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NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 10:45 pm

Video: Watch Alec Burks Embarrass Kobe Bryant, Lakers With Sick Crossover

Kobe Bryant, Alec Burks

Kobe Bryant might still be an offensive force, but his play on the other end has quietly been a liability for the past few seasons. If the Los Angeles Lakers tasked their living legend with defending top-tier wings instead of the opponent’s worst perimeter threat, his defensive deficiencies would be common knowledge. This epic crossover by Alec Burks that left Kobe and his teammates embarrassed are further of evidence that sad reality. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:45 pm

44-Minute Game Experiment Clocks In At Under Two Hours Of Real Time

Marcus Thornton

The NBA’s 44-minute game experiment came and went today without much fanfare, especially considering the stir of discussion it created earlier this week. We’ll have to wait and see if the league considers the common sentiment of players and coaches that cutting games from the regular season schedule would be more beneficial than shortening the length of them. The takeaway for now is that the first 44-minute game – a 95-90 Boston Celtics win over the Brooklyn Nets – clocked in at under two hours of real time. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Video: Watch Rookie Shabazz Napier Lead The Heat Past Spurs In OT

Jeff Ayres, Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier is forcing Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra into an uncomfortable position when it comes to the Heat’s point guards. With Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers ahead of Napier in the depth chart, something might have to change if Napier continues to torch teams in preseason like he did in Miami’s OT win over the still short-handed defending champs on Saturday night. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 5:30 pm

GIF: Andre Drummond Twice Rejects Al Horford

Andre Drummond, Jeff Teague

Andre Drummond brought the ruckus yesterday against in Atlanta. He had 19 points and 17 rebounds in 38 minutes of action as the Pistons won 104-100. With Al Horford making his return to the court from a pectoral tear, Dre decided to re-introduced himself by way of a pair of rejections. Read More »

NBA / Oct 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

GIF: Blake Griffin Palms Loose Ball To Start Break, Finishes Lob Left-Handed

Blake Griffin

We’ve always maintained that more frightening than Blake Griffin’s otherworldly explosiveness is his unmatched blend of strength, coordination, and dexterity. No big man in the league has better balance than Blake, a trait that’s become more apparent as he’s expanded his offensive game to include a handle that belies his size. But the leaping ability sure is great, too – it’s certainly tough to choose one attribute over the other. Fortunately, this incredible sequence from last night’s Los Angeles Clippers-Denver Nuggets exhibition in Las Vegas ensures we don’t have to, and shows off the total package of Griffin’s surreal athleticism. Read More »

NBA / Oct 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Fully Healthy, Wilson Chandler Wants Playoffs & Sixth Man Award

Wilson Chandler

The effects of serious injuries on professional athletes are rippling. Weakness or surgery inevitably means time away from training, practice, and games that often lets related parts of the body atrophy. But when players begin rehabilitation or even return to the playing field, it’s easy to concentrate solely on the specific injury as opposed to connected areas that were also affected by trauma related to it or simply a period of rest to which they’re unaccustomed. Health maladies are rarely a one-off. Read More »

NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Hakeem Olajuwon Says Dwight Howard Will Have MVP-Caliber Season

Dwight Howard

After Trevor Ariza recently said Dwight Howard is more athletic than ever, Houston Rockets legend and player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon has added even more fuel to optimism about Howard’s game. Citing improved health and a new work ethic, Olajuwon thinks that the player formerly known as Superman will have an MVP-caliber season in 2014-2015. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Video: Kobe Scores 27 Points In 27 Mins; Still Losses By 33

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant took 23 shots in 27 minutes last night (it was actually 27:59, but it makes the headline better), and he made 10 of them. He dropped 27 points in those minutes, and his Lakers lost by 33. While we’re pretty confident Kobe will humiliate Carlos Boozer in LA’s next practice, lets marvel at the Mamba’s possible return to a scoring apex he achieved during his 81-point-game season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

GIF: Tyreke Evans & Anthony Davis Dunk All Over OKC

Tyreke Evans, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday

We really like the Pelicans in the preseason. The addition of Omer Asik could go a long way to shoring up their defense and Anthony Davis, at 28-to-1 odds, is a really good bet for MVP. Plus, Jrue Holiday is back and healthy (he actually dunked on us this summer, so we should know). The Pellies were in a groove last night and destroyed a Durant- and Westbrook-less Thunder team, 120-86. Tyreke Evans and the Brow punctuated the blowout with some righteous rim-rattlers, too. Read More »

NBA, Twitter / Oct 16, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Isiah Thomas’ Perfect Player: LeBron With Kyrie’s Handle & Curry’s Jumper

Isiah Thomas

NBA TV’s star-studded crew of “Open Court” panelists were recently asked to create their “perfect player.” Reggie Miller chose Tim Duncan’s mind and Russell Westbrook’s heart as traits of his amalgam. Kenny Smith opted for a prototype containing the heart of Kevin Garnett and athleticism of Blake Griffin. The rest of the group chose similarly, taking characteristics of at least four different players to build the perfect hooper. Isiah Thomas, though, went a different direction. The Detroit Pistons Hall-of-Famer simply picked LeBron James “as is,” but added the signature skills of two superstar point guards. Read More »