March, 26, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- A strong case that NBA teams trailing in close games should foul earlier.
- The Celtic defense experiments with the tactic of overloading the side of the floor with the ball.
- John Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds tool is full of information. As of today, the 10 teams that most commonly win this season's NBA title, as played out by the simulator based on smart inputs, in order: Magic, Cavaliers, Jazz, Lakers, Suns, Spurs, Nuggets, Hawks, Celtics and Blazers. I love how this is counterintuitive. Almost nobody can argue with the thought behind the analysis, and yet almost nobody would have come up with that list in that order.
- There has always been a lot of whispering in NBA circles about how Tyreke Evans chose his agent. Today, his agent tells his version.
- Yes, we can all be as tall as NBA players.
- Now that they're almost certainly not going to the playoffs, should the Rockets tank? They benched key players and lost to the Clippers last night, amid talk of fighting on valiantly. Rahat Huq, of Red94, has the gut reaction to play to win. "But then," he writes, "I quickly remember how we lost out on Brandon Roy due to that meaningless win in Denver in 2006, when Jeff Van Gundy inexplicably played Juwan Howard and David Wesley heavy minutes down the stretch to secure the win, a crime for which I will never forgive him. Any time the issue of late-season strategy arises, this game should be referenced. It was one of the most fateful nights in Rockets history -- a true game-changer."
- The D-League's 15 minutes of fame have begun.
- Madrid manages to beat mighty Barcelona.
- Is there a better use of the Suns' money than to re-sign Amare Stoudemire?
- Matt McHale of By the Horns on the Bulls last night: "I’ve seen more fight in preseason games. I’ve seen more fight during a game of checkers. I’ve seen more fight during Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies. I’ve seen more fight during a nap."
- Long after that LeBron James confiscated videotape controversy, a funny photoshop job.