The two Eastern Conference games on Sunday afternoon are far less competitive than the evening battles between powerhouse teams from the West.
There is a reason why I always wait until the 82nd game of the season is in the books before deciding on my postseason awards choices. Three words: What’s the hurry? This is a lesson I learned way back in 1999 when I was covering a late regular-season game at the Alamodome during the lockout-shortened 50-game season. There were still three of four games left, and I was sitting alongside a veteran reporter from USA Today and asked him which way he
The 2014-2015 NBA season is just about over, which means the end-of-the-season awards will soon follow, such as the MVP, COY, MIP, etc. One of the many heated debates over who deserves to win what is the Defensive Player of the Year award. Many believed Draymond Green, who is widely recognized as one of the most important pieces on the Golden State Warriors defensively, had the award in the bag for some time. Then came other candidates like DeAndre Jordan, Rudy
I write this column every year two days before the regular season ends, and I usually get right to the point. But this year I am going to start a little differently. So let me get one item off my chest and out of the way: Michele Roberts is way off base. The new executive director of the NBA Players Association tried to reinvent the wheel this week when it was reported that she is instituting the Players Choice Awards, which will
Adam Silver has been commissioner of the NBA for 14 months now. He has been forceful on one issue — the lifetime suspension of Donald Sterling, which led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer. It is time for Silver to stand a stand again, and this time it has to do with reformatting the playoffs. I wrote an open letter to Silver about this very issue less than a month ago, and it is certain to
What do James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have in common? They’re all legitimate MVP candidates, of course. But what else does that Awesome Foursome have in common? In a potential playoff series against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, they can all expect to see an individual matchup with Kawhi Leonard. In case you’ve been transfixed by March Madness, the Spurs are looking like a championship contender. Again. If you want some perspective, my son Andrew was born
We got a lot of bad luck out of the way on one Saturday night, with Nerlens Noel (eye), Bismack Biyombo (nose), Paul Millsap (shoulder), Jeff Green (back), Chris Andersen (foot) and Hassan Whiteside (hand) all leaving their games early.
With only four NBA games this evening, it should be easier to find DFS standouts. Instead, we have difficult choices at multiple positions, with too many qualified candidates at some spots, not enough at others.