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Archive for April, 2010

2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals Preview: Cleveland vs. Boston

30th April 2010

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Coach: Mike Brown
SRS: 6.17 (2nd of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 91.4 (25th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 111.2 (6th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 104.1 (7th of 30)

How They Got Here:
Won NBA Eastern Conference First Round (4-1) versus Chicago Bulls

Four Factors:

Team eFG% Rank TOV% Rank ORB% Rank FT/FGA Rank
Cleveland Cavaliers 0.532 3 0.134 16 0.251 21 0.246 7
Cleveland Cavaliers - Opp 0.482 3 0.123 24 0.228 2 0.218 13

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Biggest Elimination-Game Chokes by Win Shares

29th April 2010

After I posted a list of the Top 100 elimination-game performances by Win Shares since 1991 on Monday, several readers mentioned that they wanted to see the flip side of that, the biggest "chokes" in elimination games by Win Shares since '91. Well, here you go: the list of the 100 worst elimination-game performances by WS in the era for which we have box scores...

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Posted in History, Playoffs, Statgeekery, Win Shares | 15 Comments »

Layups: Name the 2009-10 NBA Leaders… By College Conference

28th April 2010

Via Sporcle, here's an interesting new take on a leaderboard quiz... Can you name the 2009-10 NBA stat leaders by the college conference of the player's alma mater?

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Larry Brown’s (Almost Complete) Career

27th April 2010

After the Orlando Magic completed their sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday, all eyes turned to Charlotte's coach, the brilliant, often enigmatic Larry Brown -- would he stay on as the leader of Michael Jordan's team, or were the rumors that he wanted to return to Philadelphia true? Brown responded in typical Larry Brown fashion:

"A reporter asked Brown about the [Philadelphia] report after the game. 'I'm not coaching anywhere but Charlotte,' Brown said. 'Now am I going to go home and talk to my wife and kids? I'll be 70 years old and I've got two young kids. Am I going to talk to them and find out what I need to do, and am I going to talk to Michael? Absolutely. But I'm not coaching anywhere but for Michael Jordan if he wants me and if I can work it out with my family.'

Of course, Brown didn't rule out taking on a team presidency with that statement. When asked if he would consider an executive role for a team other than Charlotte, Brown responded, 'That's hypothetical.'"

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Best Elimination-Game Performances: Win Shares Edition

26th April 2010

As a quick follow-up to my post this morning about the best elimination-game performances by total points and John Hollinger's "Game Score", I took commenter Mike G's advice and calculated single-game Win Shares for each player in an elimination game as well. Here are the Top 100 performances by WS since 1991 in a playoff game where the player's team was one loss away from going home for the summer:

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Best Elimination-Game Performances, 1991-2010

26th April 2010

See also: Best Elimination-Game Performances: Win Shares Edition

While Dwyane Wade was scorching the Celtics yesterday for 46 points and single-handedly keeping Miami's slim playoff chances alive with a barrage of 4th-quarter threes, I wondered if it was one of the greatest elimination-game performances in recent memory. So I queried the Basketball-Reference database and called up every game in our playoff gamelogs (which go back to the 1991 postseason), finding every instance where a player's team went into the game 1 loss away from being ousted from the playoffs. Here are the 50 best scoring outbursts in games that matched that criteria:

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Basketball League of Amazing Benchwarmers (BLAB): Regular Season, Stage 1

23rd April 2010

Mario Elie NBA & ABA Basketball Statistics & HistoryYesterday, I outlined the setup for a fantasy league of sorts -- the Basketball League of Amazing Benchwarmers (or BLAB, after the indomitable Uwe Blab). In a nutshell, BLAB takes some choice scrubs from the past and gives them their own 6-team league, headlined by team captains Greg Kite, Larry Krystkowiak, Kevin Duckworth, Kurt Rambis, Joe Wolf, and Paul Mokeski. The season is 30 games per team, and outcomes are determined by the career Win Shares per 48 min. of the players on each roster (randomized a bit using the players' seasonal standard deviations of offensive and defensive WS/48). The top 3 teams in the league table make the playoffs, with the eventual winner taking home the prestigious Uwe Blab Championship Trophy.

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Basketball League of Amazing Benchwarmers (BLAB) Setup

22nd April 2010

In case you missed it earlier this week, on Sunday I posted a link to a blog that paid tribute to 5 semi-random 1980s journeymen with surprisingly devoted followings on Facebook. A friend passed the link to me with a question about which additional players I'd like to see homages to, so I opened up the question to the readers here at BBR. And you responded with a lot of great names, to the point that one commenter suggested I create a team of these forgotten non-stars. But I want to take this tribute one step further -- I want to create an entire ficitional league out of these guys, and call it "BLAB", short for the Basketball League of Amazing Benchwarmers (Uwe Blab didn't make any of the rosters, but we obviously needed to immortalize him somehow). Here are the initial rules I laid out for the league:

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Layups: NBA Feuds!

21st April 2010

Okay, this is awesome... It's a post from Andrew Sharp of SBNation about the greatest feuds in NBA history, and while the current Pierce-Richardson dustup (which apparently stems from Q-Rich's recruiting visit to Kansas almost 15 years ago) leads the way, he also delves deep into Rodman-Malone, LeBron-Deshawn, Randolph-Patterson, and more. My personal favorite, though? Ha Seung Jin vs. Nenad Sinanovic, hands down.

Let's play the feud!

(Hat tip: TrueHoop.)

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Does Playing Well Going Into the Playoffs Matter?

21st April 2010

One aphorism about the playoffs in any sport is that you can't just "flip the switch", or shift some imaginary team "gear" from neutral into overdrive the moment the postseason begins. Instead, you need momentum -- you need to be healthy and operating like a well-oiled machine going into the playoffs, so that you can peak in the postseason and hopefully win a championship. Even one of the NBA's most notorious examples of "switch-flipping", the 2001 Lakers, won 9 of their final 10 games going into the postseason before unleashing the most dominant playoff performance ever on their opponents. So it seems like a no-brainer: you can't succeed in the playoffs unless you played well at the end of the regular season.

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