One Team, One Stat: The Heat Were Historically Clutch

Originally posted on Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith | NBA.com:

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From Media Day until opening night, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann will provide a key stat for each team in the league and show you, with film and analysis, why it matters. Up next are the Miami Heat, who are looking for a third straight championship.

The basics
MIA Rank
W-L 66-16 1
Pace 93.0 23
OffRtg 110.3 1
DefRtg 100.5 7
NetRtg +9.9 2

The stat

1 - Rank of the Heat in both clutch offense and clutch defense last season.

Clutch = Last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with a score differential of five points or less.

The context

Miami is the first team to pull off that feat since we could start tracking clutch stats in 1996-97. And it helped them go 32-8 in games that were within five points in the last five minutes…

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One Team, One Stat: No Howard = No Defense In L.A.

Originally posted on Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith | NBA.com:

From Media Day until opening night, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann will provide a key stat for each team in the league and show you, with film and analysis, why it matters. Up next are the Los Angeles Lakers, who could be in danger of missing the playoffs for just the third time in the last 38 years.

The basics
LAL Rank
W-L 45-37 t-11
Pace 96.8 5
OffRtg 105.6 8
DefRtg 103.6 19
NetRtg +2.0 10

The stat

107.8 percent - Points per 100 possessions allowed by the Lakers in 1,229 minutes with Dwight Howard off the floor last season.

The context

That number would have ranked 28th in the league over the full season. But when Howard was on the floor, the Lakers allowed just 101.7 points per 100 possessions, which would have ranked 10th in the league.

Though Howard was recovering from back surgery and dealing with a shoulder…

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Five things we learned from Heat’s Game 4 win over Spurs

Originally posted on National Post | Sports:

SAN ANTONIO — Five things to note from Miami’s 109-93 win over San Antonio in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night:

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FLASH RETURNED
Dwyane Wade doesn’t get called “Flash” often anymore, primarily because he tends to go by the more standard “D-Wade” moniker, partially because he keeps giving himself nicknames like “WoW” (that one didn’t really catch on). But in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Flash was back, all right. Wade finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six steals — one more than the entire Spurs roster, combined. It was vintage Wade, 2006 edition, and came when Miami absolutely needed him most. When he scores at least 20, the Heat are 42-4 this season.

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LEBRON RETURNED, TOO
It takes a lot for a 33-point night from LeBron James to get overshadowed…

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Johns Hopkins reacts to Carson’s homosexuality comments

Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) — The dean overseeing Johns Hopkins University Medical School said Friday that controversial comments made by faculty member Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and outspoken conservative, went against the “core values” of the school.

This follows remarks last week by Carson which some saw as equating homosexuality with criminal acts of pedophilia and bestiality. He would later say he apologized “if he offended anyone.” The Johns Hopkins Dean said a Monday meeting with students would be held regarding whether to keep Carson as this year’s commencement speaker.

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Originally posted on National Post | Sports:

The Toronto Raptors acquired a new player on NBA trade deadline day. But for most observers and fans, it will just be another day that the team did not trade Andrea Bargnani.

Bargnani was the logical piece to be moved following last month’s trade for Rudy Gay. It was so logical, in fact, that general manager Bryan Colangelo brought the open secret into the light by saying out loud on the night of the Gay trade that the Raptors were considering trading Bargnani. That was 22 days before Thursday’s trade deadline. And, for Bargnani, the Raptors could not scratch up a deal that would make them tangibly better, now or in the future.

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The deal that they did make — acquiring point guard Sebastian Telfair from Phoenix for Hamed Haddadi and a conditional second-round draft pick — does not move the needle in any meaningful way. It could…

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Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Your chances of being audited by the IRS are one in 175. Your chances of becoming president of the U.S. are one in 10,000,000. Your chances of winning the Megabucks Slot Machine Jackpot are one in 50 million. Your chances of giving birth to two sets of identical twins at once?

Seventy million to one, which is right up there with, well…someone has to win the lottery, right?

(MORE: California Highway Dig Yields New Whale Species)

A woman in Houston, Texas has four baby boys to crow about, which for just about any parent would be an event unto itself. But now 36-year-old Tressa Montalvo can add “had two sets of identical twins” to her bucket list.

Montalvo and her husband, Manuel Montalvo, Jr., say they weren’t using fertility drugs, and that the planned pregnancy “just succeeded a little too much,” reports Reuters. At 10 weeks, doctors told her…

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