TAG: Serge Ibaka

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Defensive Player Of The Year

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert

Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, the topsy-turvy roller-coaster ride that was the race for the Defensive Player of 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 »

GIFs, NBA / Apr 10, 2014 / 1:23 am

DeAndre Jordan Destroys The Serge Protector

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan

Serge Ibaka, DeAndre Jordan (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

When an elite defender and one of the most electric dunkers in the game meet at the rim, you almost expect to be let down. That didn’t happen on Wednesday night during the Thunder-Clippers game. Serge Ibaka rose to block a DeAndre Jordan dunk attempt from the right baseline, and you could almost see the universe folding in on itself as NBA fans froze in time. Only one would come out on top. Read More »

NBA / Mar 17, 2014 / 4:45 pm

5 Incredible Stats From The NBA Season So Far (3.17)

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s that special time of the season, once again, where we take a look at the useful information that is NBA.com’s stat-tool: SportVU.

As you’ve seen in previous articles on the subject, SportVU can break down everything from percentages on catch-and-shoot jumpers and pull-ups, to the amount of touches a player gets per game. As a result, we have captured some intriguing stats that have told us who are some of the league’s best and worst drivers, the best passer in the league not named Chris Paul, and a championship-contender that’s chock full of rotation players that are constantly on the move. Read More »

NBA, Video / Feb 24, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The 10 Best Dunks In The NBA Last Week

James Johnson

James Johnson (Justin Ford/USA TODAY Sports)

It seems as if the All-Star Game only inspired players to throw down dunks that were far more vicious and creative than anything we saw in the first half of the season. Right out of the gate after the All-Star break, observers have been subject to some of the league’s best posters and alley-oops, whether they’re done by two players or only one, to start off the second half of the season. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Smack / Feb 20, 2014 / 11:22 pm

LeBron James Posterizes Serge Ibaka Then Bleeds All Over With Broken Nose

LeBron James

LeBron James (photo. @BeyondTheBuzzer)

LeBron James started things off with a flourish tonight, opening the game with a 6-for-6 tear on his way to 14 first quarter points and a 34-17 Heat lead in Oklahoma City. While their lead waffled a bit, James poured in 33 on the night for a 22-point thrasing of the Western Conference-leading Thunder. But he didn’t finish the game after breaking his nose during a posterization of Serge Ibaka in the fourth quarter. Read More »

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

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

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Video / Feb 4, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 100 Best Dunks Of The NBA Season

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

For only a half season’s worth of basketball, the NBA’s top athletes have put together a strong resume and large volume of impressive slams, so much so that we had to list 100 of them. There weren’t any that had to be forced on, either, to complete the list. No, there were plenty of worthy candidates to make this list go beyond the threshold of 100. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jan 20, 2014 / 3:00 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best Dunks Of The Week

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin (photo. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

An NBA player did something this week that hasn’t been seen in over a decade and was previously performed by the league’s greatest dunker in a Slam Dunk Contest.

So, yeah, it was a good week for dunks, especially when the rest of the dunks consist of unlikely posters from unlikely names, including an act of vengeance from a certain Washington Wizards guard. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 10:45 am

Topsy-Turvy Thunder-Rockets Game A Tale Of Bipolar Halves

Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, James Harden

Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, James Harden (Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

What a difference a halftime break makes. During the back-and-forth Rockets-Thunder game, it was a Tale of Two Cities Halves with the Rockets putting up 73 points in the first half, before managing just 19 — 19!!! — in the second half, as the Thunder stormed back for a 104-92 win. Think about that for a moment. The Rockets put up 73 on the third-ranked defense in the league, then only managed 19 in the second half. It was the largest discrepancy between halves in the history of the NBA. Read More »