TAG: Memphis Grizzlies

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

GIFs, NBA, Twitter / Apr 15, 2014 / 10:00 am

Grizzlies Clinch Final Playoff Spot; NBA Twitter Mourns Suns Loss

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

The Suns, after gaining the lead in the fourth quarter last night, eventually fell to the Grizzlies, 97-91, for the fourth time this season, eliminating them from playoff contention and bringing to a close one of the more remarkable runs in NBA history. Before the season, everyone (and we do mean everyone) thought Phoenix was headed for one of the worst records in the league as they competed for the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes. Instead, they’re everybody’s favorite League Pass team, and who should have made the playoffs in a more perfect world. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Wesley Matthews, James Harden

Wesley Matthews, James Harden (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final three nights of NBA action during the 2013-14 regular season. The Suns and Grizzlies are battling to get the final spot in a tough Western Conference, and they play tonight. The Heat and Pacers still haven’t settled who will have home-court if they — like most predict — meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s give the lowdown on the top five playoff races coming up on the end of the regular-season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 12:45 pm

GIF: Filthy Zach Randolph Behind-The-Back Dish

Zach Randolph, Jordan Hill

Zach Randolph, Jordan Hill (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Marc Gasol returning to the court earlier this year is the reason Memphis is even in a playoff battle with Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the West. But his frontcourt mate, Zach Randolph, did his best to hold it down in Gasol’s absence. Now that both are on the court, opposing defenses have no idea where the next crafty pass is coming from the pair of interior big men that hit the tiniest crevice of an opening for an assist. Check out Z-Bo’s own dandy dime against the Lakers Sunday night. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 10:30 am

Nick Young’s Swaggy 360-Degree Reverse Layup

Marc Gasol, Nick Young (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

Marc Gasol, Nick Young (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lakers were not able to invite the Grizzlies to the Players Haters Ball on Sunday night. Nick Young and the Lakers had a chance to put another wrench in a Western Conference playoff picture with Memphis battling Phoenix for the final spot in the West (Dallas has clinched), but the Grizzlies got a 102-90 win in the Lakers’ last game in Staples this season. Still, at least Young had a 360-degree reverse layup on Marc Gasol, which added some swag during a largely disappointing season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 3, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Kevin Love Videobombed By Ronny Turiaf

Kevin Love

Kevin Love (Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports)

Last night, Timberwolves’ star power forward, Kevin Love, “f***ed around and got a triple-double” against a visiting Memphis team battling the ‘Wolves for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference death race. After the game, teammate Ronny Turiaf decided to show his appreciation for Love’s big game with an inspired videobomb. Read More »

GIF: Ty Lawson Abuses Nick Calathes With Fake Crossover

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

You don’t always need to cross a player up to get the desired response from your defender. You don’t even need to capitalize on the play with a bucket to get featured as The Court Grip Difference Maker of the Week. After starring in our last installment, Denver’s speedy point guard, Ty Lawson, is back and breaking ankles once again. 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 »