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Portraits of Empty Minds

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Last week I diagnosed at length the mental and mechanical flaws of some of the NBA's most infamous free throw shots---specifically those of Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan, and Dwight Howard. I compared their anxious, twitchy missteps to the smooth, elegant shooting forms of legendary in-game shooter Kyle Korver and legendary out-of-game shooter Tom Amberry (the one-time world record holder for consecutive free throws made, a tally that reaches into the thousands).

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Grizzlies Beat the Heat on a Rudy Gay Buzzer Beater

Memphis Grizzlies Rudy Gay #22 against Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 3, 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. The Atlanta Hawks won 105-95 Photo via Newscom

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I’ve been trying to convince myself that the Memphis Grizzlies are much better than their record shows. They’ve really only had one bad loss on the season (at Washington), and the rest of their nine losses, minus one against Phoenix, has come against teams with winning records. And well, they finally showed glimpses of their potential last night, as Rudy Gay knocked down a jumper over LeBron James at the buzzer to give Memphis a 97-95 victory. Continue Reading