Friday, December 7, 2012
By Kevin Arnovitz
- Rob Mahoney is getting pretty fancy with the dancing orbs and motion graphs to illustrate Scott Skiles' early-season experimentation with the Bucks' rotation.
- All 18 of the Knicks' 3-pointers from Thursday night.
- As Jeremy Conlin of HoopSpeak observes, you have a better chance of spotting a snowflake in Houston than a Rockets' long 2-point jumper.
- Detroit forward Tayshaun Prince was awfully close to leaving Detroit in the offseason. Over the season's first six weeks, he looks a lot like his old self. Patrick Hayes of The Detroit Free Press and PistonPowered: "I don’t know of many people who enjoyed watching Prince as the focal point of the Pistons offense the last few seasons. I also don’t know of many fans — myself included — who thought he’d willingly just go back to being more of a complementary player in the offense, but that has exactly what has happened. For better or worse, he’s allowed Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe sink or swim (and man, have they sunk at times) as the primary offensive options."
- Wizards owner Ted Leonsis insists the team will not rush John Wall back from injury: "We will be conservative with his well-being. We are in this for the long haul with John and only have his best interest in mind in overcoming this injury. We have brought in world class specialists in this field who John feels very comfortable with, as do we as a franchise. When John is pain free and the doctors say he is cleared to practice, then he will be on the floor."
- The Orlando Magic don't have a lot of firepower, but it's amazing what you can do with a nice go-to set in your back pocket. The Magic run a cool play with a lot wrinkles and strong second-side actions with smart reads to find Baby Davis an attempt at close range, often against a mismatch.
- Offensive rebounds, turnovers, getting to the line and effective field-goal percentage -- the four factors. Indiana Pacers: Learn it, live it.
- How to use semi-advanced stats to get the most protein for your buck at some of the nation's leading fast food establishments.
- Steve McPherson of A Wolf Among Wolves on J.J. Barea: "If there’s one thing Barea is as a player, it’s self-actualized. He does the aforementioned things well for and by himself, but the problem comes when we look at how his decision making affects the team as a whole."
- Not sure how I'd react if I went to a yoga session and was partnered up with Hawks big man Ivan Johnson for handstands. (Hat Tip: HawksHoop via Bret LaGree)
- Serge Ibaka fiction.
- Zach Harper and D.J. Foster talk a little Clippers basketball at CBSSports.com's NBA podcast. Harper will tolerate no critiques of Jamal Crawford on his air.
- As a kid, were you a fan of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series? If so, visit Bright Side of the Sun for Jim Coughenour's maze of counterfactuals surrounding the Suns of recent seasons.