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NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 11:00 am

10 Players Under The Most Pressure In The Playoffs

Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

Video / Apr 19, 2014 / 4:03 pm

Watch Stephen Curry’s Cameo In The New Chris Paul State Farm Ad

Stephen Curry

We all know Chris Paul‘s popular State Farm commercials — featuring his fictional twin separated at birth, who bizarrely shares his last name: Cliff Paul — would be run ad nauseam during this playoff season. But in the latest spot, Paul’s first round opponent in the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Warriors PG Stephen Curry, made a surprise cameo. Read More »

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 »

NBA, Smack / Apr 16, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Gary Payton: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook Not On My Level

Gary Payton

Gary Payton‘s never been one to hold back. MVP? Kevin Durant, no question. LeBron? He won it two years in a row, but now it’s a new era. Russell Westbrook? He’s the new-school point guard but there are only three real lead guards left. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 16, 2014 / 12:51 am

GIF: Chris Paul Spins Evan Fournier In Circles

Chris Paul, Evan Fournier

As of this writing, Chris Paul has 21 points and 10 assists with more than nine minutes remaining in the fourth. CP3 is 8-for-10, but one of those eight field goals is going to live on in Evan Fournier‘s nightmares. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 1:00 pm

2013-14 All-Fantasy Basketball First Team

Anthony Davis, Kelly Olynyk

Anthony Davis, Kelly Olynyk (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

As much as we love to talk about the sleepers and the busts, fantasy championships are won by the stars. Just as in real life, if you have a Kevin Durant or a LeBron James or a Dwight Howard, you can ride them deep into the playoffs. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 10, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The 30 Greatest Ankle-Breakers In NBA History

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson (photo. Reebok)

In the game of basketball there is nothing like witnessing an ankle-breaker. Dunks are cool, but there is something about watching a defender surrender to gravity and falling on the court after a vicious crossover. Whether you fight it to this day, we have all been victims. Read More »

NBA / Apr 9, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Jamal Crawford on Doc & Defense, Seattle Love, Age Minimums & More

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

NBA / Apr 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The 10 Stars With The Most To Prove In The Playoffs

John Wall

John Wall (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs provides a unique landscape. After 82 games are played, eight teams from each conference are pitted against each other in the NBA’s version of The Hunger Games. At the front of this battle are the stars of each respective team. Some are coming into the playoffs with high expectations, while some are just happy to be here. Let’s put it this way, the Wizards and Bobcats are happy just to be in the playoffs whereas teams like the Pacers and Thunder won’t be satisfied without holding a trophy. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 6, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Valar Morghulis: What NBA Players Need To Know To Win The Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones--Joffrey

The fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO tonight and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is it an addicting show, but the return of Daenerys, Tyrion and that despicable boy king we all love to hate also means we’re closing in on the best point of the NBA calendar. Yes, winter is coming but so are the NBA Playoffs. Read More »