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Sacramento Kings Breakdown: Rugged Kings Need More Polish

November 21st, 2010
The Sacramento Kings made just enough plays in their 86-81 win over the New Jersey Nets to offset their youthful mistakes. Let’s examine Sacramento’s roster to see what the Kings have now, and what they’ll need going forward.Tyreke Evans—8-21 FG, 0-1 3FG, 4-5 FT, 4 AST, 5 TO, 3 STL, ...

Phoenix Suns Breakdown: Lack of D Means Suns Need To Open Up Second Front

November 19th, 2010
After a pair of impressive victories over the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns were thumped in Miami, losing to the Heat 123-96. The problem wasn’t strictly that Phoenix’s defense was its usual sieve, but that the offense wasn’t prodigious enough to compensate. Let’s examine the specific ...

Knicks vs. Timberwolves: Love Is Not Enough in T-Wolves’ Struggle for Talent

November 14th, 2010
As the Minnesota Timberwolves wallow through the fourth season of a miasmic rebuilding process, this season is yet another one of talent evaluation geared towards a future that sits ever beyond the horizon.Under that heading, let’s take a look at how the T-Wolves performed in a gutty 112-103 win over ...

Washington Wizards Breakdown: Wizards Are Wall-To-Wall Bad

October 29th, 2010
Are the Washington Wizards really as bad as they looked during their dreadful 112-83 opening-game loss to the Orlando Magic? After inspecting their roster, it turns out that they might be.The Wizards’ defensive rotations were horrendous against the Magic—and JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Hilton Armstrong and Yi Jianlian have all ...

Heat-Celtics Breakdown: Celtics Team Play Ices Heat’s Collection of Individuals

October 29th, 2010
The Boston Celtics 88-80 victory over the Miami Heat on opening night was a case of a team beating a collection of individuals. Whereas the Celtics are familiar with five-man offensive principals, the Heat simply are not. Boston runs offensive sets involving all five players contributing meaningful action on each play, while ...

Erick Blasco’s NBA Atlantic Division Preview

October 16th, 2010
Due to the events that transpired this offseason, to the average fan the NBA has evolved into a dichotomy: the forces of evil (Miami) versus the forces of lesser evil (everyone else), with the Celtics and Lakers operating in the hazy limbo space between each region. However, despite all the ...

NBA Offseason: Breaking Down The Deals, Part 3

September 26th, 2010
The final stragglers have chosen their teams and the rosters for the upcoming 2010-2011 season are essentially complete. Let’s look at the final free agent signings and how they’ll affect the upcoming season.Ronnie Brewer—Chicago BullsBrewer is a solid perimeter defender with terrific athleticism and long arms. He’s excellent at playing ...

NBA Free Agents 2010: Breaking Down the Deals Part 2

August 6th, 2010
  With the superstars and pseudo-stars long accounted for, it’s been nothing but role players, backups, and bench-fillers changing teams the past few weeks. Let’s examine which minor moves may have major ramifications. Linas Kleiza—Toronto RaptorsKleiza’s not an outstanding athlete, and don’t expect much defense, but he can certainly put the ball ...

Breaking Down the NBA Offseason Trades, Part Two

July 20th, 2010
The summer days lazily drift by, but not for NBA general mangers still maneuvering to make their teams better. Let’s examine the latest round of trades, and what they mean for each new employer, and each new employee. Charlotte acquires Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera, and Matt Carroll from ...

NBA Free Agency/Trades: Breaking Down the Deals

July 16th, 2010
The initial rounds of trading and free agency are accounted for, with superstars making the biggest splashes. Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh have been talked about ad nauseam, let’s examine which other acquisitions will have their teams riding the crests, and which will have them needing life vests.Amar’e Stoudemire—New ...