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Retrospecticus: A 2013-2014 Professional Basketball Yearbook

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 | 3 comments

As my post on Monday alluded to, Hickory-High has reached its end. But before we set off on our new adventures, we have one more big...

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Manu Ginobili: Finals X-Factor

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 | 0 comments

It’s a popular narrative to discuss just how close the Spurs came to their fifth title in the Pop-Tim era last year, and of course it...

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Projecting the 2014 NBA Draft

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 | 1 comment

There’s an overload of information when it comes to evaluating draft prospects. Prospect profiles galore, big boards, DraftExpress...

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OKC’s Backdoor Action and the Genius of Simplicity

Posted by on May 31, 2014 | 0 comments

What if being simpler meant being smarter? Over history in the NBA, this has far from held true, as the best offensive teams have been...

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Matt Bonner, Gregg Popovich and Situational Usefulness

Posted by on May 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Gregg Popovich’s bold move of starting Matt Bonner backfired, and Pop rectified his mistake, starting Boris Diaw in the second half.  ...

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A Boris By Any Other Name

Posted by on May 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Besides Stephen Curry (homer alert!) and LeBron James, Boris Diaw is my favorite player to watch and learn from in the NBA. The San...

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Run Ray Run

Posted by on May 26, 2014 | 0 comments

  Ray Allen, all 38 years of him, was the catalyst for Miami’s 4th quarter demolition of Indiana in Game 3. During that final...

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Miami’s Secret To Game 2 Victory: Less Pressure is Sometimes More

Posted by on May 24, 2014 | 0 comments

In many ways, the Miami Heat owe their victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Indiana Pacers to a simple defensive...

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Is this Heat Defense Going to Get it Done?

Posted by on May 23, 2014 | 0 comments

The recent struggles of the Indiana Pacers are no secret: they squeaked past an eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks who were without an All-Star,...

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Are Rookie Head Coaches With No Experience Kerr-sed?

Posted by on May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Let me apologize in advance for the awful Steve Kerr pun headline, I couldn’t help it. Anyway, the Golden State Warriors hiring of...

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The Anatomy of a Tired LeBron James Takeover

Posted by on May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

The Lance Stephenson Game turned into the Standard LeBron James Game pretty quickly last night. After a scintillating third quarter in...

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What’s Wrong with Chris Bosh?

Posted by on May 20, 2014 | 0 comments

After a nine-game cakewalk of a postseason up to this point, the Heat finally paid for their lack of consistent intensity Sunday...

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2014 Draft Prospect Similarity Scores

Posted by on May 19, 2014 | 3 comments

It’s time again for Hickory-High’s Draft Similarity Scores, a system I created to compare NBA draft prospects to those from previous...

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LeBron’s Lapses Lead to Loss

Posted by on May 19, 2014 | 1 comment

For a team that finished 23rd in offensive efficiency in the regular season and scored just 99.2 points per 100 possessions in the first...

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Draft Prospects on the Radar

Posted by on May 16, 2014 | 0 comments

With the NBA draft combine starting yesterday in Chicago I thought I’d unveil some draft prospect visualizations I created to help...

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Miami’s Rebounding Concerns

Posted by on May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

The Heat hit a speed bump in what had been an otherwise smooth postseason Saturday night, falling amid a storm of Brooklyn 3’s, including...

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