On Monday, ESPN brought adjusted plus-minus into the mainstream, a refined variant designated Real Plus-Minus (RPM), developed by Jeremias Englemann and Steve Ilardi. Adjusted plus-minus looks at each matchup between units in every game of the season and uses a regression to isolate the players from[...]
There’s an interesting paradox when it comes to Sloan research papers, one of the major talking points of the conference this year. Some papers put forth conclusions that likely won’t do much to affect actual game play but have results that are really freaking interesting: the Hot Hand paper for exa[...]
This offseason was universally proclaimed a success for the Clippers. With the acquisitions of Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick, they made massive upgrades on the wings and also added some interesting versatility with tweener forward Antawn Jamison. The undercover star of last season’s team, Matt Barnes[...]
Methodology Similarity scores are really straight-forward process. The first step is choosing the statistical categories for player comparison. Here’s the list of the ones chosen: Field Goal percentage (FG%) Three-point shots attempted per 36 minutes (3PA36) Three-point percentage (3P%) Free-throw a[...]
Game 2 against the Grizzlies, a week ago today, told an all too familiar story on the role of Blake Griffin. In the first half, Griffin scored 15 points on 11 shots and dished three assists. The second half? Six points on seven shots and only one assist. This game wasn’t an outlier either. The[...]
The Clippers are a very good team. Good enough to race for the 3-seed in the Western Conference and a 51-26 record. But good enough to win a title? That is the question that matters most. Let’s look into a couple of key factors that could help discern Los Angeles’ title chances. This cha[...]
With the Clippers slumping, there’s been a lot of talk recently about whether or not Chris Paul needs to be more aggressive early in games. Paul has an aggressive switch, which we all believe he’ll turn on in the playoffs and which he shows glimpses of late in games. Now with the Clipper[...]
There are good shots and bad shots, as determined by effective field goal percentage (eFG%). Today, it is common knowledge around the NBA that the best two shot locations in the game are at the rim and in the corner behind the three-point arc. The Clippers’ offense scored 105.2 points per 100 [...]
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