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December 27, 2014 Updates

On the night he moved up another spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Dirk Nowitzki briefly chatted with Kobe Bryant and offered a playful warning to the only active player with more career points than him. "I told him that I was going to catch him," Nowitzki said after his Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 102-98 with Bryant resting and watching from the bench. "But that's going to be tough." ESPN.com

Jared Dudley Goes 10/10 Scoring Season High. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvXAt1lZ3lQ YouTube

December 26, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list earlier in December to become third all-time in the NBA. He was asked about this achievement when the Lakers came Chicago on Christmas. via the Chicago Tribune: “It was more of a thankful feeling to Michael and the players who came before because I’ve learned so much from them,” he said. “And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve literally just stolen (stuff) from them — like spin moves and pull-ups. It’s not me passing these players. It’s us.” For The Win

Mike Trudell: Kobe said he talked to Michael Jordan after passing MJ for 3rd on the scoring list, and among MJ's messages was: "Go get Karl (Malone)." Twitter @LakersReporter

With the tenets of “Moneyball” now employed in the front offices of every major sport, perhaps it was inevitable that professional teams would turn to emotion metrics and neuroscience tools to try to gain an edge in evaluating players. “We spend quite a bit of time evaluating the players as basketball players and analytically,” said David Morway, Milwaukee’s assistant general manager, who works for the owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. “But the difficult piece of the puzzle is the psychological side of it, and not only psychological, character and personality issues, but also team chemistry issues.” New York Times

December 23, 2014 Updates

Back to basketball: analytics has a growing impact on basketball analysis, like how we know now that long twos are inefficient shots. Is that something you guys think about at all? Stephen Curry: There are two parts that I look at: as a defensive team, yeah, we entice those shots. You take away the three and you take away the paint and you live with whatever else they're gonna shoot. And I look at how far I run during games [which is now logged by the league's SportsVU cameras]. If one game I'm running six miles, the next one four, you can gauge where you're at for recovery days so you don't overexert yourself. Other than that, it's really hard to break the game down to that level. You can understand it, but to have a player adjust based on what those numbers mean, it's hard. If in the moment I'm coming down the court, if I shoot better from my right-hand dribble than my left-hand dribble, I'm not really thinking about that during the game like "I gotta make it to my right hand because I shoot 20% better." But you can work on it in practice and make it more natural over a long period of time. GQ.com

December 21, 2014 Updates

Kyle Korver owns another Hawks record for his shooting. The guard set the franchise record for consecutive free throws at 49. Korver set the mark with four free throws in the final seconds of a 104-97 win at the Rockets Saturday night. He broke the mark of 47 set by Tom McMillen in 1978-79. The streak of 49 straight is also a personal best for Korver. The third free throw was also the 1,000th of his career. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 15, 2014 Updates
December 14, 2014 Updates

Jon Krawczynski: More Jordan: "...and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve ... Twitter @APkrawczynski

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