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Let's take a look at the GameFlow line of one player. Here is Slava Medvedenko from the Clippers at Lakers game of Nov. 11. This shows his stints, or times in the game, and his time on the bench. The first purple bar with numbers shows that Slava started the game and scored 2 points with 3 HelpValue. HelpValue, or hv, is my shorthand for all stats other than points. This and other stats are explained in more detail below.
The gold bar shows that he left the game near the end of the period. Team colors are used to show a player's time in the game and out. You can always tell which is which by the numbers. Slava came back in the game at the start of the 2nd quarter and scored 8 with 3hv. After halftime, he played the entire 3rd quarter and had two separate stints in the 4th. At the end of the game it shows the minutes he played, PlusMinus (+/-), total points, and total hv. The two special numbers, +/- and hv are explained below.
This is Slava's line from the BoxScore page. The numbers after the name are his game totals, while the gray lines below detail his individual stints. These are hidden when you first bring up the BoxScore page unless you click on the player's name or the Show All Stints. Under the name in the first column is the period and time the stint began. The Min column then shows the minutes that stint lasted. I should note that I end stints at the quarter breaks, even if the player continues in the game. This gives a better view of how each quarter progressed for the team as a whole. At the end are stats that summarize the player's contribution.
HelpValue hv = rebounds + assists + steals + blocks - turnovers:
For example, the 3rd line down shows that Slava came into the game at 12:00, or the begining, of the 3rd quarter. We also see that he played all 12 minutes of the quarter, hit 3 of 4 shots for 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds (1 offensive), had 2 turnovers, and committed a foul. Out of his 8hv for the game, Slava got 2 for this stint, or (4+0+0+0-2)=2.
ProductivityValue prod = (points + hv) / min:
This is an average of how much the player contributed per minute. So a value of 1.00 means that, on average, the player had a point, rebound, assist, steal, or block, for every minute he was in the game, without making a turnover. Accoring to this his best stint was his stretch in the 2nd quarter. He scored 8 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in just nine minutes, or 11/9 = 1.22
Efficiency or MVP rating eff = (points + assists + rebounds + steals + blocks + field_goals + free_throws) - (turnovers + attempted_fieldgoals + attempted_freethrows):
This is a rating of total contribution, including shooting accuracy. In this example (20 + 0 + 10 + 1 + 0 + 9 + 2) - (3 + 16 + 6) = 17.
PlusMinus or +/-:
This shows how well the team did compared to the opponent while he was in the game. It is calculated by comparing the score when the player enterd the game to the score when the player left the game for each stint. In this case the Lakers outscored the Clippers by 7 while Slava was in the game. It should be noted that this is more a team stat than an individual one, but it is interesting to look at.
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