Kobe Bryant

Every Friday for the remainder of the NBA playoffs, I’m going to collect numbers that I think you might find interesting and post them without commentary. Inspired by the monthly “Harper’s Index” that Harper’s Magazine has published since 1984, these posts will hopefully enlighten, surprise, entertain and occasionally inflame you. When deemed necessary, I’ll include links to the source material. Note: One of the stats in each post will be made up — click on the source links to discover which one is fake.

- Consecutive playoff game-tying/game-winning field goal attempts missed by Kobe Bryant in the last 10 seconds of regulation or overtime: 5 1

- Date of Kobe Bryant’s last playoff game-tying/game-winning field goal in the last 10 seconds of regulation or overtime: 4/30/06 2

- Playoff series the Boston Celtics have played in since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the team: 12

- Number of playoff series since then where the Celtics have fallen behind 2-0 in games: 1

- Combined free throw attempts by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in first two games of Heat-Celtics series: 52

- Combined free throw attempts by entire Celtics roster in first two games of Heat-Celtics series: 40

- Consecutive losses by Dwyane Wade in Boston, including regular season and playoffs: 10 3

- Combined approximate payroll of the 12 Memphis Grizzlies who have played at least one minute in 2011 NBA playoffs: $46,289,009 4

- Percentage of that payroll assigned to Zach Randolph: 38.2% 4

- Career playoff coaching wins by Phil Jackson: 229 5

- Combined career playoff coaching wins by other seven coaches still active in 2011 NBA playoffs: 125 5

- Career playoff points scored by Shaquille O’Neal: 5,248 6

- Career playoff points scored by Kobe Bryant: 5,246 6

- Combined seasons of NBA experience among the seven Dallas Mavericks players with the most minutes played in these playoffs (including this season): 87 7

- Combined seasons of NBA experience among the seven Oklahoma City Thunder players with the most minutes played in these playoffs (including this season): 31 8

- Last year in which the Lakers lost the first two games of a playoff series at home: 1977 9

- Number of series in NBA playoff history where a team lost its first two home games: 18 10

- Number of times that team came back to win the series: 3 10

- Number of times Kevin Garnett has yelled “COME ON!” at his teammates in the 2010-11 NBA playoffs: 37 11

Sources

1. Chasing23.com; 2. ESPN.com; 3. Sun-Sentinel.com; 4. ShamSports.com; 5. Basketball-Reference.com; 6. Basketball-Reference.com; 7. Basketball-Reference.com; 8. Basketball-Reference.com; 9. Star-Telegram.com; 10. ESPN.com; 11. I made that one up.