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Ambassador To The Great State of Basketball

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Entering the season the Minnesota Timberwolves were a team with promise. Ricky Rubio, a darling of the league, and Kevin Love, a refined...

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2014 NBA Anti-Awards!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 | 2 comments

It’s time again for The NBA Anti-Awards! These awards (playfully) recognize some of the most miserable and discouraging statistical...

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How To Calculate RAPM

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 | 1 comment

The general concepts behind ESPN’s new stat, RPM, have been pretty well covered. Here’s their introductory post and here’s Kevin Ferrigan...

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Playoff Preview: Pacers-Hawks

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 | 0 comments

“Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is the Atlanta Hawks” – Kevin...

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Playoff Preview: Heat-Bobcats

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 | 0 comments

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, how many times do we need to go through this? It’s the Miami Heat. The analytic-minded,...

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Playoff Preview: Rockets-Trail Blazers

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments

If the adage “styles make fights” has any applicability to the NBA playoffs, the styles at play here will make for an...

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Playoff Preview: Thunder-Grizzlies

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 | 1 comment

The Memphis Grizzlies are the perfect “dark horse” team of the season. They’ve flown under the radar all year long. With injuries to Marc...

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More Shadows From the Bottom of the Valley

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments

A few weeks ago I took a long, uncomfortable look at what had been the worst single-game performances in this NBA season, according to...

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Has Philly Already Won the Lottery?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

The NBA played the final games of the regular season last night. For fans of the worst teams their long regional nightmare is over with...

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Is the #HardenFoul on the Brink of Revolutionizing Basketball?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 | 5 comments

You’ll witness a #HardenFoul multiple times in any given game for the Houston Rockets: the whistle blows with the referee motioning...

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Run It Back – Luck, Legacy and Letting Go Of What We Know

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 | 0 comments

The score is ten-ten, game to eleven, by one. One team passes the ball around the perimeter, drives and kicks to their best shooter, wide...

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Joakim Noah: Very Gifted

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Last week, USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt posted a combination examination of and interview with Bulls center Joakim Noah. In the interview...

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Two Sides of Tanking

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 | 2 comments

No doubt; there’s been a lot made of “tanking” in the NBA this season. The assertion that teams are losing on purpose...

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The Difference Between Performance And Skill

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 | 2 comments

It’s common knowledge in basketball analytics that the way to look at a team’s offense and defense is on a per possession basis; looking...

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Is ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus For Real?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 | 11 comments

This week ESPN rolled out a “new” statistic in its NBA toolkit. They call it Real Plus-Minus, or RPM. RPM is, essentially, the...

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2014 Hall of Fame: Who Can Say What’s Fair When The Curtain Is Pulled?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Only two former NBA players survived the mysterious gauntlet of judgment that is the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement...

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