Derek Fisher and the Clippers Ruined Matt Barnes Year

The entertainment value of social media gets a boost whenever Matt Barnes feels like venting about whatever Matt Barnes feels like venting about. Absent a filter, Barnes just lays it on the line and it’s neither good nor bad, right or wrong, all these emotions spiraling out his brain into characters on Instagram. In this…

2015 Was A Historic Year for the Warriors

In 2015, the Golden State Warriors blew the roof of the NBA in record setting fashion. They won a blistering 88 games. They began the year averaging 116.2 points in January. They ended the year averaging 112. 2 points in December. Against 40% of the league they were too powerful, winning every matchup: Celtics, Hornets,…

The Rematch That Wasn’t Much of a Rematch

The hype surrounding the NBA Finals rematch some six months after the Warriors championship parade, and a week after the Warriors 24 game winning streak suddenly ended, was heavily slanted towards the visitors.  The often regurgitated- the Cavaliers are finally at full strength- was adopted, believed and thrust into the atmosphere as truth as to…

Dwight Howard Repeating History

Three teams in the past three years have felt the sting of Dwight Howard angst. The only thing the Magic and Lakers and Rockets had in common was their sudden tilt into mediocrity and the ensuing irrelevance that brings. The NBA applauds and deifies winners; losers are ignored. The mental structure of Howard makes it impossible for him to hang…

24-1, Milwaukee Bucks End The Warriors Streak

There won’t be an opportunity for the Golden State Warriors to tie the Lakers extraordinary streak of 33-0 on Christmas Day because the Milwaukee Bucks did what 19 other NBA teams couldn’t do in 2015-16. The Bucks beat the Warriors on Saturday night. And the NBA schedule beat the Warriors on Saturday night. No team…

Enjoy the Warriors But Don’t Try to Copy Them

The Warriors won their 23rd game in a row in Indiana Steph Curry  was the latest to say it after so many others have said it, after anyone who has watched the Warriors these past two seasons have said it: the Warriors are rare. Structurally, they can’t be copied with analytics or by fitting pieces here and there. Organically,…

Lakers vs. 76ers: The Iverson Game

Every now and then extraordinary things happen in ordinary time. Such was the case on June 6th 2001 when Allen Iverson arrived in L.A. to play the defending champion Lakers who were 11-0 in the playoffs. It was supposed to be a NBA Finals rout. The Lakers incentivized dominance. Teams feared the Shaq-Kobe duo, the…

Note to Clippers: Don’t Call This A Rivalry

Warriors 124, Clippers 117 A 23 point lead that felt like a 9 point lead that became a 2 point lead that turned into the Clippers looking frozen, Blake Griffin turning into a ghost, Chris Paul exhausted, was less shocking than it was so very predictable. The Clippers can’t get out of their own way…