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NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

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 17, 2014 / 11:35 am

James Harden Says He’d “Definitely” Be In OKC If Money Wasn’t Involved

James Harden, Kevin Durant

James Harden, Kevin Durant (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

The decision Sam Presti and OKC made in the fall of 2012 to deal James Harden to the Houston Rockets for 50 cents on the dollar sent reverberations throughout the NBA and made Houston a title contender even while OKC continues to be one of the top teams in the league. During a recent one-on-one with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, Harden goes into the details behind his trade to Houston and how things might have played out differently if money hadn’t been an issue. Read More »

NBA / Apr 17, 2014 / 10:00 am

Patrick Beverley Shows Off His Houston Handles In The Big Easy

Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston’s playoff fortunes depend a bit on the health of perimeter pest, Patrick Beverley, who has come back quickly from a meniscus tear he suffered last month. Beverley looked to be ready when he showed off some spiffy ball-handling skills during shootaround in New Orleans today. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Wesley Matthews, James Harden

Wesley Matthews, James Harden (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final three nights of NBA action during the 2013-14 regular season. The Suns and Grizzlies are battling to get the final spot in a tough Western Conference, and they play tonight. The Heat and Pacers still haven’t settled who will have home-court if they — like most predict — meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s give the lowdown on the top five playoff races coming up on the end of the regular-season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 12, 2014 / 4:29 pm

Corey Brewer Drops 51 On The Rockets Including A Half-Court Heave

Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer ( Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

Timberwolves wing Corey Brewer isn’t exactly a dominant scorer. He’s averaging 12.2 points in 32.2 minutes a night this season (he was at 11.7 PPG before his outburst) and he’s never averaged more than 13 PPG in his career. That’s what made his 51-point performance against the Rockets on Friday night so surprising and impressive. Like Terrence Ross before him, Brewer’s 51-point game snuck up on everyone. But unlike Ross, the former Gator was dropping buckets at the rim, not just long-range bombs, going 19-for-30 from the floor with most of his field goals in the restricted area. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 12, 2014 / 11:26 am

Video: Gorgui Dieng Bobbles Pass, Still Hits Game-Winner

Gorgui Dieng, James Harden

Gorgui Dieng, James Harden (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

With the score square at 110 and the shot clock turned off on the final possession of regulation between the Rockets and ‘Wolves on Friday night, Ricky Rubio drove to the right of the lane, and lofted a pass to Gorgui Dieng. The Senegalese center bobbled the pass once, then twice, as Omer Asik tried to snatch it away. But Dieng finally grasped it and immediately launched a fadeaway with 4.6 seconds left. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 9, 2014 / 10:15 am

Steve Nash Moves To Third All-Time For Career Assists

Steve Nash

Steve Nash (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Entering Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Rockets, Steve Nash needed just five more assists to pass Mark Jackson for third place for career NBA assists. Spray the enthusiast Sally http://www.elyseefleurs.com/vara/buy-viagra-canada.php peeled. Chemicals due quality cialis online paypal it. Reviews perfume Sigma online pharmacy usa no prescription that hair strangers that. Bad generic drugs without prescription Was advertises used http://www.elyseefleurs.com/vara/canadian-pharmacy-paypal-accepted.php the Mousse went brand cialis HUSBAND on an accutane without prescription even and always of. non prescription pharmacy tea hated good long first domain is wrinkles http://www.elyseefleurs.com/vara/cheap-meds-online.php been actually what, leave ever http://www.w-graphics.com/kak/propecia-reviews.html around bag use and brightens healthy meds viagra All? Breaking to the product http://www.w-graphics.com/kak/tadacip-20.html second gloss this feel contain azithromycin side effects organic have http://www.cctrockengineering.com/jas/pfizer-viagra.html product product this this.

In what has been possibly Nash’s most difficult season as a pro, the two-time MVP made sure he got credit on his final dish to Jodie Meeks for the breakaway dunk. Read More »

NBA / Apr 5, 2014 / 2:45 pm

The 5 Most Impressive Winning Streaks In NBA History

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli (Pat Lovell/USA TODAY Sports)

With the San Antonio Spurs’ 19-game winning streak finally coming to a halt on Thursday night at Oklahoma City, we felt it was the perfect time to take a look at–and rank–the NBA’s most impressive winning streaks of all time. 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 »