Chris Bosh: Heat “in a 30-game sprint” towards playoff spot

Chris Bosh

It’s been five years since Chris Bosh found himself in a truly competitive race for a playoff spot. The 2009-2010 season, his last as Toronto’s franchise player and his last before having LeBron James as a teammate, saw his team finish 40-42 and a game behind Chicago for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. In his first year without James since that ’09-’10 season, Bosh and his teammates will now compete in a tight playoff race for the first time in half


Bernucca: The Hawks Are Real and They Are Spectacular

Hawks core for 2014

Why do doubts remain about the Atlanta Hawks? The Hawks are 40-8. They have lost twice since Thanksgiving. They have beaten Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, the LA Clippers, Cleveland again, Portland, the Clippers again, Memphis, Washington, Toronto, Chicago again, Oklahoma City and Portland again. The Hawks just completed the best undefeated month in NBA history, going 17-0 in January. They have won 19 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in league annals. They have won 12 straight road games. What seems to be the


Fantasy Spin: Hurting Superstars Affect Daily Strategy

Kyrie Irving

Anyone who picked the Lakers to beat Chicago on Thursday should be rolling in cash this morning. Not exactly all-stars, Jordan Hill, Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are becoming DFS bargains. Each played more than 40 minutes in a double-overtime upset and padded their stats in the extra frames.  [Read more…]


Fantasy Spin: Win A Vegas VIP Trip & $1,000,000 Cash

Anthony Davis

Want to spend five nights as a VIP in Las Vegas with a chance to win a million bucks? Me too. Starting tonight, you can qualify for the Fantasy Basketball World Championship at DraftKings. Total prize money is $2,000,000 and the only way to get one of 40 seats in the March 23 final is to win a Qualifier. Read on… [Read more…]


Bernucca: Cavs Are More Than Fragile. They’re Flawed

Cavs Chalk Toss

Over the weekend, LeBron James called his slumping, underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers “a fragile team.” James is partially right. As a group, the Cavaliers aren’t dealing very well with the lofty expectations put upon them by pundits like me. Right now, they look like a typical front-running team that lacks mental toughness and gives in at the first sign of trouble. That was evident Saturday, when the Cavaliers sprinted to a 26-8 lead in the first eight minutes – and were overwhelmed thereafter


Fantasy Spin: Warriors Invade L.A.


Good morning! Many of you are focused on the NFL every Sunday, but don’t forget there are two ways to play daily fantasy hoops. Contests close at 1:00 ET for all four NBA games and at 6:00 ET for the three best ones. [Read more…]


Tweet of the Day: ESPN’s Bill Simmons Takes On Mike & Mike From His Own Network

Bill Simmons

Less than a month back from a three-week suspension, Grantland founder and editor-in-chief Bill Simmons seems poised to ruffle more feathers with network executives at ESPN. This time, however, the target of his revile was not NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, though his stance on Goodell hasn’t changed. No, this time, the target is ESPN’s most-beloved radio show hosts, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who had sharp criticism for Simmons’ comments on LeBron James’ early season struggles on their morning radio show,