/ Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm
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 »
The Golden State Warriors have locked up the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, and will face the hated Clippers in the first round. This makes for some exciting basketball, but Mark Jackson‘s ecclesiastical Dubs will be without their defensive stalwart in the middle after an MRI revealed that Andrew Bogut has cracked one of his ribs. This is more serious than it sounds. Read More »
What the hell is going on with people’s sneakers? Are certain guys just creating so much torque with their cuts around the court, their kicks can’t keep up? This can’t be the case â€” old school guys used to play in Converse flimsier than house slippers. Yet Philly guard Tony Wroten is the third guy to have his footwear fall apart this season, as the Sixers got beat by the visiting Pacers Friday night. He lost his sole, but that’s not some Faustian metaphor; he literally lost his sole…the sole of his sneaker. Read More »
Andrew Bogut has been out with an injury for the last three Dubs games, but coach Mark Jackson couldn’t figure out when he got injured. Jackson made a â€” to him â€” innocuous comment about Bogut possibly hurting himself while he was sleeping before the third game last night. The sleeping assertion was relayed to Bogut by reporters (because of course it was), and he claimed it was “absolutely ridiculous.” Read More »
/ Feb 7, 2014 / 1:30 pm
The center position is becoming a role that emphasizes versatility. The art of passing is a beautiful concept in the sport, but when executed appropriately by centers, it is a strength that should not be overlooked. Superstars like Bill Walton and Chris Webber–even though he normally manned the four-spot–exemplified the effective passing center, and their offenses instantly became more dangerous because of this ability. Read More »
Most would find the inclusion of Josh McRoberts in this year’s Dunk Contest to be annoying. The 6-10 Bobcats forward isn’t known as a high-flyer and he’s more effective as a lefty stretch power forward â€” like a contemporary Caucasian Sam Perkins. But the hairdo straight from a shakedown street stroll at a Phish show, actually scored over a 30-inch vertical in the 2008 pre-draft combine. So why does it seem like his dunk over Andrew Bogut Tuesday night barely inched off the ground? Read More »
/ Jan 7, 2014 / 3:15 pm
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.
Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. Read More »
You don’t often see a flubbed basketball work out so well for the person who lost the ball. But that’s exactly what happened to Stephen Curry on Sunday night in Washington. The Dubs got their ninth victory in a row, 112-95, and Curry’s 14 points and 10 assists were a big reason why. But during the third quarter, the ball slipped out of Curry’s grasp as he was driving to the rim. Thankfully, it glanced off the backboard and into the awaiting hands of Andrew Bogut, transforming a turnover into the perfect alley-opp off the glass. Read More »
Following his ejection during the last Christmas Day game on Wednesday night, Clippers forward Blake Griffin didn’t hold back with reporters. He described the events that led to his ejection as “cowardly basketball,” almost guaranteeing another exciting game when these two teams face off for the third time on January 30 next year. Read More »
/ Dec 20, 2013 / 1:30 pm
Defense wins championships. The best offense is a good defense. Every basketball player and fan has heard those words at one point or another. Those phrases have stood the test of time because they remain true. No matter how talented or prolific an offense can be, if there is no effort to play defense, a team’s chances of success at the highest level will ultimately plummet. Read More »