Blake Griffin (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
At the end, the difference between the Warriors and Clippers in Game 2 of their first round series was 40 points. After losing Game 1 at home, and with it home-court advantage, the Clippers responded by beating down the Dubs in Game 2 led by Blake Griffin‘s playoff career-high 35 points in less than 30 minutes. Read More »
/ Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am
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 »
The Clippers fell at home to the Dubs, 109-105, in a game where Blake Griffin fouled out in the fourth quarter after playing just 19 foul-plagued minutes on the day. Griffin was obviously upset once he was whistled for his sixth foul, but his anger was augmented when he saw the replay. That’s when a Warriors fan sitting court-side got an unwanted shower from Blake’s water cup. Read More »
Kevin Durant, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, the race for third place and a pretty overwhelming victor for the two-man battle that decided this season’s MVP award. Read More »
/ 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 »
/ Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm
It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.”
While much attention has been focused on the first-round matchups in the Western Conference due to the stellar performances by the majority of Western teams this season, there are intriguing matchups in the East that could translate into even more intriguing matchups in the second round. Read More »
/ Apr 18, 2014 / 1:45 pm
The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up is an unusual triumvirate our writers landed on in a difficult award to empirically measure: The Most Improved Player.
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Count Blake Griffin among the growing majority of Americans who feel medical marijuana should be legal across the country. In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, Blake dished on all manner of subjects, and was forthright when asked that he’d vote yes to medical cannabis being allowed in the NBA. He thinks it’s a lot of safer than the painkillers players often take to suit up, and we agree. Read More »
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »
/ Apr 9, 2014 / 6:30 pm
For years, we’ve watched Jamal Crawford with our jaws dropped following his usual brilliance with a basketball. Then we waited, agog, for his next incredible offensive display because they usually came in bunches. Just as often, we heard from people around the NBA that we were unlikely to speak with a more intelligent, thought-provoking, but — more importantly — also the most genuine guy in all of the NBA. After chatting with Crawford on Tuesday before their matchup tonight against the Thunder, we can say that Crawford’s kindness, team-first attitude and nimble basketball mind made our 30 minute conversation one of the most enjoyable we’ve ever had. Read More »