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NBA / Apr 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Cold As Ice: 10 NBA Players Slumping At The Worst Time

Luol Deng

The All-Star break is just that, it’s a break, a reprieve, after which NBA players are supposed to head back to work rested, refocused, and poised to pounce on the most important stretch of the season. Many players flourish after the All-Star break, coming back rejuvenated and lighting the league on fire. Kevin Durant, for example, took it up yet another notch and has averaged 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 51 percent shooting since returning. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Mar 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm

GIF: Acrobatic Reverse Layup By Monta Ellis

Mirza Teletovic, Monta Ellis

Despite scoring a game-high 32 points against the Nets in overtime Sunday night, Mavericks guard Monta Ellis didn’t get to enjoy a win. Brooklyn took it, 107-104, after some timely shooting by his counterpart, Joe Johnson. With Dirk Nowitzki struggling from the field, Monta shouldered a heavier load on offense, and we got to see another incredible layup when he drove baseline. Read More »

NBA / Mar 21, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Biggest Bargains In The NBA

Jimmy Butler

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 »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Who’s Better: Jamal Crawford Or Monta Ellis?

Jamal Crawford

Jamal Crawford and Monta Ellis are two of the most exciting and explosive offensive players in the league, two microwaves that can heat up in a matter of seconds. Whether it is Crawford’s insane ballhandling or Ellis’ out-of-this-world speed, it’s hard not to love their games, even if the analytical crowd will often call them inefficient. Read More »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 11:45 am

Who’s In? Who’s Out? Breaking Down The Western Conference Playoff Race

Stephen Curry

The NBA’s Western Conference is stacked with teams that have a chance to make a deep playoff run, but only one team can represent the West in the NBA Finals. The NCAA Tournament is right around the corner for all the college fans, but the NBA might have it’s own version with four teams fighting for the final three playoff spots in the West. Read More »

Ink / Feb 21, 2014 / 5:00 pm

3 Underrated NBA Tattoo Origin Stories

Monta Ellis Chest tattoo

To celebrate the New Season of Ink Master, premiering Tuesday February 25 at 10/9c on Spike, the show is sponsoring “Tattoo Bracket 2014.” Vote on your favorite tattoos for your chance to win a trip for 2 to SXSW. Vote here. While you might think your ink won’t make the cut, here are three NBA examples to show you that ink is in the eye of the beholder, and sometimes only the person getting the tattoo understands why it’s important to them. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 10 Best NBA Players Who May Never Be All-Stars

Brandon Jennings

Before the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, we knew which studs would be playing, but that was never the fun part. We’d rather talk about who should’ve made it. Did you really think Anthony Davis deserved to be an All-Star before DeMarcus Cousins? The season that Cousins is having still blows my mind that he didn’t make the All-Star team, although we all know why: His team is terrible. Read More »

NBA / Jan 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The 15 Best Second Options In The NBA

Russell Westbrook, Iman Shumpert

If there’s one thing to be learned about the NBA, it’s that a championship can’t be won on the back of one player. How obvious was this last season in the playoffs when Russell Westbrook was injured and the Thunder relied completely on Kevin Durant isolations? Even with Durant being one of the top three players in the league, he couldn’t will a team to a playoff series victory by himself. Read More »

NBA / Dec 16, 2013 / 11:15 am

The NBA’s 10 Streakiest Shooters

J.R. Smith

While the sports world is paying more and more attention to statistics and analysis of those stats, the concept of streaky shooting is being brought to the forefront for basketball fans to breakdown. Being a streaky shooter is not necessarily a negative trait to have, as many streaky shooters can alter the result of any given game. While there isn’t an exact science behind streaky shooting, getting the hot hand or going cold, there are players who tend to display this behavior more than others. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 12, 2013 / 1:50 am

Video: Stephen Curry Drains The Game-Winner To Beat Dallas

Stephen Curry

The Warriors have been involved in some of the most exciting games so far this year, but the Oracle Arena crowd probably wishes the Dubs didn’t cut things quite as close as they did Wednesday night when Dallas came to town and held a lead for most of the game. Stephen Curry led a 16-point second half comeback and hit the game-winner with under two seconds left. Read More »