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

JUSTIN ANDERSON

Entering his second season with the Dallas Mavericks:

“I think the best thing for me is to kind of be mature about this process and figure out what this team needs me to do this year, and go out there and try to practice it and try to put some of these things into play. With that being said, also having a high level of aggressiveness. But at the same time, just doing it the right way. Just playing the game the right way is what I’m focused on.”

PTRW #781 TYSON CHANDLER

From Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle:

“He’s all about accountability. He wants to be pushed. He wants his teammates to be pushed, and he’s not afraid to push guys. That’s one of the great things about his personality. That’s why they loved him at USA Basketball in 2011. What he brings to us with his enthusiasm, with his wanting to be held accountable, holding his teammates accountable, general overall energy — there aren’t many guys that bring that on a consistent basis the way he does.”