Basketball is a game played in three distinct phases:
What it takes to win the NBA Championship [Dec 12, 2007]
Teams which combine these three phases of the game, in the most well-balanced way, succeed … on and off the court.
Quality Rating (QR) is a simple measure which combines the:
* Points Scored Differential Ranking (PSDR)
* Points Allowed Ranking (PAR)
* Rebounding Differential Ranking (RDR)
to produce a Quality Index Ranking for each of the 16 teams which eventually make the playoffs in the NBA.
Legitimate Contenders in the NBA, Part I [Dec 18, 2007]
Since the early part of the 2007-2008 regular season schedule, the Celtics established themselves as THE dominant team in the League; at one juncture, ranking #1 in all three measures (i.e. PSDR, PAR & RDR) and with a QR of 3 …
Legitimate Contenders in the NBA: Part V [Apr 18, 2008]
which, fundamentally, did not change throughout the balance of the season.
Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Rebounding & Defense at the highest level of competition.
Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of Individual Match-ups & Mis-matches in determining Winners & Losers within a specific game.
Most NBA observers fail to understand the value of a Core Covenant built upon Rebounding, Defense, Individual Match-ups and the concepts of Shared (Unselfish) Offense, Teamwork and Ubuntu!
Red Auerbach understood these things.
Bill Russell understands these things.
So, now, does Danny Ainge …
and Doc Rivers,
and Thom Thibodeau, Armond Hill, Kevin Eastman & Clifford Ray,
and Bryan Doo, Walter Norton & Ed Lacerte,
and Paul Pierce, Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett,
and Kendrick Perkins & Rajon Rondo,
and James Posey, Eddie House & Scott Pollard,
and Tony Allen, Leon Powe & Brian Scalabrine,
and Glen Davis & Gabe Pruitt,
and PJ Brown & Sam Cassell.
As did Grady Rivers.
Kudos to the Men in Green … on a job supremely well done, from worst to first!