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...]

Knicks Create Options out of Double P&R

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While their series against the Boston Celtics saw the Knicks fall into isolation hell, they've mostly stuck with their spread pick-and-roll identity against the Pacers in the second round. The way Indiana defends the pick-and-roll, though, has kept the Knicks from breaking out offensively. Indiana … [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...]

Double Pick-and-Roll Pays Off

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Last night was a momentous one for pick-and-roll nerds. (All three of us) Another double P&R. All 4 teams tonight. — Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) May 1, 2013 At 1:07 AM Eastern, the Clippers became the fourth out of the four teams playing to run a double pick-and-roll. I counted six times this … [Read more...]

Post-ups Key in Pacers Game 2 Win

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The Indiana Pacers struggled to score throughout much of the regular season. By the end of January, they were registering only 98.9 points per 100 possessions, which would rank 27th in the league had it marked their full season effort, per NBA.com. For the next two months, though, the Pacers went on … [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: 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...]

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