The Greatest Season In NBA History*, Brought To You By DeAndre Liggins

The play above—what looks like an afterthought in LeBron James's 61-point outburst against the Bobcats—represents the sole meaningful play of #14 DeAndre Liggins's season. Spending most of the year in D-League, Liggins was signed by Miami late in February and released in mid-March, appearing in just one game. He… » 4/18/14 2:22pm Yesterday 2:22pm

The NHL's New Playoff Format, As Explained By Highly Paid Consultants

The NHL rolled out a new playoff format this season, which some have found a bit confusing. To assist, an employee at Accenture—the world's largest consulting company—has passed along a presentation he made for his boss to explain the changes. This is a great pro bono service: Had you personally asked Accenture to… » 4/18/14 1:33pm Yesterday 1:33pm

NBA Playoff Interactive Shows Who's Most Likely To Win Every Round

Our friend Ed Feng at The Power Rank, along with Andrew Phillips from Chartball, put together an interactive that shows win probabilities for the NBA playoffs, all the way through to the finals, weighted heavily by adjusted strength of schedule. » 4/18/14 11:43am Yesterday 11:43am

"Nobody Lives Here": A Beautiful Map Of Uninhabited America

The map above, by Nik Freeman of Mapsbynik, shows the 4.9 million census blocks in the U.S. (out of 11.1 million in total) with a recorded population of zero. It's a pretty gorgeous creation, and it pairs nicely with an older favorite of mine, from the US GSA: » 4/17/14 5:29pm Thursday 5:29pm

What's The Best Way To Score On Jonathan Quick And Antti Niemi?

Goalie performance is extraordinarily important to success in the NHL playoffs (which began last night, FYI). To get you ahead of the curve, Kevin Woodley of NHL.com has broken down the intriguing "goaltender matchup" between LA's Jonathan Quick and San Jose's Antti Niemi, with the help of some goofy, but useful,… » 4/17/14 4:03pm Thursday 4:03pm

The Durant-LeBron Arms Race: Two Of The Best Seasons Of All Time

When we last took a look in February, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were both having monster seasons, with unprecedented combinations of offensive volume (usage percent) and efficiency (true shooting percent). There was still a lot of basektball left to play, but at the time we wrote that "if these stat lines hold, or… » 4/17/14 11:49am Thursday 11:49am

Which NBA Players Are Best Late In The Shot Clock?

You know the feeling. The post has been fronted, or the cutter bumped off course, or the screen jumped and the slip covered, or maybe whatever the hell happened here, unmercifully, is happening again. NBA offenses get clogged up for lots of reasons, and when the shot clock is winding down, someone's left holding the… » 4/16/14 4:04pm Wednesday 4:04pm

How Long Is Every Minute Of An NBA Game?

The last minute or so of basketball games, college or pro, is going to take a while if the game's tight. But what about all the other minutes—how long do those take, relative to each other? Inpredictable played a riff on our NCAA tournament stopwatch viewing and ran the timestamps for every play in every NBA game this… » 4/15/14 6:34pm Tuesday 6:34pm

How Phil Ivey Beat (Or Maybe Cheated) A Casino For Millions

Over the weekend, a story about Phil Ivey, the best poker player in the world, made its way around the Internet. He's being sued by the Borgata casino in federal court for cheating at a version of baccarat using a method known as "edge sorting." All told, Ivey took the casino for close to $10 million. Here's how he did… » 4/14/14 12:32pm Monday 12:32pm

If You Want To Be A Pro Soccer Player, It Helps To Be Born In January

You've probably heard the Malcolm Gladwell spiel about Canadian hockey players—namely, that a massive number of them are born in January. As it turns out, this isn't just a hockey thing. Scraping birthdays from transfermarkt.de, David Bauer has found a very similar effect among professional soccer players, displayed in … » 4/11/14 6:16pm 4/11/14 6:16pm