HOUSTON — Mother Nature spent most of the Rockets do-or-die playoff Saturday drenching the Houston downtown area and beyond. And when it came time for the out-of-town Thunder to come down one final time inside the sold-out Toyota Center after blowing every last bit of a 26-point lead, the city’s hoopdom community was left high and first-round dry once again. Sure, it was a valiant spunky comeback from the Kiddie Corp. aiming for a sudden reversal of fortune against the resident Western Conference
To say that winning a championship — in any sport — requires a certain amount of luck is a fair statement. But to say that the Miami Heat have not benefited from a high-degree of luck on their quest to repeat as NBA champions, well that would be a little naive. It’s unfair to criticize them for what is 100 percent out of their hands, but it is hard to ignore this fact: every respectable competitor of the Miami Heat has, or
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has never missed a single game in his high school, college and NBA career. Until now. Shocking news broke on Friday when it was announced that the guard will need knee surgery after suffering a torn meniscus in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets when he collided with Patrick Beverly. The exact moment of the injury can be found here:
The Los Angeles Lakers, although they finished the season on a very strong note, have greatly underachieved this season. We all know this. For that, most want to blame Mike D’Antoni for his inability to make better use of the talent he has. Any time you have four Hall of Fame-level players on the same team (which doesn’t happen very often), you have the responsibility of doing big things. If you don’t, the blame goes on you. It’s as simple as
Perhaps the greatest indicator of LeBron James’ current dominance of the NBA is that the only controversy in Most Valuable Player voting is who deserves to be second.There haven’t been many times in NBA history when that was the case – when it was one player doing a Secretariat and the field 31 lengths behind.The closest in recent years probably was 1995-96 when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to a 72-10 record. He had 109 of 113 first-place votes that
(Readers: This column was first published on March 9 with the title “Dreaming of OKC vs. James Harden.” Well, Mr. Hubbard’s dream has come to fruition, and Game 1 is tonight. Brace yourselves.-CS) The concept of payback often results in conflicting feelings. Revenge at its worst could be considered a character defect and something you would not teach your kids. But in the right context, proving someone made a mistake – payback – and doing it with class, can be delightfully rewarding.
Back in March, our top-notch, seasoned, voice-of-reason columnist Jan Hubbard penned a column that read somewhat like a prayer … or a plea. Please, please, please let us have a Rockets-Thunder playoff series. Everyone who thought the Thunder won the big preseason trade of James Harden for Kevin Martin will be on the edge of their seats for this one, because there is nothing quite as compelling as seeing a former player who helped his team reach the NBA Finals come
Because you can only put two forwards on the All-NBA First Team, and as I explained at length in my column detailing my ballot choices, I have Carmelo Anthony 2nd on my MVP ballot. And since that other forward spot on First Team All-NBA is being occupied by LeBron James, who should be a unanimous MVP pick, there’s only so much room at the inn. As I say in this interview with CineSport’s Noah Coslov: “Kevin Durant isn’t second-team anything.”