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Slow Starts

To date, the Houston Rockets have had arguably had the most difficult schedule in the league and have come out of it with a 20-16 record. That’s better than almost anyone would have predicted. But with the Rockets now experiencing their first 3-game losing streak after a tough road swing through New Orleans, LA, and [...]

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Motion Mapping NBA Teams

The last few days, I’ve been thinking about different ways to explore the offensive and defensive strength of teams with respect to one another. Some weeks ago I came to learn about a “Motion Chart” gadget provided within Google Docs (thanks to Commodore from the Clutchfans message board for this). I figured this would be [...]

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Carl Landry: Sixth-Man of the Year?

Update: Added minutes played and per-minute scoring stats at the end of the post. During the Lakers-Cavs Christmas Day game, Mike Breen asked his broadcasting partners to comment on how underrated Andersen Varaejo has been as a 6th-man of the year candidate. Jeff Van Gundy, as usual in the Houston Rockets’ corner, used the opportunity [...]

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Possession Duration and Efficiency: A Closer Look

Update: I have added an update to the bottom of this blog post. Just to recap, in my first post I looked at individual box score stats for players within the first 7 seconds of possessions. This gave me an idea of which players are most involved offensively during fast breaks, though I didn’t distinguish [...]

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Picking up the pace

It has been noted in a few recent local broadcasts that the Houston Rockets believe Kyle Lowry to be the best in the league at picking up the pace when he enters the game. And if the Rockets believe it, there’s a good chance that there are some hard numbers backing it up. In this [...]

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