Mike Scott’s Misery and the 2015 NBA Playoffs: They’re Related

The 2015 NBA Playoffs have been a bust. That short, blunt, inelegant sentence matches the cadence of these playoffs as well as the level of quality they’ve (not) attained. The Cleveland Cavaliers will notch a successful season when they officially seal their Eastern Conference championship in the coming days, but unless Kyrie Irving and LeBron […]


Will Phil Jackson Give Himself a Chance To Succeed with the Knicks?

There is more than one specific way to win in the NBA. The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors all have distinctive, unique styles. Despite those differences they all have something in common – they base the way they play around their talent. Houston puts James Harden in position to maximize […]


LeBron lifts Cleveland to the brink of the Finals, but are the Cavs ready?

In a game that epitomized everything that has gone wrong with the Eastern Conference playoffs, the best player in the world provided the type of unforgettable performance we’ve been hankering for all spring. LeBron James’ otherworldly 37-point, 18-rebound, 13-assist line in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals didn’t come easily; quite the opposite in […]

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The Annihilation of the Houston Rockets by the Superior Golden State Warriors

In an act of absolute ambivalence or premeditated gamesmanship, Houston sent Nick Johnson to shake Stephen Curry’s hand at the captains’ ceremonial meeting before tip-off of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. https://vine.co/v/eAIO6A3edXK Curry was rightfully pissed. Johnson doesn’t see the court for the Rockets, and even if Houston sent Corey Brewer or Josh Smith, it […]


Warriors Adjust, Shift Gears, Smoke Rockets

There’s going to be a common theme in coverage of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets: Steph Curry is __________. A thesaurus full of words will fill that blank, and every single one will be true. But that’s not what happened Saturday night. Steph Curry wasn’t better […]


LeBron The Leader: King James Still Owns The East

You can make all the Eastern Conference and David Blatt jokes you want, but if you stop laughing for a second, you can appreciate just how much LeBron James has grown as a leader. This growth — as a person and as a player — is responsible for bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers to the doorstep […]

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

Hawks Fans, Don’t Allow This Series To Drag You Down

As Dan Aykroyd’s Bob Dole character said on Saturday Night Live decades ago, “You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.” The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to sweep the Atlanta Hawks out of the Eastern Conference finals, barring a piano falling on LeBron James before Game 3. After a Game 2 […]


Harden Not Your Hearts: Sometimes, Sports Just Happens

It is easy to be merciless toward millionaire athletes and coaches who preside over a train wreck in a decisive moment of a late-stage playoff game. “THESE GUYS GET PAID SO MUCH! THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HIGHLY-TRAINED! THEY’VE SPENT THEIR LIVES DREAMING ABOUT PLAYING FOR A SPOT IN THE NBA FINALS! HOW COULD THEY […]


Warriors a shaky 2-0 vs. the Rockets

The Golden State Warriors did something over the last three days that I didn’t think was possible: They won the first two games of their Western Conference Final series against Houston without giving their fans any confidence whatsoever that they will win the series. Okay, maybe that’s a little strong, but if the 19,000 maniacs […]

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NBA Mock Draft 1.0 — Post-Lottery Edition

Combine drills, measurements, lottery results, rumors, speculation, media posturing … it must be draft season. With just four teams remaining in the 2015 NBA Playoffs, this mock draft is for the 26 other teams sitting at home. There are only so many opportunities to improve your roster in the offseason, and the draft is a […]


Warriors’ Team Concept is Houston’s Problem

Stopping the Golden State Warriors is a little like putting a sweater on an octopus. You’re always going to have a couple of tentacles unaccounted for. Last night it was Shaun Livingston who refused to go where the Houston Rockets wanted him to. He scored 16 first-half points, more than he had ever scored in […]


Clint Capela a Bright Spot in Losing Effort For Houston Rockets

It’s never good when injuries happen, but sometimes underwhelming circumstances can lead to an unexpected positive outcome. We might have had one of those moments in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals that saw the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 110-106 at ORACLE Arena. In the first quarter Dwight Howard hurt his […]


Al Horford Shows Why The Hawks Are Overlooked

What are the ingredients that turn NBA players into superstars? They have to be really good at basketball, obviously. It doesn’t hurt to play in a market that provides a platform for them to regularly showcase their abilities to the nation. A little showmanship and being in some national commercials likely help as well. There […]