Apr 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT
Spurs close out the season on top, but can they beat the Thunder in a playoff series? Can the Thunder get through the gauntlet in front of them to get a showdown with the Spurs?
Apr 12, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Markieff Morris breaks down his case for Sixth Man of the Year. He’s not wrong, but he’s probably not winning it, either.
Apr 10, 2014, 2:03 AM EDT
Russell Westbrook was carving his way into the lane
Apr 7, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT
The Spurs have solidified themselves atop the NBA — if your team is going to win an NBA title they need to clear that bar because the Spurs aren’t coming back to the pack.
Apr 7, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT
Biased? Yes. Right? Maybe.
Apr 4, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT
Doc Rivers wants to get the key guys on his bench rested before the playoffs.
Apr 3, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT
Clippers play the Mavericks
Mar 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
The Sixth Man of the Year award likely will come down to a two-man race.
Mar 20, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT
The Clippers are 9-1 in their last 10, playing great defense and now will get two key rotation players back. Watch out.
Mar 13, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
J.J. Redick has missed more than a month and counting with a bulging disc in his back. He’s a strong shooter and underrated defender – the type of role player the Clippers surely want for their playoff run. Or not? The Orange County Register (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball): The team will…
Mar 10, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT
Who held the record previously? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Mar 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
“I don’t want the same pain to continue to bother me going into the playoffs.”
Feb 27, 2014, 3:32 AM EDT
For both the Clippers and the Rockets, the conventional wisdom is the same: If they can defend well and consistently in the playoffs they move into contender status. Wednesday night it was the Clippers that defended when it mattered — the Rockets shot just 33 percent in the fourth quarter. Combine that with some impressive…
Feb 25, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT
We’ve all seen guys like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Jamal Crawford launch three pointers from several feet beyond the arc and knock them down with enough regularity that defenses have to respect the shot. What if those guys shooting from out there were rewarded with a four-point basket? Henry Abbott (ESPN.com’s just promoted NBA…
Feb 24, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
That’s impressive. Jamal Crawford has bounced around — six teams in his 14 year NBA career and that has meant a lot of coaches in his time. At Lisa Salters jokingly asked Crawford to name all 17 and he did — from the big names (Don Nelson, Doc Rivers) to the forgotten (Bill Berry, who…
Feb 24, 2014, 2:19 AM EDT
Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while getting sucked into the “Reality Bites” power rankings… Jason Collins, Brooklyn Nets. He was brought in to Brooklyn because he has a skill set they need — he can defend the post, he can rebound, and he sets a mean pick (Collins said after…
Feb 23, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT
Kevin Durant turned in a spectacular performance against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with 42 points and 10 assists in a game his Thunder lost. This was one of KD’s better highlights of the afternoon, a spin move just past mid-court, followed by a drive to the basket and a finger roll finish through the…
Feb 13, 2014, 3:21 AM EDT
If the playoffs started today, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers would meet in the first round… please let that happened. Defense? Who needs it? We want Blake Griffin vs. LaMarcus Aldridge. We want dunks and threes. This matchup would just be entertaining. When these two teams first met the day after Christmas…
Feb 6, 2014, 3:13 AM EDT
This was a nationally televised against a top-four team in the West in the Clippers — these are the kind of games that shake the Heat out of their mid-season malaise. And when the Heat play like they did early Wednesday night it is a beautiful thing. Miami’s first quarter was as good as they…
Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…
Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…
Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT
We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…
Jan 21, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT
Taj Gibson is one of the NBA’s top reserves. He’s a first-rate defender, solid rebounder and generally effective scorer. But does he deserve Sixth Man of the Year consideration? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is obviously biased, but he’s campaigning for his backup big. Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: Lakers swingman Nick Young, who was…
Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
As the New York Knicks were serenaded with a mix of boos and chants of “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” at Madison Square Garden during an embarrassing 23 point home loss to the Nets, it felt like rock bottom. Again. For about the seventh time. That’s the thing about the Knicks this season. When it looks like it…
Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT
The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…
- Durant says 2014 USA team better than 2010 version that won gold 0
- Kevin Durant knows you’re talking about his free agency but isn’t giving many clues. He liked what LeBron did. 12
- Byron Scott makes ridiculous optimism sound reasonable 39
- Derrick Rose told Carmelo Anthony that if he came to Chicago “the game would be easy” 40
- LeBron James strips on stage, throws clothes into crowd (video) 21
- Is DeMarcus Cousins the big man Team USA can lean on? 18
- Lakers make it official — finally — and hire Byron Scott as head coach 13
- Derrick Rose: “I’ve become a smarter player, but I’m mad it took me seven years to learn it.” 29