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Breaking down the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants

Breaking down the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants

A new year brings new rules and with that the NBA is hoping to recreate the excitement once associated with the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend this year by pitting the Eastern and Western Conferences up against one another. First off, the participants…then we’ll get to the new rules and format. The Western Conference will feature point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, small forward Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, and shooting … Read entire article »

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Jeremy Lin posts first career triple-double off the bench

Jeremy Lin posts first career triple-double off the bench

Houston Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin posted his first career triple-double in a 106-92 blowout win over the Cavaliers Saturday night. The 6-3, 200-pound combo-guard tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in just 29 minutes of action. Not only was it the International superstar’s first career triple-double, but it was also the first triple-double recorded from a Rockets’ player off the bench since Cedric Maxwell in 1988. Lin has embraced his support role in Houston, and … Read entire article »

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Anthony Bennett posts career-high 15 points in loss to Pelicans

Maybe it was the sight of 2012 #1 overall pick Anthony Davis that motivated Anthony Bennett Tuesday night.   Or maybe it was all the bad press Bennett, the 2013 #1 overall pick, had received up to this point in his first season. RELATED: Gary Payton to Anthony Bennett: ‘You look fat’ Then again, maybe it was simply the fact that the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, without their most consistently productive big in Anderson Varejao due to a bruised knee last night, needed somebody else upfront to pick up the slack. Whatever the reason, Bennett chose wisely to take advantage of the increased opportunity posting a career-high 15 points in 31 minutes of surprisingly productive action. Although the host Cavaliers would ultimately go down 89-100 to Anthony Davis (30 points, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks) and … Read entire article »

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Carmelo Anthony sets Madison Square Garden record 62 points

Wait a minute…Did that just happen?  Did we just witness history? On the heels of a strange 5-game losing streak, after an even stranger 5-game winning streak that saw his Knicks seemingly rejuvenated, Carmelo Anthony led New York to a 125-96 victory over the stunned Charlotte Bobcats Friday night scoring a franchise-high, Madison Square Garden record-setting and personal best 62 points in front of 19,812 in attendance. Anthony knocked down an incredible 23-of-35 shots, 6-of-11 from 3-point range, 10-of-10 from the free throw line while also hauling down a game-high 13 rebounds. … Read entire article »

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Gary Payton to Anthony Bennett: ‘You look fat’

Gary Payton to Anthony Bennett: ‘You look fat’

NBA Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton is not known to mince words when speaking on the game of Basketball.  This statement could not hold more true after Payton voiced his unapologetic opinion about the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett on Fox Sports Live this past week.  Check out what ‘The Glove’ had to say below. … Read entire article »

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DeMarcus Cousins injures ankle

DeMarcus Cousins injures ankle

Sacramento Kings’ star power forward DeMarcus Cousins left the Rockets-Kings contest early Wednesday evening due to an ankle injury. Cousins, who is averaging 22.6 points per game this season, injured the left ankle on a drive to the basket with 7:18 left in the second quarter.    With Sacramento already losing high-flying small forward Rudy Gay to an apparent Achilles injury earlier in the game, the loss of Cousins only magnified the team’s eventual 98-119 loss … Read entire article »

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NBA Fantasy: Chris Paul’s early domination

NBA Fantasy: Chris Paul’s early domination

If you picked up Chris Paul in the first round of your Fantasy Draft this season you’re in serious luck.  Not only is CP3 displaying his usual stellar field goal efficiency and assist totals, but he is now scoring the ball at an alarming rate.  In fact Paul is currently ranked second in scoring in the league at an impressive 26.5 points per game.  He is also leading the league in assists at 13.3 per … Read entire article »

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Advanced Analytics: J.J. Redick’s underrated playmaking ability

J.J. Redick is known around the league for his deft shooting stroke.  Which is the primary reason the Clippers swooped up the 7-year NBA vet in a trade this past off-season. However, what a majority of folks may not know is that Redick is actually a very savvy playmaker once he catches the ball off-screens or when placed in pick and roll sets. To give you an example of this, below we have provided a short visual demo to outline just how sound Redick is once run off a screen designed to get him an open three. Based on the former Duke legend’s ability to knock down shots from the perimeter off screens at such a high clip, defenders have to stay attached, resulting in wide open opportunities for his teammates. Let’s take a … Read entire article »

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Derrick, Kevin, Rajon, and Dirk welcome back

There was an eerily unfamiliar scene frequented across NBA hardwoods last season. While Lebron James and Kevin Durant dazzled the hoops landscape in their respective cities in their usually exciting fashion, other NBA cities’ fans, namely those in Chicago and Minneapolis, peered down to courts noticeably vacant of their team’s stars. Last season fans saw a league seemingly terrorized by a rash of major injuries that absolutely altered the overall feel and mood of the campaign. No Derrick Rose dashing past defenders at the rim.  No Dirk Nowitzki, for an extended portion of 2012-13, fading away off one-leg from the top of the circle.  No Kevin Love picking, popping and swallowing up every carrom that came his way. No.  Those NBA standbys were absent from the court, and because of that, absent from our … Read entire article »

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McGrady’s career numbers give Hall-of-Fame argument validity

McGrady’s career numbers give Hall-of-Fame argument validity

Is Tracy McGrady a Hall-of-Famer?  A 7-time NBA All-Star, 2-time scoring champ and current holder of countless Houston Rockets’ records, but a Hall-of-Famer? A tough debate indeed.  Not many players in the history of the league have showcased McGrady’s unique mix of scoring, passing and defensive ability.  Nor have many been able to truly dominate from the guard position as McGrady did. No, McGrady won’t be judged as a potential HOFer based on wins and losses.  His hope … Read entire article »

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