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Feeding the Corners

6/6/2013

The Heat and Spurs are two of the most prolific teams in utilizing the corner three-point shot in their offenses. The corner three is the second-most efficient shot behind shots at the rim and is the most assisted shot in the game. We take a closer look at the supply line for these shots.
The Final Exam

6/5/2013

When Game 1 of the Finals tips off on Thursday, it will have been 10 days since the Spurs last played in these Playoffs. That's a lot of time for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to study and prepare the Spurs for their final exam against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
HTB: The Plays That Got Them Here

6/6/2013

The NBA has a way to use analytics to figure out just which plays had the biggest impact on a close game. NBA.com's John Schuhmann presents the top 10 plays of the playoffs that got the Spurs and Heat to the Finals.
The Pacers 5 Holds the Key to Game 7

6/3/2013

No five-man unit played more minutes together per game (19.0) than Indiana's starting five, and their workload has increased in the East Finals (25.5 min). With the season on the line tonight in Miami, the burden will sit squarely on their shoulders again.
Spurs Finals Preview

5/31/2013

As the San Antonio Spurs sit and wait to see who they will face in the NBA Finals, we take a look at how the Spurs match up against their possible opponents -- the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Five Things to Know Heading Into Game 5

5/29/2013

The East Finals has become a best-of-three series to determine who will meet the Spurs in the NBA Finals. Before Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 tips off, here are five items that we have learned through the first four games of this series.
Jerry West By The Numbers

5/28/2013

In honor of Jerry West's 75th birthday, we present 10 numbers that you need to know about the man known as Mr. Clutch, the Logo and one of the best guards to ever lace 'em up.
Paul George: The Emerging Star

5/24/2013

Indiana's Paul George has had a breakout season in his third NBA season and has shined in these playoffs. Take a closer look at George and a historical comparison to an all-time great.
A Closer Look at the Lineups

5/22/2013

Is 3 > 5? That is essentially where the discussion about the East Finals has centered – can Miami’s Big 3 outplay the Indiana’s cohesive five-man unit of Hill, George, Stephenson, West and Hibbert? A closer look at the lineup data shows that question only gets it half right.
Looking Ahead to the Conference Finals

5/16/2013

The Heat and Grizzlies have punched their tickets to the Conference Finals and await their opponents. We take a look at the numbers and see how the Heat and Grizzlies match up with their potential foes in the next round.
Barnes Leads Playoff Rookies

5/14/2013

Of the 10 players comprising the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Teams, only one player is still playing -- Golden State forward Harrison Barnes. The rookie from UNC is averaging 39 minutes per game in the playoffs and has seen his production and efficiency improved with the increased playing time.
Getting Mileage Out of Carmelo

5/14/2013

Carmelo Anthony's usage rate and offensive efficiency have been in "playoff mode" for the last two months. With the Knicks trailing 2-1 in the East Semis the question is how long can he keep this up?
Playing With Fire

5/10/2013

After 44 points from Stephen Curry in Game 1 and 34 points from Klay Thompson on 8-of-9 3FGM in Game 2, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it was polite that the Warriors' sharpshooters at least take turns and were not both on fire on the same night. That got us thinking of how often that's happened.
HTB: Going Small Key for Thunder and Warriors?

5/9/2013

With each of the four conference semifinals tied at 1-1 (for the first time since this round went to seven games in 1968), NBA.com's John Schuhmann mined the lineup data provided by NBA.com/Stats for trends, anomalies, and whatever information might be useful … or at least interesting.
Deja Vu

5/8/2013

On March 27, the Chicago Bulls ended the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak thanks in large part to their efforts on the defensive end of the floor. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals had a similar look to that March 27 contest, and the same result.
Durant, Thunder Finding New Ways to Win

5/7/2013

Since Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury, the Thunder have had to adjust their game to succeed without their All-Star point guard. The biggest burden has fallen on MVP runner-up Kevin Durant, who has increased his production in the playoffs, particularly in clutch situations.
Another Huge Third Quarter from Curry Not Enough

5/6/2013

Stephen Curry has owned the third quarter in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. The Warriors guard is averaging 12.3 points in the period on 65.6% shooting from the field and 65.4% from 3-point range. He struck again on Monday in San Antonio with 22 of his playoff-high 44 points in the third. But it wasn't enough as the Spurs prevailed in double overtime.
LeBron James: Dominant and Efficient

5/5/2013

On Sunday, LeBron James became just the fifth player in NBA history to win four MVP awards -- joining the elite company of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6), Michael Jordan (5), Bill Russell (5) and Wilt Chamberlain (4). Of his four MVP seasons, this has been LeBron's best.
Who's Got Next?

