TAG: J.R. Smith

Smack / Dec 25, 2010 / 1:54 am

NBA Christmas Day Gives You Kobe vs. LeBron In Your Stocking

Kobe vs. LeBron

There Can Only Be One: Kobe vs. LeBron

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the League, Not a player was playing, not even Jeff Teague. The matchups were set with the rivalries ripe, Some were historical and some were just hype. “Now, Kobe! now, ‘Bron! now, Dwight and KG! On, Amar’e! on, Rose! on, ‘Melo and KD! From the start of the game! For every loose ball! Now dunk away! Dunk away! Dunk away all!” … Can you tell we’re excited? With no NBA games on the docket last night, we had all day to think about the storylines for today’s action. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 23, 2010 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 12.23

Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. Daymon Gardner)

Beast of the Night: Chris Paul finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 14 assists and 2 steals last night in an easy victory over the Nets. He shot 75 percent (6-8) from the floor and had just one turnover. CP3 is putting up stats that make him the top dog in fantasy basketball so far this year and has somehow managed to do so in quiet fashion. Read More »

Smack / Dec 23, 2010 / 7:06 am

Paul Pierce puts his signature on Boston’s 14th straight win

Paul Pierce

Don’t be surprised when, before the February trade deadline, Miami and Orlando are attached to trade rumors involving guys like Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams. Don’t be alarmed when Erik Spoelstra and Stan Van Gundy begin consulting Doug Collins like he’s Robert Duvall in The Godfather, or when Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard suddenly sidle up to Andre Iguodala like he’s their new best friend. The reason? Apparently the Sixers have the secret to keeping the Celtics in check. Read More »

Hit List / Dec 20, 2010 / 2:15 pm

Dime NBA Power Ranking: LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh move into Top 3

Chris Bosh

Gerald Wallace

Ranking the NBA from worst to first …

30. Sacramento Kings (5-20) Last week — Lost at Houston, lost at New Orleans, lost at Oklahoma City, lost to Houston Thirteen losses in their last 14 tries, but at least DeMarcus Cousins is starting to produce. He’s averaged 17 points and 9.5 boards in his last four games. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor / Dec 17, 2010 / 1:15 pm

Buy Low, Sell High: Fantasy Week 8

J.R. Smith (photo. Mark Mann)

J.R. Smith (photo. Mark Mann)

Buy Low: J.R. Smith has been all over the place this season. The good news is that he’s finally getting a steady diet of minutes for the Nuggets. The bad news is that it’s hard to predict when he’ll do much with them. However, Smith remains a solid source of threes and steals, despite his low field-goal percentage, and should Carmelo Anthony be dealt away in the coming weeks (which seems increasingly possible), Smith will have more minutes and shots fall into his lap. Read More »

Smack / Dec 17, 2010 / 3:03 am

Manu of the Match: Ginobili is the hero in another instant classic

Manu Ginobili (photo. Xinhua)

While the NBA was still buzzing from the Knicks/Celtics craziness, the Nuggets and Spurs went out and topped the East Coasters in terms of sheer insanity and drama at the end. And their game included what was possibly the best in-game dunk we’ve seen since Shawn Kemp was rocking Kamikazes … The Nuggets had a slim lead early in the fourth quarter before Manu Ginobili went off. He got wide open on a backdoor cut for a layup, hit a step-back jumper that looked a lot like the dagger he delivered against Milwaukee, then drained a three to put San Antonio seemingly in command. Read More »

Featured Gallery, Latest News, NBA / Dec 15, 2010 / 11:00 am

NBA Trade Rumors: Sebastian Telfair to New York, J.R. Smith to Chicago

Sebastian Telfair

Sebastian Telfair

As the Lakers/Nets/Rockets trade yesterday opened the door for another round of Carmelo Anthony rumors and scenarios, it also inevitably led to further discussion on the future of J.R. Smith.

The perception has long been held that, if Denver has to reluctantly give up ‘Melo, they’ll try to unload the sometimes-problematic Smith at the same time, whether as part of the seemingly inevitably ‘Melo deal or in a separate move to continue the rebuilding process. Read More »

Smack / Dec 15, 2010 / 6:03 am

Pistons/Hawks party like it’s 2005; Bynum returns for Lakers

Tracy McGrady (image by Ryan Hurst)

We know everybody is trying to push this renewed Celtics/Knicks rivalry (or whatever Paul Pierce wants to call it), and we appreciate NBA TV giving us some 1985 Celtics/Knicks action during the workday yesterday. But what’s up with Pistons/Hawks? There has to be something in the archives with Isiah, Dumars, Dominique, Spud, Rodman and Kevin Willis. Matter of fact, we wouldn’t mind some 1997 Grant Hill vs. Mookie Blaylock re-runs … Last night’s Hawks/Pistons game had plenty throwback appeal. Read More »

NBA / Dec 14, 2010 / 4:00 pm

Chauncey Billups (wrist) out for one week

Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups (photo. Mannion)

Talented as they are, the Denver Nuggets (14-9) just seem to have too much “stuff” going on around the team to realistically contend for an NBA championship in 2011.

Carmelo Anthony is posting close to a career-low shooting percentage from the field (42.8%, 23.1 ppg) as trade rumors and behind-the-scenes issues with the organization swirl around him. Injuries to Kenyon Martin and Birdman Andersen have decimated the frontcourt. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Dec 7, 2010 / 10:30 am

Dime #61: Chris Paul Tells His Side of the Story

Dime #61: Chris Paul Tells His Side of the Story

I feel like I’ve grown up at Dime alongside Chris Paul.

In the summer of 2005, I landed in New York City for the first time, a brand-new college grad in town for an interview about a full-time job. Days earlier, I was told, brand-new NBA Draft pick Chris Paul had sat in the same Dime Magazine office I did, making the media rounds and doing interviews for his first foray into the professional ranks. Read More »