Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

The Last Act: Round 3 Wrap-Up and Finals picks by the numbers

May 31, 2011 by


“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.“ Winston Churchill 11-3 thru 14 series. Let’s get the post-mortems out of the way and make that pick. Background first: It’s about to get math intensive here so if it’s your […]

2011 Playoffs in Numbers and Graphs

May 29, 2011 by


Bored silly today. Don’t quite feel like writing the Finals preview as of yet. I need to let it sort itself out organically in my head. Instead I decided to illustrate the hell out of these playoffs. Because information is beautiful. The Rundown Let’s start with a quick roundown of the stats we are going […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/26/2011

May 28, 2011 by


“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?” -Adam Smith This one needs some theme music. I feel a debt was owed. Let’s pay this baby off, my word after all is my bond. 16 Teams, 30 Nights and a fantastic […]

Champions and Contenders revisited

May 27, 2011 by


You have to trust the research. A while back I looked at  Championships Produced and it was cool. The concept was that winning the championship is about winning in the playoffs. A team needs 16 wins in the playoff to win it all now (and 12 or 15 at different times in the past). Year […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/25/2011

May 26, 2011 by


I pretty much told you so. OKC was not coming back from the Game 5 Collapse. Particularly when Dirk Nowitski has officially become the third player in my lifetime who I’m stunned when he misses in the last 5 minutes of a game (Bird, Jordan and now Dirk). Let’s start with the series wrap first: […]

Wages of Wins Podcast: Love and Basketball

May 25, 2011 by


Another week and another podcast. You can find us in one of several ways Super Stat Team Podcast – 05/25/2011 – Direct Download Our RSS Feed Find us in iTunes Below are some extra notes to help you enjoy the podcast even more (as if that were possible!) Super Stat Team Assemble Andres Alvarez of Nerd Numbers Arturo […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/24/2011

May 25, 2011 by


For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; For want of a shoe, the horse was lost; For want of a horse, the rider was lost; For want of a rider, the battle was lost; For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. -Proverb […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/23/2011

May 24, 2011 by


I feel like I should be writing a series wrap-up. OKC was up 15 with five minutes left and then their best player fouled out. And then it became Dirk time. Dirk, Kidd and Marion on D. The Thunder got pantsed by the Mavs. I was mad at the refs after the last game that […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/22/2011 and the Best for the Playoffs so Far

May 22, 2011 by


Game 4 just became a must win for Chicago. The good news for Chicago is that Carlos Boozer finally showed up on offense. The bad news is that means you have to live with Bosh feasting on Boozer’s bad interior D. The refs were bad but well within the expectation for Homecourt Advantage. As for […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/21/2011

May 22, 2011 by


“My first thought was: I knew it, I’m not going to say there was a conspiracy. I just think something wasn’t right. It was unfair. We didn’t have a chance to win that game.” Kings center Scott Pollard upon hearing Tim Donaghy’s allegation of fixing Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals The world […]

Ten thousand years as Intercontinental Champion

May 21, 2011 by


“I say I’m a million percent. That is better than a hundred percent!” – Randy “Macho Man” Savage I had something else planned for tonight but sometimes life throws you a curve. I’ve loved wrestling since I was a kid watching  Carlos Colon and Ric Flair go at it in the rain. Randy was special. […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/19/2011

May 20, 2011 by


Sometimes the you think the lead is easy. KD leads his team to victory right? Wrong. Here’s the Playoff wins per 48 top 5. James Harden is the 4th best per minute player of the playoffs so far. He’s playing like a superstar when the games matter most.  He basically carried the Thunder to that […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/18/2011

May 19, 2011 by


An effective Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller make a difference for the Heat. A much bigger difference than Bosh actually. Particularly in this series in which rebounding is tantamount. It was interesting that the biggest play of the Game involved Dwayne Wade taking somebody out again. Links now: Dirk and his very offensive night (Weirdly […]

The Best Offensive Performances in the Playoffs and Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/17/2011

May 18, 2011 by


You know, It was a point of pride for me that I got these up just after the games ended and before going to bed. Oh well, Dirk Happens. Dirk was straight out amazing last night. So amazing in fact that I wanted to put him in perspective. Now in terms of Wins Produced he […]

Podcast: Conference Finals Game 1 and Fixing the Lottery

May 18, 2011 by


Super Stats Team Assemble! Daniel of Alvarez Films Dre of Nerd Numbers with a cameo from Arturo of Arturo’s Silly Little Stats Listen to us at Several Convenient Internet Locations Near you! Super Stat Team Podcast – 05/17/2011 – Direct Download Our RSS Feed Find us in iTunes Chicago vs. Miami Arturo has Chicago going all the way I need Chicago to win to salvage my […]

Pure Win: Round 2 Wrap-Up, Conference Finals picks by the numbers and Smackdown Update

