Melo’s Scoring Binges Showcase Versatility

Carmelo Anthony spent his Tuesday and Wednesday evenings pouring in 90 points on 53 shots, which is a pretty nice way to spend your evenings, if you ask me. Melo is no stranger to scoring binges; he previously scored 40+ points in consecutive games in October 2009, and he's always been a player … [Read more...]

Pinpoint Indiana Execution, Bad Clipper Rotations Lead to Pacers Victory

The Indiana Pacers are not exactly known for their offense. While they sport the stingiest defensive unit in the league, Frank Vogel's team ranks just 18th overall in offensive efficiency at 102.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. Over the last month or so, however, that number has taken a … [Read more...]

Chris Bosh’s Game Winner was Foreshadowed in the First Quarter

Early in the first quarter of last night's game between the San Antonio Spurs and the short-handed Miami Heat, the Heat got Chris Bosh an open 3-point look by using a combination roll/pop action off a pick-and-roll out of a horns set. Point guard Norris Cole - filling in for the "injured" Mario … [Read more...]

The Quiet All-Around Brilliance of Al Horford

Al Horford plays for the Atlanta Hawks, so he doesn't get nearly as much attention as he should. Horford plays on the same front line as Josh Smith, himself a wrecking ball of energy and athleticism wrapped in an enigma, so he is, to many, arguably not even the most interesting player on his own … [Read more...]

Marc Gasol Has a Full Bag of Tricks

Few NBA players own a piece of real estate on the court quite like Marc Gasol owns the elbows. Gasol has long been one of the league's smoothest operators from that natural pivot point, but since the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay in late January, Gasol has taken his game to a new level (15.8 points, 8.1 … [Read more...]

Nash, Kobe, Dwight Outfox Chicago With 1-2 P&R

Before the season even started, we discussed how the Lakers could get Kobe Bryant shots and keep him fresh at the same time by working him off the ball more often. Circumstances--Steve Nash's early-season injury, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol's recurring injury problems, Mike Brown's firing, Mike … [Read more...]

Three Point Play: The Pick And Slip/Flare Screen Combo

Welcome back to The 3-Point Play, a semi-regular recurring feature here at HoopChalk. Every so often, I’ll take a quick look at sets from three different teams that have something in common. Rather than devoting a separate post to each of them, they’ll all be grouped together here. Today we're … [Read more...]

Building A Template For How Rudy Gay Can Thrive As A Small Ball Power Forward

I wasn't a fan of the trade that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto when looking at it from Toronto's perspective. They won't be able to build through the draft (too good), they won't be able to build through free agency (log-jammed cap, it's Toronto), and the core they have now isn't good enough to really … [Read more...]

The Thunder Risked It All When They Traded James Harden And Their Risks Have Paid Off

While many national media members try to skew the Thunder's trade of James Harden into a Harden vs. Russell Westbrook situation, the truth is that the choice was between Harden and Serge Ibaka.  The choice the Thunder really made was one of basketball philosophy: they bet that two ball handlers and … [Read more...]

Heroball? Miami Uses Movement To Get A Wide Open Three In Ovetime

In overtime against Toronto, the Miami Heat needed a basket to keep them in the game down by four points.  They went to a simple yet effective set that used every one of their big four and led to a wide open Ray Allen three. Things start off with Dwyane Wade coming across the top of the key … [Read more...]