Bernucca: Analytics For the Easily Amused

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The growth of analytics in the NBA has been nothing short of phenomenal. It started with a deeper look at numbers that already were available and produced new and useful statistics such as true shooting percentage, defensive rebound percentage, offensive rating and win shares. With the use of a grid or a matrix, we now have the ability to determine a player’s offensive tendencies and hot spots. For some players, it is quite revealing. For others, such as DeAndre Jordan, it pretty

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Tweet of the Night: Vanessa Macias calls Kendrick Perkins a fool

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There aren’t a whole lot of players that mess with Tim Duncan on the basketball court, mostly because he simply goes about his business without ever really looking for any kind of trouble. That’s never stopped Kendrick Perkins from trying, though, and the emotional center was at it again on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Back in early April, Perkins tried to initiate trouble with Duncan by giving him a shove from the back, to no avail:

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Thunderstruck: Ibaka Out for Rest of Postseason

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For the second straight year, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff push has been derailed by a season-ending injury. Last year it was All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who went down in the first round with a knee injury as a result of a collision with Houston guard Patrick Beverley. This year it is forward Serge Ibaka, who suffered a left calf injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s clincher over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ibaka underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed a left

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players react to Arizona/Wisconsin game

As March Madness continued earlier this evening for the Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament, NBA players once again enjoyed in the festivities. In what was a highly contested game between Arizona and Wisconsin, the final moments saw it come down to a questionable call that left many NBA athletes questioning the validity of it. As the seventh game to be decided in overtime for this tournament, this game ties the all time historic record for most overtime games in

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Tweet of the Night: Kendrick Perkins sings the praise of Kevin Durant

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There is no question at this point that Kevin Durant has been the best player in the NBA this season from a production standpoint, and his MVP candidacy over LeBron James should be questioned no more. Durant has had a ridiculous year, and he appears to have no interest in slowing down or taking it easy with the season winding down. That’s good news for the Oklahoma City Thunder, because they are still trying to take back the first seed of

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PODCAST: Time to dump on the Thunder?

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If you are looking for someone to bail on the Thunder because of their recent three-game losing streak, you are looking in the wrong place. The temptation around the country is to couple the return of Russell Westbrook and the three-game loss streak, and to draw a correlation between the two. And the other temptation when it comes to the Thunder is to bash Kendrick Perkins, the least-productive starting center, in terms of offense, in the entire Western Conference. Well, sorry to be

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