Tim Duncan, Paul Millsap (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)
During tonight’s TNT double-header they announced the reserves in the 2014 All-Star Game, and one name was noticeably absent out West. Tim Duncan missed out on his 15th All-Star selection despite helping the Spurs to the second-best record in the Western Conference, but his teammate, Tony Parker, made it as a reserve. There are also four first-time All-Stars among the reserves, all but one coming from the Eastern Conference. Lets get to them… Read More »
/ Jan 30, 2014 / 5:00 pm
Victor Oladipo, Damian Lillard (Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports)
This NBA season, it seems some teams are in full tank mode. If you just take a look at the Eastern Conference standings alone, you will understand. This year’s NBA Draft prospects are the perfect cash crops for GMs and owners around the league who are looking to rebuild their teams. Read More »
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Earlier this week, Terrence Ross scored 51 points when he hit 10 three-pointers in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t know too much about Ross? It’s alright. Not many fans of the game outside of Toronto are aware of the exploits of the 2012 first-round pick.
And why would they? Even after scoring 51, Ross is averaging 10.2 points on 42 percent shooting, to go along with 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. He’s also among the league’s top perimeter threats, shooting 41 percent from three, but, still, it was excusable to not exactly recognize Terrence Ross’s name upon first glance. Read More »
No 360 windmills or career-ending poster dunks, but this week is more about quantity than quality as the NBA’s best delivered a full week’s worth of quality dunks and alley-oops.
Leading the way this week are a pair of slams from Portland’s backcourt and a pair of posters from some of the league’s top power forwards. Read More »
/ Jan 22, 2014 / 10:45 pm
Vince Carter, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Vince Carter was back at his old stomping grounds as the Mavericks took on the Raptors Wednesday night. Carter spent his first six-plus years as a Raptor, but that did not stop the Toronto faithful from booing their former franchise player. Carter once admitted to not playing as hard while he plotted to get traded. Carter responded to the boos by driving and throwing a nasty jam on DeMar DeRozan for the and-one opportunity in the first quarter. Read More »
/ Jan 21, 2014 / 11:30 am
Russell Westbrook, Iman Shumpert (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
The most athletic players in the NBA today are highlight reels in waiting. These athletic freaks of nature â€“ if you will â€“ process incredible leaping skills and hops, massive wingspans, electrifying speed, amazing explosiveness, and impressive hang time. They continually keep the fans on the edge of their seats, and leave them scratching their heads and saying, “How did he do that?” Read More »
/ Jan 20, 2014 / 4:00 pm
Kyrie Irving (photo. Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
With the slew of injuries that have taken the East’s guards, it has allowed the borderline All-Stars to finally obtain a legitimate chance of making their first All-Star Game.
Consider it as a silver lining for the likes of certain unrecognized guards out of Orlando, Washington and Toronto. The spots would have typically been doled out to the likes of certain point guards that reside in Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn. Instead, we’re going to get a look at some fresh faces, which is nice for a change. Read More »
Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
An NBA player did something this week that hasn’t been seen in over a decade and was previously performed by the league’s greatest dunker in a Slam Dunk Contest.
So, yeah, it was a good week for dunks, especially when the rest of the dunks consist of unlikely posters from unlikely names, including an act of vengeance from a certain Washington Wizards guard. Read More »
/ Jan 17, 2014 / 2:30 pm
DeMar DeRozan, Lance Stephenson (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Not since the days of Chris Bosh have the Toronto Raptors had anyone worthy of getting an All-Star nod. Enter DeMar DeRozan, who is making a strong case to represent Canada in New Orleans come February. Read More »
/ Dec 30, 2013 / 4:15 pm
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 »