LUKE WALTON ON THE LAKERS

“It’s about what we want to do, what we want to achieve and what we believe. Whether people say we’re the best or the worst, I don’t think that should influence our approach. It’s all about the inner belief we have in each other as a team and ourselves.”

BY THE NUMBERS

When I went to school, I was awful at Math.

Actually I’m pretty good at adding and subtracting to tell the truth.

We here at Play the Right Way like to promote the game. This season I will be charting and tracking two situations in the game.

Foul or defend is back: After taking a year off I decided to get back to following this late game situation. Here’s the deal – A team is up three with less than :07 to play. They are on defense, they have a choice; defend the ball or foul?

Second, I’m tracking assists to turnovers in each game.

Foul or Defend after three nights in the NBA:

The Pacers elected to defend on opening night against the Mavs. Harrison Barnes made them pay; he hit a three to tie and send the game into overtime.

Last night OKC hunkered down and checked; The Suns missed a three.

As for Assists to Turnovers, there’s been 25 games played thus far. The winning teams in 18 of those games have had the better “assists to turnovers” ratio. (More assists than turnovers) I love teams that share the ball. Who doesn’t?

So far, four teams have had more turnovers than assists. (Knicks, Nuggets, Raptors, and OKC) In last night’s game, the Thunder had 13 assists and 22 turnovers.

Five teams have had over 30 assists. (Warriors, Cavaliers, Pacers, Celtics, and Pelicans)

Boy if my third grade teacher can see me now…

#NumbersMatter