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Archive for February, 2009

Calling It Quits On a Top-3 Pick

9th February 2009

2/7/2009 - CHA trades F Adam Morrison & G Shannon Brown to LAL for F Vladimir Radmanovic.

What a fall from grace for Adam Morrison.

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Layups: 82games Tracks Game-Winning shots

8th February 2009

82games is one of our very favorite sites on the interwebs, and its proprietor Roland Beech has put together another great piece of research for his latest article... In an earlier piece, Roland looked at game-winning shots from 2004 to 2006, but now he has almost 3 more seasons (and postseasons) worth of data tracked, so he figured it was time to check back in and take another look at the leaders in game-winning shots. And we're definitely glad he did. For instance, now we can see that Kobe Bryant has hit 50% (league average is 28.3%) of his playoff game-winners in that span, Carmelo Anthony has the best overall FG% of anyone attempting >20 GWS, and LeBron James leads all players with 17 total game-winners since 2003-04.

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Layups: NBA Revokes LeBron’s Triple-Double

6th February 2009

If it's NBA statistical news, we're all over it here at the BBR blog. This time, it's Ball Don't Lie with the revelation that LeBron didn't actually haul in what was at the time credited as his 9th rebound in Wednesday night's game between the Cavs and Knicks. If you recall, Ben Wallace sort of tipped the ball in the direction of LBJ, who then corralled it and moved upcourt. We thought this bit of generous scorekeeping had helped LeBron achieve an historic 52-point triple-double, but now the NBA has reviewed the tape and (correctly) given the board to Wallace. Anyway, the long and the short of it is this: what was a 52/11/10 game is now a "measly" 52/11/9 game. Poor LeBron.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Finals Rematch, Vol. II

6th February 2009

We were hyping it earlier this week, and Thursday night we finally got to see Boston take on Los Angeles and try to avenge their Christmas Day defeat at the Lakers' hands. Could the Celtics pull it off at home, against an L.A. team that sorely missed Andrew Bynum but also boasted the game's most dangerous pure scoring machine?

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Layups: A Jamesian Look at the 2000s

6th February 2009

As a big fan of Bill James' work (especially the Historical Abstracts), I absolutely love this. In fact, it was an idea I thinking of doing myself, but this is way better than what I could have come up with (maybe they'll let me do the 90s?). What I'm talking about, of course, is Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton and his James-style look back at the decade that was (still is, for now) the "oughts". A must-read for the NBA enthusiast -- which I'm assuming describes our entire readership here at BBR.

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The BBR Blog-tionary

6th February 2009

It can be confusing to keep up with some of the statistical terms and abbreviations I frequently use here at the BBR Blog, especially in the rare cases where the definitions I prefer to use differ from those found in our lovely Glossary. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to spell out exactly what I mean when I refer to certain terms and use certain abbreviations...

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Layups: Another Bynum Injury

5th February 2009

In the latest on the health front, resident injury expert Will Carroll drops in on Basketball Prospectus and helps Kevin Pelton sort out the implications of C Andrew Bynum's latest knee injury, both on the Lakers and the rest of the league.

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Least Valuable All-Stars: 1974-2008

5th February 2009

Barring some kind of last-minute injury replacement, the rosters are set for this month's All-Star Game in Phoenix. Much has been said and written about the various All-Star picks this season, but aside from the fans' choice of Allen Iverson (2.6 Win Shares) at the expense of someone like Rajon Rondo (6.5 WS) or Mo Williams (5.4 WS), there's not a whole lot to complain about when it comes the final picks.

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Layups: 50 Facts, 50 Points

5th February 2009

On Wednesday, Brad Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus wrote an article that's right up our alley here at BBR: 50 super-geeky (that's a compliment in my book, by the way) facts about 50-point games in NBA history. And he even added a nice update after LeBron dropped 52 on New York Wednesday night!

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Boxscore Breakdown: LeBron’s MSG Moment

5th February 2009

Just when you thought the near-constant LeBron-Kobe debate might cool down a bit this week in favor of Boston-vs-L.A./Finals-rematch talk, Bryant went out and destroyed the Knicks to the tune of 61 points in a win on Monday night. Not to be outdone by his fellow Redeem Team mate, King James handed the Knicks a jaw-dropping performance of his own on Wednesday, dismantling N.Y. with 52 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in a 107-102 win at the Garden. And so it is against that backdrop that we once again dive into the LBJ-vs-KB24 fray to bring to you yet another (boxscore) breakdown by the Knickerbockers at MSG...

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