Early Impressions of Cleveland’s Offense

We drooled over the idea of the Cavs’ offense from the moment that Woj #WojBombed our Twitter timelines with the news that Kevin Love would be joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. Whispers out of training camp led us to believe that offensive mastermind David Blatt was constructing a … [Read more...]

Bucks Floppy Play for Khris Middleton

The NBA is a copycat league. When one team notices another team running a play that works, they smartly attempt to replicate the play and insert it into their own offense. Over the years, floppy has become one of the most common set plays among NBA offenses because of the aforementioned phenomenon. … [Read more...]

Tom Thibodeau, Creator of Elite Point Guards

Tom Thibodeau is currently in his fifth season as a head coach in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. During this time the Bulls have ranked, first, sixth, and second (twice) in defensive efficiency. He's a favorite among people who watch a ton of basketball and there's no doubt he's one of the best … [Read more...]

The Best Damn Off-Screen Action in the NBA

“Not everything has to mean something. Some things just are.” – Charles de Lint There are times when I’m writing—and I would guess other people fall into this trap as well—when I feel determined to produce a profound conclusion, that I should unlock an age old mystery. But it’s also cool … [Read more...]

The Pelicans Hug Play

Anthony Morrow is one of the most exciting players across the NBA. The teams that Morrow has played for -- the Warriors, Nets (New Jersey iteration), Hawks, Mavericks, Pelicans -- were going through down cycles when Morrow was a member of their roster. Now, having signed a 3-year/$10M contract with … [Read more...]

Why Can LeBron James Shoot Three-Pointers All Of A Sudden?

In 2010-2011, LeBron James connected on 33.0% of his three-point attempts. In 2011-2012, that number jumped to 36.2%. This past regular season, it surged to 40.6%. In his recent piece on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry attributed LeBron's improvement (both in three-point field goal percentage and field … [Read more...]

How the Red Mamba’s Venom Slowly, Painfully Killed the Grizzlies In Game One

He might not have led his team in scoring, but Matt Bonner (a.k.a. the Red Mamba) certainly caused some dismay to the Memphis Grizzlies in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Sunday evening, our favorite ginger mamba since Brian Scalabrine (White Mamba) stretched the Grizzlies' defense and … [Read more...]

Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [Read more...]

Inside the Knicks Offense

This is Part Two of a deconstruction of the Knicks' offense in their series against the Boston Celtics. In Part One at Hardwood Paroxysm, we covered just what has happened to the offense from an overarching statistical perspective. Here, we're diving into exactly how and why it has happened with the … [Read more...]

Chandler Parsons’ Big Night

With Jeremy Lin injured and James Harden struggling from the field (4-for-12) and with ball control (10 turnovers), Chandler Parsons stepped up in a big way to help the Houston Rockets escape elimination and win Game 4 of their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Parsons tallied 27 points on … [Read more...]