paine on February 16, 2009

Boxscore Breakdown time! Well, kinda. I mean, I'm not going to take what was a fun and enjoyable showcase game for the league and break it down to our usual level of microscopic detail, but I did think it would be interesting to run our usual game numbers on the ASG. Because even meaningless exhibitions deserve the full treatment here at BBR.

All in all, it was a entertaining game -- a one-sided affair, but entertaining nonetheless. Kobe and Shaq reunited to great effect, as the hometown Big Saguaro was the star of the evening with his pregame dance & his many dunks; the guys came out hustling in the first half, which was refreshing; LeBron previewed his Slam Dunk Contest form for next year's event (you know he can match Dwight's raised-rim dunk from Saturday night); and we found out that size does matter when the East got completely dominated down low. But most importantly, even in the blowout a good time was had by all (except maybe scoreless Joe Johnson... and jobless Terry Porter, of course).

Before we run the numbers, first let me say, man, Kevin Durant is making me eat my words -- and I'm having a lot of fun watching him do it! 46 points in the Rookie Challenge, a stirring comeback in HORSE/GEICO (ugly trick-shot attempts notwithstanding)... Plus, I'm pretty sure KD would have given Daequan Cook all he could handle in the 3-point shootout; did you see some of those treys in HORSE? Wow. My only explanation? I guess I sorta reverse "stat-cursed" him back in November. So you're welcome, Kevin.

Anyway, here are the numbers from last night's game:

4 Factors Pts Poss eFG%  TOr  OR%  FTr  ORtg
---------+---+----+----+----+----+----+-----
East      119  113 51.0 16.0 25.0 17.0 105.5
West      146  113 63.2 12.4 32.4 11.3 129.4
---------+---+----+----+----+----+----+-----
Player           Tm   Pos  Min Poss PPrd  ORtg  %Pos DRtg  Flr%  Stop Stop%
----------------+----+---+----+----+----+------+----+-----+-----+----+------
LeBron James     East SF    27 19.2 18.3  95.7  30.2 132.1 0.423  3.9 0.305
Kevin Garnett    East PF    19  7.4 11.3 153.1  16.5 133.8 0.729  2.4 0.265
Dwight Howard    East C     28 12.3 12.9 105.2  18.7 123.4 0.535  6.8 0.517
Allen Iverson    East SG    16  4.8  3.4  69.8  12.8 129.0 0.336  2.9 0.382
Dwyane Wade      East SG    27 14.6 19.3 132.2  23.0 126.0 0.613  5.8 0.455
Joe Johnson      East SG    22  7.9  0.0   0.0  15.3 135.9 0.000  2.2 0.213
Rashard Lewis    East PF    21  6.6  7.1 107.2  13.4 130.6 0.487  3.4 0.341
Paul Pierce      East SF    20 12.4 16.7 133.9  26.5 123.7 0.620  4.8 0.511
Ray Allen        East SG    18  9.3  7.9  84.8  22.0 133.6 0.419  2.3 0.268
Devin Harris     East PG    17  4.9  5.5 111.5  12.3 135.9 0.553  1.7 0.213
Mo Williams      East PG    17 11.4 13.4 117.4  28.5 134.7 0.503  1.9 0.242
Danny Granger    East SF    11  2.0  2.0 102.2   7.8 120.0 0.501  3.1 0.600
----------------+----+---+----+----+----+------+----+-----+-----+----+------
Amare Stoudemire West PF    25 12.4 17.1 138.1  21.1 112.2 0.675  4.1 0.349
Tim Duncan       West PF    18  6.2  5.8  94.1  14.7 103.2 0.467  4.7 0.559
Yao Ming         West C     12  3.8  1.7  45.0  13.5 104.4 0.225  3.0 0.532
Kobe Bryant      West SG    29 18.9 23.9 125.9  27.8 100.2 0.568  8.6 0.629
Chris Paul       West PG    29 16.2 21.5 133.1  23.7 100.2 0.656  8.6 0.630
Brandon Roy      West SG    31  7.0 12.8 182.8   9.6 111.0 0.907  5.5 0.376
Tony Parker      West PG    20 11.1 13.1 117.8  23.7 101.3 0.585  5.7 0.605
Chauncey Billups West PG    19  7.5  5.9  78.5  16.7 107.5 0.336  4.1 0.460
Pau Gasol        West PF    17  7.5 13.1 175.9  18.7  97.9 0.825  5.5 0.685
Dirk Nowitzki    West PF    14  4.6  7.0 151.9  14.0 113.5 0.717  2.1 0.317
David West       West PF    14  3.9  5.3 134.4  12.0 104.7 0.669  3.5 0.525
Shaquille O'Neal West C     11 11.7 16.0 137.1  45.1 108.3 0.695  2.3 0.441
----------------+----+---+----+----+----+------+----+-----+-----+----+------

There's really not a whole lot more to say about an exhibition-game blowout like this, except that it was nice to see 37-year-old Shaq channel the Big Aristotle of old, throwing down a number of big slams on the East (especially with Rashard Lewis out there), connecting on no-look full-court outlet passes, etc. The '09 Suns haven't been the same team as in past seasons, but Shaq seems rejuvenated this year and he was determined to put on a good show for the Phoenix fans, reminding us all that there was a time when he truly was the best player in the NBA.

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