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...]

Heat Putting Pressure on Milwaukee Pick and Rolls

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We all know how deadly that Miami Heat defense is against pick-and-roll ball handlers. Per mySynergySports, the Heat allowed handlers to score just 0.69 points per play (PPP), best in the league. They also forced turnovers on 30.9% of plays ended by a pick-and-roll ball handler with a shot, foul or … [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...]

Playoff Preview Capsules

The regular season is coming to a close this week, which means its just about playoff time. To help ring in the postseason, HoopChalk will be bringing you team-specific capsules for each and every team in the playoffs this season. The goal is to provide a breakdown of the ins and outs of each team's … [Read more...]

Jeff Green – From Operating Table to Dropping Buckets

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Jeff Green's story is truly a fantastic one. He was a rising talent with the young Oklahoma City Thunder, but an inauspicious twist of fate would put him on the operating table, jeopardizing not only his NBA career but his life. After signing a deal with the Boston Celtics, who originally drafted … [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...]

How To Beat Miami’s Pick And Roll Defense: Or, Tom Thibodeau, Offensive Genius

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A common refrain in evaluating Miami Heat losses focuses on rebounding. They can't rebound, they won't rebound, what have you - within which lies an assumption, grounded in nothing, that rebounds and victories are linked by causation, the former to the latter. Because in today's world of half-baked … [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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