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NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 5 Best Matchups To Watch In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (Jayne Kamin/Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Apr 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

16 NBA Players Reveal What’s Currently Playing In Their Headphones

Notorious B.I.G.

I once asked Steve Nash if anyone in the NBA didn’t listen to rap. His answer surprised me, saying there are actually quite a few, more than you’d think, who have differing tastes. With the NBA Playoffs right around the corner, check out what 16 NBA players currently have playing in their headphones as they gear up for the most important part of the year. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Wesley Matthews, James Harden

Wesley Matthews, James Harden (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final three nights of NBA action during the 2013-14 regular season. The Suns and Grizzlies are battling to get the final spot in a tough Western Conference, and they play tonight. The Heat and Pacers still haven’t settled who will have home-court if they — like most predict — meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s give the lowdown on the top five playoff races coming up on the end of the regular-season. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 11:30 am

Steph Curry Drops 47, But The Blazers Win OT Thriller

Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry scored 47 points Sunday night in Portland, but it was his pass to Draymond Green at the end of regulation that might have been his best sequence in the exciting action at the Moda Center. Still, even with Curry going off, and Green nailing a game-tying step-back three to force OT, the Blazers hung tough and LaMarcus Aldridge scored the go-ahead bucket with under a minute to play. Read More »

NBA / Apr 10, 2014 / 1:56 am

Dorell Wright’s Only FG Wins The Game For Portland

Dorell Wright

Dorell Wright (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings were playing spoiler in Portland on Wednesday night. They fell down early to the Blazers only to come back in the fourth quarter — behind a monster, 30-point 12-rebound game from DeMarcus Cousins — to lead 99-97 following a pair of Boogie free throws with 14 seconds left. Everyone thought it was Damian Lillard time, but after getting cut off on his way to the basket Dame found the only player on the court that hadn’t scored yet, Dorell Wright. Lillard’s toss to Wright in the corner proved prescient in the end. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 9, 2014 / 3:15 pm

The 10 Greatest Shooting Guards In NBA History

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

The shooting guard position is a thing of beauty. Michael Jordan came into the league and dominated his spot and the NBA like no other player has ever done. Aside from Jordan, other players such as Clyde Drexler, Jerry West, Earl Monroe and many others were, at one point in time, considered one of the top talents at shooting guard. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line is arguably unmatched in this game we love. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

GIF: Gerald Green Self Alley-Oop Off The Glass

Gerald Green, Nicolas Batum

Gerald Green, Nicolas Batum (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

The Suns got a big, 109-93, win in Portland on Friday night which kept them on pace them to remain in contention for the increasingly cramped race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Gerald Green was a big factor, dropping a game-high 32 points on 12-for-20 shooting and 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc. But, after getting stuck picking up his dribble at the elbow, he tossed an alley-oop off the backboard to himself for an altogether easy two-handed jam. Read More »