Statistical Test: The 14-Second Offensive Rebound Shot Clock’s Effect On Pace

New for the 2018-19 season, the NBA has introduced a shot clock that resets to only 14 rather than 24 seconds when a team gets an offensive rebound. Which, in turn, should have an effect on pace; if you’ve shaved 10 seconds off an extended possession, and with about 20 offensive boards per game between any two given teams, you just created 200 extra seconds, or 3:20, or (very roughly) 1/15 more possessions over the course of an average NBA game. This, in turn, should increase league pace by half of that (since pace is divided by two to give …

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Breakfast Special: Dwane Casey’s Two Scoops of Revenge

The dumbest thing the Toronto Raptors did in an otherwise stellar offseason was fire Dwane Casey after a 59-23 regular season. And the smartest thing the Detroit Pistons did was show Stan Van Gundy the door in order to get Casey back on an NBA sideline without missing a single gameday. So as good as the Raptors are—and at 12-2, they are very good—Wednesday night belonged to Casey’s Pistons, who won 106-104 on some late-game heroics from Reggie Bullock: Your game-winner, courtesy of @ReggieBullock35! #PistonsNow pic.twitter.com/0Bk49404Kn — Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 15, 2018 Just watch the pure exuberance on Blake …

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Breakfast Special: LeBrons N’ Roses

Derrick Rose has become one of the most curious stories in sports, a fallen hero who very obviously still knows how to play basketball, but his body simply will not allow him to do it at a high level consistently for 82 games. Meanwhile, LeBron James is what happens when you take someone of (beyond) Rose’s talent and put them in a nearly indestructible body. Which is how the Lakers beat the Timberwolves 114-110 on Wednesday night. Rose had 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 7-of-9 from three, putting up a +11 in 37 minutes…oh, Tom Thibodeau, don’t ever change. …

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Breakfast Special: Chef Curry Gets Spicy

So…you think Stephen Curry got a little bit cheesed off at that unflattering comparison to John Wall that was all over Twitter yesterday? Repeat after me: JOHN WALL IS NOT BETTER THAN STEPH AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE DON’T KNOW S—. Ahem. Now then. Curry had 51 points in three quarters, the Warriors pounded the Wizards like cheap steak 144-122, Steph’s performance came on just 24 field goal attempts (15-24 FG, 11-16 3PT, 10-10 FT), and the Warriors’ Big Three combined for 100 points as Kevin Durant added 30 and Klay Thompson notched 19. Wall? 13 points, 5-of-12 shooting, six …

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Breakfast Special: LOLeBron

Man, any night the Lakers lose is a good night. I wear my fan loyalties on my sleeve around here, and the simple fact is that I grew up in Boston, rooted for Larry Bird when I was a kid in the ’80s, and fully intend to teach my own children someday to recoil in instant disdain from anything purple and gold. So for the San Antonio Spurs to march into Staples Center, get 37 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 32 from DeMar DeRozan, and overcome those exact same point totals from Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James, respectively, in a …

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The NBA Can Kill College Basketball and the G-League Is the Murder Weapon

As a sports fan and an NBA guy, I generally find that anything that moves toward finally cutting the diseased heart out of college sports is a good thing, whether it’s minor league baseball long ago rendering college baseball completely irrelevant or Canadian junior hockey doing the same to college puck. And with everything that’s been in the news about college basketball over the past couple of years, and the plantation purgatory that is the one-and-done rule, it is long past time that someone takes NCAA basketball out back behind the woodshed and puts a bullet in its brainstem once …

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Breakfast Special: White Men Don’t Have to Jump

When Boban Marjanovic got a bigger role in Los Angeles with the Clippers, we celebrated the move here at Breakfast Special HQ. When one of his dunks rocks NBA Twitter to its chirping core? Well, that leads the Special. Behold, HERO! OF! SERBIA! BOBAN throws down the FIERCE slam! 🔨#ClipperNation #KiaTipOff18 pic.twitter.com/NnQsDVci4t — NBA (@NBA) October 18, 2018 White men can’t jump? White men don’t have to jump! Did we mention Boban had 18 points and 8 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play? Boban Marjanovic puts up 18 PTS, 8 REB for the @LAClippers at home. #ClipperNation #KiaTipOff18 pic.twitter.com/ozGx9M8PlP …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Still Owns Lance Stephenson

It looked like Lance Stephenson had finally put one over on LeBron James… LANCE FINALLY GOT LEBRON TO BITE!! pic.twitter.com/i8Iog10KHx — Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) April 23, 2018 …until LeBron explained that he just got “caught by the teacher” for getting the little pest off of him. LeBron on the late technical he got when Lance followed him to the bench: pic.twitter.com/LQwkvKQdc4 — Agent of NBA Chaos (@World_Wide_Wob) April 23, 2018 And Lance holding the ball up like the Statue of Liberty’s torch when he got a jump ball on LeBron late in the game… This is it. We …

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Breakfast Special: Weekend Game 1 Roundup

It was a busy weekend in the NBA as the playoffs got up and running, and if the saying holds true that “a series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game”, well, a couple of series just got started, including one blowout… Pacers 1, LeBron’s Impenetrable First-Round Reputation 0 LeBron James is supposed to be this magical superman who can singlehandedly will a terrible team to somehow not be terrible even though he was on and played all 82 games for that team. And with the Pacers winning 98-80 in Cleveland on Sunday, the biggest margin of the …

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2018 NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview and Finals Pick

We’ve done the East, now it’s time for the West. As per usual, these are much more gut-instinct heavy than the usual fare around here, because if history has taught me anything, it’s that you can do a bunch of extra work, crunch a bunch of numbers, and be just as wrong, because the playoffs are just a completely different beast from the regular season. Round 1 HOUSTON vs. MINNESOTA – Rockets in 5 I’d have said sweep here, but reportedly Chris Paul is battling some injuries sustained late in the season, which means that the unbeatable triumvirate of CP3, …

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