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  1. Penn Station: Thunder duo lack synergy

    Henry Abbott

    In a new feature, Penn Station, ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn uses some advanced stats to show that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook are fantastic, but lack a certain synergy typical of championship duos....

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  2. The chemistry of aggression, part II

    Henry Abbott

    Clinical psychologist, professor, author, and former Suns advanced stats consultant Stephen Ilardi says naturally occurring testosterone has a massive effect on the brain. A few days ago, Ilardi told TrueHoop TV why it is that fans of the winning tea...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  3. Fans of the winning team riot?

    Henry Abbott

    Clinical psychologist, professor, author, and former Suns advanced stats consultant Stephen Ilardi discusses the chemistry of aggression....

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  4. The new basketball common sense

    Henry Abbott

    You can lie with statistics. But not like this. What I mean is, let's say we're arguing about ... any old thing. Maybe you think people should eat more jello. No doubt you could find some stat (or, indeed, a stats-based rap) showing folks are b...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  5. The best offseason

    Henry Abbott

    Indiana University professor Wayne Winston, a pioneer of NBA advanced stats, names the teams he expects to improve most this season....

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  6. Why so many teams passed up Nerlens Noel

    Henry Abbott

    Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesEvery team knows Nerlens Noel can play, but few could stomach the risk.The best, most honest assessment, by the eye test, the advanced stats test, the mock draft test and every other kind of test, on the record or off, and virt...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  7. The stats scream Davis over Lillard

    Henry Abbott

    Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesUse your eyes, pick Damian Lillard. Use evidence, pick Anthony Davis.There's no arguing: People like Damian Lillard's game. I'm one of them. Hell yes I feel the urge to honor that guy, and, as a Blazer fan, t...

    Blog | April 17, 2013
  8. The origin of "no layups"

    Henry Abbott

    Dean Oliver (pioneer of NBA advanced stats, author of the seminal book "Basketball on Paper," former member of the Nuggets brain trust and current Director of Production Analytics for ESPN Stats & Information) once had a website where he wrote ab...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  9. TrueHoop TV: Heat crazy in crunch time

    Henry Abbott

    ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh has been digging into the numbers and finds this year's Heat are the second best crunch time team since new stats started being recorded in 1997. Despite LeBron James' reputation, the best team in those 17 years was another ...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  10. TrueHoop TV: Protecting the rim, in stats

    Henry Abbott

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    Blog | March 05, 2013
  11. Wednesday Mini-Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    How to make the All-Star team while playing for a losing team. Ramone Shelburne of ESPNLA on Dwight Howard at the line: "According to ESPN Stats & Information, Howard has taken nearly half of the Lakers' free throws in crunch time situations (d...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  12. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Talk about Nate McMillan as a Laker defensive assistant. I'm all for McMillan and I'm all for handing the defense to a specialist. But the idea that he's a special defensive coach ... I'm worried that's born of the way poor use of stats misleads peop...

    Blog | November 12, 2012
  13. Mark Cuban pipes up for Chris Kaman

    Henry Abbott

    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images The Mavericks' owner says a good team system can make a player far better. It's not news that stat-geeky owner Mark Cuban has spent a lot of money on Chris Kaman, a center who is generally abhorred by advanced stats...

    Blog | September 05, 2012
  14. What's missing? Ray Allen's touch

    Henry Abbott

    (The Miami Heat host the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Wednesday at 8:30 ET on ESPN.) The Boston Celtics have lost five consecutive postseason road games against the Miami Heat, dating to 2010. According to the Elias S...

    Blog | May 30, 2012
  15. Thunder 'transition' to conference finals

    Henry Abbott

    US Presswire Kevin Durant scores 25 points as the Thunder eliminate the Lakers from the postseason. After a couple of scares in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Oklahoma City Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1. It's the Thunde...

    Blog | May 22, 2012
  16. Clippers complete historic comeback win

    Henry Abbott

    Entering Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers hadn't won a playoff game since May 18, 2006. So when they entered the fourth quarter down 21 points to the Memphis Grizzlies all signs pointed to another loss. The Clippers had other ideas. Down 95-71...

    Blog | April 30, 2012