NBA Breakfast Special: Dub Nation Defense

The Golden State Warriors are good at defense. Everyone always forgets this. Dub Nation got to see a slugfest at the Oracle Arena Monday night, as the Warriors beat Miami 97-80, dominating the boards 51-44 including a 13-7 edge on the offensive glass. They held the Heat to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field and limited Hassan Whiteside to only three points and six rebounds. Nobody on Golden State made more than five shots; all of their Big 4 made that many, but Stephen Curry missed 14 shots, Klay Thompson missed ten, Kevin Durant whiffed on eight, and Draymond …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Kristaps Porzingis, Pacers Killer

Kristaps Porzingis might as well just grow a horn out his forehead and make it official, because the NBA’s unicorn just had one of those games where he did to the Indiana Pacers what Reggie Miller used to do to the New York Knicks all those years ago in the playoffs. Porzingis went for 40 points, including at one point scoring 15 straight Knicks points as they roared back from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit in a game where they trailed by as many as 19, pulling out a 108-101 lead behind a 36-17 final frame. I mean, it’s pretty much …

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Why Assists Are A Useless NBA Stat

In a year where Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double while being only third in the league (behind James Harden and John Wall) in assists, yet at the same time putting up the highest assist percentage (as in percent of teammates’ baskets assisted while he’s on the floor) by a player not named John Stockton in NBA history, and while all three guys I just mentioned are on playoff teams, we need to ask and answer one simple question. Is ball movement really all it’s cracked up to be? As in, do assisted baskets have greater effect on wins than …

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Total Team Effort: Does Spreading the Scoring Lead to NBA Wins?

A staple of our NBA coverage has been an unofficial team stat called the Total Team Effort, defined as any game in which seven or more players score in double figures. The general assumption is that either the team distributed the ball well with the starters and made good use of the time they had their second unit in, or the game was a blowout and therefore the bench guys just got enough minutes for two of them to top the 10-point threshold. The NBA is also a star-driven league; you often hear stories like “Westbrook scores 50 as the …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Lonzo Ball Still Sucks

Damian Lillard was a hero on national television. Lonzo Ball continued to live up to his moniker of Dollar Store Westbrook, managing to fail to score, get rebounds, and dish assists. Ball had zero points on 0-of-2 shooting as he got frozen out of the Lakers’ offense at a time when if he’d been as good as the idiot yahoo on Twitter who once tried to tell me that Ball would average a triple-double (this was after that game in Phoenix the first week of the season), Los Angeles might not have lost the game. Instead, Lillard did this… IT'S …

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Is This NBA Player Any Good?: C.J. McCollum

Any discussion of great NBA backcourts always seems to eventually veer to Portland and the Blazers’ combination of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Their scoring prowess is unrivaled, but there’s more to quality basketball than simply putting the ball in the basket. You’ve got to stop the other guy from doing it too, for example. With that in mind, and with acknowledgment that Lillard is one of the top 20 players in the league in a bunch of the advanced stats, let’s put the spotlight on the other guy in this partnership and ask a simple question: Is C.J. McCollum …

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NBA Breakfast Special: LeBron’s Trauma to the Groin

Sing it with me folks, because LeBron just got “nothing’s quite as funny as a trauma to the groin” treatment from Lance Stephenson: If you haven’t seen it yet, well, shield your eyes… Lance Stephenson got a flagrant 1 for this shot to LeBron's groin. pic.twitter.com/nFs0o9lyTY — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 2, 2017 On the bright side, Pacers Twitter had plenty of fun with it: Roses are red Women are thicc The Pacers are goodLance hit LeBron in the dick pic.twitter.com/TRLYfFqtgG — Miller Time Podcast (@MillerTimePod) November 2, 2017 The Pacers won 124-107, finishing the game on an 18-6 run in …

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NBA Breakfast Special: The Pistons’ Letdown Game

When the Detroit Pistons had a big win over the Golden State Warriors on the road, it was only a matter of time before they suffered one hell of a letdown game. Sure enough, that deal with the devil came due on Halloween night, as Staples Center became a house of horrors against the Los Angeles Lakers. LA shredded the Pistons for a .495/.462/.786 slash line, shot 14 free throws to the Pistons’ 3, won the rebound battle 53-44 and the assist battle 30-21, and watched HERO OF SERBIA get a DNP-CD in a 20-point game (free the Boban!) Avery …

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Are the Indiana Pacers Better Without Paul George?

Hey, Indiana Pacers fans, remember when stuff like this happened? Am I the only one convinced that the #Pacers will lay a giant egg at home against the Kings tonight because that's just what the Pacers do against bad teams after big wins? — Fox Doucette🏀 (@RealFoxD) October 31, 2017 Well, Indiana whipped Sacramento’s hide, handing the Kings a 101-83 smackdown in the process. And not only that, but the team showed that—dare I say it?—they kickstarted the future by trading Paul George not for a win-now quick fix on a fundamentally bad team but instead for pieces that are …

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NBA Breakfast Special: Brad Stevens, Coach of the Year

Let us for a moment examine the Boston Celtics, a team that lost two of its best defensive players over the offseason, and let a couple of Pace and Space emeritus have their say: After the win against the Spurs, the #Celtics now rank 1st in defensive rating and 4th in D-rebounding %. Who would've predicted that? — Brad Winter (@BradWinter12) October 31, 2017 "Who is going to defend without Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder???!!!" https://t.co/6Yvoofn8ek — Zach d'Arbeloff (@swarbleflop) October 31, 2017 The Spurs have had a Halloween hayride this week, first losing to Indiana and now getting smacked …

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