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 â€” 19!!! â€” 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 »
/ Jan 2, 2014 / 1:30 pm
Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
The NBA is a state of repair.
No, the games and the talent on the court are perfectly fine, exemplary actually, but the disparity of quality between the East and West and there being only five teams capable of winning a title this year is something that needs to be addressed.
It is historic how poor the Eastern Conference is right now, which is leading to a two-team race to the top between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. At the moment, there are are only three teams in the East with a winning record (Toronto is 15-15), with the third, the Atlanta Hawks, not a threat to either of them. Read More »
Jordan Hamilton of the Nuggets was tossed in the early part of the fourth quarter when an official spotted him cocking his arm like he was going to punch Thunder rookie Steven Adams. Hamilton didn’t actually punch Adams at all, and just ran back up the court, but it was enough to get ejected. Read More »
During Oklahoma City’s win over the Clippers tonight, Thunder rookie Steven Adams attempted to shake the hand of the Clippers’ Byron Mullens. Mullens ignored him, so Adams shook his own hand. The next time you get left hanging looking for some dap, remember Thunder rookie Steven Adams. Read More »
Andrea Bargnani (photo. Nike)
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 »
/ Oct 27, 2013 / 9:45 pm
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Thunder team waiting for Russell’s return. Read More »
NBA Rookies eating lunch (photo. Instagram/NBA)
We had a chance to speak with some of the newest players in the NBA last week during the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot as part of the four-day Rookie Transition Program that wrapped last Friday. While we enjoyed some of the high-jinks during the all-day affair, we also had to talk over a thrumming bass line as hip hop blared in the background for most of the day.
The loud setting plus the incredible lyrical moment from Kendrick Lamar during the debut of the Big Sean track, “Control” last night â€” featuring a K. Dot verse where he goes after most of his peers in the rap game â€” synthesized around our rookie mix. Read More »
Nerlens Noel (photo. UK Athletics/Chet White)
Headlined at the top by Cleveland’s super surprising selection of combo forward Anthony Bennett at No. 1, the 2013 NBA Draft was full of surprises. That made this piece harder to write than usual. Between the record influx of international players and the never-ending trades, we won’t get an official reading on this draft for a long time. Read More »
Anthony Bennett (photo. UNLV Sports Communications)
The 2013 NBA Draft was shocking to say the least, with two of it’s projected top picks (Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore) dropping out of the top five. It takes a lot for rookies to have fantasy value right away, but like always, anything is possible in due time. Read More »
12. OKC: Steven Adams â€“ Pittsburgh
19 years old, Freshman
That James Harden trade continues to look worse and worse. Instead of ending up with someone who can help them right away, OKC reaches to select a project center. Read More »