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February 2010

Where Would the Pistons Be Without Big Ben?

Two years ago the Pistons won 59 games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.  At the start of last year, though, Detroit sent Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson.  Although the Pistons claimed this was done to enhance the team’s chances in 2008-09, it was suspected …

Sitting Spencer Hawes and Hope in Sacramento

Apparently there is some conflict between Paul Westphal and his team.  After Spencer Hawes and other members of the Kings criticized Westphal’s rotations, the head coach responded by reducing Hawes’ minutes to zero.  Since Hawes has been the starting center for this team for much of the season, some might …

Why are the Bucks not Horrible?

Before the season started Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.com offered the following assessment of the Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee lost its second- and third-leading scorers (Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva), while its No. 1 scorer (Michael Redd) and top rebounder (Andrew Bogut) are returning from major injuries. And it’s possible that …

Are the Current Knicks Worth Watching?

One might expect a team that’s close to winning a title to be the biggest mover at the trade deadline.  But the biggest mover was actually a team sporting a 0.358 winning percentage. The New York Knicks made three moves this past week, with the biggest the trade that brought …

Marcus Camby and the Charging Blazers

The race in the Western Conference seems quite similar to many of the races we are seeing at the Winter Olympics.   The Portland Trailblazers took the lead out of the gates.   But injuries to both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla (among others), knocked the Blazers from the list of contenders.  …

Dallas Makes a Contending Move

The Dallas Mavericks entered the All-Star break on top of the Southwest Division.  The team’s winning percentage, though, only ranked 4th in the Western Conference.  And when we turn to efficeincy differential (offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency) – reported in Table One – we see that Dallas currently ranks 8th …

Stars, Snubs, and Scoring

My latest for Huffington Post focues on the coaches’ original selections (not the injury replacements) of the reserves to play in the 2010 NBA All-Star game. Not surprisingly (at least, hopefully it’s not a surprise for readers of this forum), the coaches’ code was easy to break. Essentially, NBA coaches …