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NBA / Nov 16, 2012 / 3:15 pm

The Boston Celtics Have An Unexpected Weapon

Leandro Barbosa

Amidst the Celtics’ early season struggles, an unexpected bright spot is emerging from the end of the bench. Former Sixth Man of the Year Leandro Barbosa has made his presence felt despite a plethora of depth at the guard spot in Boston this season. While his numbers through eight games may not have you sold on his impact (7.1 points and 1.7 assists per game in 14.6 minutes a night), the Brazilian Blur is on the verge of carving out a more defined role on this Celtics team. Read More »

NBA, Video / Nov 16, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: Keith Bogans Chokes Out Leandro Barbosa With A Hard Foul

Keith Bogans

UFC 154 isn’t until Saturday night, but fight fans got a taste of the action Thursday as Keith Bogans wrapped Leandro Barbosa up in a textbook rear-naked choke. Bogans was assessed a personal foul on the play. No word yet if he received his purple belt, as well. Read More »

Smack / Nov 16, 2012 / 2:07 am

The Knicks Can’t Be Stopped Even When ‘Melo Is; LeBron Puts The Nuggets To Sleep

DimeTV: Behind The Scenes Of Raymond Felton's Photo Shoot

The Knicks only had 3-of-12 shooting by Carmelo Anthony (nine points though he did get 12 boards) and were on the road in San Antonio and yet New York went into Texas and still won, 104-100 to stay undefeated against all odds. And by against all odds, we mean Raymond Felton dropped 25 points, Jason Kidd kept up his torrid shooting by going 4-of-6 from three and the Knickerbockers had just five points in transition. Read More »

Smack / Oct 31, 2012 / 1:34 am

Ray Allen Gets His Revenge; A Star Is Born In Cleveland

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

It’s a new season in the NBA, the Heat and LeBron James have new championship rings, and yet nothing has changed. You still got the haves and the have-nots, which was easily apparent switching back and forth between the freshman ball (Wizards/Cavs) and the varsity (Celtics/Heat). The fans still don’t understand the concept behind the MVP chant (Seriously? In the first game of the season?) And Kevin Garnett is still super ornery. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 17, 2012 / 5:05 pm

Report: Boston Signs Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa

Rajon Rondo doesn’t necessarily need a backup. Not only is he poised for his greatest season yet, especially now that he’s dropped his body armor and is openingly having more fun (I almost spit out my drink after seeing him smile during Boston’s one-point loss to Brooklyn last night), but he’s also played at least 36 minutes a night in each of the last three years. Then when you throw in the addition of Jason Terry, who had an assist rate of 22.47 in Dallas last year (actually his worst passing numbers since 2009), which was better than a number of “decent” backup guards (Mo Williams, Derek Fisher, Gary Neal and just percentage points behind Lou Williams), you can see why some might find this move superfluous. Read More »

Olympics / Aug 9, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Top 5 Biggest Olympic Surprises

Patty Mills

The Olympics are always a bit of a wild card given that teams are almost always cobbled together just a matter of weeks before the Opening Ceremonies. The momentum gained from world championships or FIBA’s qualifying tournaments means little when most teams have been disbanded for months. The unheralded players who toil playing overseas the rest of the year add seasoning to the mix as another unknown. Take, for example, Tunisia. How much tape could Coach K have dug up on Makram Ben Romdhane? What hasn’t been a surprise is the U.S. dominance; no matter how many perceived weaknesses the team has, there are more ways to cover up the cracks than any other team can match. What has caught our eye, however, are these five surprises. Read More »

Olympics, Video / Aug 9, 2012 / 10:00 am

Video: Leandro Barbosa Drops Andres Nocioni On His Face With An Ankle-Breaking Move

Leandro Barbosa

While Brazil wasn’t able to pull out a win against Argentina yesterday, Leandro Barbosa dropped 23 points and Andres Nocioni. I always give Nocioni credit because the man always plays D, but right here there’s no way around it. He got dropped. Maybe now someone will actually sign Barbosa. Read More »

Smack / Aug 8, 2012 / 10:17 pm

Team USA Runs Australia Off The Floor; C.J. Miles Finds A Team

Kobe, LeBron, KD and Deron Williams Team USA

So Team USA has found their groove. It goes something like this: mess around for a few quarters, and then get one of their guys – preferably Carmelo, Durant or Kobe – hot and watch them drop bombs video game-style from the perimeter. It worked against their last few opponents, and they did it again yesterday in their 119-86 shellacking of Australia in the first medal round game. Team USA took an 11-0 Aussie run to the chin to start the second half, and we actually had a somewhat competitive game through three quarters. Then, the Yanks went on a 45-20 run to end the game, and it started with Kobe Bryant … Read More »

Olympics, Video / Aug 2, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Video: Russia Beats Brazil In Olympics On Crazy Three-Pointer

Vitaly Fridzon

If you missed out on the Russia and Brazil heart-pounder earlier this afternoon, you missed out on the best basketball game of the Olympics thus far. Russia pulled it out after a run of potential game-winning shots was finally ended by Vitaly Fridzon. Fridzon banged a triple from the corner as his defender nearly took out his legs, allowing Russia to escape, 75-74.

Leandro Barbosa, who’s a free agent being linked to both the Cavs and Lakers, had one final shot at it. But all he could muster was an off-balance triple attempt off one foot. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Aug 2, 2012 / 1:15 pm

Report: Leandro Barbosa Willing To Sign With Cleveland, Lakers Also Interested

Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa is no longer a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and his once best-in-the-league jets have slowed considerably, but the man can still get you buckets off the bench. In Indiana last year, he only averaged 8.9 points a game, but that had more to do with a crowded backcourt than anything else. With Brazil currently in the Olympics, a couple of reports have surfaced linking the 6-3 Barbosa to both Cleveland and the Lakers. Read More »