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 »
/ Jan 21, 2014 / 12:45 pm
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 »
/ Jan 16, 2014 / 10:30 am
The Blazers pulled away from a visiting Cavs team â€” that’s not messing around anymore with the acquisition of Luol Deng â€” 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 »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm
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 »
/ Dec 30, 2013 / 2:30 pm
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 »
/ Dec 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm
“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 »
/ Dec 29, 2013 / 11:12 am
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 »
/ Dec 26, 2013 / 12:30 pm
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 »
/ Dec 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm
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 »
/ Dec 16, 2013 / 10:45 am
On a night where Pistons forward Josh Smith was a ridiculous 13-for-15 from 2-point range, Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings was getting his hands in all over the court with nearly a triple-double, it was the cold-shooting Damian Lillard who ended the game in overtime and continued Portland’s winning ways this season, even as they struggled on the road in Detroit. Read More »