We’ve never seen this before. The amount of torque needed to actually burst a sneaker’s upper as you’re sliding on defense is unfathomable. Manu Ginobili turns 37 this July, but you know Pop isn’t going to play him unless he’s busting his butt on defense. Exhibit A would probably be Manu’s sneaker self-destructing during the middle of San Antonio’s 120-110 win over Detroit on Wednesday night. Read More »
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Basketball demands we break down its players not just by stats, but by the time and place they occur. That’s not the case in NBA fantasy hoops, though, where cold calculations rule the day and the matchup. Who are the Fantasy Doctor‘s choices for this week’s best pickups? Hit the jump to find out. Read More »
Father Time is undefeated and this has been well documented over the history of professional sports. At one time or another, every athlete that has appeared timeless is eventually defeated. The world of basketball offers a unique realm of competition, in which players can compete at a high level into their late 30s and even beyond in some special cases. In 2014, we are still marveling over how teams are comprised of players primarily over the age of 30, such as the Mavericks and Spurs, who still manage to remain in playoff contention in the toughest conference. Read More »
The Spurs fell to the Rockets last night, 97-90, even though Houston was without possible All-Star James Harden. San Antonio has struggled mightily against the league’s best teams, and that continued against Houston despite Boris Diaw‘s big game. But it was Manu Ginobili‘s hamstring Spurs fans are keeping an eye towards, now. He re-injured the hammie during a vintage dribble-drive for the dunk. Read More »
When you are playing basketball, there is always that time when you catch yourself imitating a move one of your favorite players did. I can remember when I was younger trying to imitate Jamal Crawford’s shake-n-bake move, a move he usually pulls off on a fast break when he will dribble the ball behind his back and bring it back around as fast as he can, losing his defender. Let’s just say it did not work out for me (reason No. 76 why I am a writer). Read More »
Generally, it’s believed 23 assists is a good mark for an NBA team over the course of a single game. It signifies ball movement and sharing of the basketball. It’s no surprise the Spurs have the highest assist ratio in the NBA and are second in the NBA in assist per game with 25.2 (Atlanta is No. 1 with 25.4). Sunday night against the visiting Bucks, they recorded 28 dimes as a team. What was a minor surprise were the spectacular passes from Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to Jeff Ayres in their 110-82 blowout of the poor Bucks. Read More »
Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally — yes, Wally Szczerbiak — here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »
Manu Ginobili always seems like the only one on the Spurs that doesn’t resemble a cog in the machine that is Gregg Popovich basketball. His ability to create openings no one else can see is a big reason he’s so highly regarded by Popovich despite his outside-the-box play. Even at 36 years old, he’s still faking out defenders going to his left, like he did Tuesday night to beat the Grizzlies in OT. Read More »
Being a great sixth man is all about energy. Currently, the NBA’s Sixth Man award’s criteria is quite simple: a player must play more games coming off the bench than they start. The rule has no minutes per game requirements. Why is this important? Last year, J.R. Smith won the award playing 32.5 minutes a game, which was second most on his team. Essentially it doesn’t matter if you’re a key guy on your squad — players like Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Lamar Odom have all won the award in recent years while being one of the top players on their teams. Read More »
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 »