Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett

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.

- Number of minutes Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum played together for the Lakers in the 2010-11 regular season: 3 1

- Number of minutes that lineup played together for the Lakers in the 2011 playoffs: 25 2

- Net Rating (difference between points scored per 100 possessions and points allowed per 100 possessions) of that lineup in 2011 playoffs: -16.1 2

- Number of times 2010-11 Celtics lost in 22 regular season games when Shaquille O’Neal played at least 20 minutes: 3 3

- Rank of Jason Collins and Mike Bibby in the 2011 playoffs, respectively, in lowest Player Efficiency Rating (PER) in a playoff year since 1947 among players with at least 200 post-season minutes: 1st, 2nd 4

- Chris Bosh’s field goal percentage in 125 minutes played against the Celtics when Kevin Garnett was on the court in 2010-11 regular season: .678 5

- Bosh’s field goal percentage in 21 minutes played against the Celtics when Kevin Garnett was on the bench in 2010-11 regular season: .250 5

- Bosh’s field goal percentage in 158 minutes played against the Celtics when Kevin Garnett was on the court in 2011 playoffs: .422 6

- Bosh’s field goal percentage in 34 minutes played against the Celtics when Kevin Garnett was on the bench in 2011 playoffs: .286 6

- Rank of Indiana Pacers among 30 NBA teams in home attendance in 2010-11 regular season: 30th 7

- Approximate average increase in Pacers ticket prices from this season to 2011-12 season, as a percentage: 9 7

- Fourth-quarter points scored per game by LeBron James in 2011 playoffs: 7.2

- Fourth-quarter points scored per game by Paul Pierce in 2011 playoffs: 5.4

- Fourth-quarter points scored per game by Kobe Bryant in 2011 playoffs: 4.3

- Difference between Michael Jordan (first all-time) and Allen Iverson (second all-time) in career playoff points per game: 3.7 8

- Number of playoff series played in by teams coached by Phil Jackson: 65

- Number of times those teams swept the opposing team: 17

- Number of times those teams were swept by the opposing team: 1

- Likelihood of Paul Pierce being satisfied with potentially coming off the bench for the Celtics next season, as a percentage: 0 9

Sources

1. @johnschuhmann; 2. NBA.com StatsCube; 3. Basketball-Reference.com; 4. Basketball-Reference.com; 5. NBA.com StatsCube; 6. NBA.com StatsCube; 7. IndyStar.com; 8 Basketball-Reference.com; 9. I made that one up.