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Talking Trends: An Analytical View of the Lakers

With about 10% of the NBA season out of the way, the Lakers will now being their journey to find their identity with Coach D'Antoni beginning with Sunday's game against the Rockets. Welcome to a new periodical column here at Silver Screen & Roll.

Ring of Honor (ROH) and CHIKARA join forces tomorrow (April 28) for Synergy in Chicago, IL

Co-promotion? Ring of Honor and CHIKARA got it on lock tomorrow night in Chicago. Find out all the details here.

Video: Tag team action and a title defense in this week's CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go

The latest Podcast-A-Go-Go from CHIKARA is out! Catch up with the one of a kind wrestling promotion now!

Ring of Honor (ROH) newswire for April 5, 2012: What's on tap for the promotion in the coming weeks?

Ring of Honor has TV tapings this week, a huge co-promotional show in three weeks and a trip to Toronto next month. Keep yourself up to date with the latest newswire here.

CHIKARA announces internet pay-per-view return at June 2's Chikarasaurus Rex event

CHIKARA suicide dove into the internet-pay-per-view realm last November with High Noon. Since then, fans have been asking when they would return. The answer is here.

Bevo Gets Into the Energy Business

Whenever the Longhorn Sports Network is up and running, UT would appreciate it if you would use Texas Longhorns Energy to power up your HDTV. UT has entered into a 6-year agreement with...

Sinclair Broadcasting kicks longstanding Ring of Honor employee Syd Eick to the curb

The biggest story of the weekend was a low key departure from Ring Of Honor management. Longstanding employee Syd Eick announced to the ROH locker room after their Philidelphia house show on Friday night that he was leaving the company, effective immediately. ROH also kickstarted an interpromotional feud angle with CHIKARA by having outsiders Jigsaw and Hallowicked defeat ROH Tag Team Champions The Briscoes in a non title Proving Ground match.

Appreciating The Minnesota Lynx Frame-By-Frame: What 'Synergy' Looks Like In Action

A look at the Minnesota Lynx' "3 Clear" play as an example of what "synergy" looks like in action.

"Situational Statistics": Bismack Biyombo, beyond the box score

Box-scores don't always tell us everything we need to know about what happened in an actual game, and seasonal stats can be misleading at times in attempting to project what type of NBA player a NCAA or international prospect will become. That's why it makes sense to branch out and explore other alternatives that are available to us, including those offered to us by Synergy Sports Technology, who've logged virtually every individual possession of every game this year's NBA draft class has taken part of. .... Like Valanciunas, Biyombo saw more than 80% of his shots at the basket, but he finished them at a 12% lower rate, making just 56.1% of them last season. He also turned the ball over on 25.8% of his half court possessions, the highest mark in this group, showing that, despite his ridiculously large hands, he struggled to hold onto the ball in traffic at times. Considering this was Biyombo's first taste of high level basketball, it isn't surprising to see a player with so many physical tools, still struggle. There were a couple of bright spots for Biyombo though. Seeing 33% (1st) of his touches as the roll man on the pick and roll, he finished at a solid 65% (6th) and draw fouls on nearly 31.8% (2nd) of those possessions. The Congolese center has a remarkable frame, and that shined through at times when he bowled his way through contact or finished a lob pass with a dunk. Part of Biyombo's problem revolves around his desire to do too much at times. When he wasn't turning the ball over, he managed to finish his post-up plays (63% FG, 1st) and cuts (73%, 3rd) at a solid rate, getting fouled about 20% of the time in the process, so picking and choosing his spots will likely be a key for him. Considering he played just over a dozen games before opting to attend the Hoop Summit, Biyombo's sample size skews his data a bit, but the raw aspects of his offensive game are clear. Ball security and experience are two priorities for Biyombo as he aims to play efficiently in a simple offensive role to match his elite defensive ability. http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Situational-Statistics-the-2011-Big-Men-Crop-3761/

Synergy Sports analysis: Bismack Biyombo

As much as Biyombo's ability to alter shots off-ball is great, it's his ability to change them on the ball that was especially impressive. Of the 21 charted defensive post plays for Biyombo on Synergy Sports Technology, he blocked 6-7 shots on the ball and severely altered 3-4 more shots. Nasty. Granted, a limited sample size, but still nasty. Overall, Biyombo's post defense was stellar this year. On those aforementioned 21 post plays, his opponents managed to shoot just 22% (according to Synergy). Holds his position well, even against veterans, shows good balance and shuffles his feet well. Very sound in his approach. Also, seems competent guarding outside the painted area. Shows hard on pick/roll and moves his feet well on the perimeter. Can legitimately guard both frontcourt positions. Though, he's not without his flaws defensively. Sometimes loses sight of the ball and has a tendency to over-help. Biyombo might struggle a little adjusting to defending NBA talent, which is expected of any newcomer. But he will be much more prepared than any college prospects to defend against NBA offenses thanks to his time dealing with the talent and precision of many of the ACB teams.
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