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  1. TrueHoop TV: New day for Warriors

    Henry Abbott

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss was our invited guest on this version of TrueHoop TV, and he did a great job explaining the might of the Warriors. But, predictably, his dog Otto stole the show. Also, a key point: We discuss a controversial block/charge cal...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  2. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Brandon Jennings did something over the summer that makes the little cutout of his head move way up on this cool chart of point guard offensive efficiency. Top ten blocks of the month. You know what it makes me think? A lot of blockers swing their ...

    Blog | February 01, 2012
  3. 60 blocks north of reality

    Henry Abbott

    I almost asked the question. There we were, in the carefully lit conference room of a very nice midtown hotel. Rows of pitchers filled with ice water lined up on a white tablecloth at the back. Take a drink, and there's no place for dirty glasses....

    Blog | October 05, 2011
  4. The truth about Kobe Bryant in crunch time

    Henry Abbott

    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Sport At the end of Game 2 of the 2009 Finals, the Magic knew who to guard, and got the block. Ask pundits. Ask general managers. Ask players. Ask almost anybody. Who would you like to have take the last shot with the g...

    Blog | January 28, 2011
  5. NBA block vs. charge is different

    Henry Abbott

    It's befuddling to everyone from casual fans to coaches. Veteran referee Joe DeRosa retired from the NBA and tells's Greg Gulas that reffing some college games has reminded him that the block/charge call is not the same everywhere. "The...

    Blog | January 11, 2011
  6. Manu Ginobili's iron will

    Henry Abbott

    My favorite part of Manu Ginobili's big block of Kevin Durant is that Ginobili said afterwards that he expected to get dunked on. Everyone loves to shame players who are dunked on, but if you're playing the best defense you can, you'll get dunked ...

    Blog | February 25, 2010
  7. Wednesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Missing Pau Gasol for all of the game, and Kobe Bryant for part of it, was a killer for the Lakers, in no small part because Tim Duncan, with his 12-19 from the floor, 13 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and two steals was so ready to capitalize. ...

    Blog | January 13, 2010
  8. I'm worried about Baron Davis

    Henry Abbott

    He's playing chess in Washington Square Park and then he decides to go to The Cage -- the West Fourth Street basketball courts. So he takes a subway? Google maps will tell you those two places are a block apart, and there is no subway. But the music ...

    Blog | January 12, 2010
  9. Tyreke Evans' Maiden Voyage

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz Tyreke Evans did a lot of impressive stuff Friday afternoon in his debut as the Sacramento Kings' point guard. On the game's very first possession, he dished the ball off to the weak side, then rumbled to the block wh...

    Blog | July 10, 2009
  10. Pau Gasol Would Like Some Room to Work

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz There have been calls throughout the postseason for Pau Gasol to see more opportunities to score down on the low block. Gasol himself hadn't been one of those critics. The Lakers' big man is a harmonious sort who trus...

    Blog | June 11, 2009
  11. Ben Wallace Got a Gimme

    Henry Abbott

    At the beginning of this season, I spent a day learning about now NBA referees do their jobs. One of the things I learned was about the block/charge: A lot of calls that look like charges are correctly called blocks. When you rewind these plays on ...

    Blog | May 23, 2009
  12. J.J. Redick, Ex-Afterthought

    Henry Abbott

    A few weeks ago, I watched the Orlando Magic warm up before a playoff game in Philadelphia. Adonal Foyle was doing nice slow lateral slides, and chatting with Sixer fans. Dwight Howard was shooting free throws. Rashard Lewis was on the block. And J.J...

    Blog | May 18, 2009
  13. Is Dwyane Wade an Elite Defender?

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz Dwyane Wade averaged 1.67 blocks per 48 minutes this season - far and away the highest rate of any guard in the league. To put that number into perspective, there's a greater gap between #1 Wade and his closest com...

    Blog | April 24, 2009
  14. LeBron James Blocks Jason Richardson

    Henry Abbott

    Several people have e-mailed me about this. Wasn't that dangerous just like Trevor Ariza's attempt to block Rudy Fernandez the other night? My response: Yup. It was similar, and no doubt dangerous. And it certainly should...

    Blog | March 13, 2009
  15. Outgrizzled

    Henry Abbott

    TrueHoop reader Michael points out a little statistical curio (which I'll illustrate with a prop stolen from the Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers preview). Michael writes: "Note that LeBron James averages 1.22 blocks per game. That means that James i...

    Blog | February 24, 2009
  16. The Screen-Assist

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz Remember when ex-NFL offensive lineman Tony Mandrich was all the rage coming out of Michigan State about 20 years ago? He was so beastly that observers starting charting his "pancake blocks" -- the number of ti...

    Blog | December 30, 2008