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Box Score Bulletin’: Oct. 10

Oct 09, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) and Memphis Grizzlies guard Kyle Weaver (25) attempt to get a rebound during the second half at the United Center. Chicago defeats Memphis 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome all stat geeks! “Box Score Bulletin’” is sifting through, analyzing and summarizing all of the NBA box scores from the previous day and night, so you don’t have to! So sip your coffee and enjoy the good, the bad and the ugly…

Mavericks (1-1) 85 @ FC Barcelona (N/A) 99

  • I named O.J. Mayo as my “X-Factor” for the Mavs this season. Clearly, he’s backing up my claim with his 1 point (0-7 FG), 2 rebound, 2 assist performance. Mayo plays poorly = Mavs struggle. So far, true to form.
  • Vince Carter (5 pts, 5 rebs) managed to go -21 in only 22 minutes.
  • Chris Kaman posted a double double of 15 points, 10 rebounds.
  • This FC Barcelona squad has a lineup full of former (although underachieving) NBA players, including Sarunas Jasikevicius, Juan Carlos Navarro, Pete Mickeal, Ante Tomic and Nathan Jawai. How did these particular five guys do against the Mavs? 66 points (23-44 FG, 52%), 27 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks and +45.

Bucks (1-0) 97 @ Cavaliers (1-1) 80

  • With a limited offensive front court, get used to this kind of volume shooting from the Bucks back court. Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined to shoot 11-26 (42%) for 30 points. Thankfully, they did have 12 assists as well.
  • The #14 overall pick John Henson’s Milwaukee debut? 12 minutes, 6 points (3-8 FG), 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
  • The Cavs bench was pretty cold, shooting 14-41 (34%).
  • C.J. Miles and Kyrie Irving were the only Cavs in double figures with 18 and 16 points respectively.
  • Points in the paint: Bucks 48, Cavs 28.

Grizzlies (1-1) 88 @ Bulls (1-0) 92

  • The Grizzlies bench played the majority of the game as the starters (Gasol, Randolph, Gay, Allen, Bayless) only averaged 14.6 minutes in the game.
  • Jerome Jordan (yes, that Jerome Jordan) led the Grizz with 13 points.
  • There was Flip Murray sighting (26 minutes) in Memphis! He finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
  • The Bulls had 17 steals in the game, but shot only 2-14 (14%) from behind the arc.
  • Bulls starters (Boozer, Deng, Noah, Hamilton, Hinrich) finished the game with a +77 point differential.
  • For the Bulls, there was surprisingly good (Nazr Mohammed – 13 pts, 12 rebs) and surprisingly bad (Jimmy Butler – 1-11 FG, 9%)

Bobcats (1-1) 82 @ Hornets (2-0) 97

  • I’m really starting to think Byron Mullens will be a nice fantasy sleeper this year. After posting a 14 point, 6 rebound, 2 block effort in this one, he’s certainly got me thinking. But most impressive is the 4-8 from 3-point range. That from your center? I’ll take that 8 days a week.
  • Bismack Biyombo had a quietly satisfying game with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks. With enough minutes, anyone believing he could average over 2 per game this season?
  • Great production from Robin Lopez in this one: 18 points (8-12 FG), 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 blocks in 33 minutes.
  • All of Ryan Anderson’s (who came off the bench) points came via the 3-ball, as he went 5-6.
  • Rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers both started in this game and combined for 33 points and 13 rebounds on 15-31 shooting.

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