December, 23, 2009
By Henry Abbott
- An amazing tale of Rod Thorn and his remarkable father.
- Dan Feldman of PistonPowered on the Pistons, who lost "The Larry Brown Cup" to the Bobcats: "The Pistons aren’t a good team right now. We can debate all we want how much better they’ll be when fully healthy. But, for now, they’re nothing special."
- The Bobcats won that game despite turning the ball over a ton. They are league leaders in that category and it's not close.
- When LeBron James passes for the assist, who is he passing to? More than anyone else, according to this fancy pie chart, it's Anthony Parker. (Via Cavs the Blog)
- Zach Lowe of CelticsHub: "Classic. [Paul] Pierce was 0-of-9 over the first three quarters before erupting in the 4th. And the thing about Pierce is that he was still productive on offense -- or at least not unproductive -- over those first three quarters because of his determination to get to the line. Like I said, we’ve seen this movie before. For 12 years. Appreciate."
- Huge frontcourts can be punished by smaller, quicker, more skilled players like Carl Landry, as the Clippers found out.
- Rahat Huq of Red94: "Tracy McGrady ... had by far his best performance of the season, even coming close to a dunk on one occasion."
- Flip Saunders punishes the regulars with a benching, and it totally works.
- Bret Lagree of Hoopinion: "Kevin Love's offensive rebound rate: 26.9%. Atlanta's team offensive rebound rate: 29.5%" Paging Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Jason Collins, Joe Smith ...
- Dave from BlazersEdge on Joel Przybilla's knee injury: "What can you do at this point but shrug your shoulders and laugh? Not a funny laugh, mind you. It's the laugh you laugh when your house burns down and the fire truck that came to save you tips over on your new car."
- A real deal stat geek digs deep into the "who's the best clutch player" question, and looking at the 2008-2009 season comes up with a list that is topped by LeBron James, Brandon Roy, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.