March, 8, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- Hoops for St. Jude, featuring Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, David Lee, Steve Blake, Rudy Gay, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, George Karl and the like, is one of the most relentlessly positive causes on the planet.
- John Hollinger (Insider) on Knick Toney Douglas: "He's not a natural point guard and he's a bit small for the 2, but at either spot he guards like crazy (witness the Orlando game last week, when Chris Duhon could barely get the ball across half court against him). Additionally, the Melo trade may benefit him by allowing him to play off the ball and spot up for 3s more, something he does quite well. He already has three 20-point games since the trade and he had only four such games before the trade."
- Zach Lowe as Blake Griffin. Good call. Somebody stick Baron Davis in an affordable midsized sedan for that man to leap.
- Patrick Hayes of PistonPowered makes a point that I think Daryl Morey and Jeff Van Gundy would agree with: "Van Gundy and Morey think McGrady could’ve been one of the best ever, and he won’t live up to that level. But so what? McGrady has had a fantastic career and achieved the means to do positive things in the world. There’s nothing wrong with the obsessive drives to win titles of players like Isiah, Jordan or Bryant. But there’s also nothing wrong with talented basketball players who love the game, but love other things as well."
- The last time LeBron James seemed out-of-whack in the regular season, he scored 29 of Cleveland's final 30 in an overtime Game 5 road win in Detroit.
- Wayne Winston's numbers say Steve Nash is an MVP candidate this year.
- Blazers extend the contract of coach Nate McMillan two more years, as I learned from the owners' Twitter account. McMillan's decision to stay with that team is the first real public vote of confidence in that team's ownership since Pritchardgate.
- Incredibly fun: Watching Arron Afflalo these days. Bummer: That he's likely sidelined with a bothersome hamstring.
- Dean Oliver has numbers suggesting that to beat the Heat, it's most important to keep the ball away from Dwyane Wade, which makes sense to J.A. Adande.
- "He's the only opinion." Guess who that comment is about.
- The suggestion that Grizzlies vs. Blazers could be "must watch."
- Mark Cuban gave Sebastian Pruiti's NBA Playbook a nice shoutout from the podium at Sloan. And today Pruiti profiles a couple of nice plays from a Maverick game.
- Matt Scribbens of Hoopdata: "Anyone who follows the Association knows the Heat are 5-13 (that's a better winning percentage than Green Bay's 2-6 for those who are counting) in games decided by five points or less. But did you know Miami is 3-1 in games decided by six points? 3-0 in games decided by seven points? How about 4-1 in games decided by eight points? They have also won two overtime games on the road by more than five points. Their record is 38-7 in games decided by six points or more. Those games obviously aren’t as close as a five point game, but you get the idea."
- The dog fight at the top of the East standings seems to be down to two teams: Celtics and Bulls.
- New data suggests catch-and-shoot attempts are even more valuable than most people thought, and way more valuable than shots off the dribble. That would seem to put a premium on crisp ball movement, and to explain why that smart Celtics team shoots so many long 2-pointers, which are normally considered inefficient shots. More on teams that shoot better on the catch.
- Wow, of the NBA's top 30 players according to PER, only nine are in the East, and that's after Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony moved.
- A man with a dog named "Hakeem" creates an artistic homage to Brad Miller.
- Apparently crooked clock operation in Lithuania: An insult to sports.
- When Dwight Howard makes his case for MVP, last night's loss to Portland in his absence is one factor to consider.
- If Andrea Bargnani was hot, I'd hate to see cold.
- You've got to watch grumpy Stan Van Gundy in this nice little video.