How Did We All Get Sucked Into James Harden's Nightmare?

He had more turnovers than shot attempts. The whole performance was bad—sickeningly bad, broadly and in nearly all its details—but the main thing to know is that in last night’s Game 5 elimination, Houston’s James Harden conveyed the ball to the Golden State Warriors more times (13, a playoff record) than he conveyed… » 5/28/15 9:35am Thursday 9:35am

First Quarter Offensive Explosion Propels Rockets Past Warriors

As well as the Warriors played in Game 3, the Rockets played even better in the first quarter of Game 4. Besides James Harden, the Rockets starters are all inconsistent offensive performers. But in the first quarter the Rockets went 17-21, 8-9 from three. James Harden scored “only” 10 of the Rockets’s 45 points, as… » 5/26/15 12:31am 5/26/15 12:31am

My God, The Warriors Are A Sight To Behold

How do you stop this? We could focus on everything the Rockets did wrong—James Harden shooting 3 for 16, Corey Brewer attempting multiple times to take the game over—but that wouldn’t be fair. That would deny the role the Warriors played in forcing those wrong things to happen. Without an ounce of hyperbole, that… » 5/24/15 12:15am 5/24/15 12:15am

Report: Kyle Korver Out For The Rest Of The Playoffs With Ankle Injury

The Hawks were probably already dead. Losing the first two game of a series on your own home floor will do that. But now they’re REALLY dead. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Hawks beat reporter Chris Vivlamore reports that the above ankle injury that Kyle Korver suffered in last night’s Game 2 will knock him out of the… » 5/23/15 3:02pm 5/23/15 3:02pm

NBA Writer Wants To Yank His Crank To Wolves Owner's Wife

For the second straight NBA draft lottery, the sports media couldn’t keep its collective dick in its collective pants. Last year, Bucks owner Wes Edens had his 18-year-old daughter, Mallory, represent the team at the lottery, and sportswriters jizzed all over their computer screens. This year there has (so far) been… » 5/20/15 12:15am 5/20/15 12:15am

76ers Win Right To Trade Somebody For Two Second-Rounders In 2017

Well, it was worth it. At long last, it was worth it. The two forfeited seasons, the lottery picks spent on bum legs, the young players traded for assets, the assets traded for lesser assets, the draft lottery letting the Heat and Lakers keep their picks instead of shipping them to Philly, the TED talks, the… » 5/19/15 10:00pm 5/19/15 10:00pm

Kevin Garnett Once Headbutted A Wall While Watching Making The Band

Kevin Garnett will probably go down as the most charming crazy person in the history of the NBA, and there are plenty of moments in Howard Beck’s massive new oral history on Garnett to support that thesis. Perhaps no Garnett-related anecdote has captured the man’s essence as perfectly as this one, from longtime friend… » 5/19/15 12:18pm 5/19/15 12:18pm

Clippers Blow Out Rockets, Advance To–Wait, What? The Rockets Won???

Late in the third quarter of last night’s game at Staples Center, the Rockets looked about as dead as any team has been in these playoffs. They’d been outscored 23-to-6 by the Clippers in the quarter and fallen behind by 19; they weren’t defending or working for good looks on offense and looked pretty much cool with… » 5/15/15 9:28am 5/15/15 9:28am

The Hawks Ruined Another Great Moment In Paul Pierce Shit-Talking

Paul Pierce’s late three in Game 5, which put his Wizards up 81-80 over the Hawks with less than 10 seconds to play, was wasted by Nene’s inability to box out and prevent Al Horford’s game-winning layup. That’s a shame, because if the Wizards had managed to win, Pierce would have reached a new high point on his… » 5/14/15 11:12am 5/14/15 11:12am