The Golden State Warriors re-popularized the use of small-ball lineups last season when they won the NBA Finals by utilizing it, and have further showed the dominant abilities of it this season with a lineup featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. That starting five is known these days as the “death lineup” due to how dominant it has been against every team it has faced, and it’s something certain teams have tried to replicate because
Last week at the Las Vegas summer league, a 19-year-old, seven-foot rim protector averaged 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. It was not Kristaps Porzingis, but Noah Vonleh, who has somehow become Portland’s summer afterthought in spite of his overwhelming potential. After excelling in Vegas, all Vonleh has to do is try and fill LaMarcus Aldridge’s shoes as the Blazers— who acquired Vonleh and Gerald Henderson from Charlotte in exchange for Nicolas Batum on the night before June’s draft— begin
Yesterday, James Harden $11500 led the Rockets to a road win with help from vintage Josh Smith $6500 — 14 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST. 2 BLK, 2 3PTM — and both are essential again tonight, as Dwight Howard $7200 (back-to-back) will be rested. [Read more…]
The weekend came, bringing with it the Saturday All-Star festivities, headlined by the Dunk Contest. There was a significant amount of hype for Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine heading into the Sprite All-Star Dunk Contest. Anyone that has seen him play knows that he has freakishly athletic hops. For those who have witnessed his athleticism, it came as no surprise that he would win the contest. [Read more…]
Ouch. Injuries continue to affect every team in the NBA and frustrate those of us who play in traditional and/or daily fantasy leagues. The Mavericks lost two starters (and what looked like a winnable game) early in the first quarter last night. Tyson Chandler (ankle) lasted about 40 seconds, Monta Ellis (hip) four minutes. [Read more…]
Recent comments by DeMarcus Cousins $10500 are like a volcano spewing smoke. You don’t want to be nearby when it inevitably erupts. [Read more…]
On Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets, Timofey Mozgov looked like he belonged on the battlefield. He took an errant elbow from Bismack Biyombo to his left eye, just above it on his forehead, that left him a bloodied mess. Moments after, he got a nice slap in the face from Gerald Henderson to make matters worse. He had to leave the game due to the fact that his entire face was covered in blood, which apparently you can’t play through.
The team formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats was supposed to be a heck of a lot better than they are. The Hornets begin this week with a nine-game losing streak, and compounding the misery is the fact that coach Steve Clifford has benched prized offseason acquisition Lance Stephenson in the fourth quarters of several games, including two last week. Under the “we’ve seen this movie before” theory, when a star play is at odds with a losing coach, there is