Heat vs. Mavericks

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

A nifty interactive (that I only now discovered) via The Washington Post: 

Finally we saw the soul-crushing, double-digit defeat we’d expected, although not by the all-star-laden Heat. After coming back to win at the ends three of the first five Finals games, the Mavericks tried something new: Building a lead before halftime and keeping it.

H/T: Wifey 

Shaq’s Career Stats

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

Shaquille O’Neal is ending his 19-year NBA career, according to his Twitter feed

Shaq ooout. #ShaqRetires http://www.tout.com/9944wo

This scatterplot shows how the 7-foot-1 star’s field goal performance has declined over time, as O’Neal moved from Orlando to LA and, ultimately, Boston. The Y-axis shows the number of field goals made, and the X-axis shows his age (view the interactive version):

Use the drop-down menus to change views. This one shows that Shaq’s field goal percentage improved with age, even as his output declined: