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...]

Playoff Capsule: Miami Heat

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When the super friends joined forces in Miami, most expected their offense to be the primary driving force to the team's success. As it turned out, they soon received league-wide acclaim for their suffocating defense and that eventually became Miami's identity. This season, Miami has embraced a … [Read more...]

LeBron James Directing Flow Against the Magic

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LeBron James often does things on the basketball court that make it seem as though he is not of this world. LeBron's preposterous athleticism combined with his outrageous shotmaking ability momentarily fool us into believing he is not actually a human, but a robot programmed to perform high-level … [Read more...]

Heat BLOB and Bradley Misstep Dooms Celtics

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The Miami Heat's 23rd consecutive win – a 105-103 road victory over the rival Boston Celtics – will be remembered for many reasons.  LeBron James' massive slam on Jason Terry, his game-winning pull-up jumper with 10 seconds left, Jeff Green's from-nowhere 43 points, a short-handed Celtics team … [Read more...]

Defending Kevin Durant: A Tale of Two Halves and Styles

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Kevin Durant is hard to defend.  No, that's putting it lightly; guarding KD is damn-near impossible.  There's a reason – should he maintain his current pace – that Durant will become just the second player in NBA history to average at least 29 points per game while reaching the hallowed 50/40/90 … [Read more...]

Rejecting Ball Screens and Beating the “Down”

Today's NBA is defined by the ball screen-and-roll.  Every team runs several variations of it and has nuanced and still-developing ways of defending it, and games are won and lost on that action and its subsequent ramifications more than any other.  Making your shots and forcing the other team into … [Read more...]

Building A Template For How Rudy Gay Can Thrive As A Small Ball Power Forward

I wasn't a fan of the trade that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto when looking at it from Toronto's perspective. They won't be able to build through the draft (too good), they won't be able to build through free agency (log-jammed cap, it's Toronto), and the core they have now isn't good enough to really … [Read more...]

Heroball? Miami Uses Movement To Get A Wide Open Three In Ovetime

In overtime against Toronto, the Miami Heat needed a basket to keep them in the game down by four points.  They went to a simple yet effective set that used every one of their big four and led to a wide open Ray Allen three. Things start off with Dwyane Wade coming across the top of the key … [Read more...]

Should The Heat Use LeBron As A Pick-and-Roll Screener More Often?

Over the last three-plus seasons, LeBron James has shot 42-78 from the field and drawn 17 shooting fouls when finishing plays as a roll man in the pick-and-roll. He's registered 1.14 points per play (PPP) on 101 plays in that span, per mySynerySports.To put that number in perspective, consider that … [Read more...]

The 3-Point Play: Grizzlies, Heat and Hornets

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Welcome to The 3-Point Play, a new 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. This week, we've … [Read more...]

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