Of the eight teams that reached the Western Conference playoffs last season, six of them had at least one player among the NBA’s top-20 in win shares. The two playoff teams that did not have a player among the top 20 were Memphis, with stars Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, and San Antonio, who boasts the famed star quartet of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. Obtaining, maintaining and sustaining a roster with All-Star level talent
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally earned a huge victory on Saturday night over the Atlanta Hawks, who came in hot on a four-game winning streak. It was the first time this season the Cavs seemed to steamroll an opponent, which many say will be the first of many. In the 127-94 win, Cleveland set franchise records, including an NBA record. They were on fire from three-point range. And when I say fire, I mean it.
The NBA has an obsession with jerseys, let’s be honest. You have the sleeved jerseys, newly designed and alternate uniforms, and of course, the Christmas Day unis. Last Christmas, the jerseys had the short sleeve feature, with the franchise logo right in the center on the front and nothing else. The player’s name and number were featured on only the back. This year’s uniforms include a number of changes, including a first-ever feature.
Kawhi Leonard is back to form, and so are the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. And if Leonard and legendary head coach Gregg Popovich have their way, it’ll remain that way for quite a while as the franchise moves forward.
On a night marking the 20th anniversary of the franchise, the Toronto Raptor’s had history made for the club in the stat books as well. Their star point guard, Kyle Lowry, fresh off of a summer in which the Raptors inked him to a four-year contract worth $48 million.On Friday night, the Raptors took the floor wearing their throwback jerseys from their inaugural season. Despite the night being devoted to the team’s 20th anniversary, Lowry made headlines when he broke
Chandler Parsons seems to be enjoying the short amount of time he’s spent in Dallas as a member of the Mavericks. Even though he’ll be paying for dinner on their road trips, he’s been fitting in quite well in his new digs. Parsons, along with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, has Dallas starting off the season on the right foot, who sit at 3-1 on the year after the one-point loss to San Antonio on the first night of the
Pau Gasol has everything the Chicago Bulls were missing in the past. Clearly Chicago needs a healthy Derrick Rose to compete for a championship, but Gasol looked every bit of the team’s missing part in Wednesday night’s 104-80 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gasol scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes in the win and added a lot to the team that they lacked last year, according to Bulls players and head coach Tom Thibodeau. “He’s
The NBA season got started in a big way last night. Anthony Davis absolutely dominated the Orlando Magic, putting up 26 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, nine blocks and three steals, in which the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Magic 101-84. The San Antonio Spurs hung their fifth title banner since 1999 and flashed their championship rings as they took on Dallas at home. The Spurs, playing without Tiago Splitter and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, outlasted the visiting Mavericks by a