Bernucca: Erratic Thunder Could Use Mohammed’s Calming Presence


In the brave new world of basketball analytics, trends and modules, a simpler stat surfaced this week that was utterly inexplicable. Two teams have lost 10 games this season in which they led after three quarters. One is the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers, who have no one on their roster who knows how to win a game. The other is the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have two of the supposed best closers in the game in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. [Read more…]


Bernucca: Picking The All-Star Reserves


This week, while NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, the NBA will pick the All-Star coaches. Neither task is as easy. David Blatt’s dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has added a bizarre twist to next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto. The Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference, which means their staff was on track to coach the East All-Stars. But Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, who will coach just five games before the deadline of


All-Star dilemma: The last Eastern Conference PG


In choosing the All-Star reserves, the Eastern Conference is much less complicated than the West. But it appears that a backcourt position could be a point of contention. Kyle Lowry and Dwyane Wade are locked in as starters. Jimmy Butler and DeMar DeRozan have the strongest cases among non-starters.   [Read more…]


Tweet of the Night: Brandon Jennings has strong opinions about Reggie Jackson, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Brandon Jennings #7 of the Detroit Pistons in a game against the Sacramento Kings on November 15, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Reggie Jackson won the Player of the Week honors for the second time this season on Monday, and his overall performance has quietly put him on the map as one of the better point guards in the league, particularly in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Pistons point guard averaged an impressive 29.3 points on 46 percent shooting from the field to go with 6.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in three games to win the award. He is just one of seven players


Bernucca: Is NBA Experiencing Parity, or Mediocrity?


Is the NBA inching toward parity? Or slowly sinking into mediocrity? Those may seem like strange questions during a season in which the Golden State Warriors have imposed their dominance over the rest of the league in unprecedented fashion. Yes, at 22-0 the Warriors have obliterated the best start in NBA history and have looked downright unbeatable while the clock was ticking during a vast majority of those 22 games. In that sense, they present a very strong argument against the notion