Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

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It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [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 Lakers’ Deadly Horns Set

While the season has been quite disappointing for the Lakers, there have been a couple of bright spots that have made this team fun.  They haven't been like many sub-.500 teams that look absolutely lost on offense. In fact, they have been running some very effective sets and it's helped their … [Read more...]

A Thorough Examination of Dwight Howard’s Defense Against the Heat

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Dwight Howard was the credited defender on an actionable play (FGA, FT or TO) four times last night, per the video tracking service mySynergySports. Heat players went 1-for-4 from the field on those plays. So, if we take only the plays credited directly to Howard, the Heat scored 0.25 points … [Read more...]

Lakers Use A Familiar Horns Play To Set Up New One

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Though Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is seen as something of the Godfather of the spread pick-and-roll, his team has been inserted more horns sets recently to take advantage of the excellent high post passing of Pau Gasol. On Christmas day against the New York Knicks, the Lakers used a familiar horns … [Read more...]

Peeling Back The Layers On Draymond Green’s Game Winner

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The Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat on the strength of a beautifully designed set play that was notable for multiple reasons. First, as Couper Moorhead of HEAT.com pointed out on Twitter, was that the Warriors actually ran the same exact set earlier in the game. The play the Warriors used … [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...]

Celtics Horns Pick-and-Roll Gives Rondo Options

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Watch just about any five-minute span of a Boston Celtics game and you're bound to see evidence of the incredible brilliance of Rajon Rondo as a passer in action. You're also bound to see Rondo running plenty of pick-and-rolls and/or pick-and-pops. Last season, he used 678 pick-and-roll plays … [Read more...]

Kobe Bryant And Carmelo Anthony Are Thriving As Passers

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Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, widely considered two of the NBA's most notorious gunners, are making things happen on offense with their passing. Obviously, each is still using their fair share of offensive possessions - Bryant currently ranks 7th in the league in usage rate and Anthony is 1st … [Read more...]

3-Point Play: Korver, Redick and Dunleavy Passing Off Pin-downs

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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