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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 15, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Former Stars Now Embracing Different Roles With The Mavericks

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Transforming from all-star to role player can be a begrudging process for NBA players used to a certain level of personal success on the court. Not every player is capable of making the transition in a smooth and non-disruptive fashion that benefits their current team. But the Dallas Mavericks are graced with two veterans who understand their time in the spotlight has passed and have embraced the responsibility of fitting in. Read More »

NBA / Mar 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The 10 Most Exciting Teams In NBA History

Sacramento Kings

As an NBA fan, there is nothing worse than watching a boring basketball game. Every few years we get lucky to witness a team that displays an absurd amount of showmanship on the court; a current example is “The Lob City” Clippers. In a sport that is played at a fast pace, we have seen teams throughout the years elevating the excitement on the court. I counted down the most exciting teams in NBA history. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 10, 2014 / 11:45 am

Video: Jeff Green Hammers On Shawn Marion

Jeff Green, Jose Calderon

Jeff Green, Jose Calderon (Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY Sports)

If you’ve spent any time watching Jeff Green play, you know he’s infinitely stronger going to his right than he is going to his left. A lot of right-handed players are actually stronger driving with their off-hand (especially if they’re likely to pull-up for a jumper), but not Green. That’s why it’s surprising one of the more accomplished defenders in the league, Shawn Marion, funneled Green to his right during a play Sunday night when the Mavs traveled to Boston. Read More »

NBA / Feb 6, 2014 / 11:30 am

10 Upcoming Unrestricted Free Agents Who Could Be Traded This Year

Danny Granger

Danny Granger (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Owning an unrestricted free agent (UFA) in the NBA is a sticky situation. Most of these players have proved their worth, and are circling a large contract in the coming offseason. As a contending team it could be tough to retain the services of these players while remaining under the tax moving forward. There is also the risk of locking a player down long term only to see their best days are behind them. Read More »

NBA / Jan 29, 2014 / 4:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Players 35 And Older

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Father Time is undefeated and this has been well documented over the history of professional sports. At one time or another, every athlete that has appeared timeless is eventually defeated. The world of basketball offers a unique realm of competition, in which players can compete at a high level into their late 30s and even beyond in some special cases. In 2014, we are still marveling over how teams are comprised of players primarily over the age of 30, such as the Mavericks and Spurs, who still manage to remain in playoff contention in the toughest conference. Read More »

NBA / Jan 16, 2014 / 1:00 pm

The 15 All-Time NBA Western Conference Starting Lineups

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Not everyone can have the same history as the L.A. Lakers or even the San Antonio Spurs. But still, that’s not stopping us from ranking the 15 all-time Western Conference starting lineups. From Wilt all the way down to Wally — yes, Wally Szczerbiak — here are the top players at every position for every West franchise. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 8, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Report: NBA Fines J.R. Smith $50,000 For Untying Shawn Marion’s Sneaker

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith (Rob Foldy/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA has fined Knicks wing J.R. Smith $50,000 for untying Shawn Marion‘s shoelaces at the free throw line earlier this week. We don’t know if they chose to belatedly fine him because he tried the same manuever on Greg Monroe Tuesday night, or if it was his Twitter reaction, but he’s now $50K lighter in the pocketbook. We hope the gamesmanship was worth it. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Jan 5, 2014 / 10:50 pm

Video: J.R. Smith Unties Shawn Marion’s Shoe During A Free Throw

J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

We can’t believe we haven’t seen this before, but maybe it took someone as shameless as J.R. Smith to make it happen. During New York’s game in Dallas on Sunday night, Smith was spotted untying Shawn Marion‘s sneaker as he was set to box out during a free throw. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Dec 12, 2013 / 1:50 am

Video: Stephen Curry Drains The Game-Winner To Beat Dallas

Stephen Curry

The Warriors have been involved in some of the most exciting games so far this year, but the Oracle Arena crowd probably wishes the Dubs didn’t cut things quite as close as they did Wednesday night when Dallas came to town and held a lead for most of the game. Stephen Curry led a 16-point second half comeback and hit the game-winner with under two seconds left. Read More »