Okay, I've been talking about getting this done for some time, and finally I'm fully caught up on the data (which will last about 3 days probably thanks to the holidays).
It's not a debate thread in theory, though like the schedule thread there is plenty of room for it. However I'm really not looking for posts like "stats lie" and "plus-minus is a sham". We get it, you don't like numbers or these particular numbers. The thread title should have been the warning to stay away if it's not your thing.
What the thread WILL be, at least from my part, is a game by game listing of the +/-, occassionally the running totals or perhaps 5-10 game trends, and blurbs about the top and bottom 5 man groups in +/- and minutes for that game. Around the 20 game mark I also started noting when 5 man groups were brand new for the year, meaning they'd never played together this season.
Why do it? Well with the Saras debates people would go to the totals and ignore the fact that he started high and spent the rest of the year trending downward. It was pretty tough to find trends unless you were grabbing from 82G or Pacers.com on a daily basis, and even then there would be days without proper updates and then 3 games added to the total at the same time.
Also 82Games typically doesn't show anything but the top 20 5-man groups, and sometimes I like to know more. Finally I could start to pull those 2, 3 and 4-man packages at some point, however I haven't done that yet and might not get to it.
Disclaimer - I'm doing this in Excel and by hand mostly. I've already compared to Pacers.com and 82Games and we don't quite match up. They don't match each other either. I do check the minutes totals and make sure per game they look right, and generally speaking the totals are extremely close. Someone has errors/differences, and per the comparison of those 2 sites it's not just me.
One other note, I do +/- with PENDING FTAs put on the guy that was on court when the foul was committed, both for and against the Pacers. That might create some slight differences.
Okay, I'm going to do the game posts in order and it will take awhile. But to get it started with a taste of something relevent I'll put up the Knicks game version first, then copy it in its proper place later.