Why Can LeBron James Shoot Three-Pointers All Of A Sudden?

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In 2010-2011, LeBron James connected on 33.0% of his three-point attempts. In 2011-2012, that number jumped to 36.2%. This past regular season, it surged to 40.6%. In his recent piece on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry attributed LeBron's improvement (both in three-point field goal percentage and field … [Read more...]

Nuggets Use Clever Misdirection for Corner 3

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The Denver Nuggets lost to the Golden State Warriors last night, but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything worth noticing on Denver's side of the court. First of all, Ty Lawson was marvelous in scoring 35 points on 50 percent shooting and dishing out 10 assists. Second of all, one of those assists … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are borderline monomaniacal in their pursuit of shots at the rim. For the fourth time in George Karl's eight seasons as head coach, the Nuggets led the league in field goal attempts in the restricted area. The gap between Denver (3316 attempts, or 40.43 per game) and the team with … [Read more...]

The Quiet All-Around Brilliance of Al Horford

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Al Horford plays for the Atlanta Hawks, so he doesn't get nearly as much attention as he should. Horford plays on the same front line as Josh Smith, himself a wrecking ball of energy and athleticism wrapped in an enigma, so he is, to many, arguably not even the most interesting player on his own … [Read more...]

Marc Gasol Has a Full Bag of Tricks

Few NBA players own a piece of real estate on the court quite like Marc Gasol owns the elbows. Gasol has long been one of the league's smoothest operators from that natural pivot point, but since the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay in late January, Gasol has taken his game to a new level (15.8 points, 8.1 … [Read more...]

The Thunder Risked It All When They Traded James Harden And Their Risks Have Paid Off

While many national media members try to skew the Thunder's trade of James Harden into a Harden vs. Russell Westbrook situation, the truth is that the choice was between Harden and Serge Ibaka.  The choice the Thunder really made was one of basketball philosophy: they bet that two ball handlers and … [Read more...]

Knicks Shake Up Nuggets With Double Hand-off Play

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New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has never exactly been known as an offensive savant; he was, after all, the purveyor of Iso Joe for years in Atlanta. He brought that offense with him to New York last season after taking over for the departed Mike D'Antoni, but this season has seen a drastic … [Read more...]

Thunder Flip The Script With Westbrook Hand-off Play

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Earlier this season, the Thunder broke out a dribble hand-off play for Kevin Durant out of a horns set. They ran Durant off a staggered double pin-down screen, got him the ball on the move at the top of the key and trusted him to react to the defense and make the right decision with the ball. Last … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Knicks, Hornets, Lakers And The Hand-off Pick-and-Roll

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today, we’ve got … [Read more...]

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