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NBA, Video / Dec 10, 2012 / 1:00 pm

Video: Blake Griffin Climbs Up Linas Kleiza’s Back For A Crazy Putback Dunk

Blake Griffin

Okay, so this wasn’t exactly as nice as Blake Griffin‘s putback over Pau Gasol last season. But with the big man struggling this year to find repeated top-10 finishes, it’s a cause to celebrate. This looks like the old Blake Griffin, and unfortunately, Linas Kleiza was the one underneath the rim feeling his wrath. Read More »

Smack / Aug 5, 2012 / 1:55 am

Team USA Escapes Against Lithuania; Paul Pierce Bitter Over Ray Allen’s Exit

Nike Basketball Innovation: LeBron James

When Linas Kleiza lined up a triple and splashed it to put Lithuania up two with under seven minutes to go against Team USA, it must’ve felt like all of Buckingham Palace was crashing down on their heads. Coming off a ridiculous thrashing of Nigeria, nobody figured the Yanks would have a game on their hands this early. Even on Twitter, more people were talking about Serena Williams‘ crip walk than a potential USA dud. But Lithuania, who do have Kleiza, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Toronto’s potential stud, Jonas Valanciunas, ALWAYS play Team USA tough. Since 2000, they’ve beaten us, taken us to a game-deciding shot, and have only been beat by double digits once. They’re solid. They just don’t have LeBron James, who was the difference in the 99-94 win. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Mar 1, 2012 / 11:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 3.1

Jamal Crawford

Beast of the Night: Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and five threes in his second consecutive start last night. He shot 53 percent (8-15) from the floor and had one turnover. Crawford looks set to continue being the Blazers’ starting point guard, relegating the struggling Raymond Felton to the bench. So long as he’s starting, Crawford will see a nice bump in value. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 15, 2012 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Basketball Diagnosis: 2.15

Nick Young

Beast of the Night: Nick Young makes an unexpected appearance here thanks to his 35 points, three rebounds, two steals and seven three-pointers last night. He shot 71 percent (12-17) from the field, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had one turnover. After starting the season on the bench, Young has managed to give his owners reliable value as a scorer and three-point maker. So far in February, he’s averaging top 25 numbers. Read More »

Smack / Feb 7, 2012 / 1:00 am

Jeremy Lin Dominates Again; Kobe Bryant’s Milestone in Philly

Kobe Bryant

All hail Jeremy Lin. That’s now two games in a row that the seldom-used backup has torched opponents and lit the Garden on fire as if he was John Starks. Lin dropped 28 and eight in New York’s 99-88 win over Utah. Beast? Lin seems to finish every three point play, make all the right decisions out of the pick-n-roll and has even shown off his deep ball. At one point in the second half, he dropped a high-arching shot and then trotted back on defense with a swag unlimited smirk before sticking his tongue out (It looked like he had been sucking on some blue lollipops during the quarter break). Read More »

Smack / Jan 26, 2012 / 2:32 am

The Lakers Reclaim Their City; Dirk Tries A New Career

Andrew Bynum

Lob City’s a Laker town again, if only for a night in this upside-down season where the Clippers are the supposed juggernaut in town. With Andy Garcia looking on with an, ahem, obvious Lakers’ interest, Metta World Peace was as much a factor tonight as he hasn’t been the rest of the season. His physicality and hesitation three, his only bucket of the night, with 3:30 left capped an 11-4 run and the Lakers put the game away from there, thanks to two key plays from Andrew Bynum (19 points). In the closing seconds, he caught a lob from Kobe and finished, and then snuffed DeAndre Jordan‘s layup. Was this truly the night the big kid finally grew up? Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 22, 2011 / 11:00 am

Fantasy Basketball: Suspensions & Injuries To Start The Season

Andrew Bynum

The lockout is just a memory, the NBA is days away from its glorious Christmas Day return, and fantasy basketball preparations are in full swing. But you can’t escape the past. This isn’t a life lesson from the fingers of someone wholly unfit to give you non-fantasy basketball advice – it’s a reminder that suspensions handed down late in the 2010-11 NBA season are going to affect some players’ availabilities in the early going this season. On top of those suspensions are injuries and health conditions that will have implications from the outset of the 2011-12 NBA season. Below is a rundown of early suspensions and injuries, and the players who stand to benefit from those circumstances. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 24, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Toronto Raptors

Andrea Bargnani

Let’s be blunt: the Toronto Raptors are a sorry bunch, in real life and in fantasy terms. Sure, there are a decent number of potential breakout candidates on this squad whenever the next NBA season begins, but there are also timeshares awaiting a few positions. There’s no true stud here, but when you’re in the latter rounds of your draft, keep some of these Canadian dinosaurs in mind. Read More »

NBA, Video Games / Oct 12, 2011 / 1:30 pm

New Toronto Raptors Jersey Unveiled In NBA 2K12

Linas Kleiza

Other than the arrival of Jonas Valanciunas, it’s been a tough summer for Toronto Raptors fans. Not only are they dealing with the NBA lockout like the rest of us, but they’re also wondering what the potential loss of a season means for the future of their franchise. At least NBA 2K12 has brought them something to get excited about: it looks like the Raptors will be getting camouflage jerseys. Read More »

Hit List / Dec 20, 2010 / 2:15 pm

Dime NBA Power Ranking: LeBron, D-Wade, Bosh move into Top 3

Chris Bosh

Ranking the NBA from worst to first …

30. Sacramento Kings (5-20) Last week — Lost at Houston, lost at New Orleans, lost at Oklahoma City, lost to Houston Thirteen losses in their last 14 tries, but at least DeMarcus Cousins is starting to produce. He’s averaged 17 points and 9.5 boards in his last four games. Read More »