Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Introducing: The Skiles-O-Meter

No, it's not quite the statistical resource that Knickerblogger's stat page is, but I wanted to find a way to track what's going on in the world of Scott Skiles. So what I have been tracking is every rotation player's mpg over the course of the season. This allows one to see over time what players are falling in and out of favor with the coach.

One difference that I have implemented from the standard mpg is that when a player gets a DNP-SD(Skiles' decision), that is recorded as 0 minutes instead of not counting it as a game played (like it is when a player is suspended or injured).

I'll be updating this throughout the season, and hopefully it'll see that Gordon line spike up while the Duhon line falls. More on THAT in the future.

Smith Waived: One player who won't be in the Skiles-o-Meter will be rookie Tommy Smith, who after failing to get off the IR this season, was released today. January 10th is the day when all non-guaranteed contracts (Smith, Pargo, Duhon, Reiner) become guaranteed for the season, so its possible that after then Smith will be re-signed to a 10-day contract or two. The team also may look towards filling this roster spot externally, as there will be a few players around the league looking for work after this date.

Bulls beat Hornets: The Bulls eeked out a victory against the hapless New Orleans Hornets tonight, 95-89. With Eddy Curry back from his flu-induced absence, the Bulls were in control for much of the game. It got close at points, and the Bulls tried their damndest to blow it and cause me to scream at my radio (again, no Comcast). But the crunch-time of Curry,Chandler,Deng,Gordon and Hinrich got the job done. In case you forgot, that lineup has an average age of 21.6 years. A scary, but valuable experience for the youngins. Even though their opponent had 2 wins on the season, a close road victory should give them confidence for the upcoming 5 game homestand.