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BOSTON CELTICS ARE WELL POSITIONED TO WIN THE NBA FINALS, ACCORDING TO THE LENOVO STAT

   

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – APRIL 30, 2008: With the best record in the NBA during the 2007-08 regular season, the Boston Celtics featured the most effective five-man player combination in the league and are well positioned to win their first championship in 22 years, according to the Lenovo Stat on NBA.com.

The Lenovo Stat, a plus/minus statistic that demonstrates the power of teamwork by analyzing the most effective combinations of players on each team, revealed the five-man lineup of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo to be the most powerful on the court with a Lenovo Stat ranking of +396.   

The New Orleans Hornets followed with the NBA’s second best Lenovo Stat combination, which included Peja Stojakovic, Morris Peterson, Tyson Chandler, David West and Chris Paul (+256).  The Detroit Pistons finished third with Antonio McDyess, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince accumulating a Lenovo Stat ranking of +240.  Notably, the Los Angeles Lakers who entered the NBA Playoffs as the number one seed in the Western Conference finished with three different Lenovo Stat player combinations in the top 10.

Lenovo and the NBA unveiled the Lenovo Stat at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.  It is a plus/minus statistic that calculates the point differential when a player, or combination of players, is in the game to see what effect they have on the team.  The Lenovo Stat demonstrates the best-engineered combination of teammates on the court for every NBA game and is available on NBA.com and NBA TV at the end of each game.

 

TOP 10 LENOVO STAT RANKINGS FOR 2007-08 NBA REGULAR SEASON

 

Team

Five Player Combination

Plus/Minus

1. Boston Celtics

Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Perkins, Rondo

+ 396

2. New Orleans Hornets

Stojakovic, Peterson, Chandler, West, Paul 

+ 256

3. Detroit Pistons

McDyess, Wallace, Prince, Hamilton, Billups

+ 240

4. Golden State Warriors

Jackson, Harrington, Biedrins, Ellis, Davis

+ 152

5. Phoenix Suns

Hill, Stoudemire, Marion, Bell, Nash

+ 145

6. Los Angeles Lakers

Bryant, Odom, Walton, Bynum, Fisher

+ 106

7. Toronto Raptors

Bosh, Moon, Parker, Bargnani, Calderon

+ 105

8. Los Angeles Lakers

Bryant, Odom, Gasol, Radmanovic, Fisher

+ 101

9. Orlando Magic

Howard, Lewis, Turkoglu, Nelson, Evans

+  97

10. Los Angeles Lakers

Bryant, Odom, Gasol, Walton, Fisher

+  83

 

Last season, the first year the NBA utilized the Lenovo Stat, the Houston Rockets featured the most effective five-man combination in the NBA, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns

“The Lenovo Stat continues to be an extremely effective tool for measuring the efficiency of various player combinations on the court throughout the year,” said Michael Gliedman, senior vice president and chief information officer, NBA.  “Lenovo has consistently been innovative, creating new ways to infuse technology into the game of basketball and enhancing the overall NBA experience.”  

As the Official PC Partner of the NBA, Lenovo PCs provide the league with a streamlined and consistent computing platform to support more secure, productive and accurate operations.  The NBA utilizes Lenovo personal computers in all 29 arenas to support the 1,300 basketball games that are played during the regular season and Playoffs.  Lenovo PCs used courtside and at the Official Scorer’s Table will record more than 275,000 points, 140,000 rebounds and more than 59,000 assists by the end of Playoffs.  For those fans watching from home, Lenovo touch screen notebooks will record more than 675,000 statistical events in real time to NBA.com, the league’s 30 team Web sites, NBA TV and thousands of media around the world.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE:0992) (ADR:LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers.  Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets.  Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide.  Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.