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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Apr 23, 2014 / 3:00 pm

2013-14 All-Fantasy Basketball Third Team

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic (Tom Szczerbowski/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 »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 21, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Report: Joakim Noah To Be Named Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite losing at home in Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday, Bulls center Joakim Noah might have a reason to smile today. Multiple sources claim he’ll be crowned the NBA’s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, and the Bulls have a press conference scheduled for later this afternoon to announcement the news. Noah was voted as the top defensive player of the 2014 season by Dime’s writers last week. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Apr 18, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Most Valuable Player

Kevin Durant, LeBron James

Kevin Durant, LeBron James (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, the race for third place and a pretty overwhelming victor for the two-man battle that decided this season’s MVP award. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, the topsy-turvy roller-coaster ride that was the race for the Defensive Player of Year. Read More »

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 / Apr 5, 2014 / 3:00 pm

5 Candidates For Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Much like the MVP award, the chase for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year can also be looked at as a two-man race. What should go down to the wire between the big men of Chicago and Indiana has turned into an exhibition of each player’s defensive skill-sets. Whether they may be gifted enough to use their large frame to jump straight up in the air, or if they’re incredibly rangy, active and intense, these two have set themselves far apart from anybody else on that end of the floor. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Apr 2, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Joakim Noah & Rajon Rondo No Longer Hate Each Other

Rajon Rondo, Joakim Noah

Rajon Rondo, Joakim Noah (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

It started before college during AAU play, but the fact Rajon Rondo went to Kentucky and Joakim Noah enrolled at bitter SEC rival, Florida, certainly didn’t help what became a colossal acrimony between the two NBA players. Then the 2009 first round Celtics-Bulls playoff battle – with all it’s back-and-forth jawing, physical play and overtime sessions — confirmed that Rondo and Noah had become two opposing forces of equal magnitude destined for beef. But now, after 10 years in the NBA and the maturity that ensued, the fire between the pair has cooled — at least a little. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 1, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Joakim Noah Is Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run”

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

We’ve had a years long argument with a college friend that Bruce Springsteen is overrated. Our friend gets so mad when we suggest Billy Joel is his equal, or possibly better (he’s not, but we like to rankle him when we can). Regardless, when you combine the title track of Bruce’s 1975 opus, Born to Run, with the amazing fast break highlights of Joakim Noah, you have the perfect melting pot of music and basketball excellence. Read More »

NBA / Mar 31, 2014 / 3:30 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Made “The Leap” This Season

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Can anyone believe the NBA season is almost at an end? The playoffs are almost upon us, which means some teams will be reaching for NBA championships while other teams will be at home reaching for the remote. Every season that passes by there are players that have taken their game to the next level. These players have made the “leap” essentially, star players finally asserting themselves as dominant, All-Star caliber talents. Read More »