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...]

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...]

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...]

How the Red Mamba’s Venom Slowly, Painfully Killed the Grizzlies In Game One

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He might not have led his team in scoring, but Matt Bonner (a.k.a. the Red Mamba) certainly caused some dismay to the Memphis Grizzlies in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Sunday evening, our favorite ginger mamba since Brian Scalabrine (White Mamba) stretched the Grizzlies' defense and … [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

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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...]

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...]

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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