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Imagine there’s no choking (and no hot hand too)

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Today is the one year anniversary of that day that will forever live in infamy…in Cleveland. Today is the day when LeBron James supposedly quit on his team and his city. What’s indisputable is that he played terribly, his Cavaliers lost, and it became clear to us all that the Boston Celtics had an extra gear that the Cavs did not.

Seems an appropriate day to ask y’all to participate in a little thought experiment channeling John Lennon:

Imagine there’s no choking.

Just for a minute. Don’t argue with me, just…imagine.

Think about every case of choking you’ve seen in basketball, and think about how you would explain it if you couldn’t blame it on choking.

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Written by Matt Johnson

May 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Beasley, Bosh, and Opportunity in Basketball

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Over 4 games in the last week former future superstar turned bust Michael Beasley has averaged 32.5 PPG on a TS of 58.7%.  In other words, pretty damn good.  Meanwhile on Beasley’s former team in Miami, B-list superstar Chris Bosh is averaging 14.5 PPG on 55.5% TS for the season after not having done less than 22 PPG or 56.9% TS since he hit his prime over a half decade ago.  Now I don’t want to blow this out of proportion.  Beasley’s not going to keep up this pace, and his Timberwolves still stink.  Bosh was expected to have his scoring volume decrease substantially while playing with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  However, any attempt to argue that this is a coincidence is silly.  Something is definitely going on, and while there’s nuance in any story like this, I’d say one word summarizes the situation well:  Opportunity.

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