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Where Would the Pistons Be Without Big Ben?

February 28, 2010 by


Two years ago the Pistons won 59 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.  At the start of last year, though, Detroit sent Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson.  Although the Pistons claimed this was done to enhance the team’s chances in 2008-09, it was suspected the acquisition of Iverson was […]

Sitting Spencer Hawes and Hope in Sacramento

February 26, 2010 by


Apparently there is some conflict between Paul Westphal and his team.  After Spencer Hawes and other members of the Kings criticized Westphal’s rotations, the head coach responded by reducing Hawes’ minutes to zero.  Since Hawes has been the starting center for this team for much of the season, some might see the deactivation of Hawes […]

Why are the Bucks not Horrible?

February 25, 2010 by


Before the season started Chris Mannix of Sports offered the following assessment of the Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee lost its second- and third-leading scorers (Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva), while its No. 1 scorer (Michael Redd) and top rebounder (Andrew Bogut) are returning from major injuries. And it’s possible that part-time starting point guard Ramon […]

Evaluating the Messages Dwyane Wade Sent at the All-Star Break

February 23, 2010 by


Dwyane Wade sent his team a message during All-Star weekend: “I’m in Miami,” he told a gaggle of reporters at All-Star weekend. “This is where I want to be.” But he did not just leave it there. “I want to make sure,” he added, “that we do everything we can to make sure we build […]

Ronnie Brewer Learns to Stop Listening to His Coach

February 21, 2010 by


Jerry Sloan – as noted back in October of 2008 – often tells the players on his team to focus on something besides their own scoring.  And players who go against this advice often suffer Sloan’s wrath. Although a number of players have resisted such advice, Ronnie Brewer seemed to take it to heart.  Across […]

Are the Current Knicks Worth Watching?

February 18, 2010 by


One might expect a team that’s close to winning a title to be the biggest mover at the trade deadline.  But the biggest mover was actually a team sporting a 0.358 winning percentage. The New York Knicks made three moves this past week, with the biggest the trade that brought Tracy McGrady to the Big […]

Very Quick Thoughts on the McGrady and Martin Trade

February 18, 2010 by


It was announced today (or maybe last night) that the Rockets and Kings have a deal involving Tracy McGrady and Kevin Martin.  Here is my first impression of this move (and I am ignoring completely what the Knicks might do today). Once upon a time, McGrady was one of the most productive players in the […]

Marcus Camby and the Charging Blazers

February 17, 2010 by


The race in the Western Conference seems quite similar to many of the races we are seeing at the Winter Olympics.   The Portland Trailblazers took the lead out of the gates.   But injuries to both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla (among others), knocked the Blazers from the list of contenders.  Meanwhile, after a slow start, […]

Dallas Makes a Contending Move

February 14, 2010 by


The Dallas Mavericks entered the All-Star break on top of the Southwest Division.  The team’s winning percentage, though, only ranked 4th in the Western Conference.  And when we turn to efficeincy differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) – reported in Table One – we see that Dallas currently ranks 8th in the West. Table One: […]

Stars, Snubs, and Scoring

February 11, 2010 by


My latest for Huffington Post focues on the coaches’ original selections (not the injury replacements) of the reserves to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star game. Not surprisingly (at least, hopefully it’s not a surprise for readers of this forum), the coaches’ code was easy to break. Essentially, NBA coaches focused on the top scorers […]