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    Default 3/9/2014 Game Thread #63: Pacers Vs. Mavericks



    Game Time Start: 7:30 PM ET
    Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
    Officials: T. Washington, N. Buchert, M. Lindsay

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Dallas Notes
    Television: FOX Sports Indiana / FOX Sports Southwest
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM, 107.5 FM / KESN 103.3 FM, KFLC 1270 AM
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    Away: 17-12
    West: 17-9
    Home: 20-10
    East: 18-9
    Upcoming Games:
    Mar 11
    Mar 14
    Mar 15
    Mar 17

    Projected Starting Lineup:
    Projected Starting Lineup:

    Andrew Bynum - stuck X button (out) [H/T Richard_Skull]
    C.J. Watson – sprained right elbow (game-time decision)


    Perpetually Disappointing Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:

    Semi-Relevant Video:

    Semi-Relevant Trivia:

    In fifteen and a half seasons of professional basketbal, Dirk
    Nowitzki has become the Dallas Mavericks career leader in
    games, minutes, points, free throws as well as both offensive
    and defensive rebounds. How many combined assists, steals
    and blocks does Dirk need to lead those categories, too?

    A. 2227
    B. 2272
    C. 2277
    D. 2722
    E. 2727
    Spoiler Spoiler:

    Hardwood Paroxysm:
    Andrew Lynch: In Defense of the Most Maligned Presentation at Sloan

    “What was the point of that?”

    That question, or some similar version, resonated through the halls of the 2014 MIT
    Sloan Sports Analytics Conference after one particular presentation — “Automatically
    Recognizing On-Ball Screens
    ,” a dense tome of numbers and self-referencing computer
    jargon. Essentially, the paper seemed to prove that on-ball screens do in fact exist.
    WOOOHOOO! Our eyes aren’t lying to us. Hail and rejoice!

    Yet the importance of this paper is reflected in one of its most vocal critics. Stan Van
    Gundy touched on it when he ranted about the accuracy of play categorizations in
    Synergy Sports:

    “I read some of the stuff that people write on and stats
    on pick-and-roll defense and stuff that came off or
    somewhere else. I don’t know who is recording that information.”

    via Fifty NBA notes, quotes and anecdotes from the 2014 Sloan
    conference | The Point Forward –

    It’s a problem encountered by anyone who’s used the scouting tool before; while there
    is a certain acceptable degree of accuracy in the labeling of each individual play, the
    accuracy on any one play can vary greatly. People are behind this: a dedicated team
    must slave over game film and dissect it into its various components for easy
    digestion by the end-user. They work diligently and do their very best, but they’re
    human. Sometimes, they get it wrong.

    And even when they get it right, the process is incredibly labor-intensive. That’s an
    issue, as resources are far from limitless for this kind of endeavor. Analytics is a
    growing field, but there’s only so much money and time to go around. The SportVU
    data tracking cameras were supposed to remedy this, but they’re not some sort of
    magical black box. All of the data captured by the cameras is there for manipulation
    and analysis, but it comes in a rather raw form — X,Y,Z data with event tags that
    correspond to the play-by-play data, along with some standard tabulations and
    formatting provided by STATS. From there, it’s up to the teams to figure out how
    to turn raw information into actionable intelligence. When teams get the best and
    brightest data scientists, programmers, and graphic user interface designers, the
    numbers become art in motion.

    That video, of course, comes from Zach Lowe’s thorough investigation of the Toronto
    Raptors’ use of SportVU technology. The video is elegant and simple; it conveys an
    infinitely complicated process in a way so basic as to be comprehensible to the
    average basketball viewer. Such simplicity is misleading, however. To generate
    that kind of visualization from a jumble of coordinates is really, really hard. The
    computers don’t innately know how to do it; like some sort of sci-fi dystopian
    nightmare, they have to be trained to do our bidding before they can replace us.

    This is the maddening genius...CONTINUE READING AT HARDWOOD PAROXYSM

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