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NBA / Jun 4, 2010 / 10:00 am

5 Overshadowed Subplots In The NBA Finals

Celtics vs. Lakers

If you didn’t watch Game 1 last night, read this. But if you’re looking into the minute details of this epic rivalry and series, read on. Here are the five overshadowed subplots of the NBA Finals. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 6, 2010 / 2:19 pm

Nate Robinson back in the coach’s doghouse with Boston

Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson, Dime #46

Just like Stephon Marbury — the last New York Knicks guard acquired by the Boston Celtics at midseason expected to provide backcourt depth and a little scoring punch going into the playoffs — opinions were split on Nate Robinson being able to fit in with the Celtics.

At his best, Nate is a valuable scorer off the bench who can go for 20 points in 20 minutes, take over a game and drop 40 on any given night, and consistently brings energy to the court. Read More »

Smack / Mar 22, 2010 / 7:02 am

Big-time Big Ten carries Day 4 of March Madness; T-Mac hosts the Rockets at MSG

Evan Turner at Ohio State

Ohio State's Evan Turner

After the first three days of the NCAA Tournament belonged to lovable underdogs like Jimmer Fredette, Ali Farokhmanesh, Cornell and the St. Mary’s Hoosiers, Day 4 belonged to the big dogs — a.k.a. the Big Ten. Thanks to Korie Lucious and Chris Kramer‘s clutch play and Evan Turner‘s overall dominance, we’re headed to the Sweet Sixteen with the Big Ten having more teams still standing (Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue) than any other conference, including the much-hyped Big East … Michigan State was trailing Maryland by one with six seconds left after Greivis Vasquez (26 pts, 8 asts, 3 stls) hit a tough shot in the lane. The Spartans got it to Lucious (13 pts), and the sophomore calmly found his spot and drained a three at the buzzer. Read More »

NBA / Mar 17, 2010 / 11:00 am

My Top 10 Favorite Celtics Of The Past 25 Years

Boston Celtics

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the fall of my beloved franchise, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the better times. From the day I was born I’ve been a Celtics fan, and the past 25 years have brought a whole cast of characters through the green and white. But among all the All-Stars and Hall of Famers, here are the 10 that stick out in my mind. Read More »

Smack / Mar 15, 2010 / 7:03 am

LeBron poses tough test for Boston; NCAA Selection fallout

LeBron James

All week long, we’ve been saying Sunday’s game at Cleveland was a crucial test for the Celtics. Win or lose (seeing as it’s tough for anybody to win in LeBron‘s gym), the most important thing would be how much fight Boston had in them. So on that level, you can’t be too disappointed if you’re a Celtics fan; they hung in there well into the second half before LeBron (30 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts, 3 blks) become too much down the stretch … Read More »

Hit List / Mar 3, 2010 / 10:00 am

NBA Hit List Power Ranking, 3.3

Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy (photo. Aaron Hewitt)

Ranking the NBA from worst to first…

30. New Jersey Nets (6-53) — Mad Dog Carter and the rest of the ’73 Sixers might have to cancel that champagne-popping party. The Nets are 2-5 since the All-Star break, recording wins over the Celtics and the (maybe) playoff-bound Bobcats.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (14-47) — A disappointing season gets worse for Al Jefferson, suspended for this week’s games against Dallas and Houston after a DWI arrest. On a less serious note, Al’s team has dropped nine of its last 10 games. Read More »

Smack / Feb 26, 2010 / 4:18 am

LeBron gives Boston a reality check; Bad news for the No. 2 pick

LeBron James

One sequence not only summed up Cavs/Celtics, it was also the moment an astute observer in the building would have started packing their stuff and heading for the parking lot: After Mo Williams had knocked down back-to-back threes midway through the fourth quarter, Ray Allen was looking to answer beyond the arc. But as the shot clock ran down and with nowhere to pass or dribble, Ray had LeBron stuck to his chest like Vicks VapoRub. Read More »

NBA / Feb 5, 2010 / 4:15 pm

4 Undersized Big-Men Who Will Be Playoff X-Factors

Leon Powe

Leon Powe (photo. The Plain Dealer)

Every postseason there are players who make names for themselves with big shots and timely contributions. Daniel Gibson, Ben Gordon and J.R. Smith are guards that have made splashes, and in Gordon’s case, secured a big contract because of his playoff performances.

Sure these guards have been big, but despite the fact that undersized big-men usually get no love on Draft Day and fall to the second round, they are the ones who have proven to be the most valuable to teams making deep playoff runs. I left Chuck Hayes and Carl Landry off this list because I’m not convinced the Rockets will make the playoffs, and Paul Millsap didn’t make the cut because the Jazz are going to lose in the first round. Here are four undersized big men who will help their teams make deep playoff runs this year: Read More »

NBA / Nov 12, 2009 / 1:37 pm

10 Players Who Are About To Crash The Party

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

The injury epidemic hit the NBA hard at the beginning of this NBA season. Several stars’ season debuts have been delayed due to different injuries. On top of guys getting hurt, a couple of big time players started the year suspended. Now that J.R. Smith and Tyler Hansbrough finally suited up, there are a dozen of other players who are about to crash the season and possibly make major impacts. Here’s ten to keep an eye on. Read More »

NBA / Oct 27, 2009 / 5:43 pm

Cleveland Cavaliers ’09-10 NBA season preview

Shaq

Shaq

Last year we debuted the “Highs and Lows” system — previewing the NBA season by predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team. Same theme, different season…

Added: Shaquille O’Neal, Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, Leon Powe, Danny Green, Coby Karl

Lost: Joe Smith, Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, Sasha Pavlovic, Lorenzen Wright, Tarence Kinsey Read More »