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  1. So, just how bad are the Cavaliers?

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

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    The 8-37 Cavaliers have lost 18 straight games and 28 of their last 29 on their way to claiming the worst record in the league. That’s the bad news. The worse news is that the Cavaliers are considerably worse than their record indicates. As bad as the Cavs’ record indicates, the team’s win margin is…

  2. Dwight Howard will continue blocking shots out of bounds, thank you very much

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

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    At last year’s MIT Sloan Stats and Analytics conference, there was some controversy and discussion surrounding a paper about the value of Dwight Howard’s blocks. John Huizinga studied shot blocks based on their possible outcomes — the offensive team keeping possession of the ball, the block leading to a defensive rebound and a change of…

  3. Is Carmelo Anthony an elite player?

    Aug 5, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com (insider required) makes a fairly convincing case that he’s not: At first glance, Anthony seems like a member of the NBA’s elite, largely due to his scoring prowess. But a deeper look at the points column and elsewhere in his game reveals a player who lives on an undeserved reputation more…

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