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The Best NBA Teams Of All-Time, According To Elo — The stakes in the NBA are incredibly high. Superstar players so dominate the league that decisions on trades, draft picks and free-agent signings could gut a franchise for years or make it a perennial contender. But unlike in sports like baseball and hockey, where luck plays a larger role, in the NBA, the best team usually wins.

The Complete History Of The NBA — How do you rate an NBA team across decades of play? One method is Elo, a simple measure of strength based on game-by-game results. We calculated them for every NBA (and ABA) franchise after every game in league history - over 60,000 ratings in total. Read about our methodology.

The Rangers’ Stranger-And-Stranger Statistical Feats — Now and then a Game 7 can be an anticlimax, like when the Kansas City Royals won the 1985 World Series by blowing out their cross-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-0 in the finale. But Game 7 of the Rangers-Capitals playoff series lived up to every inflated expectation.

And Now, The Roy Awards For The Best NHL Playoff Goaltending Performances — Who says low-scoring hockey games are boring? The New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and the Washington Capitals' Braden Holtby have put on a heart-stopping and spectacular goaltending duel in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which will conclude with Game 7 in New York on Wednesday night.

There Is No ‘Blue Wall’ — If you were browsing campaign coverage at this point in advance of the 1992 election, you'd be reading a lot about the Republicans' impregnable "red wall." OK - it wouldn't have been called the "red wall" (the association of Republicans with red states and Democrats with blue states came about more recently).

The Rangers Are The San Antonio Spurs Of The NHL — It was Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh's turn to play hero for the New York Rangers on Friday. Kreider's goal to tie the game against the Washington Capitals with 1:41 left in regulation and McDonagh's overtime winner saved the Rangers from elimination and sent the Eastern Conference semifinal back to Washington for Game 6 on Sunday.

Final UK Projection: Conservatives 312, Labour 204, LibDems 103 — Polling during the past 48 hours has tended to show very slight gains for the Conservatives and Labour at the expense of the Liberal Democrats. Our projection model now forecasts that Conservatives will have 312 seats in the House of Commons (up from 308 in our previous forecast), Labour 204 (up from 198) and Liberal Democrats, 103 (down from 113).

The Most Diverse Cities Are Often The Most Segregated — When I was a freshman at the University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries of Hyde Park. Do not go north of 47th Street. Do not go south of 61st Street. Do not go west of Cottage Grove Avenue.

Jeb Bush Has The Cash, But Not The GOP Support — Jeb Bush is expected to declare a fundraising total in the "high tens of millions of dollars," The New York Times reported on Monday. Any talk of record fundraising totals ought to account for inflation - as well as the fact that it's easier to raise big dollars since the Citizens United decision (most of the contributions to Bush will go to his Super PAC).

Six Things I Learned While Traveling The United Kingdom In An Airstream Trailer — If you take a data-driven approach to election forecasting, it's not immediately clear how much you might expect to learn by traveling around the country talking to voters. Polls can reach far more voters (and a far more representative sample of them) than a reporter might by knocking on doors or accosting voters at the shopping center.
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May 22, 2015

The Rangers have outscored opponents 5-1 on nights when I eat Peruvian roast chicken. #causality

May 22, 2015

Elo has this year's Warriors as 4th best NBA team ever. Jordan's Bulls otherwise dominate, with 5 of the top 8.

May 21, 2015

Only 3 NBA teams have reached an 1800+ Elo rating: '96 Bulls, '97 Bulls, '86 Celtics. Warriors have a shot this year:

May 21, 2015

That time when you're waiting for delivery food is the least productive time in the world.

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