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

LeBron Contested On Balance

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...]

The Grandeur Of Stephen Curry

While they may have lost in a backbreaking fashion, the Warriors showed much more than the inability to execute in crunch time Game 1 against San Antonio. To choke, a team has to have a fairly sizable lead, which Golden State shockingly did. This lead was primarily built on the strength of a … [Read more...]

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...]

Inside the Knicks Offense

Knicks Offense

This is Part Two of a deconstruction of the Knicks' offense in their series against the Boston Celtics. In Part One at Hardwood Paroxysm, we covered just what has happened to the offense from an overarching statistical perspective. Here, we're diving into exactly how and why it has happened with the … [Read more...]

Iso Heavy Offense Dooms Nets in Game 2

In their Game 1 victory over the Bulls, the Nets went 8-for-10 on isolation plays against one of the best isolation defenses in the league, per mySynergySports. Most of those isolation baskets came early in the shot clock (i.e. the first 10 seconds, where the Nets, like nearly all teams, score … [Read more...]

Start The Pick And Roll Farther From The Basket, New York

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So, 85-78. A win! That's good, for Knicks fans. But Boston's defense was strong and frustrated Carmelo Anthony, all while keeping the rest of the team relatively in check. And even though Boston's offense is, at times, inept, it's safe to assume they'll score more than eight points in the fourth … [Read more...]

Knicks Abandon Identity In Low Scoring Game 1 Victory

The Knicks may have won their initial game against the Celtics, but it was in a very ugly manner. The offense was disjointed and the pace slow--in short, they played right into Bostons' hands. Bostons' biggest advantage is their ability to muck up the game, use the fewest amount of possessions, and, … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: New York Knicks

Baseline Iso Drive

The New York Knicks went 3-1 against the Boston Celtics this season, handling them with ease in the final two matchups and splitting two other close games. But in their first round playoff series, we can safely expect the Celtics to tighten up their defense and raise their level of play by a few … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Oklahoma City Thunder

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There’s a reason why a keyword search for “Oklahoma City Thunder” only calls up two posts on HoopChalk, with one of them being a lesson in how to defend Kevin Durant. Unlike the Miami Heat—who have redesigned their offense from the ground up to maximize the abilities of their superstars—or the San … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Chicago Bulls

Caleb Nordgren is a proud Chicagoan, a journalism student at Michigan State University, the editor of Pippen Ain't Easy, a reporter for The State News and an avid Twitterer. He should probably get a life, one of these days. - Ed. The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls are a strange team. I don't really get … [Read more...]

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