Tuesday, November 16, 2010
By Kevin Arnovitz
Neil Paine of Basketball Reference examines whether the Heat's inability to win close games against quality opponents says more about the team's long-term prospects than their capacity to destroy bad teams. One morsel: "In the NBA, dominating good teams is clearly the best indicator of postseason success. Teams that had more regular-season dominations (big wins over good teams) won 64.8% of their "final four" series, including 73.3% of their Finals matchups. But the second-most predictive attribute of "final four" success was having more stomps -- that is, destroying the league's weaker teams."
From ESPN Stats & Info: "[James] Jones has attempted 64 shots this season and 56 of them have come from beyond the arc (87.5%)." The only player within shouting distance of Jones is Indiana's James Posey. Can you name the next three players in line?