a good old play improved
Oompa Loompa Dance!
So, I’m not quite getting the problem with Russ taking a 2-for-1 opportunity up by 1. I mean, it’s a Russ jumper, so it’s a bad shot regardless of the game situation. But I can see the logic in the game theory. Wouldn’t you rather your opponent get the ball with 30s left and have the opportunity for another shot instead of letting your opponent take the last shot in a one possession game? Or do you strongly prefer a 3pt attempt or take the shot with 14s left and try for an offensive rebound that forces them to foul?
Just watched Portland blow out Denver. I take back my 'Chauncey Billups can't coach' comments. Impressive win.
However stressful the day is otherwise, if there's a E1P to watch, it's a good day. I was thinking all day about some meaningful comment and I came up with nothing, so I'll just post this.
Video breakdowns: the best part of basketball fandom (other than games, obvs).
Thanks for another good one, Eric.
Anfernie Simons with a ‘pre injury Klay’ quarter
TREVION ARMY REASSEMBLE
(SCW training camp roster)
Trying to watch the Nets vs. Grizz and loosely rooting for Brooklyn. They are totally letting me down.
Memphis looks good. They're going to be a problem this year.
Ben Simmons reminds me so much of Andris Biedrins
Spurs up 103-69 in Minny v. the fradulent Wolves.
Maybe I'm just navigating it wrong, but it looks like the E1P Index ( https://dubnationhq.com/p/the-new-explain-one-play-index ) doesn't have any entries from 2022 yet? That's probably an oversight: pretty sure there have been a few, right? 😝
Gross fact: James Harden has more career threes made than Reggie Miller, only 368 fewer than Ray Allen, and only 528 fewer than Steph.
Every one he hits (usually with the defender sagging off 3-4 feet, for fear of getting baited into a bullshit foul) makes the Baby Jesus cry.
Keep on shooting, Dillon Brooks.
Breaking news: it looks like the 76ers are going to win a game!
ESPN stole my shtick:
OT Spaced Out: the tactical evolution of the NBA, by Mike Prada
“Kerr’s mishmash, whirling dervish system added another layer of complexity to each sequence. It made the entry points of each play as impossible to predict as the end product. What was a defense supposed to do with elite three-point shooters firing from anywhere on the floor, off any sort of prior sequence, with any combination of players springing them open via any combination of screens, cuts, and passes? It was a question no other team in NBA history had ever dared to pose.”
On Amazon in Kindle now., not yet in our East Bay libraries.