TAG: C.J. Watson

NBA / Sep 20, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: C.J. Watson Talks Paul George, Pacers, And His New Role This Season

C.J. Watson

The Indiana Pacers’ prospects for the 2014-2015 season took a drastic turn in early August when superstar wing Paul George was lost for the year due to a broken leg. Combining George’s absence with the free agency departure of Lance Stephenson leaves the Pacers without their two top playmakers, making offense even more difficult for a team that labored as much as any on that end down the stretch of 2013-2014.

Of those players expected to pick up the scoring slack is guard C.J. Watson, who shored up one of his team’s biggest weaknesses last season by providing consistent two-way play off the bench. Watson took time from his busy offseason schedule recently to talk with Dime, and painted a measured, realistic picture of Indy’s adjusted place among the league hierarchy in 2014-2015. And if the Pacers defy expectations and emerge as legitimate threats in the Eastern Conference, you can bet an ultra-aggressive Watson will be helping to lead the charge. Considering Watson’s rare, winding, and unlikely path to such a rock solid career, we certainly wouldn’t be shocked if that ultimately proves the case. Read More »

instagram / Dec 5, 2013 / 11:45 am

Video: Pacers Guard C.J. Watson Locks Himself In The Bathroom

CJ Watson Locked In Bathroom (photo. Instagram/royhibbert55)

Besides going down early to the Jazz on the road and Roy Hibbert‘s bashed elbow, the Pacers also ran into a problem during their three hour bus ride from from where they landed in Houston to San Antonio late last night. Backup point guard C.J. Watson, locked himself in the bathroom. Hibbert’s IG video appears to show the bus driver attempting to get him out. Read More »

instagram / Dec 5, 2013 / 11:00 am

Roy Hibbert’s Swollen Elbow Haunts Our Dreams [Photo]

Roy Hibbert

During Indiana’s comeback victory over the lowly Jazz last night — where they were down early against the worst team in the Western Conference — Roy Hibbert banged his elbow something fierce. Hibbert is paid to punish guys in the post, and he’s doing a great job at it so far this year for the Eastern Conference leading Pacers. But his elbow still looks pretty gnarly. Read More »

NBA / Nov 11, 2013 / 4:15 pm

5 NBA Contenders & Pretenders


All stats from games prior to Friday

Even when sample sizes are small and records give no indication of anything worthwhile, the first week or two of the NBA season can still show audiences which teams are contenders and which are merely pretending.

The contenders, the teams that built off of either their offseason success as a result of keen free agency moves or those that are thriving off of the development of certain players, are already giving notice that they are a squad worth recognizing. Read More »

NBA / Oct 2, 2013 / 4:30 pm

The 10 Most Impactful Roster Changes During The 2013 NBA Offseason

James Harden, Dwight Howard

The NBA season is less than a month away, and training camps are now open around the country. Preseason games will start soon, and media day has come and gone. It lacks the star power that could be on the move next year, but the 2013 offseason did feature several teams attempting to climb their way to the ranks of the elite, while others traded down in hopes of rebuilding and starting anew. Read More »

NBA / Jul 10, 2013 / 12:00 pm

The Best Current NBA Player From Each Of The 50 States

Amar'e Stoudemire

We all have a hometown. Whether you loved it or couldn’t wait to leave it, it’s a part of who you are. There’s something about your hometown that just sticks with you, whether it’s the people you meet, the lessons you learn, or the sheer pride you might have for it. Read More »

NBA / May 8, 2013 / 11:00 am

How To Fix The Brooklyn Nets

Deron Williams

The second round of the playoffs is underway and with only eight teams remaining, it means another eight have been eliminated from title contention. The offseason is the time for these teams to retool to prepare for deeper runs next season. The Brooklyn Nets finished the year with a 49-33 record, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. However, their first-round opponent, the Chicago Bulls, surprisingly beat them at home in a Game 7. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 28, 2013 / 12:30 am

Nate Robinson Puts on a Show for the Ages in an All-Time Playoff Classic; Kevin Durant Battles Houston All By Himself

nate robinson bank shot

Here’s the new reality: Do not make Nate Robinson angry; you will not like him when he’s angry. C.J. Watson got Nate angry in the first half of yesterday’s incredible triple-OT Bulls/Nets game with this altercation that very nearly erupted in an all-out brawl (and sent Robinson to the locker room to clean up a cut), sowing the seeds for an all-time Nate eruption later in the game: Read More »

NBA / Mar 7, 2013 / 2:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Playoff X-Factors

Stephen Jackson

Not everyone can be LeBron James. That’s okay, especially in the playoffs when just as many big games are determined not by the last shot, but by the defensive rebound or the charge or the swing pass or the block that set up that last shot. The club of playoff x-factors is long and memorable, and we’ll see some more names be inducted this year. Read More »

Smack / Nov 4, 2012 / 1:40 am

Jesus Saves The Heat; A Rookie Wins A Duel With James Harden

Ray Allen

We don’t want to say we called it, but… we kinda did. After Ray Allen splashed his first shot of the season on a wide-open corner triple, we noted that he’s pretty much automatic from that area. If he gets a look from the corner, you might as well start walking down to the other end. Well last night in Miami’s wild 119-116 win over Denver (the Nuggets offense finally showed up for the first time this year), the Nuggets had a one-point lead in the closing seconds before LeBron James (20 points, nine boards, 11 assists) drove hard to the rim and found Jesus wide open in the corner. Read More »