/ May 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm
Since the Washington Wizards took care of business rather early by winning their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls in five games, the basketball world has had some time to digest what just happened.
The Wizards handed the Bulls–yes, those Bulls that everyone was told to avoid in the postseason–the series loss by making it look easy. Washington’s offense was too quick, too consistent, and too spread out for the hard-nosed, defensive Bulls to handle. Read More »
The Washington Wizards ran into a deranged fan, not so uncommon in the sports landscape, but this man’s anger and violence as the Wizards were eliminating the Chicago Bulls in the first round, called for a formal investigation. The fan threatened Marcin Gortat, Trevor Ariza and other Wizards players after Washington’s Game 2 win in Chicago. Read More »
/ Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm
It’s that time of year again. After 2,460 games played in the 2013-14 season, 16 teams have earned their placement in the 2014 Playoffs. As Doc Rivers urges, “Now the real basketball starts.”
While much attention has been focused on the first-round matchups in the Western Conference due to the stellar performances by the majority of Western teams this season, there are intriguing matchups in the East that could translate into even more intriguing matchups in the second round. Read More »
There are a lot of Dime readers who seem to think the contemporary NBA has gone soft. Whether it’s the flopping, the constant complaints to the refs, or just the inability to take contact and stay on the court, people â€” wrongly â€” assume NBA players are just flittering away out there barely touching each other as 6-9, 250-pound men run and jump and collide in a game that causes a lot of contact, both inadvertent and intentional. It seems those Dime readers would be just fine with Marcin Gortat‘s recent idea for resolving in-game disagreements. Read More »
/ Feb 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm
The Wizards-Raptors game on Thursday night was supposed to take a backseat to the games on TNT. But the battle between two Eastern Conference playoff teams who both might snag home-court in the first round turned into a doozy that had TNT switching over during the Heat-Knicks blowout. In the end, Marcin Gortat and John Wall led the Wizards past DeMar DeRozan, Greivis Vasquez and the Raptors. Read More »
Blake Griffin (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
The Staples Center sets up shop for some of the best dunks and alley-oops you’ll see this year.
The league’s greatest athletes certainly haven’t taken any time off now that we’re in the second half of the season. After composing a list of the 100 best dunks from the first half of the season, it’s clear that with teams getting into midseason form and ready to make playoff runs that we’re going to see the best brought out in everybody. Read More »
We’re pretty hesitant to award dunks poster status, but even we had to acknowledge this next one deserves the distinction. Watch as second year Kings forward Quincy Acy scores his only two points of the game when he goes up with a Gumby right arm and slams it home over Marcin Gortat. Read More »
Pierre the Pelican (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
Monster dunks. Nothing-but-net threes. Alley-oops. All are wonderful moments we’ve witnessed so far this season. There have been plenty of good moments: KD‘s recent scoring outburst, ‘Melo‘s record-breaking game, and Greg Oden‘s return… none of which you’ll see on this list. This is dedicated to the bad and the ugly, the plays that left you thinking WTF was that, what were they thinking? This season has been one of the most competitive and fun seasons to watch in recent memory, but it’s only right we have some fun at the halfway point. Read More »
These two buckets by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas might say more about the defense of the Wizards than it does about the cutting ability of the second-year Lithuanian, but he finished a pair of zapped entry passes with two-handed dunks that almost ripped the rim off the glass. The primary culprit for Washington on both plays was Marcin Gortat. Read More »
Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.
The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »