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Smack / Mar 31, 2011 / 7:41 am

Carmelo/MSG Produce Fireworks; The Rest of the League Goes Crazy

Carmelo Anthony

Normally, starting Smack with a Knicks/Nets game must’ve meant that the rest of the league either had the night off or every other game just sucked. We could’ve started with all of the misplaced anger going around the NBA last night – guys were throwing bows, players were getting thrown out for grabbing their junk, there were punches thrown between announcers and fans. People were going harder than Malice on a solo cut, but we’ll get to it all after last night’s main basketball event from Madison Square Garden … 68 first-half points. To the Nets. Even Jay-Z would’ve had to laugh at that. Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks were probably laughing themselves. New York’s defense couldn’t have been more lax if they tried. Still, it was fun. Runs, highlights, the return of Deron Williams (22 points) Read More »

NBA / Jan 11, 2011 / 2:15 pm

Millionaire Matchmaker: The NBA’s perfect player-team couplings

LeBron James

There was an interesting — if not all that surprising — statistic relayed by the Portland announcers during Sunday night’s Blazers/Heat game: Dwyane Wade is the NBA’s 2nd-leading scorer in fast break points among guards (I’d assume Monta Ellis is first), while LeBron James is No. 1 in fast break points among forwards. I’m not sure who leads the League in transition scoring for centers, but it’s probably not Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

This was before Wade dumped 34 points on Portland, and LeBron scored 44 while putting the overtime victory to bed. Read More »

Smack / Dec 14, 2010 / 1:44 am

Wade, James take turns squashing Hornets; Mavs win streak over

LeBron James

The haters are running out of reasons to throw rocks at the Heat. Last night’s blowout of the Hornets — a team that has W’s over Dallas, San Antonio and Miami already on its resume — provided an answer to just about every criticism that’s been levied against D-Wade, LeBron and Bosh‘s crew … You say Wade and ‘Bron can’t play together? While Wade dominated the second quarter, scoring 20 of his 32 points, LeBron owned the third, scoring 13 of his 20 as Miami turned a one-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Read More »

NBA / Dec 3, 2010 / 1:30 pm

Go Get ‘Em: Top 5 Players Who Will Keep a Franchise Superstar Happy

Last night’s Heat/Cavs game exemplifies why I’m obsessed with sports. It was the ultimate reality show, an unscripted drama. Within every game and every matchup, there are compelling stories developing.

While the basketball world is still analyzing LeBron James‘ homecoming in Cleveland, I wanted to touch on why exactly he left in the first place. Cavaliers’ management just couldn’t bring LeBron a good sidekick. Read More »

NBA / Dec 2, 2010 / 8:15 pm

LeBron vs. Cleveland Live Blog

LeBron James

LeBron is on the court, the cameras are stuck on his every move, and the boos are loud. TNT’s Kenny Smith said he’s never seen a basketball arena as intense as Quicken Loans Arena is right now, and even through the television I’m catching the vibe that the building is feeling real small for LeBron and the Heat right now. It’s almost like a high school rivalry game. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade has never played in a national TV game where he’s been less of a story line than he is right now. Chris Bosh? He might as well be back in Toronto. Read More »

NBA / Nov 22, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Erick Dampier should be on the Miami Heat any day now

Maybe he killed Pat Riley‘s fantasy team one year. Maybe Riley, a Kentucky alum, just doesn’t deal with people from Mississippi State. Those are about the only two logical reasons why Riley, master and commander of the Miami Heat, would not take the opportunity to sign free agent center Erick Dampier when he had the chance. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint / Nov 12, 2010 / 4:00 pm

Baller’s Blueprint: Rajon Rondo puts Chris Bosh on a poster

Rajon Rondo

With all the buzz surrounding the Celtics victory last night in Miami and highlights of Rajon Rondo‘s dunk everywhere — as well as the basketball world just killing Chris Bosh — we wanted to examine how that play developed last night in the first quarter. While Bosh was victimized, as he did not protect the rim this play had trouble written on it from the start for the Heat: Read More »

NBA / Nov 11, 2010 / 6:00 pm

Veterans Day Special: We Salute The NBA’s Elder Statesmen

Jason Kidd

Today we celebrate Veterans Day (or Remembrance Day for my Canadian brothers), a day commemorating those military veterans who fought valiantly for the freedom of our respective nations. On a day we honor those brave war heroes, I thought it would only be fitting to acknowledge another kind of veteran who goes into battle on a nightly basis: the NBA vet. Setting the benchmark at 34-plus (sorry Greg Oden, looking old doesn’t count), I decided to examine those NBA patriarchs who like a fine wine, have grown better – or at least not much worse – with age. Read More »

NBA / Oct 26, 2010 / 3:30 pm

Miami Heat 2010-11 NBA Season Preview

LeBron James

As the NBA regular season approaches, we preview the upcoming campaign with the “Highs and Lows” system — predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team.

Added: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Eddie House, Jerry Stackhouse, Juwan Howard

Lost: Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, Quentin Richardson, Dorell Wright, Daequan Cook, Rafer Alston Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2010 / 4:42 pm

Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-11 NBA Season Preview

As the NBA regular season approaches, we preview the upcoming campaign with the “Highs and Lows” system — predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team.

Added: Ramon Sessions, Joey Graham, Ryan Hollins, Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels

Lost: LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Delonte West, Sebastian Telfair, Danny Green Read More »