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Week #8 – 13 in 74, Barca, midrange madness (vid)

Week #8 is in the books and it won’t be forgotten soon: Dimitris Diamantidis provided us with one of the more worthwhile crunch time performances in recent years, while Fenerbahce and Barcelona went head-to-head in front of a sold-out Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul. Caja Laboral kept Top16 hopes alive with victory over Prokom, while CSKA is clinging to that last tiny bit of hope after dealing Svetislav Pesic his first loss of the season.

Euroleague Week #6 – Smith, midrange, and lineups (vid)

It was another surprising, eventful and unusually spectacular week in the TURKISH AIRLINES Euroleague. This time, we take a look at Real Madrid shot selection and advanced team statistics, Charles Smith’s miracle gamewinner in Bamberg and lineup/player combinaton statistics for Maccabi & others. Meanwhile, young swingmen from Croatia and Serbia star in the U22 watch.

Euroleague Week #5 – a step too quick (vid)

Another week in TURKISH AIRLINES Euroleague is over and we’re halfway through the regular season. Bo McCalebb drives past, through, over the Barca defense, Dusan Kecman powers yet another Partizan miracle, thus contributes to a dark week for the Spanish, Saras makes his highly anticipated debut for Rytas, Real Madrid goes down in unprecedented fashion in Charleroi, whereas Fenerbahce loses its first of the season, in Cholet.

Euroleague Week #4 – A step too far (vid)

In this week’s edition, a referee – not Bamberg shotmaker Brian Roberts – goes a step too far, we look for the tallest and smallest teams in the league, another young Greek makes an impression but this time he wears green, we look at an amazing road win for Zalgiris and there’s a tiny little diagram that displays Euroleague’s minutes played by continent/country.

Euroleague Week #3 – random bits (vid)

Week three is in the books, and it was a quite memorable gameday. Four teams didn’t pass the 60 point mark, CSKA, Panathinaikos and Barcelona lost ground, Olimpija progressed to 3 and 0, Maccabi wins a crucial game in Belgrade, Olympiacos dismantles Unicaja and Real successfully regroups after a tough loss in ACB.

Euroleague Week #2 – random bits (vid)

After an eventful opening week, there were high expectations for week #2, which featured Panathinaikos versus CSKA in an all-time classic, an all-Spanish duel between Real Madrid and Unicaja, Union Olimpija’s road trip to Milan, Baskonia’s exhibition to Gdynia, Rytas’ home opener against Montepaschi Siena and Cibona’s clash wth Fenerbahce among others.

Adjusted plus/minus for Euroleague 09/10

Thanks to some outstanding work by Eli on his blog Count The Basket, I got an idea of how to calculate adjusted plus/minus. From that point it was only a question of changing the Euroleague play by playa data to the right format. It might be interesting to note by the way that Eli was signed by an NBA franchise twelve days after he had published his guide to calculating adjusted +/-.

Euroleague qualification 2nd leg, ACB Supercopa

It was close, but in the end, the favourites prevailed. Hemofarm held on to a thirteen point first leg edge in a nine point loss to Galil Gilboa, ASVEL needed overtime to get past Buducnost and ALBA rode a 12:0 third quarter run on four consecutive three pointers to beat Roanne 95:82.

Euroleague qualification, 3pt stats

Experts have had their say on what European basketball will look like after the implementation of the new 6.75arc and the new rectangular zone (the setback to 14-rule might lead to slightly more possessions, but won’t change the nature of the game). I’ve made it one of my priorities this season to keep track of how the new rules are influencing the game – and thus – statistics. The first gameday of Euroleague qualification yesterday happened to be the first official games played under those rules.

Some selected Lega A and German BBL plus/minus numbers

Few domestic leagues in Europe are offering plus/minus-statistics. Two of them are Italian Lega A and German BBL. Even though they only have them in boxscores and not as accumulated stats in player/team profile, it is better than nothing.

Euroleague unadjusted plus/minus for all players +150 minutes

EuroleagueI’ve finally found the time to complete the (unadjusted) plus/minus calculations for the running 09/10 Euroleague season. You find the complete sortable list here. The most glaring weakness of plus/minus in the Euroleague is obvious: With the regular season lasting only ten games (eight teams are eliminated after the regular season), Top16 lasting another six games (another eight teams eliminated) and a short best-of-five quarter final series following, even the busiest club will have played only 21 games max prior to the Final Four. Too bad that plus/minus is a category that needs a large sample size to allow conclusions.


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