Links 1/16/2008 – Kellan

January 16, 2008

My question is which of the teams in the West won’t make the playoff. They have ten teams that legitimately deserve (at least so far) to make it into the post-season. There are five teams that look like they’ll finish with over 50 wins this season. Then the other five look like they’ll finish over .500. The East has just six teams that are on pace to finish over .500. Can we just take the two teams from the West that should’ve made it and take away the 7th and 8th place spots in the East and have our teams compete in that bracket. It would make for a more exciting playoffs than the uninspired first (and some second) round play in the playoffs last year from the East.

I’ve been working on some statistical analysis regarding the streaks that teams go on. I’m hoping to be able to post a couple examples and break down what it means pretty soon. It’s just taking a while to build the system. But hey, on to the links.

The Blowtorches take on the enmity that exists between Ben Wallace and Joakim Noah. I do think that Joakim Noah is a player that is going to be pretty good. I do think that Ben Wallace has seen better days, but he is still a veteran and a presence on defense as well as the boards. Noah can complain all he wants, but all he’ll be doing is hurting his team. Read the rest of this entry »