During Houston’s comeback over Portland, the action in the backcourt was non-stop as Patrick Beverley refused to give ground to Portland’s all-star Damian Lillard. Beverley is a defensive agitator of the highest order; a Bruce Bowen for the digital age that laps up an opponent’s frustration and uses it to dig even deeper on the defensive end. After Lillard caught Beverley with an elbow to his mask-encased noggin in overtime, Lillard was assessed his sixth foul. After the game, Dame downplayed their battle while acknowledging Beverley was an irritant who might be embellishing the contact a bit. Read More »
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Rockets All-Star James Harden was questionable against the Cavs on Saturday night. But he dressed and they needed him despite going against a bickering Cavs team that’s been in shambles all year. On one fast break Patrick Beverley lobbed it off the backboard for two of Harden’s game-high 28 points. Rockets fans are glad he played. Read More »
Basketball demands we break down its players not just by stats, but by the time and place they occur. That’s not the case in NBA fantasy hoops, though, where cold calculations rule the day and the matchup. Who are the Fantasy Doctor‘s choices for this week’s best pickups? Hit the jump to find out. Read More »
It’s never too early to begin thinking about the playoffs.
Sure, the regular season has been great so far, if you’re ignoring that one of the conferences currently has three teams with a winning record, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin thinking about the potential the playoffs have in store for us. A lot can happen in those seven games. It can make or break a franchise, sending one into the vaults of the elite and the other into a downward spiral that may result in the breakup of the team. It can also make or break a player, essentially putting their entire legacy on the line if that player’s influence on the team is that great. Read More »
One of the craziest things about Dwight Howard, is the fact he only turned 28 yesterday. As part of his birthday celebration, Howard’s old team, the Orlando Magic, stopped by the Toyota Center in Houston to take on Howard’s Rockets. Howard scored 20 points, snagged 22 rebounds and the Rockets’ 10-point win was the best birthday present he could get. Read More »
From Jordan‘s sneakers to Iverson‘s tattoos, NBA players have long had an influence that reaches far beyond the court… and today, the league’s fashion focus is climbing to new heights. With resources like Twitter and Instagram, many players are captivated by a quest to promote the latest trend. This obsession with social media, in conjunction with a mass hipster movement and David Stern‘s implementation of the dress code, has resulted in a fair bit of questionable dressing. Read More »
All stats from games prior to Friday
Even when sample sizes are small and records give no indication of anything worthwhile, the first week or two of the NBA season can still show audiences which teams are contenders and which are merely pretending.
The contenders, the teams that built off of either their offseason success as a result of keen free agency moves or those that are thriving off of the development of certain players, are already giving notice that they are a squad worth recognizing. Read More »
Just a short year ago, we were blessed to watch the USA Men’s basketball team storm into London and pick apart each opponent with a variety of different tactics that emphasized speed and transition defense. Those lineups, at times, were sorely lacking in the height department. We would occasionally find the 6-8 Carmelo Anthony at the center position where he would rebound and “attempt” to guard opposing centers. Read More »
The Houston Rockets made a big change this summer, bringing Dwight Howard on board as a free agent. His presence relegated Omer Asik to a smaller role, a year after starting all 82 games at center for a team that made the playoffs. Another Rockets player with a poison pill contract is also being replaced in the starting lineup: Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin will come off the bench tonight in favor of Patrick Beverley. Read More »
It was hard to take too much from this year’s preseason, but the position battles, first looks at rookies, and injuries made it much more intriguing to the fantasy world. As always, player values were in constant flux. Read on to see whose fantasy game is on the rise, and who left much to be desired during the exhibition season. Read More »