When Al Horford went down for the season after tearing his right pectoral muscle late in December, many wrote off the Hawks’ chances at snagging home court in the first round of the Eastern playoffs. But last summer’s surprisingly cheap acquisition (way to go Danny Ferry), Paul Millsap, has stepped up, and the Hawks have been .500 without Horford, which in the East means hosting a playoff series. On Friday night, Millsap showed off his skills with a gorgeous spin move to the baseline before throwing down a ferocious tomahawk slam. Read More »
During tonight’s TNT double-header they announced the reserves in the 2014 All-Star Game, and one name was noticeably absent out West. Tim Duncan missed out on his 15th All-Star selection despite helping the Spurs to the second-best record in the Western Conference, but his teammate, Tony Parker, made it as a reserve. There are also four first-time All-Stars among the reserves, all but one coming from the Eastern Conference. Lets get to them… Read More »
No 360 windmills or career-ending poster dunks, but this week is more about quantity than quality as the NBA’s best delivered a full week’s worth of quality dunks and alley-oops.
Leading the way this week are a pair of slams from Portland’s backcourt and a pair of posters from some of the league’s top power forwards. Read More »
/ Jan 20, 2014 / 4:00 pm
With the slew of injuries that have taken the East’s guards, it has allowed the borderline All-Stars to finally obtain a legitimate chance of making their first All-Star Game.
Consider it as a silver lining for the likes of certain unrecognized guards out of Orlando, Washington and Toronto. The spots would have typically been doled out to the likes of certain point guards that reside in Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn. Instead, we’re going to get a look at some fresh faces, which is nice for a change. Read More »
/ Jan 8, 2014 / 1:30 pm
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 »
/ Jan 6, 2014 / 11:45 am
Taking the top spot on this week’s dunks of the week is a small forward throwing down a vicious one-handed alley-oop. At this point, you’d assume I was talking about LeBron James, right? Not this time.
Other members of this week’s list include a pair of big men running the break and putting smaller defenders on a poster, as well as a turn-back-the-clock moment from one of the league’s ageless wonders. Read More »
LeBron James, Paul Millsap (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
With the Heat down three to the visiting Hawks in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter on Monday night, LeBron James threw down Thor’s hammer on top of Paul Millsap as he tried to draw the foul. Instead, LeBron added Millsap to his growing list of poster victims â€” of which he is not immune. Read More »
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 »
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 »
The Orlando Magic were supposed to take this year to rebuild and get themselves in position for the incredible 2014 Draft class. Instead, they’ve played close to .500 basketball and rookie Victor Oladipo has put himself in position for ROY contention. Never was this more apparent than last night’s driving one-handed flush over Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Al Horford. Read More »