Back in October, our editor-in-chief asked the staff to make 10 fearless predictions for the 2013-14 season. One of the predictions I made was that Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke would win Rookie of the Year. Just as Damian Lillard was a season ago, Burke was ideally positioned to win the award. The Jazz acquired him with the express purpose of giving him the keys to the offense. They didn’t care how many times he wrecked it.
Today’s big story is last night’s game between the Pacers and Heat for early bragging/validation rights. And the boss was not happy with what went down at the end, with the officials swallowing their whistles as LeBron clearly fouled Paul George on a game-tying 3-point attempt by Paul George just before the final buzzer. The Joey Crawford conspiracy theories will only continue to grow from here. Those are the only viable teams with a chance of winning the Eastern Conference, and the media
That was a foul!Shame on the officiating crew of Joey Crawford, Josh Tivin and Derrick Collins for swallowing their whistles on the final play of last night’s Miami-Indiana game when Paul George was obviously fouled by LeBron James as he went up for a tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the Heat’s 97-94 victory. The NBA has a practice, only a few years old, of admitting its officiating mistakes through a news release. The person in the league office
Wednesday, December 18 provided the platform for the NBA to put forth some of its best action to date. There was a clash between top title contenders, a buzzer-beater in overtime, the meeting of former No. 1 overall draft choices, and a career performance by a standout rookie. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s games.
The Blazers and Cavaliers were in a dogfight most of the game. On the strength of Damian Lillard/POR and LaMarcus Aldridge/POR, Portland built a small cushion going into the final minute. Kyrie Irving/CLE rallied the Cavaliers to tie the game with less than 10 seconds remaining. No matter, Lillard hit a long three to win the game in the final seconds, leaving only four tenths of a second for Cleveland to respond. They managed to get a long game-tying attempt
Tuesday, December 18 featured five games of NBA action featuring 10 teams with something to gain. Whether it was a buzzer-beater or a point guard duel, there was no shortage of intrigue. Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s games.
The Sixers are in full self-immolation mode as they have apparently forgotten how to play defense. The mediocre Nets burned them for 130 points and a 36-point victory margin. The Pistons beat the Pacers in Indiana and the Wizards held on to edge the Knicks 102-101 on the strength of Martell Webster’s/WAS outside shooting. The Heat and Hawks had easy home wins, while the struggling Bulls lost at home to the Magic. Tonight we have a lighter schedule on the
When you write a column about the NBA’s Most Improved Players, things can get emotional. As you can probably imagine, you start to adopt the guys you write about each week. It’s a common theme for those of us who chronicle the Most Improved Players in the league each season, and everyone I’ve ever met who does it feels the same way. OK, so we’re the only ones who do it. But still. You root for your guys, feel a sense of pride when they