If you're not reading Tom Haberstroh's explorations into the nuances of the pro game, you're missing out. Among Haberstroh's conclusions at Hardwood Paroxysm today: "[T]he ability to finish at the rim (as measured by at rim FG percentage) is more strongly linked year-to-year than 3-point field goal percentage." Charts & Graphs enthusiasts will find plenty of eye candy.
Kelly Dwyer on the unselfish Utah Jazz: "31 assists on the road -- on the road! -- for Utah on 43 field goals. I point out the assist-to-field goal bits not to tell you that it's an indicative of brilliant play or that having nearly an assist per made basket is an ideal thing. Sometimes it isn't. But it does tell you, if you couldn't watch the game, of just how the action went. Pass, score. Quick pass, quick score. The Jazz are trouble, NBA."
Knickerblogger's Mike Kurylo revisits three questions facing the Knicks last fall: "A. Could Gallo survive playing a big dosage of minutes? B. Could Toney Douglas become an NBA caliber rotation player? C. Could the Knicks find inexpensive talent for next year? From the results of the last 3 weeks, the answer seems to be yes on all accounts."
Informative breakdown by John Schuhmann of offensive efficiency quarter-by-quarter. One key finding: "[C]heck out the Boston Celtics, the most inconsistent team in the league from quarter to quarter." At Celtics Hub, Zach Lowe delves into the implications of the Celtics' second-half struggles.
Who in the NCAA Tournament is impressing Kevin Durant? "A lot of players have caught my eye, too, aside from the obvious guys like John Wall, Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. There’s Jimmer Fredette from BYU, he had a great tournament. Omar Samhan from St. Mary’s, he’s having a great tournament. Jordan Crawford played really well for Xavier. There’s a lot of guys. Jacob Pullen is playing very well. It’s a great group of guys and it’s going to be fun to see what they can do for their teams this weekend."
A big night for Ron Artest in San Antonio, as ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi explains.
Any way you slice it, the Heat will have their hands full in a first-round postseason matchup. Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops breaks down Miami's possible opponents.
A female friend of mine -- a Wizards' full season-ticket holder -- emails her thoughts on Sarah Tolcser's post on NBA dancers: "Like Tolcser, I, too, have filled out those surveys. While they ask if you'd like to see 'more,' 'somewhat more,' 'about the same,' 'less,' or 'a lot less' of the ads/promotions/hip-hop, etc., they NEVER ask about how you're liking seeing the 'girls' -- or they're asking in a way that doesn't allow you to respond 'NEVER AGAIN.' I often bring male friends or dates to the game; I always feel uncomfortable when the scantily clad dancers take the court. Every woman in that arena is demeaned when those young women come out wearing next to nothing. The dancers may 'choose' to put themselves in that position (and I'd argue against that point if I had more time), but the women in the audience certainly don't."
For many in Dallas, Drew Gooden is a forgotten man. Rob Mahoney of Two Man Game takes a look at the vagabond's contributions during his short stint in Dallas: "Gooden was only a Maverick for about half a season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate what he did for the Mavs. As with Howard, I think there’s a natural inclination with Gooden to point out what he can’t do without proper respect for what he can."