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NBA Film Study: How Mike Miller Simplified NY Knicks Offense Using Pistol

Since Mike Miller took over as interim head coach for the New York Knicks, the team has responded by going 7-12. Those numbers don’t set the world on fire, but they are a massive improvement from the 4-19 start under David Fizdale. Specifically, Miller has sparked their offensive performance: Over the last two weeks, according…

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Utah Jazz Absolutely Lighting it Up From Three-Point Range

The NBA’s hottest team is also suddenly its most accurate from three-point range. Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz are winners of seven straight and 12 of their last 13, and they’re leading the NBA at 39.0 percent from beyond the arc. During the seven-game conquest, the Jazz have run a long-range clinic, hitting 100-of-243 (41.2 percent)…

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NBA Film Study: Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Chicago Bulls Pressure Defense

What does it mean to be aggressive? As with any adjective, too much or too little can be a detriment. Balance is necessary to ensure productivity and health. On a basketball court, the same can be said for a team’s philosophy. Coachspeak gets thrown around without regard for balance. “We want to be the most…

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Atlanta Hawks Must Trust Their Rebuilding Process

Having lost 18 of their past 20 games, the Atlanta Hawks appear to be nearing rock bottom. “Frustration in the locker room has been building for some time as teammates have complained to each other about selfishness, not putting in the necessary work to turn things around and players not being held accountable,” Chris Haynes…

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Why the Joel Embiid, Al Horford Duo Isn’t Working (Sort of)

Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers won 51 games and were a Kawhi Leonard miracle away from going to the Eastern Conference Finals. General manager Elton Brand and his staff made two essential deals over the summer to give the Sixers a changed look. One of those moves was the highly publicized Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade to…

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New Orleans Pelicans Right to Be Overly Cautious with Zion Williamson

It’s now been nearly eight weeks since 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson underwent surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee, which puts him toward the end of his estimated 6-8 week timetable to return. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are playing it safe with their star rookie, according to Kristen Ledlow…

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How San Antonio Spurs Can Keep 22-Year Playoff Streak Alive

All good things eventually must come to an end. Yes, even the San Antonio Spurs’ 22-year playoff streak. Prior to Tuesday’s double-overtime win against the Houston Rockets—the results of which are now under protest after referees incorrectly failed to count a James Harden made dunk in the fourth quarter—the Spurs were 7-14 and had lost…

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Portland Trail Blazers Might be Cooked Without a Jusuf Nurkic Return

The Portland Trail Blazers’ season changed last year during a double-overtime game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. Starting center, Jusuf Nurkic suffered a compound fracture in his left leg with a little over two minutes left in the game. Nurkic watched the rest of the way as Portland made a valiant effort all…

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NBA Film Study: The Sabonis Black Hole, Darius Garland Fun, Where Knicks’ Offense Works

Another week of NBA action, another set of tidbits in the film room. As we think about what we’re thankful for this holiday season, I’m very thankful for Synergy, the video and statistical service that allows us to quickly and neatly dive into these tidbits. While this week has a heavy emphasis on offensive sets…

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