The Finnish Wolfpack Are a Collectivistic Underdog

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By Harri Mannonen (@harrimannonen)  If ever, a Rudyard Kipling quote is now called for: “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of Wolf is the Pack.” The obvious reason is that Wolfpack – the nickname of the Finnish national team – are the first opponent of Team USA in FIBA … [Read more...]

Team Pick-and-Roll Defense: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Since today's NBA is such a heavy pick-and-roll league, being able to defend this play effectively has become almost equally as important as being able to run it. … [Read more...]

Why LaMarcus Aldridge Doesn’t Shoot Threes in the Blazers Offense

LaMarcus Aldridge takes a lot of mid-range jump shots. In 2013-14, nobody made or took close to as many. Even though he’s an excellent shooter from this distance, relative to league average, these are still not especially efficient shots. The equivalent 3PG% for Aldridge's midrange shots, in terms … [Read more...]

Mike Miller Utilizes Flare Screens

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At the age of 34, Mike Miller knows his illustrious basketball career is winding down. That’s a huge part of why Miller hitched his wagon to his friend LeBron James and decided to sign a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. Miller clearly wants another … [Read more...]

The Pelicans Hug Play

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Anthony Morrow is one of the most exciting players across the NBA. The teams that Morrow has played for -- the Warriors, Nets (New Jersey iteration), Hawks, Mavericks, Pelicans -- were going through down cycles when Morrow was a member of their roster. Now, having signed a 3-year/$10M contract with … [Read more...]

Starting Anew

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I started this site back before the 2012-13 season because I felt there was a massive need for a specialized play breakdown site in the wake of Sebastian Pruiti shutting down NBAPlaybook after his move to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Henry Abbott and Kevin Arnovitz and the TrueHoop Network agreed, and … [Read more...]

Monta Ellis – Dallas Mavericks’ Offensive Catalyst

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While the enchanting "Splash Brothers" charmed the NBA with their stupefying shooting touch last season, the Milwaukee Bucks' backcourt was on the opposite side of the spectrum. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings -- let's call them the "Brick Brothers" -- formed a lamentable duo of inefficient volume … [Read more...]

How will Marcin Gortat fit with the Washington Wizards offense?

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The Washington Wizards made a splash Friday afternoon by making Emeka Okafor a major part of a trade to the Phoenix Suns to obtain big man Marcin Gortat. With Okafor out indefinitely with a neck injury, the Wizards are trying to improve their team by getting a full season (as long as he stays … [Read more...]

Intellectual Theft: Brad Stevens

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13 NBA teams will be entering the 2013-2014 season with a new head coach. Each of those coaches will face unique challenges, but should be able to draw on a pool of experience from their previous jobs. Intellectual Theft is a series looking at some specific elements that each coach can bring from … [Read more...]

Intellectual Theft: Brian Shaw

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13 NBA teams will be entering the 2013-2014 season with a new head coach. Each of those coaches will face unique challenges, but should be able to draw on a pool of experience from their previous jobs. Intellectual Theft is a series looking at some specific elements that each coach can bring from … [Read more...]

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