May 17, 2011 by


“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/15/2011

May 16, 2011 by


One round ends and another begins. And what a beginning. First the pertinent playoff links: Picks for the Eastern Conference Finals (Bulls in 7) Full Picks and the Recap for Round 2 are coming Latest Podcast  Smackdown Update (I am now in lead currently 10-2 thru 12 series, will update tomorrow) MVP post. 1st round […]

The Mission from God (My Eastern Finals conference pick)

May 15, 2011 by


Cook County Assessor’s Office Clerk: Can I help you? [the brothers back him up and lift him onto the counter] Jake: This is where they pay the taxes, right? Cook County Assessor’s Office Clerk: Right. Elwood: This money is for the year’s assessment of Saint Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City, Illinois. […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/13/2011

May 14, 2011 by


My last piece was the lead link on  Wakeup Deadspin today. The Grizzlies are one game from the Western conference Finals. Yes Marc one game and right after the penis joke. Truly something that would have  surprised almost anyone. Well maybe not everyone :-) In honor of the fact that this is the first game […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/12/2011

May 13, 2011 by


And another one bites the Dust. Here’s the series numbers: Still not quite ready to make my picks but I would like to congratulate the Bulls for finishing second in the Eastern conference. Gibson and Noah were excellent but the Bulls managed to play themselves into a series and not a rout with a bad […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/11/2011

May 12, 2011 by


In the end, they fought and fought but time, injury and a great opponent caught up with the Big Three. They did not go gentle into that good night. I will write more about this but not quite yet. Here’s the series numbers: As for Miami, the big story is that I think we’ve established […]

Podcast: Playoffs and Women

May 11, 2011 by


Super Stats Team Assemble Arturo of Arturo’s Silly Little Stats Daniel of Alvarez Films Dre of Nerd Numbers You can enjoy this podcast at Super Stat Team Podcast – 05/11/2011 If you’re interested in more you can also Try our RSS Feed Find us in iTunes We discuss the following topics, not necessarily in the following order […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/10/2011 & Wins Produced for NBA Playoffs so Far

May 11, 2011 by


Short post tonight. Podcast will be up soon. Quick reminder before we get to that, Cool stuff is up: Smackdown Update MVP post. 1st round wrap-up and second round picks are up (for some crazy reason I had the Mavs :-) ) Recaps for 1st Round series Andres Alvarez with: Bulls-Pacers Andres Alvarez with: Thunder-Nuggets […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/9/2011

May 10, 2011 by


For tonight the headlines for me: Rondo is a hardass and played through pain but it’s not quite enough. Thank BounceX3 for the explanation. Miami continues to imbrace their inner thug as they take a commanding 3-1 lead Again, bent elbow and rough play and all. Heat/Celtics/Grizz/Thunder all have more heart and class this year than […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/8/2011

May 9, 2011 by


I thought The Lakers were coming back? The series actually ended tonight. Here’s the closeout numbers: JET, Dirk and Barea as the MVP’s for the Mavs.  Nobody but nobody showed up for the Lake show. Quick reminder before we get to that, Cool stuff is up: Top 50 Playoff Games as of yesterday Brand Shiny […]

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/7/2011

May 8, 2011 by


It was all about playoff mettle tonight. Quick reminder before we get to that, Cool stuff is up: Top 50 Playoff Games as of yesterday Brand Shiny New Podcast Smackdown Update MVP post. 1st round wrap-up and second round picks are up (for some crazy reason I had the Mavs :-) ) Recaps for 1st […]

Top 50 Playoff Performances so far

May 7, 2011 by


I wanted to put up something Quick and Pretty tonight. Top 50 Playoff performances as of yesterday. Players with >24 minutes played. Click to make it bigger. Boxscores will be up late tonight.

Advanced Playoff Box Scores for 5/6/2011

May 7, 2011 by


Game Blouses- A game ending taunt dished out by the winning team in any competition, usually when the final winning blow occurs. It originated on a sketch from Chappelle’s Show where Charlie Murphy plays Prince in basketball. Sometimes simply “blouses” is used.     From Urban Dictionary Cool stuff is up. Brand Shiny New Podcast Smackdown Update […]

Playoff Stat Smackdown Update

May 6, 2011 by


For fun this year the Wages of Wins Network cloned the True Hoop Stat Smackdown to see who could predict the playoff outcomes best. The rules are pretty simple: before each round you pick the round winner. You get 5 points if you guess the winner and you get an extra two points if you […]

Rating the Scorers

May 6, 2011 by


Yesterday in my MVP post I came up with points over Par. A nice simple metric to rate scoring . It goes like so: Four simple steps: Figure out the average league points per shot for the league. For 2011 its 1.225 points per Field Goal Attempt Find Shots taken and Points made for the […]


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