The playoffs are referred to as the NBA’s ‘second season’ for a reason.
Teams that spent the 82-game regular season proving themselves are once again on the hot seat, faced with the pressure of doing it all over again amidst bigger stakes, more competitive teams and more physically intense contests.
Nowhere is that more true than in [...]
One is an MVP candidate on a team that could, very well, be the toast of the Eastern Conference. One is the NBA’s runaway rebounding leader and a record-setting double-double machine. One is establishing himself among the best at the league’s most star-studded position (point guard).
In a way, each of Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and [...]
For most of the 15,906 fans in attendance at the Air Canada Centre for Wednesday night’s tilt between the hometown Toronto Raptors and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, there was little remarkable about the events that transpired between the 3:51 and 3:56 minute mark of the second quarter beyond an opposing Bucks player sinking a three-points [...]Read More
It’s not hard to notice when Carl Landry is on the floor.
He will be the guy hustling to set picks, lunging for every loose ball, anxiously vying for every 50-50 possession opportunity (that is, balls being fought over by opposing players) and jostling for position in order to contest each rebound.
For fans, it’s a refreshing and [...]
The last time Bryan Colangelo was tasked with the type of rebuilding effort that he currently faces with the Toronto Raptors, he transformed this same Raptors franchise into an Atlantic division champion just one year after the team had secured the No. 1 over-all pick thanks to a 27-55 season. So maybe the guy knows a thing or two about developing clubs from the ground up, and should be trusted to return Toronto to its ever-fleeting tastes of postseason play.Read More
Ask any Chicago Bull who the league’s MVP is at this point in the season, and there isn’t much hesitation.Read More
Let’s pretend for a moment that Blake Griffin never broke his left kneecap and enjoyed his eye-popping rookie campaign last season rather than this one. He would have transformed the 2009 group into one of the greatest NBA freshman classes of all time, likely still emerging with the Rookie of the Year award ahead of the spectacular point guard crop of Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans, Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, Golden State’s Steph Curry and Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn.Read More
In a season ripe with stories of redemption, KwameBrown is hardly the only player undergoing a re-write of his NBA career as he begins to realize some of the promise and expectations heaped upon him early on. Two other high lottery picks – Minnesota’s Darko Milicic and Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani – also find themselves writing new chapters as they leave behind their underwhelming NBA beginnings in favour of strong second acts.Read More
While he doesn’t carry MVP credentials like Rose or take over games like Paul, Jrue Holiday is enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign and could wind up being the reason that the Philadelphia 76ers return to the play-offs this season.Read More
Amidst all the talk, typing and to-do surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s proposed trade to the New Jersey Nets, the biggest question is the one that has yet to be asked of the man in the middle of it all: What has changed for ‘Melo?Read More
The present make-up of the East sees six teams (Boston, Miami, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and New York) in possession of 20 wins or more, with none of the bottom nine teams boasting even .500 records. The “Big Six’s” combined 145 victories thus far this year represent 58.7% of the entire Conference’s wins, a 5.6% higher mark than last season’s top six enjoyed.Read More
Last week’s mega-deal pairing that involved the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards featured two teams in clear positions: the Magic were looking to re-tool with an eye towards an NBA title, while the Wizards were looking to continue their rebuild around John Wall and move past the Gilbert Arenas era. You could debate the success of either club in achieving their objective, but at least their focus was clear. The same cannot be said for the puzzling Phoenix Suns, who seem to be stuck in a holding pattern, unwilling to make the necessary financial commitment to contend but also reluctant to give up on the last remnants of a club that has reached three Western Conference Finals in the last six years.Read More
We know that the glorified popularity contest that is the fan voting will ultimately yield the same familiar names to be on court come tip-off at Staples Center on February 20 (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, etc), but who actually deserves a starting nod based on 2010-11 performance?Read More
Amidst a supposed youth movement within the NBA, three veteran clubs widely thought to be on the downward slope find themselves among the league’s elite at the quarter pole of the season. A quick peek at the NBA standings reveals that the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks are the only teams with winning percentages above .800 on the year.Read More
So you’ve focused on adding assets for your NBA team that are more finance-based than relevant to on-court performance, picking up a trade exception here and an expiring contract there. Seems like a sound business plan – the trade exception should help land a marquee name for little in return, while the expiring contract could also be a hot commodity on the trade market – and it has worked in the past. Just don’t expect it to be too effective this tiRead More
Even without his signature on a contract lasting beyond this season, Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo demonstrated on Saturday that he is focused more so on the future than the present.Read More
Fans can make a difference to their teams by showing up and offering a vocal presence. So it’s worth watching a team which has recently ascended to contender status to see whether the fans can make the same jump. The Miami Heat aren’t there yet.Read More
Despite their apparent surge into NBA superstardom, a closer look at their early output still leaves areas of their games on which to build.Read More
Only a few people in the New Orleans Hornets organization know how close – if at all – the team came to moving franchise point guard Chris Paul after the 25-year old’s trade demand this summer. But here we are about a week into the 2010-11 season, and not only is Paul still in New Orleans, but he is healthy and producing for the franchise record-tying 4-0 club and – more significantly – has plenty of help around him.Read More
In spite of the Boston Celtics’ thoroughly dominant defensive effort last night, it won’t be easy keeping the Heat’s powerful hydra of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh down all season. In fact, there are only a select few players who can shift the balance of power in the NBA away from Miami, players who might be able to stop the big three.Read More