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…

Rajon Rondo Is Saving George Karl

Quietly, Rajon Rondo is having a comeback year. Up close, he is Rondo the ball whisperer not Rondo the pouter. His drives in the lane for floater scores are reminiscent of the old Rondo the Celtics were enamored with. He is still allergic to perimeter shots as he controls the tempo. He is still a…

The Lou Williams Stranger

Not that it is all Lou Williams fault, but when you gladly take the money to play on a team that is developing talent and saying farewell to a legend, then sometimes this is the unintended consequence: you have the worst shooting year of your career. The Lou Williams numbers, 39% field goals, 32% from three, are…

The Warriors Are Hunting For 70

At this point, the only intrigue about the defending champion Warriors is can they stay healthy? And how close will they get to the iconic 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72-10. Can they pass it with a holy number of 74 wins? The Chicago Bulls were flawless in 1995-96. They had lost the year before in…

Forget Small Ball, Sacramento Is Going Big

Even as it is a guard league, not everyone is buying into NBA modernism. The idea that big men are the NBA’s dinosaur and therefore are obsolete is an overreaction to small ball success by teams such as the Golden State Warriors with iconic scoring guards. Even as most NBA G.M.’s scour the world for…

Apologize to Steph

Steph Curry did his version of the death stare last night which was appropriately directed at all the media members who didn’t have the reigning MVP as a legitimate repeat winner of the most prestigious regular season award AND didn’ t even have Curry in the top 5. ESPN asked 26 of their basketball writers…

Hack-a-Shaq Is Here to Stay

There is nothing more tediously boring and ugly than a fourth quarter of a close game between the Clippers and whomever when a genius coach decides the game suddenly needs Hack-a-Shaq.  DeAndre Jordan is repeatedly fouled, sent to the free throw line, makes one out of two free throws, or makes no free throws, or because…