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An In-Depth Look at the Eastern Conference Playoff Race

One of the gifts analytics pioneer John Hollinger left ESPN before departing for a front office job with the Memphis Grizzlies was his “Playoff Odds” feature. As the name suggests, the feature measures the percentage of times out of 5,000 computer simulations each team will make the playoffs. The algorithm for the simulations is hideously complicated, and takes into account strength...
Via Sportsnaut
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics rise to No. 17 in ESPN power rankings; Hollinger odds say they should make the playoffs

No. 17 Dave Cowens retro jersey.This week's Marc Stein NBA power rankings for have just been released, with the Celtics landing at No. 17.  Up three spots from No. 20 last week, it ties the C's highest position of the season (which they also reached on February 16).  At 29-36, Boston is just behind the No. 16 Wizards (38-28), but ahead of the Suns (No. 18, 35-33) and Bucks...
Via Celtics Life
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

So the Celtics will make the playoffs, and have a better chance to reach the Finals than OKC?

In the midst of an improbably successful six-game road trip, as of this moment the 16-27 Celtics are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, just two games back of No. 8 Charlotte.  It may be time to consider the postseason a very real possibility.Boston's -1.7 points per game scoring differential actually ranks seventh-best overall in the East.  The C's also have an extremely...
Via Celtics Life
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Media Day Spotlight: John Hollinger

The Grizzlies first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder was an epic 7 game thriller, with FOUR overtime games. When the fireworks in that series ended, it was disappointing that the Grizzlies lost, but the city was still proud of the team and took a moment to exhale. Turns out it was only a moment before the fireworks began again — this time in the Grizzlies Front Office...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Basketball: Why the Top 5 are the Top 5

Friends, Americans, geeks, procrastinators, gamblers, John Hollinger, lend me your ears. It is that time of the year again, when we get a chance to redeem ourselves for drafting Adrian Peterson in pre-season. It is that time of the year again, when we get to show James Dolan how to run a real team. It is the only time that really matters for us NBA fanatics for it is Fantasy Basketball...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Wallace gets one more chance, back in charge in Memphis

PHX: Can we have Kedrick Brown? WALLACE: No but you can have Joe Johnson.Former Celtics GM (and TB favorite) Chris Wallace is back in charge in Memphis.The future of Dave Joerger and John Hollinger is unclear due to the apparent clash between current ownership and Robert Pera.Chris Wallace will assume responsibility for the front office on an interim basis.But Chris Wallace, reinstalled...
Via Celtics Life
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Power Rankings: Week 9

Boasting the NBA's highest scoring offense (108.4 PPG) and it's most efficient offense (110.5 by John Hollinger's team stats), the Portland Trail Blazers stake their claim as the best team in the NBA this week. The top-five has finally changed and there could be a new mainstay to the upper echelon of elite teams if the L.A. Clippers keep their NBA-best winning streak (five games...
Via CLNS Radio
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Checking out the Power Rankings: An Inexact Science

 We checked out Chad Ford's Tank Rank and now we are checking out the Power Rankings.  First up is John Hollinger's Power Rankings that are scientifically arrived at by statistics.  With a rating of  95.257, the Celtics are ranked 22nd on this list.   They are down just a little from last week's 96.351 rating.In Marc Stein's Power Rankings, the Celtics drop 2 spots from #25...
Via Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Grizzlies' Front Office 'Aggressively' Suggesting Lineups To Dave Joerger

Dave Joerger is receiving considerable direction from the Memphis Grizzlies' front office, according to sources. Robert Pera and John Hollinger are strong proponents of advanced statistics. “They’re suggesting lineups,” said one league source. “Aggressively.” One scout said, “It looked as if Joerger was trying to put his stamp on them and the players resisted. They were...
Via RealGM
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

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