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Box Score Bulletin’: Oct. 11

Oct 10, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith (5) drives against San Antonio Spurs forward Derrick Brown (1) during the first half at the AT

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…

Thunder (0-1) 105 @ Rockets (1-0) 107

  • I can’t lie, when I saw Hasheem Thabeet’s 10 points in this game, I felt obliged to double check his career high, convinced that this was either it or very close. Sure enough, Hasheem Thabeet (one of the biggest busts in NBA Draft history), had amassed 10 points 3 other times in his career. Impressive? Not at all, for a former #2 pick. And we thought Darko was bad.
  • On the flip side, if the Thunder are hoping for a breakout candidate this season, they may want to invest more time on the underused (44 games for 7.2 minutes in 2 seasons) Cole Aldrich. In this game, Aldrich posted a double double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks.
  • On the Rockets side, there were a couple of very solid rookie debuts. Terrence Jones let the team in scoring with 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while Jeremy Lamb had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
  • The Rocket re-birth of Linsanity was fairly uneventful. Lin had 3 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in 20 minutes.
  • Kevin Martin was in midseason form, dropping 11 points in only 9 minutes. With this young roster, am I crazy to think Kevin Martin could make a run at the scoring title this season?

Pacers (0-1) 70 @ Timberwolves (1-0) 84

  • 70 points for the Pacers? Oh yeah, they shot 34.8% from the field (23-66).
  • No stat here, but did you know that Tyler and Ben Hansbrough are both on the Pacers roster? Well, you learn something every day.
  • Paul George led Indiana in scoring with 16 points. The next highest? D.J. Augustin, Ian Mahinmi and Sam Young with 6 each.
  • Brandon Roy’s much anticipated return to action resulted in 13 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. X-Factor, I’m telling you.

Raptors (1-1) 99 @ Pistons (1-0) 101

  • It was referred to by many here in Toronto today that it was Jonas Valanciunas day, as he made his debut against the Pistons. The verdict: 2 points and 2 blocks in 13 minutes.
  • The Raptors interior defense clearly needs work. They were outscored in the paint 60-24.
  • With no Kyle Lowry for the second preseason game, John Lucas went back to work again, dropping 16 points and 5 assists as a big spark off the bench. Through the first two games, he’s averaging 16.0 points on 13-22 (59%) shooting.
  • The Pistons were 0-13 from behind the arc.
  • This young center combination of Greg Monroe and rookie Andre Drummond could impress. Together they had 29 points (13-24 FG) and 17 rebounds (Drummond’s debut specifically was 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 23 minutes).
  • Brandon Knight was solid, posting 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Look for this kid to take a quick step forward.

Hawks (1-1) 99 @ Spurs (2-0) 101

  • You can shake your head all you want, but yes, Eddy Curry STARTED for the Spurs and had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes.
  • Who the heck is Nando de Colo? A guy that had 11 points, 9 assists and 2 steals. Also the guy that hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left in the game. Likely another Spurs gem that will make us all look silly in a couple of years.
  • Both teams shot exactly 8-18 (44.4%) from 3-point range.
  • Josh Smith had a very diverse 13 minutes with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block 2 turnovers and 3 personal fouls.
  • Atlanta outscored San Antonio 21-6 on fast break points.

Suns (0-1) 96 @ Kings (1-0) 102

  • Michael Beasley had a solid debut with the Suns, posting 14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes.
  • Oh hey Jermaine O’Neal, didn’t see you there with your 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and -15 rating.
  • New Kings addition James Johnson produced 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and a +16 rating.
  • Lottery pick Thomas Robinson’s debut: 29 minutes, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
  • DeMarcus Cousins (led the team with 21) got the line 13 times in this game.

Trail Blazers (1-0) 93 @ Lakers (0-2) 75

  • The big story of this game was the Blazers big time rookies. In beating the Lakers, Damian Lillard and Meyers Leonard combined for 24 points (10-15 FG), 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • Pau Gasol had a rough night shooting, going 3-12 from the field.
  • Gonzaga rookie Robert Sacre started at center and ended up with 8 points, 3 rebounds and a block in 21 minutes of action.
  • While Kobe and Dwight registered DNP’s, Steve Nash’s Laker debut included 13 points (6-9 FG), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

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