/ Feb 11, 2014 / 3:45 pm
The All-Star break is looming and there is a clear picture of which players have been living up to their standards and which have not; which players have burst onto the NBA scene in surprise and which have flopped under the pressure.
At the end of each season, the NBA honors the best players by naming them to the All-NBA Teams. There are three teams: First Team, Second Team and Third Team. Each generally consists of five players: two guards, two forwards and one center, voted on by a group of sportswriters and broadcasters. Read More »
Something about Spike Lee yapping at opponents just brings out the best in players visiting Madison Square Garden. The Blazers were in New York to kick off Wednesday night’s ESPN double-header, but both teams were struggling to find the nylon all night. The Knicks kept things close as Portland’s pair of All-Stars, Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, shot poorly from the field like most of their teammates. But the Blazers hung tough behind Nicolas Batum‘s strong 20 points. In the end, though, it was Aldridge who sealed it for them, and he seemed to put a special emphasis on staring down Lee after he did it. Read More »
During tonight’s TNT double-header they announced the reserves in the 2014 All-Star Game, and one name was noticeably absent out West. Tim Duncan missed out on his 15th All-Star selection despite helping the Spurs to the second-best record in the Western Conference, but his teammate, Tony Parker, made it as a reserve. There are also four first-time All-Stars among the reserves, all but one coming from the Eastern Conference. Lets get to them… Read More »
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 »
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 »