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Boxscore Breakdown: Finals, Game 1

Posted by Neil Paine on June 5, 2009

Well, Game 1 is officially in the books, and it was a surprisingly one-sided affair:

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Finals Memories

Posted by Neil Paine on June 4, 2009

Sometimes I mark the passage of time in my life by the sporting events that happened in a given year. Is that weird? Maybe so. But still, I'm prone to associating particular years with certain happenings from the world of sports -- for instance, I hear 1997, I think of Tiger Woods' historic victory at Augusta. 1998? Michael Jordan's "last shot". 1985? The start of the Celtics' dominating run to championship #16. Oh, and I was also born that year, can't forget that. But mostly I think of the Celtics.

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BBR News: Expanded Standings

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 3, 2009

A few minutes ago I added expanded standings pages to the leagues section of the site. These pages have two tables. The first table gives W-L records for various categories (by conference, by division, etc.) and the second table presents a team versus team matrix of W-L records. Enjoy!

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Nate Williams 1972-73 Minutes Played

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 3, 2009

In many guides, Nate Williams is credited with 1079 minutes played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73. Williams scored 940 points that season, so if he really played 1079 minutes then his scoring rate of 41.8 points per 48 minutes would be one of the best marks in NBA history. Since Williams never even averaged 30 points per 48 minutes in any other season, this number was called into question by some members of the APBR. They discovered that while the Kings as a team had been credited with a total of 19880 minutes played, the sum of the individual minutes played for the Kings players was 18980, a deficit of 900 minutes. They reasonably assumed that Williams had been shorted 900 minutes, and that his season total should be amended to 1979 minutes. That number has been around for a few years now (it's the number you'll find on this site), but I did some further research that suggests that it may not be correct either.

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Layups: Leroy Smith, the Man Who Motivated MJ

Posted by Neil Paine on June 3, 2009

Back in high school, Leroy made the varsity team instead of Mike. Mike was motivated by this, and became the greatest of all time. Now Leroy wants to motivate you, too.

(For those wanting the real story behind the site -- and, yes, Nike is obviously behind it -- go here. As an added bonus, it also has all of Leroy's "infomercials" embedded on one page. Love that Charlie Murphy!)

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2009 3rd Round SPM Scores

Posted by Neil Paine on June 3, 2009

Click here for the results from Round 2.

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BBR News: D-League Stats Updated

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 2, 2009

I know this is a little late, but I finally got around to updating the D-League stats through the 2008-09 season. I haven't added biographical information for new players, but all of the stats should be there. Thanks for your patience.

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Layups: How you finish depends on how you start

Posted by Neil Paine on June 1, 2009

Basketball Geek's Ryan Parker has been looking at how plays end in recent posts, calculating the distribution of each type of play-ender over the past few seasons. And in his most recent post, he pairs that knowledge up with the circumstances under which each play began. The conclusions: Steals are really good (duh), offensive rebounds lead to a high probability of scoring (duh), the old yarn about missed threes leading to long defensive rebounds and better scoring chances appears to be slightly true, and a bit of a surprise -- offenses actually do worst coming out of a timeout (contrary to conventional wisdom, which assumes the coach will draw up a good play for a score).

(Hat tip: TrueHoop.)

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Predicting the Finals With SPM

Posted by Neil Paine on June 1, 2009

In the final installment of the season, here's your official Statistical +/- prediction for the 2009 Finals:

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Keltner List: Detlef Schrempf

Posted by Neil Paine on May 29, 2009

This past week, a reader asked if we could run one of our world-famous Keltner Lists on Detlef Schrempf, a player he felt had really been underrated by the general public. And I happen to agree, I think Detlef has always been slept on by the media. But does that mean he belongs in the Hall of Fame, or just the lesser-known Hall of Really Underappreciated? Let's find out...

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