5/2/2013

Having swept their First Round series, the Heat and Spurs are waiting to see who they will meet in the next round. The Heat will face the winner of the Bulls-Nets series, while the Spurs will face the winner of the Warriors-Nuggets series. How the Heat and Spurs match up with their potential opponents?
Lillard the Unanimous Choice as Top Rookie

5/2/2013

On Wednesday, Portland point guard Damian Lillard was named the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, winning unanimously with 121 first place votes. He becomes the fourth player -- and first guard -- to win the award unaminously. Take a closer look at his rookie campaign.
Don't Sleep on Jarrett Jack

5/2/2013

With as great as Stephen Curry is playing right now for the Warriors, the efforts of Jarrett Jack have been overshadowed. The reserve guard was thrust into the starting lineup when David Lee went down with an injury and has been key to the Warriors' three straight wins to take command of the series.
Nate the Great

5/2/2013

The Brooklyn Nets appeared on the verge of winning Game 4 and evening their first round series with the Bulls at 2-2 late in the fourth quarter. Then Nate Robinson struck and lifted the Bulls back into the game with one of the best fourth-quarter performances ever. Three overtime periods later, the Bulls emerged victorious and hold a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Uncharted Territory

5/2/2013

On Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have to do something they have never done -- play a game without Russell Westbrook. The durable All-Star is out indefinitely after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets.
In Case of Emergency, Hit the Glass

5/2/2013

The Brooklyn Nets -- the best offensive rebounding team in the East -- faces a 2-1 deficit entering Game 4 at Chicago. It would be in their best interests to resume hitting the glass like they did in the regular season.
HTB: Back in Boston

5/2/2013

After dropping the first two games of the series on the road, the Celtics return to Boston for Game 3. The good news is that they have been a much better team at home this season. The bad news is that the improvement was on the defensive end. NBA.com's John Schuhmann explains why.
Another 3-Point Milestone Nears for Ray Allen

5/2/2013

Once again, Ray Allen has bested Reggie Miller in the record books. Allen topped Miller's regular season record for 3-pointers made in the regular season back in 2011, and on Thursday he eclipsed Miller's mark for threes in the postseason.
Paul George Named Most Improved Player

4/24/2013

Pacers forward Paul George was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 2012-13 season on the strength of his career low marks in Effective Field Goal Percentage, True Shooting Percentage and Offensive Rating. Yes, you read that correctly. But those numbers don't tell the whole story.
HTB: The Numbers On The East Playoffs

4/24/2013

The playoffs are here and we’ve got statistical nuggets for each series. Five of the eight East playoff teams ranked in the bottom eight in pace, while four of the eight ranked in the top seven in defensive efficiency. Yet, a couple of these series (Knicks-Celtics, Nets-Bulls) can be offense vs. defense.
Western Conference Preview

4/24/2013

Head-to-head records between playoff opponents provide a quick snapshot of how the series may shape up. Peeling back one layer to look at the Net Rating margin can provide a closer look, the caveat being that player injuries and other lineup changes that occur over the course of a season can cloud the view through this lens.
Eastern Conference Preview

4/24/2013

Head-to-head records between playoff opponents provide a quick snapshot of how the series may shape up. Peeling back one layer to look at the Net Rating margin can provide a closer look, the caveat being that player injuries and other lineup changes that occur over the course of a season can cloud the view through this lens.
HTB: Curry Set To Make 3-Point History

4/24/2013

Three is greater than two. It’s simple math, and the NBA is realizing it more and more each year. This season, the league has made and attempted more 3s than it ever has. And now, with one game left in the regular season, Stephen Curry is just two 3-pointers away from setting the all-time record for most 3-pointers made in one season by an individual.
Don't Believe the Noise?

4/24/2013

Decisions based on small sample sizes are inherently noisy, yet that is what Los Angeles Laker head coach Mike D’Antoni must do as his club enters the Western Conference playoffs without Kobe Bryant.
Deron Williams is Back (Better than Ever)

4/24/2013

After what seemed like a downward spiral in his numbers this season that was punctuated by injuries, Deron Williams is now back to playing like the elite point guard he originally was. In fact, as the Brooklyn Nets gear up for the playoffs, Williams is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Are the Knicks Playing like the 2011 Mavericks?

4/24/2013

The last time Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler were together, they strengthened the presence of a shooting forward and won an NBA championship. Looking at the numbers suggests the New York Knicks this year are playing the same way.
Gary Payton vs. Russell Westbrook... and Blake Griffin?

4/24/2013

Gary Payton was announced as one of the latest inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame this week as one of the greatest defensive point guards to ever played the game. He was a point guard that attacked the basket like a power forward. His speed rivals Russell Westbrook and physicality is that of Blake Griffin - two of the NBA's most athletic players today.
The Race for Eighth Continues Out West

4/24/2013

The Los Angeles Lakers go into the weekend with a half game advantage over Utah for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. With only a few games left, a closer look at the numbers suggests who has the upper hand to get into the post-season.