The Bulls Offense Still Starts And (Especially) Stops With Derrick Rose

On Thursday night in Chicago, the Bulls were clinging to a 4-point lead over the Clippers. With 50 seconds left, Derrick Rose ran off some clock near midcourt; as the shot clock hit 14, he used a Pau Gasol ball screen to beat Chris Paul to the elbow and attack…
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An Ode To Kobe Bryant, In Two Charts

O Kobe! My Kobe! On Sunday night, after publishing a retirement poem that no one was waiting for, Bryant went 4 for 20, including a ghastly air ball in crunch time. It was yet another ugly loss for the Los Angeles Lakers and yet another data point suggesting that Bryant…
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How The Golden State Warriors Are Breaking The NBA

The first time I saw my boss, Nate Silver, give a talk was at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. As usual, he was going on about numbers and statistics, but what stuck with me longest wasn’t quantitative. Pointing to the practice of relegation in European soccer…
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