HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — The new NBA.com/Stats site is great for lots of things. One of them is the ability to verify (or deny) a thought that might come to your head while watching a game.
Example: Joe Johnson drains a three to send the Bucks-Nets game into overtime and then hits the game-winner at the OT buzzer. Your thought: “Gee, it feels like Joe Johnson has been pretty clutch this season.”
So you go straight to NBA.com/Stats (the site actually updates within 15 minutes of the final buzzer) and head to the Player Clutch page (Hover over the “League” menu, click on “Stats By Player” and then click on the “Player Clutch” button).
The default filters for clutch stats are Last 5 Minutes, Ahead or Behind, and 5 Points. So we’re looking at stats accumulated in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime, with a score differential (either way) of five points or less.
If you change the filters from “5 Minutes” to “1 Minute” and from “5 Points” to “3 Points,” you get some different results. Now, if you click on “FGM” to sort by the most buckets in that situation, you see Johnson’s name right there under Kyrie Irving. And you see that Johnson is an incredible 9-for-10.
And if you work for NBA.com, you send an e-mail to your fantastic multimedia department, and they put together a sweet montage of those nine clutch buckets, which you can see above.