TAG: Bradley Beal

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

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 »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 12:04 am

Video: Andre Miller’s Perfect Full-Court Pass

Andre Miller, Udonis Haslem

Andre Miller, Udonis Haslem (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards took advantage of coach Erik Spoelstra resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh and the Wizards walked away with a 114-93 win Monday night, still secure in their 6-seed. One play stood out in the second quarter: Andre Miller used his Spidey-sense to recognize that Bradley Beal was taking off in transition immediately after the Heat shot the ball. Read More »

NBA / Apr 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Cold As Ice: 10 NBA Players Slumping At The Worst Time

Luol Deng

Luol Deng (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The All-Star break is just that, it’s a break, a reprieve, after which NBA players are supposed to head back to work rested, refocused, and poised to pounce on the most important stretch of the season. Many players flourish after the All-Star break, coming back rejuvenated and lighting the league on fire. Kevin Durant, for example, took it up yet another notch and has averaged 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 51 percent shooting since returning. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 15, 2014 / 11:17 pm

Marco Belinelli Wins Tiebreaker Over Bradley Beal To Claim 3-Point Shootout Title

Marco Belinelli

Marco Belinelli (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Damian Lillard didn’t win this one. And Stephen Curry, a favorite for many, didn’t even make it out of the opening round after connecting on a disappointing 16 shots even with the money ball-only rack on the short corner. Instead it was sweet-shooting Spurs guard Marco Belinelli that won the 2014 Foot Locker NBA Three-point Shootout after an impressive showing in the final round and a tie-breaker against Wizards second-year guard Bradley Beal. Read More »

College, High School, NBA / Feb 5, 2014 / 12:45 pm

The 25 Breakout Players To Watch In 2014

Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The next wave of basketball superstars are on the brink of making an impact. The game is in good hands with LeBron James and Kevin Durant running the show at the moment. But who are the guys that could breakout and become stars in the future? Back in 2011, we devoted a whole issue of the magazine to breakout players–such as Paul George, John Wall and James Harden. Now it’s time for a new list. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear, Video Games / Feb 4, 2014 / 1:45 pm

10 Average NBA Players That Are Actually Unstoppable In NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14

In recent years, the NBA 2K series has become the mecca of sports competition gaming–damaging friendships one Kevin Durant game-winner at a time. For me, it’s the ultimate source of competition in my college apartment. Much like there is a “zone” in real life basketball that players get into, there’s a certain “zone” one can enter during a game of 2K, when all of those pull-up transition threes are dropping and every bounce seems to go your way. Read More »

NBA / Jan 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The 15 Best Second Options In The NBA

Russell Westbrook, Iman Shumpert

Kevin Martin (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

If there’s one thing to be learned about the NBA, it’s that a championship can’t be won on the back of one player. How obvious was this last season in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook was injured and the Thunder relied completely on Kevin Durant isolations? Even with Durant being one of the top three players in the league, he couldn’t will a team to a playoff series victory by himself. Read More »

NBA / Jan 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

Golden State Backcourt Shows John Wall & Bradley Beal What It Takes To Be Special

Bradley Beal, John Wall

Bradley Beal, John Wall (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Since the Hellenistic era, greatness was always considered an arduous journey that few survived, forcing the hopeful to bring their best, burning away self-doubt, challenge their will to overcome. This journey to greatness is still very much alive today, especially in the modern NBA. All great individual players and teams have been tested by bitter rivals or superior teams. Michael Jordan had the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons; Magic had Bird and vice versa. Read More »

NBA / Dec 30, 2013 / 4:15 pm

5 Teams That Will Resurrect The Eastern Conference Next Year

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA’s Eastern Conference is in need of immediate assistance because outside of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, there are 13 other teams that are on life support.

The Atlanta Hawks are the only other team in the East with a record above .500 and that’s not going to last much longer with Al Horford now out indefinitely. That leaves the likes of the Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards to compete for the coveted third seed. Read More »