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For His 2nd Act, Kristaps Porzingis Must Beat His Own Scouting Report

April 18th, 2016
NEW YORK — Where did Kristaps Porzingis go? Through two-and-a-half months, the No. 4 overall pick—who many fans thought would be a lemon—was the toast of the NBA’s rookie class along with Karl-Anthony Towns. He was shooting threes, slamming putbacks and scoring in a bevy of ways—from the post, mid-range, anywhere. He's ...

How the LA Clippers Can Maximize Lance Stephenson Next Season

July 7th, 2015
Lance Stephenson has to be one of the Los Angeles Clippers' most important players this season, but that doesn't mean LA should displace him from his comfort zone. In actuality, Stephenson is built to be a bench player, similarly to the way Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel used him during his ...

Expectations for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s Rookie Season with Brooklyn Nets

June 30th, 2015
The Brooklyn Nets hardly found their savior when they acquired Arizona Wildcats product Rondae Hollis-Jefferson on draft night, but they did get some help. Hollis-Jefferson, the 23rd pick in Thursday night's draft, came over later in the evening as part of the deal that sent Mason Plumlee to the Portland Trail Blazers ...

5 Fresh Trade Scenarios as LA Clippers Reshape Their Rotation

June 23rd, 2015
The Los Angeles Clippers have already made their first trade of the offseason, swapping Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes for Lance Stephenson last week. But they'll surely be looking to expand upon that. Even after acquiring Stephenson, the Clips still have just six competent rotation players for the upcoming season. Of ...

Ranking the Greatest Crossovers from the 2014-15 NBA Season

June 9th, 2015
Stephen Curry just spent a season crossing over the entire NBA, but he wasn't the only guy flashing his fanciest moves this year. James Harden, Chris Paul, LeBron James and more stars showed off some glimmering dribbling, as well.  It's not just Steph. The rest of the league had its own flare, ...

Battle-Tested Atlanta Hawks Escape 2nd Round with Cleveland Cavaliers Up Next

May 15th, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As soon as the ball left Paul Pierce’s fingertips, with his Washington Wizards down 94-91 to the Atlanta Hawks and with what appeared to be milliseconds remaining in a decisive Game 6, there shouldn’t have been a doubt in anyone’s mind it was hitting nylon. That's what ...

The Arguments For and Against Taking the Los Angeles Clippers Seriously

March 31st, 2015
The Los Angeles Clippers have been somewhat confusing this year. They're good. Then, they're not good. Then, they're good again. Then, they struggle. Now, they're playing some dominant basketball, mowing over Eastern Conference teams on the way to a seven-game winning streak that brings them to a better-than-expected place in the ...

What Do We Know so Far About Brooklyn Nets’ Sale?

January 27th, 2015
The Brooklyn Nets are for sale, and owner Mikhail Prokhorov is about to make a killing. It's been at least a few months since Prokhorov's group started looking for a buyer, and we haven't heard much come out of the woodwork. Even though he stands to make a boatload of money, ...

Joe Johnson Blasts Brooklyn Nets Teammates for Selfish Play

November 11th, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Discontent apparently doesn't go away overnight. Or over two nights.  Joe Johnson wasn't happy after the Brooklyn Nets' Sunday victory over the Orlando Magic, and the emotions carried over into Tuesday.  "Offensively, I just think guys kind of exhaust their options and then, when there's nothing else for them, then ...

How the Indiana Pacers Can Remain in the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture

October 10th, 2014
No Paul George. No Lance Stephenson. No good for the Indiana Pacers. Only a year after finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference, Indiana would find itself fortunate if it were playing in May. Injuries and general roster attrition have seemingly killed the Pacers' season, but in a weak ...