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SBNation Basketball Blog in the NYT

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Posting & Toasting — or P&T, as it’s called — is one of 30 loosely affiliated fan-run basketball communities, a small part of the 312-blog hydra that is SBNation, an online sports network that claims 20 million hits a month. SBNation’s basketball blogs all have different moods: the Nets blog is generally angry; the Lakers blog is stubbornly triumphalist; the Heat blog is weirdly deserted and unloved — and P&T is mordant, intermittently hilarious and a little absurd. Posters & Toasters noticed long ago that Knicks point guard Raymond Felton resembles a duck or a penguin, and recent injuries to Felton’s hands have inspired hundreds of heartfelt posts from fans worried about his "flippers" and the delicate webbing between his toes. Joe Flynn, who provides game previews and analysis from a desk somewhere in China, begins his posts by supplying the Mandarin names for Knicks opponents. Fans who have noted the distressing tendency of Knicks management to understate the severity of players’ injuries have taken to reinterpreting the scant medical data the team releases. When Carmelo Anthony missed two games with a hyperextended knee, panicked Posters & Toasters concluded, after some debate, that the star forward’s leg had fallen off.

Austin and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Daye

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Putting the ball on the floor to counter a defense scrambling to contest his shot is theoretically a smart move by Daye, as his height and handle would -– again, theoretically -– allow him to finish inside with ease or throw passes over the top of his defender. That hasn’t been the case; although Daye does have some play-making skill, his decision to give up looks on the perimeter to get into the paint has resulted in an 18.6 turnover rate -– a shockingly high mark for a wing player, and particularly so for one who posted just a 10.2 turnover rate last season. The 6-11 Daye –- who made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts last year -– should be able to rise and fire against anything other than a hard closeout from a quick-footed big man or a long-armed wing player. Instead, he’s putting the ball on the floor, and often wasting a potentially efficient opportunity... http://offthedribble.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/pistons-to-daye-please-dont-take-the-ball-to-the-basket/ VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eQS5w-jpo78
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