Terry Stotts, Reinvented: How A Retread NBA Coach Became Cutting Edge

Players get better, and players get worse. This is a fundamental truth, and an arc we've always understood, analytics or not, as part of the fabric of not just sports, but performance and ability in general. Sometimes you get better at your job, sometimes you fall off. But we don't really look at coaches in this way;… » 4/23/14 2:17pm Today 2:17pm

Myth Busting: Do Japanese Pitchers Really Throw More Strikeouts In MLB?

When the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka this winter, there wasn't any real question that they were getting an outstanding pitcher, but no one was really expecting what he's done so far. Through 22 innings, Tanaka has struck out 28 batters, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (SO/9). That's some serious… » 4/22/14 4:09pm Yesterday 4:09pm

The Nets Are Very Old, But Their Defense Is Next Level

The average age of the Brooklyn Nets preferred starting lineup right now is 32.4. Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Deron Williams have seemingly been in our collective consciousness for decades. Even Shaun Livingston, the fifth member of that quintet, is best known for a gruesome knee injury that occurred » 4/22/14 11:10am Yesterday 11:10am

The "Final Minute" Of Grizzlies-Thunder Lasted 43 Minutes

Last night's Memphis-Oklahoma City game went overtime thanks to some Thunder heroics. Really overtime. From the start of the final minute of regulation until the final horn, 43 minutes and 14 seconds passed by—as did most of the first quarter of the following Warriors-Clippers game. Over the last minute and the five of … » 4/22/14 10:50am Yesterday 10:50am

Is Chris Paul Somehow Underrated?

There's a neat narrative in the NBA today (which we help perpetuate) that LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the best players in the league by a mile, each season a clash between two great legacies in the making. But how true is this, really? » 4/21/14 4:46pm Monday 4:46pm

How A Clever Algorithm Can Help Us "Complete" The 2013 Boston Marathon

In the aftermath of last year's Boston Marathon attacks, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) was faced with—among other, more serious problems—a pair of logistical issues. It had to consider how to provide the nearly 6,000 runners who were unable to finish the 2013 race with an opportunity to qualify for this year's… » 4/21/14 9:31am Monday 9:31am

The Terrifying Hell A Marathon Inflicts On The Human Body

The 118th annual Boston Marathon is about to get underway, and like any marathon, it will be an incredible physical tax on all of its participants. There will be heart trauma, organ damage, blood pissing, unspeakable chaffing—and those are the baseline. Below, read Dr. Matt McCarthy's explanation from this past October … » 4/21/14 8:46am Monday 8:46am

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 Friday 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 Friday 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 Friday 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 4/17/14 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 4/17/14 4:03pm