Defense is Cavs Achilles Heel

Cavaliers defense isn’t what it used to be…. Every now and then you hear someone say “do you.”  The meaning is simple enough despite how overused the phrase is. Be yourself and don’t conform. There is a famous quote about being an original and don’t die a copy. The Cavs tried to copy, if not…

The Warriors Messing With People’s Minds

The last time Blazers-Warriors was remotely interesting was last February [2016] when the Warriors strolled into Portland after the All-Star break and they couldn’t do anything right. Oakland native Damian Lillard dropped 51, outplaying Steph Curry, and the Blazers won. For one small second it made you think that with the best backcourts in the…

Wade’s Old Team Helps Wade’s New Team

This is all that you need to know. At the buzzer, one team scored. The other team watched in disbelief. And then they held their heads in sorrow. The hero, the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, tipped in a basket (over Andre Drummond)  to give the Heat the win over Detroit. It was a demoralizing last second…

5 Teams Who Can Stir Things Up

Miami Heat:  The Heat are 24-6 their last 30 games and now have the 8th seed in the East. Erik Spoelstra has put in a Coach of the Year campaign but can the Heat keep their spot? It depends on how they shoot the three ball. That has determined winning or losing. Against Portland they…

The Lonzo Ball Father Baggage

As entertaining as the father of Lonzo Ball is, he is becoming a distraction. Every week Lavar Ball is in the news. Either Steph Curry isn’t as good as his son. Or, his son is going to the Lakers. Or, UCLA is winning the NCAA title even though UCLA couldn’t get to the Pac-12 championship…

The Beautiful and the Ugly: NBA Lottery Edition

The Beauty (2005-11) 2005. Chris Paul. 4th pick. Pre-draft everyone loved Chris Paul. They saw in him a throwback point who could lead a team and score when he needed to, plus a great leader. His only disappointment has been some playoff brain freezes and an inability to get to the Western Conference Finals. He…

Kawhi Leonard MVP? Yes

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…” (Luke 12:48) The best player in the NBA not named LeBron James has been given a lot. On draft night, he was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the San Antonio Spurs with very few questioning why. But that in itself was…

D’Antoni Talking Toughness, Morey Talking Threes

After the home loss to the Pacers on Monday night, normally even tempered and often relaxed Mike D’Antoni ripped into his team calling them soft, which, on the face of it, considering the messenger, seemed out of place. Toughness has never been what D’Antoni teams have been about, particularly physical toughness. But perhaps, D’Antoni wasn’t…

Now We Know: Boogie Isn’t A Savior

The DeMarcus Cousins trade to the Pelicans was a dramatic and frankly shocking event that happened seven days ago. In those seven days the Pelicans were pushed to the front of the 8th seed class by the experts. The x’s and o’s in a Warriors playoff matchup were debated. The Demarcus-[Anthony] Davis duo was canonized…