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NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Who’s Better: Nicolas Batum Or Lance Stephenson?

Lance Stephenson

Two of the league’s biggest championship contenders, Portland and Indiana, rely on a couple of unselfish, versatile swingmen to make shots, get stops and every once in a while, throw up one of those games that scream future star. Lance Stephenson might be the NBA’s most improved player this year, upping his numbers to 13.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and a league-leading three triple-doubles, and in the process revealing Danny Granger as expendable. Nicolas Batum might be fantasy basketball’s most underrated player, stuffing the box score — once again — this season to the tune of 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.1 three-pointers per game. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Video / Dec 15, 2013 / 5:45 pm

Blazers’ Nicolas Batum With The Balletic Reverse Layup Alley-Oop

Nicolas Batum

The Portland Trail Blazers set a franchise record during Saturday night’s blowout of the Sixers, 139-105, by hitting 21 of their 37 attempts from three-point range. But during their stomping of Philadelphia from long-range, Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum finished an alley-oop where he appeared to hang in the air forever before spinning the ball off the glass on the opposite side of the rim. Read More »

NBA / Dec 13, 2013 / 10:00 am

LaMarcus Aldridge With 31 & 25 Masterpiece In Blazers Win

LaMarcus Aldridge

Since the 1985-86 season, only three other players in the NBA have recorded a game with at least 30 points, 25 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Last night, facing Western Conference rival Houston, LaMarcus Aldridge joined that group with a dominating game against the frontcourt of Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones in Portland’s 111-104 victory at home. Read More »

NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 3:30 pm

7 Reasons Why The Blazers Are Serious NBA Finals Contenders

Damian Lillard

As the calendar turns over to December and the snow begins to fall, a month of the NBA season has gone by just like that. Just like Drake reminded us in September, nothing was the same. Teams that looked poised to make deep playoff runs on paper have turned out to be vying for the rights to Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins instead of the Larry O’Brien trophy, while teams that everyone overlooked are emerging as serious title contenders. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 11:45 am

The Top 50 Fantasy Basketball Players Right Now

John Wall

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 »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 4, 2013 / 2:15 pm

90 NBA Players Reveal Their Favorite Pregame Music

Drake

Go into any locker room in the NBA… actually, go into any locker room in the country and you’ll hear some Meek Mill. Some Jigga. Some Drake. Music and basketball. The NBA and hip-hop. It all goes together. Read More »

NBA / Dec 2, 2013 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best Frontcourts

RoyHibbert

The NBA has evolved into an athletic, perimeter-heavy league. While this type of emphasis can excite the audience with spectacular plays, strong froncourts are still the belly of the beast for many teams. Teams that boast dominant frontcourts are a force to be reckoned with, especially in the postseason when the game slows down. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Nov 25, 2013 / 9:45 am

Who Dunks It Better: Gerald Green Or Nicolas Batum?

Gerald Green

This weekend saw plenty of action, and a Friday rife with injuries. But we’d rather celebrate the positive, so that means dunks. A lot of dunks, including one-each from the surprising Suns’ Gerald Green and lockdown Blazers wing Nicolas Batum. Both made us jump off of the couch and leg-kick like we’re Van Morrison, but which one is better?. Read More »

NBA, Video / Nov 22, 2013 / 10:30 am

The NBA’s 10 Best Dunks Of The Week, Starring Andre Drummond

Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond

Starting off from this past Saturday, we take a look at the top 10 dunks of the week, capped off by one of the most creative alley-oop slams in recent history. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Nov 17, 2013 / 3:00 pm

Blazers’ Nicolas Batum Puts Jonas Valanciunas On A Poster

Nicolas Batum Jonas Valanciunas

Nicolas Batum never appears to be straining. This sometimes makes it seem like he’s coasting through games, but that’s a mistake. While on the wing today as his Blazers faced the Raptors at the Moda Center (formerly the Rose Garden), he faked using a pick, and drove baseline. Jonas Valanciunas met him at the rim, which was a mistake. Read More »