PLUS/MINUS vs. OREGON
Comment: Every once in awhile, Amit has these moments, or even entire games, when he just empties out the toolbox and becomes a one-man defense shredder. Just about everytime his defender took a stance against him, he had a move or a countermove that left the defender looking silly. And just when the defenders thought they had the angles cut off, he'd hit a medium range jumper or a three-pointer.
Credit has to be given to the Cal coaching staff for studying the opposition. In both the Stanford and the Oregon game, on numerous occasions, the opposing coaching staff would signal an offensive set to the point guard. The player bringing the ball upcourt would then signal the set/play to the rest of the team. And a second or two after that, Cal's lead defender (whoever was guarding the player bringing the ball upcourt) would repeat the signal so that the rest of the defense would understand what the opposition would be trying. And it must be working because the offensive possession eventually, on most occasions, fell apart, and the past two games have been two of Cal's strongest defensive games of the year.
First vs. Second Half (minimum 2 minutes)
First Half Top - Joe Shipp (41-30) and Amit Tamir (39-28), +11
Second Half Top - Richard Midgley (45-39), Amit Tamir (45-39), Gabriel Hughes (13-7), Joe Shipp (41-35), and Conor Famulener (18-12), +6
First Half Bottom - Conor Famulener - 11-13, -2
Second Half Bottom - A.J. Diggs - 21-26, -5
Difference Makers of the Game
With Amit Tamir in 38 minutes, 84-67, +17
Without Amit Tamir in 2 minutes, 4-5, -1
With Joe Shipp in 37 minutes, 82-65, +17
Without Joe Shipp in 3 minutes, 6-7, -1
With Gabriel Hughes in 13 minutes, 28-16, +12
Without Gabriel Hughes in 27 minutes, 60-56, +4
Midgley, Tamir, Wethers, Hughes and Shipp in 10:35 - 22-9, +13
All other combinations in 29:25 - 66-66, 0
Comment: The starting line-up was +7 (9-2, 4:09) in the first half and +6 (13-7, 6:26) in the second half.
Double Point Guards
With Diggs and Midgley in 7:58, 23-29, -6
With Diggs or Midgley in 32:02, 65-43, +22
Comment: Diggs and Midgley were on the floor together for 3:51 of the game's final 3:53 during which the team went -4 (12-16). In the first half, the two were on-court together for 1:07.
*Points per minute scored by Cal while player was on the court.
Comment: Despite two long offensive dead spots -- 10 points in 7:05 during the first half and 4 points in 6:00 during the second half -- the team had strong offensive halves of 43 and 45 points
*Points per minute scored by opponent while player was on the court.
Comment: In a game like this, where a team has a couple of short runs to get out to a good lead, but spends the last 7 to 10 minutes trying to protect the lead with most of its starters in the game, it's not all that unusual for role players or players who see limited playing time top this list. Bond's had a +6, a +7, and a +8 during his past three games -- with two of those games being against Stanford and Oregon. It looks like he's hurdled the first-half jitters that plagued him earlier this season and he's put together six straight good halves.
Description: This stat measures the significance of a player's contribution to the team's effort. If a team wins by 10 points, and a player plays in half of the team's minutes, his expected contribution would be a +5. For example, Cal defeated Grambling by 19 points. Brian Wethers played 28 minutes or 70% of the game. If we multiply 70% x +19, Wethers' expected contribution would be a +13.30. But for the game he was a +26, so his net for the game for a +12.70. In a perfect team situation, if everyone contributed equally, the difference column would consist of a row of zeros. At some point in the future, I'll go into more detail about what this stat means. Each game, the top three players will be in blue. Special thanks to GldnBr71 for suggesting this.
|Hughes, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||10:35||22||9||+13|
|Diggs, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||3:51||12||16||-4|
|Bond, Diggs, Paris, Shipp, Tamir||3:38||8||5||+3|
|Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||2:47||4||2||+2|
|Midgley, Paris, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||2:40||4||6||-2|
|Diggs, Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir||2:18||7||6||+1|
|Bond, Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir||2:06||5||2||+3|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Shipp, Tamir||1:58||2||4||-2|
|Bond, Famulener, Midgley, Tamir, Wethers||1:57||4||4||0|
|Diggs, Famulener, Hughes, Shipp, Wethers||1:50||4||5||-1|
|Diggs, Famulener, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||1:50||2||4||-2|
|Famulener, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||1:23||3||2||-1|
|Diggs, Paris, Shipp, Tamir, Wethers||1:12||4||0||+4|
|Diggs, Midgley, Paris, Tamir, Wethers||1:07||2||3||-1|
|Hughes, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||0:28||2||2||0|
|Paris, Shipp, Smith, Tamir, Wethers||0:20||3||2||+1|
Comment: Beginning with the 3:53 mark of the second half, Braun rotated Diggs and Bond on a couple of possessions, but then settled upon a lineup of Diggs, Midgley, Shipp, Tamir and Wethers for the final 3:39. The point totals for that particular line-up are inflated because of the numerous fouls and free throws that took place towards the end of the game. This fouling at the end of games business has long gotten out of hand. While it extends drama, allows the TV and radio to jam in a few extra commercials, it makes for some fairly horrible basketball. After say, the 12th team foul, maybe the team that gets fouled should be able to choose which player (who's currently in the game) should get to shoot free throws.
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