12-2-08 Recap

Pacers beat Lakers: The Lakers finally got their second loss of the season, and it took an amazing fourth quarter run by the Pacers to do it … Troy Murphy hit the game-winner, but that shot shouldn’t overshadow the work he did all game. Murphy scored 16 points and added a whopping 17 rebounds […]

11-30-08 Recap

Trail Blazers beat Pistons: Detroit got lit up to the tune of a 118.5 efficiency for the Blazers. This may came as a shock to some, but it shouldn’t. The Pistons’ D is actually below average for the year, ranking 17th in the league … He continues to foul too much and is […]

11-23-08 Recap

Celtics beat Raptors: Not normally a great offensive team, the Celtics put on quite a show on the road against a pretty good team. They shot 61.6% for the game, including 10-17 on three-pointers. If they could have turned the ball over a little less (18 in the game), their point total could […]

Hot Links: October 16, 2008

First, a couple of great articles from Basketball Prospectus:
• Kevin Pelton examines the importance of preseason numbers and finds they may be more important than you might think.
• Pelton discusses the coaching moves by the Pistons and Mavericks and investigates how similar moves in the past have worked out.
• A look at overall league trends.
Hoopsanalyst.com looks at the […]

You Call Him Pretty Good, I Call Him a Superstar

Check out Chauncey Billups’ Composite Scores for the past five years and prepare to be amazed. His overall ranks from 2004-08: 15th, 9th, 2nd, 14th, and 2nd, respectively. Among point guards, his ranks are: 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th, and 1st. On the Pistons, a consistently excellent team over this time period, he’s […]