The Memphis Grizzlies led the short-handed San Antonio Spurs by 23 points in the second quarter and 17 points in the third. But Gregg Popovich’s team doesn’t feel sorry for itself, and certainly doesn’t play the scoreboard. Thank god – we’d have been robbed of an all-time classic if it did. In a game containing multiple game-tying buzzer-beaters and much more clutch shot-making, the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 117-116 after three wildly entertaining overtimes. Read More »
/ Dec 12, 2014 / 3:00 pm
Let’s play a game. On the count of three, name the five best point guards in the NBA.1…2…3…go! I’m sure the likes of Chris Paul, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook came to mind. Other names you may thought of are Tony Parker, John Wall, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, and even Damian Lillard. But a player whose name likely didn’t rise up from the depths is Mike Conley, which has been an ongoing issue for the Grizzlies point guard. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
/ Jun 12, 2014 / 1:30 pm
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (photo. @BR_NBA)
If you’re not watching “Game of Thrones,” you should, if only to appreciate the hilarious NBA parody “Game of Zones” which we told you about last month. The epic series returned for a second episode, and it’s even better.
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Russell Westbrook (Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports)
The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. There are no weak teams left but rather just the mighty squads that are all capable of winning at this level in this kind of environment. Because of the level of talent from team to team, games–especially those that mean so much–come down to the wire and it is up to the “closer” to bring his ninth inning heat and finish out the contest. Read More »
Vince Carter (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
Good news: We are still very early into the conference semifinals, meaning there is still a lot more trash-talking to be had, buzzer-beaters to be made and dunks to be slammed for the rest of the playoffs.
Bad news: We are already in May at the conference semifinals, meaning in a little over one month the NBA season will be over. And that sucks. 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 »
If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early.
Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »
Jamal Crawford (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
Ballhandling is a skill that can define a player. Now that the game of basketball has been influenced more than ever by streetball played on the blacktop, ballhandling skills are increasingly being showcased and developed by players. Strong handles, whether it is a simple behind-the-back crossover or a hesitation move, can benefit the player in a multitude of ways. It is an entertaining, yet difficult to master method to take advantage of an opponent. Read More »
/ Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am
Like all pro leagues, the NBA is a game of dollars. In this career, the tenure is short; many NBA players won’t see 10 years in the industry. Even the league’s top crop may only see 15 to 20 years of service.
So this is where it gets tricky; how do you get an individual who has a limited career window to take less money than he’s worth? If the player is a veteran who has bought into the system and city, maybe he will take less money to help the team. Clearly that’s not Kobe Bryant. Players on rookie deals don’t have any choice in the matter and always provide teams with some flexibility. Maybe the player has an injury history, or off-court disciplinary problem that lowers his market value. Read More »