Schayes: Here’s Why Intentional Fouling Doesn’t Work

Josh Smith

Please, people, don’t panic!  The strategy of fouling bad foul shooters, incessantly creating a parade to the free throw line, will die a quiet death. I’m not talking about a team that is behind by 6 with a minute to go trying to get the ball back. I’m talking about the “Hack-a-Shaq” – or Dwight, or DeAndre – strategy of putting a 40 percent shooter on the line 40 times a game. Yes, it is bad television. It kills the flow of


Sheridan: Weekend in Review — My Thoughts on Blatt & Hack-a-DJ


What a weekend it was — buzzer beaters from Paul Pierce and LeBron James, a foulfest in the Rockets-Clippers yawnfest, not a peep out of future ESPN castoff Bill Simmons … but a mouthful from LeBron James, who threw David Blatt under the bus again. And rightfully so. I’ve known Blatt longer than any U.S.-based journalist covering basketball, and this site has reported on his successes overseas more than any other American basketball Web site. When he won the Euroleague Final


PODCAST: What’s Wrong With the Rockets?

Harden & Howard

The Houston Rockets haven’t lost three games in a row all season long. But if they’re going to keep that streak alive in Tuesday’s Game 5 — and with it, their season — they’re going to have to overcome a tidal wave of momentum in favor of the Clippers. [Read more…]


Rising Stock: Biggest Surprise Performers of NBA Postseason

Courtney Lee

Over the weekend, we saw a trio of buzzer-beaters from Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce and LeBron James win NBA playoff games. All three were certainly fantastic moments that ended intense, exciting postseason games. But before we get too excited about them, let’s consider these two factors. 1. The shots by Rose and Pierce were lucky. Yes, lucky. The next NBA player who actually tries to bank in a straightaway shot will be the first. Was some experience and skill involved in finding


Heisler: Another Dear Donald Letter to Sterling


Donald T. Sterling Sterling World Plaza Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210 Dear Donald, How the heck are you? Long time, no see. Oh gosh, I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. We miss you, or at least I do. After decades covering you as Clipper owner, where will I ever get another one like you? It’s a year since you, uh, left. I know how badly you must miss your guys. As to whether anyone ever asks about you, uh, well, not really a lot. I’m sure they they remember you


DuBose: ‘Playoff Dwight’ is no laughing matter for Rockets foes

Dwight Howard interview

For Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, even a simple smile or laugh can be enough to fuel his legion of critics. We found that out before Wednesday’s Game 2, when Los Angeles Times reporter Ben Bolch tweeted this while watching Howard during his team’s shootaround. “Dwight Howard was laughing while teammates shot free throws during shootaround, as if this was a midweek game in January,” Bolch wrote. “It doesn’t matter if Howard played well in a Game 1 LOSS,” Bolch continued. “His team


Tweet of the Night: Chandler Parsons reacts to Houston Rockets’ loss to Los Angeles Clippers

The Houston Rockets had every opportunity to run the Los Angeles Clippers out of the gym on Monday in Game 1 of the conference semifinals. The Clippers were just two days removed from the most emotional win of their season in Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs and played without Chris Paul, who sat out the contest due to a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, the Rockets had five days of rest after taking care of the Dallas Mavericks in just five


Bernucca: Legacy of Clippers-Spurs: Change in Playoff Format?

Duncan Manu Parker

With about two minutes remaining in Saturday night’s Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers and still no clear indication regarding which team was moving on and which team was going home, Tim Duncan gave himself a break from the magnitude of the moment and offered some candid perspective. The All-Star forward and face of one of the handful of NBA dynasties approached Doc Rivers, who was in his 12th Game 7 as a coach. With one