TAG: LaMarcus Aldridge

All-Star, NBA, Smack / Jan 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

LaMarcus Aldridge: “I Definitely Should Have Been [An All Star] Starter”

LaMarcus Aldridge

Last night, LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a career-high 44 points as the Blazers came back in the second half to beat the Nuggets. It was another huge game for the power forward out of Texas, and it comes in his best NBA season yet. When asked after the game about his failure to be voted in as an All-Star starter, Aldridge wasn’t surprised at all, but he didn’t agree with the fans vote, either. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Jan 23, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The 12 Players Who Should Make The West All-Star Team This Year

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Can we just skip the All-Star Game and the next three months of basketball and just get to the Western Conference playoffs already?

In fact, just simulate the East to the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, so that there’s more air time for the playoffs out West. Just listing these names alone has peaked my excitement and intrigue into the possibilities and scenarios we may encounter once the postseason begins. Read More »

NBA / Jan 21, 2014 / 12:45 pm

NBA’s Best Night For Big Men Since 1978

Anderson Varejao, DeAndre Jordan

NBA action on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day favored the big fellas inside the paint even though the league is increasingly becoming a perimeter, guard-oriented league. On Monday night, five players grabbed at least 20 rebounds in a game. It was the first time five NBA players had broken the 20-rebound plateau on the same night since the 1984-85 season. But those guys also scored at least 15 points, and it was the first time five players had achieved the 15-point, 20-rebound performance on the same night since way back before the contemporary game, in 1978. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 10:30 am

Video: Nicolas Batum Lobs For Sneaky Damian Lillard Slam

Damian Lillard

The Blazers pulled away from a visiting Cavs team — that’s not messing around anymore with the acquisition of Luol Deng — in the fourth quarter Wednesday night behind their stars, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The former even snuck backdoor for a sick alley-oop from Nicolas Batum. Read More »

NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The Only 5 Teams That Can Win An NBA Championship This Year

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

The NBA is a state of repair.

No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.

It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »

NBA / Dec 30, 2013 / 2:30 pm

The Top 10 Candidates For NBA MVP This Season

Klay Thompson, Chris Paul

The NBA season has reached the point where teams begin to make their runs, and players start campaigning for individual awards. Upper-tier players will take charge, distance themselves from the pack, and lead their respective teams to new heights. Read More »

NBA / Dec 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm

How LaMarcus Aldridge Became Worthy MVP Candidate This Year

LaMarcus Aldridge

“The king stay the king.”

Those are loaded words from D’Angelo Barksdale as he explains the nuances of chess to Bodie and Wallace, but he could easily be referring to the MVP crown, which has belonged to LeBron James four out of the last five seasons. This year, as usual, it’s LeBron’s race to lose, but there’s a whole new crop of precocious upstarts looking to unseat the throne, not the least of whom are Indiana’s Paul George, who continues his meteoric rise to stardom, and perhaps more surprisingly, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who has quietly lead his team to the franchise’s best start in more than two decades. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 29, 2013 / 11:12 am

Chris Bosh Hits The Game-Winning 3-Pointer To Lead The LeBron-Less Heat Over The Blazers

LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

On Saturday night, with the Heat at the Moda Center in Portland, Chris Bosh reminded everyone that he’s an All-Star capable of carrying a team, and probably the best third wheel in the NBA. LeBron James was out with a strained groin, so Bosh put on his cape and scored 37 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with two defenders in his eye. Read More »

NBA / Dec 26, 2013 / 12:30 pm

20 Gifts Santa Should’ve Brought NBA Stars This Year

DeMarcus Cousins

The holidays are officially here! ‘Tis the season for snow, holiday cheer and all that other good stuff. For a child, is their any greater moment than waking up early Christmas morning to open up the presents Santa brought the night before? Sentimental memories popping into my head as I write this. Read More »

NBA / Dec 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm

Which Team Has Been The Bigger Surprise: Portland Or Phoenix?

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers teammates

If we ask this question again in May, the answer might be lopsided. Portland is fighting for a top seed in the West, and possible homecourt advantage, where their crazed fans have pushed them out to a 10-2 record. They have two likely All-Stars and at 22-5, are a sure bet to make the playoffs. And yet they might not be the Western Conference’s biggest surprise so far. Read More »