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NBA, Video / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line is arguably unmatched in this game we love. Read More »

NBA / Apr 5, 2014 / 2:45 pm

The 5 Most Impressive Winning Streaks In NBA History

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli (Pat Lovell/USA TODAY Sports)

With the San Antonio Spurs’ 19-game winning streak finally coming to a halt on Thursday night at Oklahoma City, we felt it was the perfect time to take a look at–and rank–the NBA’s most impressive winning streaks of all time. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Apr 2, 2014 / 2:45 pm

5 NBA Draft Prospects That Could Transform Lottery Teams Right Now

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

To think that we’re only three weeks away from the start of the playoffs; the special time of year where all of the “It’s only the regular season talk” stifles and the “Win or go home” mantra begins. While 16 teams prepare their final rosters and create the lineups they believe will lead them to a title, the other 14 plan for the draft, as they wait to see where the ping-pong balls bounce this year. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Apr 2, 2014 / 10:45 am

GIF: Damian Lillard Throws It Down On Pau & Kaman

Chris Kaman, Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol

The Trail Blazers really needed last night’s 124-112 win at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They’ve been hemorrhaging wins in the season’s second half and found themselves in the untenable position of possibly forfeiting a playoff spot over the season’s last month after racing out to one of the best records in the season’s first half. But they’ve steadied the ship, and Damian Lillard was back to his pre-All-Star game self with 34 points and a monstrous dunk on the Lakers’ big men. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 31, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Nick Young Welcomes Phoenix To “The Player Haters Ball”

Nick Young

Nick Young (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lakers are done, mathematically eliminated from a possible playoff berth a while back, and now just running out the season before probably firing coach Mike D’Antoni. But the beaten up Lakers faced off against the Suns on Sunday, one of a group of five teams looking to fit in four open playoff spots in the West. So of course Nick Young reveled in his team’s ability to put a dent in Phoenix’s playoff chances with their 115-99 win at the Staples Center. Read More »

GIFs, Latest News, NBA / Mar 29, 2014 / 3:34 pm

Report: Kevin Love Interested In Bulls, Knicks & Lakers

Kevin Love, Taj Gibson

Kevin Love, Taj Gibson (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Even though he’s under contract through the 2014-15 season, and has a player option for 2015-16, Kevin Love has turned into the player du jour as we come up on the end of the 2013-14 season. A source familiar with Love’s thinking tells ESPN Los Angeles, it’s not just LA that’s an appealing destination if he were traded , but also Chicago and New York. It seems the small market ‘Wolves don’t hold the appeal of the bigger cities. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 26, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Chris Kaman Hasn’t Spoken With Mike D’Antoni In Three Weeks

Chris Kaman, Amar'e Stoudemire

Chris Kaman, Amar’e Stoudemire (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

We’ve written extensively about the gloomy Lakers season, and most of the quotes out of Laker land are tinged with anger, embarrassment, backstabbing, Swaggy P bluster, and the type of excuses typical of franchises stuck in the basement of their respective division. But these are the Lakers, not a team used to losing regardless of injuries. A lot of people are blaming the coach, and now comes word center Chris Kaman hasn’t spoken to head coach Mike D’Antoni in three weeks. Read More »

NBA / Mar 26, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Jodie Meeks On His Career Night, Kobe Bryant, March Madness & More

Jodie Meeks, J.R. Smith

Jodie Meeks, J.R. Smith (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

As of this writing, the Lakers are 24-46 on the year, last in the Pacific Division in one of their worst seasons in franchise history. Yet, one of the team’s few bright spots has been up-and-coming guard Jodie Meeks. The fifth-year player out of Kentucky is averaging career-highs in multiple statistical categories including 15.3 points and 1.5 steals in 32.8 minutes per game. He’s also shooting a career high 45.4 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc. In his second season in Los Angeles, Meeks seems to be thriving under head coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system.

Before taking the court for the romp of the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Meeks took some time to speak with Dime on a range of topics, including the progression in his game this season, teammate Kobe Bryant, March Madness, video games and more. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 26, 2014 / 3:11 am

Nick Young Mistakenly Celebrates Missed 3-Pointer

Nick Young

The Knicks were dreadful on Tuesday night at the Staples Center when they took on a Lakers team that’s currently in last place in the Pacific Division. LA clobbered the Knicks by 31 in a rout and Nick Young was fantastic from beyond the three-point line, knocking down five of his six attempts. But that lone three-point attempt he did miss, he thought he made, and the TNT guys had some chuckles after his mini celebration before realizing his mistake. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 1:45 pm

10 NBA Stars Who Finished Careers In The Most Unexpected Places

Michael Jordan

The trajectory of a player’s career doesn’t always include the storybook ending of playing in the location that meant most to them. Often times, you’ll find veterans bouncing from franchise to franchise, what you might call ring chasing. As you’ll see in the case of the veterans on this list, the traditional colors they wore throughout their career were sometimes traded in for the colors of a team they rode the bench with. Read More »