March, 5, 2013
By Henry Abbott
- Brian Robb of CelticsHub: "The C’s are taking better care of the ball than ever which leads us to an important question … was Rondo the C’s biggest turnover problem? The short answer is yes, yes he was. Outside of Pablo Prigoni and Earl Watson, Rondo had the highest turnover rate for any rotation point guard in the NBA this year, giving the ball away to the opposition a whooping 22.6 times per 100 possessions. For some perspective, other elite point guards generally have turnover rates in the low teens or even single digits. They value the ball extremely well…while Rondo hasn’t shown the ability or inclination to do the same. There were plenty of reasons why the C’s offense has struggled over the past couple years, but Rondo’s tendency to lose the ball is at the top of the list of factors."
- Key observations from video analysis of Daryl Morey's pingpong victory over Jeremy Lin (for instance, Morey has a ritual before serving, and a discreet fist pump action after scoring) from Jason Gallagher at Ballerball. I'd add a seventh observation: He dressed to win. Lin's in a button-down; Morey's all high-performance wicking fabrics.
- Corey Brewer floats a lovely alley-oop pass to Andre Iguodala.
- Ben Alamar was once the Thunder's stat guy, has now written a book, and tells Grantland's Zach Lowe about the decision to draft Russell Westbrook. Brook Lopez was the other major candidate.
- Tim Duncan, returning to form?
- Utah's in a dog fight for a playoff spot, and missed two great looks at the end of regulation, then lost in overtime to the Bucks. Ouch.
- Isiah Thomas writes for CNN.com about how basketball can inspire peace on the streets of Chicago: "We need to teach our young people that respect is given and never taken, that reputation comes from doing honest work and not hard time. They need to know the only group worth being a part of requires giving back through teamwork. ... It can be the crucial difference for thousands of young people, whose only knowledge of a structured organization comes from gangs. Over the years, sports and play have broken down racial and cultural barriers. We believe that once kids who might be at risk get to know each other and play sports together, the murder rate will drop."
- One of the NBA's best plays.
- Watch the Hawks do a nice job of getting the Laker defense very stressed out about Kyle Korver. Once the defense is sweating Korver, a flood of opportunities arise for big men to get lightly contested layups, dunks and short jumpers. It's a textbook example of attacking where the defense is weak. But for a slight Laker adjustment and Josh Smith bobbling a catch, it almost won the game for the Hawks.
- A sky-is-falling moment for the Raptors, complete with Michael Beasley comparisons for Rudy Gay (who hasn't shot above 50 percent since his first game as a Raptor). And a GIF Andrea Bargnani doesn't want you to watch.
- Oh I love this topic. So when the ball leaves your hands, do you watch the rim or the ball? Most coaches want your eyes locked on the rim, but there are resistors, like Magic Johnson. Assessing several current NBA players.
- Sounds like Robert Swift story has taken a serious turn for the sad.
- Stan Van Gundy talks to WarriorsWorld about research at MIT Sloan showing David Lee is a poor interior defender: "He didn’t get a great review on that panel. Look, that has never been David Lee’s strength. If you’re going to evaluate David Lee strictly as a defender, yeah, he’s not very good. But it’s like every player, everybody has strengths and weaknesses. You’d like to see David Lee be better there but he’s a tremendously skilled offensive player, he rebounds the basketball, he’s an unselfish guy, he’s a guy of high character, so you’ve gotta take the bad with the good. And I think in putting together a basketball team you have to decide what’s important to you and what you can get on the market and everything else. And I think what the Warriors looked at is, 'Well, we’re gonna have Andrew Bogut.' So, Andrew Bogut is going to be protecting the basket and that’s not really what David Lee is built to do. Now what they’ve had to do is play David Lee significant minutes as the center because of the injuries. A lot of times they go small when they’re playing Harrison Barnes at the four, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack. David is going to have problems, that’s just not what he does well. The study is right, and if that’s all you were looking at on David Lee you can disparage him, but that’s just not at all who he is. He does a lot of other very good things."
- Andrew Han of ClipperBlog on the Clippers' salary cap situation: "Just the logistics of Los Angeles’ payroll would suggest that a trade might be the most viable option this offseason. And their three viable trade assets would be Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler as an expiring contract. But, for reasons asserted above, essentially any trade would have to return either multiple value assets/players (i.e. rookie contracts or undervalued players) or a player on a large contract of exceeding value (max contract type players). Any player swap that results in the same number of players at a comparable aggregate price for the Clippers really does not change the outlook of roster under the new CBA."
- Does a good screen deserve a box score stat?