TAG: Al Jefferson

NBA, Twitter / Apr 23, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Al Jefferson & Pat Beverley Prepare To Play In Pain Because It’s The Playoffs

Al Jefferson, Chris Andersen

Al Jefferson, Chris Andersen (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

There were a couple of injuries in the opening weekend of the 2014 NBA Playoffs that could mean early exits for the team’s involved. Al Jefferson briefly left Game 1 between the Heat and Bobcats after a plantar fascia injury in the first quarter. Patrick Beverley appeared to strain the same right knee whose meniscus he tore late in the regular season, but stayed in Game 1 against the Blazers. Both injuries could spell doom for their respective teams even as both players plan to grit through the pain for the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headphones

Notorious B.I.G.

I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA players currently have playing in their headphones as they gear up for the most important part of the year. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 10 Best NBA Players Who May Never Be All-Stars

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Before the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, we knew which studs would be playing, but that was never the fun part. We’d rather talk about who should’ve made it. Did you really think Anthony Davis deserved to be an All-Star before DeMarcus Cousins? The season that Cousins is having still blows my mind that he didn’t make the All-Star team, although we all know why: His team is terrible. Read More »

NBA / Feb 11, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Predicting The 3 All-NBA Teams

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant (photo. Nike Basketball)

The All-Star break is looming and there is a clear picture of which players have been living up to their standards and which have not; which players have burst onto the NBA scene in surprise and which have flopped under the pressure.

At the end of each season, the NBA honors the best players by naming them to the All-NBA Teams. There are three teams: First Team, Second Team and Third Team. Each generally consists of five players: two guards, two forwards and one center, voted on by a group of sportswriters and broadcasters. Read More »

NBA / Feb 6, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 10 Best Individual Games Of The NBA Season

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

For only a half season, the NBA’s best players have put together some historic performances.

Already we have witnessed three 50-point games this year. We only witnessed two all of last year–Stephen Curry scoring 54 in the Garden and Carmelo Anthony scoring an incredibly difficult 50 in Miami.

It’s no easy feat, but these high scoring outputs are happening less and less frequently. The 62-point game by Carmelo was the first 60-point game in nearly five years, yet it occurred five times in a three-year span between 2004 and 2007. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 30, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The 25 Biggest Fails Of The NBA Season

Pierre the Pelican

Pierre the Pelican (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Monster dunks. Nothing-but-net threes. Alley-oops. All are wonderful moments we’ve witnessed so far this season. There have been plenty of good moments: KD‘s recent scoring outburst, ‘Melo‘s record-breaking game, and Greg Oden‘s return… none of which you’ll see on this list. This is dedicated to the bad and the ugly, the plays that left you thinking WTF was that, what were they thinking? This season has been one of the most competitive and fun seasons to watch in recent memory, but it’s only right we have some fun at the halfway point. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Jan 21, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Chris Bosh Is Really Bad Luck For The Bobcats

Chris Bosh, Al Jefferson

Chris Bosh, Al Jefferson (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

You’d never see it on the surface, but Chris Bosh has turned into a bad omen for the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte has suffered a couple injuries to key personnel this season despite currently sitting at the No. 8 spot in the laughable Eastern Conference. High-priced free agent signee, Al Jefferson, suffered a severe ankle sprain to start the season, and Kemba Walker just sprained his ankle on Saturday. The culprit both times was Bosh, and his foot of doom. Read More »

NBA / Jan 21, 2014 / 12:45 pm

NBA’s Best Night For Big Men Since 1978

Anderson Varejao, DeAndre Jordan

Anderson Varejao, DeAndre Jordan (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA action on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day favored the big fellas inside the paint even though the league is increasingly becoming a perimeter, guard-oriented league. On Monday night, five players grabbed at least 20 rebounds in a game. It was the first time five NBA players had broken the 20-rebound plateau on the same night since the 1984-85 season. But those guys also scored at least 15 points, and it was the first time five players had achieved the 15-point, 20-rebound performance on the same night since way back before the contemporary game, in 1978. Read More »

NBA / Jan 10, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Most Underachieving Teams

Rudy Gay

Steve Clifford, Kemba Walker (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

There’s a clear difference in a team that’s attempting to tank and a team that is flat out bad. There are teams that are constructed to be bad. Take the Philadelphia 76ers for example. The roster consists of players like Elliot Williams, Lorenzo Brown, James Anderson and Brandon Davies. Bless your soul if you know who any of those players are. Read More »