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NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

10 Players Under The Most Pressure In The Playoffs

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

Just over two years ago, had you asked me whom I considered to be the NBA’s elite players, I would have given you three names: Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

Fresh off an NBA Finals run in which his Mavericks took down Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and the “Dream Team” Miami Heat en route to the championship, Dirk was a shoo-in on the list. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Apr 21, 2014 / 10:45 am

Official Twitter For Blazers & Rockets Engage In Lighthearted Smack

Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge

Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Sunday night’s 122-120 OT Trail Blazers win in Houston, featured a legion of back-and-forth runs that included free basketball as the two teams reached an impasse during the game’s first 48 minutes. The official Twitter accounts for both teams got just as caught up in the excitement and drama and decided to join in on the fun with a little back-and-forth banter of their own. Read More »

High School, Video / Apr 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: The Nastiest Highlights From The 2014 Jordan Brand Classic

Emmanuel Mudiay

The 2014 Jordan Brand Classic went down in Brooklyn over the weekend, with multiple top high school prospects showing what we can look forward to next year in college. From Emmanuel Mudiay–who threw down an insane 360 alley-oop–to co-MVPs Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, most of us got our first long look at this upcoming wave of stars. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 10:15 am

Report: Mike Woodson Fired As Knicks Coach

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

We knew this was coming, but now it’s official: coach Mike Woodson and his staff have been let go from the New York Knicks effective this morning. The Knicks struggled to a 37-45 record after winning 54 games last season on their way to the conference semifinals. Woodson’s contract ran through next season, so he’ll recoup the $3.4 million he was owed for the 2014-15 season, but he’s out as Knicks coach and the search for his replacement officially kicks off after months of speculation. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 9:45 am

LaMarcus Aldridge’s 46 Points Power Blazers Past Rockets In OT

LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The Blazers won a humdinger of a final game during the opening weekend of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a Blazers playoff franchise record 46 points in Portland’s 122-120 overtime win in Game 1 of their first round series against the favored Rockets. LMA might as well stand for LaMarcus Motherf***in’ Aldridge at this point. Read More »

Latest News / Apr 21, 2014 / 12:01 am

Daryl Morey Convinces Slim Thug & Bun B To Make Rockets Remix Of “3 Kings”

3 Kings Remix, Slim Thug, Bun B

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey hosts the Sloan Sports Analytics conference at his Alma mater of MIT every year, and he’s one of the most astute analytics minds in the NBA today. It also seems he’s a fan of Houston’s local rap scene. Morey recently contacted Bun B to remix Slim Thug‘s 2005 hit, “3 Kings,” for his Houston Rockets. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 20, 2014 / 11:19 pm

Whose Crossover Was Better: Dwyane Wade or Kemba Walker?

Dwyane Wade, Kemba Walker

Dwyane Wade, Kemba Walker (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports))

Kemba Walker and Dwayne Wade aren’t the first offensive options you associate with the Bobcats and Heat these days, not with Al Jefferson and LeBron James handling the majority of the duties for the Bobcats and Heat. Still, both showed off some righteous crossovers in Game 1 on Sunday. So which one was better? Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 20, 2014 / 5:42 pm

Video: Josh McRoberts Smashes On Chris Andersen

Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen

Josh McRoberts, Chris Andersen

The Bobcats have valiantly attempted to stay with the Heat in Game 1 this afternoon, but the tweaked plantar fascia of Al Jefferson has limited his mobility, and the Heat have a double-digit lead in the fourth. None of that changes the unexpected Josh McRoberts jam he threw down on Chris Andersen. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 20, 2014 / 3:16 pm

Watch Gregg Popovich’s Message To Craig Sager That Made Us Cry

Gregg Popovich, Craig Sager Jr.

By now you’ve heard that Craig Sager, the ever-present TNT sideline reporter who has been bringing his technicolor suits into our living rooms for decades, is battling acute leukemia and is not on the court for the playoffs this summer. In a stirring interview with Sager’s son between the third and fourth quarters of today’s Mavs-Spurs game, coach Gregg Popovich brought us to tears when he took a moment to address Sager and said: “I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.” Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 20, 2014 / 2:51 pm

Durant, Russ & OKC Withstand Grizzlies’ Comeback For Game 1 Win

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

What an exciting first day of the 2014 NBA Playoffs! Three straight underdogs upset their first-round opponents with big road wins. The Nets dinosaurs upset Drake’s crew, the Dubs stole one from the Clips and Indiana continued to slide with Atlanta stomping all over them in Indianapolis. The Thunder opened up strong against Memphis, but a third quarter “Bricktown” almost turned them into victim No. 4 on the day before Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Co. righted the ship. Read More »