The Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks both skidded into the playoffs with uninspiring performances in April. It was only a few weeks ago when the Pacers looked solidly positioned to secure the Eastern Conference’s second seed. Instead, they went 2-5 in April and fell to third. Meanwhile, the Hawks also struggled at the end of the season and appeared to strategically tank their final two games in an attempt to avoid the Heat in the early rounds of the playoffs.
Look around the NBA right now at the creme de la creme of the point guard position: Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Jrue Holiday, Steve Nash, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, pre-injury Rajon Rondo, post injury Derrick Rose, soon enough… It’s no wonder that Jeff Teague is often completely overlooked and, frankly, forgotten about, as a result of learning the ropes on the fly for an Atlanta Hawks squad that is constantly labeled a first-round-and-out playoff team. This might be his
When I first heard the Grizzlies were looking to move Rudy Gay, I was surprised. This is the best year the Grizzlies have had in recent memory, right? For a while they were sitting atop the vicious Western Conference, right? And even having cooled off a bit after their blistering 14-3 start, they’re still sitting in fourth in that vicious Western Conference, right? So why would they want to deal one of their best players? Of course, I thought the same sort
Aristotle once said, “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace…” Having never known him [personally], it is not clear [to me] whether Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King is the “ideal man” or not. However, in light of recent events, King has shown himself to demonstrate a great deal of class and grace.
As the season progresses, the NBA’s top teams begin to try to create some separation from the rest of the league. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs are doing just that in the Western Conference, while the Miami Heat and New York Knicks are attempting to do the same in the East.
When the season began, most people expected to see the Heat, Thunder, and (oops!) Lakers compete for a title. They expected to see the Bobcats struggle. This season, most people expected to see Kevin Durant and LeBron James in the MVP race. They expected to see Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard compete for Rookie of the Year. They expected to see guys like Manu Ginobili, Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford compete for the Sixth Man Award. People are smart. Some of
When interviewed back on October 1, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague said he was most looking forward to using his team’s speed to create easy opportunities for transition baskets. “Speed kills,” said Teague. “And our team has a lot of speed.” Fast-forward three months, and it is apparent that Teague’s prediction was spot on. Atlanta’s speed has been deadly on both defense and offense. The Hawks rank among the league’s top teams in turnovers forced, assists and fast-break points. But nationally, nobody much