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Baller's Blueprint, NBA / Dec 10, 2010 / 1:00 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: Kevin Garnett makes Philly even more miserable

Kevin Garnett

Last night in Philadelphia, the Celtics found themselves down one with 6.6 seconds left on the clock. We have seen this situation many times in the past, where the ball always seems to find it’s way into the hands of either Paul Pierce or Ray Allen for the chance to win the game.

But last night, both teams played small lineups for most of the game, as Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal were inactive for the Celtics. Read More »

NBA / Dec 7, 2010 / 4:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Larry Bird!

Larry Bird

While December 7, 1941 was a terrible day for our country, December 7, 1956 was a tremendous day for the game of basketball as it marks the day the Legend was born. Larry Bird turned 54 years old today. Hard to believe it’s been 18 years since his last game and 31 years since he and Magic Johnson entered the League together. Read More »

NBA / Dec 3, 2010 / 6:00 pm

The Real Celtic Pride Airs Tonight

Boston Celtics

With LeBronukah officially over with, we can get back to some real basketball tonight. Thanks to ESPN, their NBA Friday tips off with the first installment of The Association: Boston Celtics at 7:00pm. Whether you are a Celtics fan or hater, this series will without a doubt be an intriguing view of the 2010-11 Celtics, their personalities and the journey they are on towards Banner 18. Read More »

NBA / Nov 30, 2010 / 2:30 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: How the Suns kill you on inbounds plays

Steve Nash

While the Suns came out on the losing end of a 138-133 shootout with the Nuggets this past Sunday, Steve Nash‘s team displayed some of the better offensive execution I saw all Thanksgiving weekend. In particular, Phoenix ran some outstanding plays while inbounding the ball: Read More »

College / Nov 24, 2010 / 3:00 pm

7 Overtimes: How The NCAA Game of the Year Almost Didn’t Happen

Skidmore coach Joe Burke

Skidmore coach Joe Burke

Normally, small-school college basketball is not at the forefront of conversation in the Dime world, but this is a special case.

Last night in Bennington, Vt., an NCAA Division III epic stole some spotlight from the Duke/Kansas State, Kentucky/Washington and Michigan State/UConn, when Skidmore College outlasted Southern Vermont 128-123 in seven overtimes. Seven! For first-year Skidmore coach Joe Burke, it was a quite a story to tell for just his third game with the program. Read More »

NBA / Nov 22, 2010 / 4:30 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: How to not guard Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is the best scoring big man in the NBA today. His back-to-the-basket game, footwork, ability to finish with both hands, run the court and make the face-up jump shot are an unstoppable combination. He has without a doubt become a much tougher and ultimately better player since joining the Lakers in 2008.

Last night, Gasol posted some remarkable numbers against the Warriors at home. His 28 points on 10-of-10 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free throw line were an example of his elite talents. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint / Nov 17, 2010 / 6:00 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: The Hawks pick apart Indiana’s defense

The Atlanta Hawks are off to an 8-4 start, with five players averaging double-figuring scoring and a sixth, Marvin Williams, putting up 9.9 points per game. Aiming for their fourth straight playoff appearance with most of the same core, the Hawks are maturing as a unit, and much of the credit goes to improved ball movement and the diversity of the sets they are running under new coach Larry Drew. Read More »

NBA / Nov 15, 2010 / 3:00 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: How the Suns shot the Lakers’ faces off

The Suns have been spacing the floor in a similar fashion for years, even if the parts change. With a lot of versatility on the floor, certain players are interchangeable. With one player sometimes sprinting rim-to-rim to take away the first defender back, and the other four players (including the ball handler) getting to their perimeter landmarks quickly, this puts the Lakers defense in a vulnerable position — especially if they are allowing Steve Nash to control the pace. Read More »

NBA / Nov 12, 2010 / 6:00 pm

NBA Friday: What You Need To Be Watching Tonight

Josh Smith (photo. adidas)

Josh Smith (photo. adidas)

After a dynamic Thursday night doubleheader, this evening’s action presents slightly less star power but some solid matchups:

Jazz @ Hawks: Unless you have been living under a rock you know that the Utah Jazz have had quite a week, with comeback wins against the Clippers in double OT, in Miami in OT and in Orlando. The combination of Deron Williams and Paul Millsap, in addition to key contributions from Al Jefferson and Andrei Kirilenko have the Jazz starting to believe they can be a top-four team in the west. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint / Nov 12, 2010 / 4:00 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: Rajon Rondo puts Chris Bosh on a poster

Rajon Rondo

With all the buzz surrounding the Celtics victory last night in Miami and highlights of Rajon Rondo‘s dunk everywhere — as well as the basketball world just killing Chris Bosh — we wanted to examine how that play developed last night in the first quarter. While Bosh was victimized, as he did not protect the rim this play had trouble written on it from the start for the Heat: Read More »