TAG: Mike Conley Jr.

NBA / Oct 29, 2013 / 2:00 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies (photo. @memgrizz)

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Grizzlies team that’s again being underrated in the West. Read More »

NBA / May 14, 2013 / 4:15 pm

The Grizzlies Are Starting To Look Like The 2004 Champion Pistons

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph, Dime #19

Defense wins championships. Over the years, the same concept is continuously preached… all the while Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan rule the world with unmatched offense. However, in the end over the past 25 years, that theory has been proven correct more consistently than not. Read More »

Court Grip Difference Maker of The Week: Mike Conley Puts a Killer Crossover on Matt Barnes

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Mike Conley‘s crossover here on Matt Barnes is so fast and tight, we’re not even really sure Barnes knows what happened – he wakes up and Conley is already by him: Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 23, 2013 / 10:00 am

Point Guard Face Off: Highlights of Chris Paul Battling Mike Conley

chris paul vs. mike conley

What a battle last night between Chris Paul (24 and nine dimes) and Mike Conley (28 and nine). CP3 emerged victorious after knocking down a serious shot in the final seconds, but the PG face off up to that point was just great to watch.

Check out this video of the buckets and assists from the two of them – back and forth, up and down the floor, alley oops and gritty floaters for days: Read More »

Smack / Feb 2, 2013 / 2:00 am

Indiana Has Miami’s Number; Rudy Gay Makes A Splash In Toronto

NBA Hardwood Classics

NBA Hardwood Classics (photo. adidas)

Say what you will about the Heat’s rebounding problems against bigger teams such as Indiana this season, but the Heat’s turnovers are reliably the larger indicator for its wins or losses. That’s why its 102-89 loss to Indiana was a little worrisome even if LeBron (28 points) and Dwyane Wade (17 points) sounded afterward as if they’d just lost a charity game, insisting it’s no big deal at all. Read More »

Smack / Dec 1, 2012 / 3:39 am

The Spurs Pay Up Big For Sending Players Home; Russell Westbrook Has A Game Like No One Else

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich

David Stern dropped a $250,000 fine on San Antonio on Friday afternoon, then said he doesn’t want to talk about it any more. Good luck with that – the topic of what a coach can and can’t do with his team will be white-hot because of mistakes both the league and the Spurs made with Starter-Gate. It’s wrong to meddle with a coach’s team but Gregg Popovich had ways to achieve the same result (resting his four best players) without sending them home on Southwest Airlines without telling the NBA, too. Read More »

Smack / Oct 19, 2012 / 2:30 am

The Lakers’ 2014 Plans Just Got Interesting; The Hawks Are Mixing And Matching

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. Nike)

So LeBron to L.A. talk has already started. We couldn’t even get to July, when CP3 and Dwight Howard‘s current deals come to a close and they become free agents, or the tipoff of this season before the summer of 2014 was brought up. Executives, of course, can’t live like fans and live and die by each game; a grander vision is needed. Read More »

Smack / Oct 15, 2012 / 2:00 am

Brooklyn’s Ready For The Barclays Spotlight; Adam Morrison’s Comeback Continues

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Photo. Paul Martinka (NY POST)

The Brooklyn Nets won’t be blaring “All of the Lights” as their theme song this season because, among other things, they’ll only be using some of the lights in the brand-new Barclays Center for BK games. And they’re special lights. We knew for a while that the Nets would use theatre-style lighting, which is what the Lakers and Knicks use, the kind of lighting that dims the crowd and puts the floor on an imaginary stage by highlighting the game. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 7, 2011 / 7:49 am

The Heat’s Crushing Loss Causes Tears in the Locker Room; Chris Paul Carted Off on a Stretcher in Cleveland

LeBron James

The Heat need to call Kyra Sedgwick. Or Michael Jordan. They could even call Vince Carter; he made a couple of clutch shots last night. For now, the Heat might as well make Mario Chalmers their go-to guy down the stretch. He seems like the only one who can make shots for them when the game is tight. Their stars, on the other hand, are cold as ice … This season, in the last 10 seconds of a game that they are trailing by three points or less, Miami is 1-18 from the field, the worst mark in the entire league. The Heat added two of those misses yesterday after LeBron James (26 points) and Dwyane Wade (20 points) blew a layup and a jumper respectively in their one-point loss against Chicago. It was Miami’s fourth straight loss and another blown double-digit lead as Chicago made all of the big plays to come from behind in the fourth quarter … You can criticize the Big Three all you want for being unable to deliver clutch baskets, but look at the rest of the team as well. They scored just 17 points combined. Read More »

Where Are They Now? / Dec 1, 2009 / 12:00 pm

Where Are They Now: Scoonie Penn

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Before Evan Turner, Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. were Buckeyes, Scoonie Penn was the big man on campus at Ohio State (’98-00). Standing an inch or two short of six-feet, the stocky point guard was like Chauncey Billups the way he could pick apart defenders with his strength and speed. And just like Mr. Big Shot, Penn was cool under pressure and could close out games. Read More »