Jamal Crawford Turns Sure Turnover Into Behind-The-Back Assist

Jamal Crawford had a Jamal Crawford game tonight, dropping 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter on steady diet of three-pointers as he led the Clippers from eight points down to a 102-98 win over the Nuggets. But his most amazing play wasn't a basket, but this crazy save and assist to Matt Barnes. » 1/27/15 12:58am Today 12:58am

OKC Broadcasters Shill For Lotto, Your Family Not Dying From Tornadoes

This is just the worst deal, man. Worst of all the deals. Oklahoma City's broadcast team took a moment during the third quarter of tonight's Thunder-Timberwolves game to shill for a scam in which—for a limited time!—Oklahomans who purchase a Mega Millions lottery ticket will be rewarded with ... a chance to maybe also… » 1/26/15 10:11pm Yesterday 10:11pm

I Can't Stop Watching John Wall Chop The Nuggets With This Slick Pass

John Wall was at his very best last night in Denver: hanging 19 points and 16 assists on the Nuggets, snatching the endgame away with a flurry of buckets and assists, doing that John Wall thing where the court and the basket and all the players start to seem like a big circuitboard and the ball is just a signal… » 1/26/15 11:59am Yesterday 11:59am

LeBron Is Starting To Look Like His Old Self Again

LeBron James has been back in the Cavaliers' lineup for seven games since taking an eight-game hiatus to rest his ailing knee and back. He's taken the team on a six-game winning streak since coming back, with the most impressive win of the streak coming yesterday against a desperate, relatively full-strength Thunder… » 1/26/15 10:13am Yesterday 10:13am

Dennis Scott's Young Son Socked Shaq In The Face

I somehow missed this Thursday night, but it's too funny to let pass by. That's Dennis Scott's son, Dennis III, socking Shaq in the face on the set of Inside the NBA. Scott and Shaq played together in Orlando for four seasons and I assume are friendly, but Dennis III hit Shaq a little bit harder than "jokingly,"… » 1/24/15 1:42pm Saturday 1:42pm

Klay Thompson's Third Quarter In Sight And Sound

What Klay Thompson did during the third quarter last night boggles the mind. Thirty-seven points on 13-13 shooting, 9-9 from three? A few of the shots—the one from five feet behind the three-point line and the one where he just sorta flung it up while covered in the corner come to mind—would have been terrible… » 1/24/15 11:40am Saturday 11:40am

Celtics Beat Trail Blazers On Sloppiest Game-Winner Of The Year

Down two to the Trail Blazers with under 10 seconds remaining, the Celtics were relying upon Jared Sullinger to get them a crucial basket. That should tell you all you need to know about how good they are, that Brad Stevens looked up and down his bench for his best option and settled upon Sullinger. The move didn't… » 1/23/15 12:49am Friday 12:49am

Draymond Green Is A Taunting Goon, And He's My Favorite NBA Player

A lot of Golden State Warriors players are goons. Andrew Bogut is a goon. David Lee is a goon. Draymond Green is a goon. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson might run the most beautiful offense in the league, but the Warriors' goonery is an important component of their league-leading defense. But they've been so good this… » 1/22/15 10:40pm Thursday 10:40pm

Basketball Is Dead. The Knicks And Sixers Murdered It.

All the precious, fragile, bitterly-won gains of humankind's wretched, fitful, brave, millennia-long upward struggle went up in white-hot magnesium flames last night in Philadelphia and burned away to powder. All for nothing. All fantasies, every damn one. The Knicks and Sixers have shown us ourselves, and we are… » 1/22/15 11:26am Thursday 11:26am

Ernie Johnson Jokingly Asks Westbrook "How Was The Execution Tonight?"

On Friday night Russell Westbrook raged at the media, refusing to answer questions with anything other than "we executed," and telling one reporter that he flat out didn't like him. After tonight's Thunder win over the Heat, the NBA TV crew conducted an otherwise mundane interview with Westbrook—you can watch the… » 1/21/15 12:35am 1/21/15 12:35am

High School Team Inbounds While Up Two With 0.6 Seconds Left, Loses

Wayne High School (Neb.) took on Dakota Valley High School (SD) in a non-conference match-up Friday, and the game featured a finish so wild it would make John Havlicek blush. Down three with under ten seconds left, Wayne's Ben Hoskins hit a three to send the game to overtime. That's when things got really weird. » 1/19/15 10:45pm 1/19/15 10:45pm

Throwing The Ball Off Your Defender's Hands: The New Bounce Pass

When a player bulldogs their way into the lane, it can be tough to find a teammate to pass to. With their body and focus on the hoop, most of the court isn't in their line of vision. Hitting a teammate at the top of the key, for instance, means whipping a difficult no-look pass or telegraphing their intention and… » 1/19/15 9:05pm 1/19/15 9:05pm

Paul Pierce Channels Surly Russell Westbrook In Postgame Interview

On Friday night, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook pulled a Marshawn Lynch during his postgame media scrum, answering every question with some version of "we did a good job executing" before looking one reporter dead in the face and saying, "I just don't like you." Wizards small forward and jolly old basketball… » 1/19/15 11:43am 1/19/15 11:43am

Harrison Barnes Forces Revision To The Definition Of A Shabazz Assist

Last week I introduced the Shabazz Assist, a revolutionary new statistic that properly credits a player for missing dunks that "ricochet perfectly to an open teammate in the corner." But like any forefront in advanced analytics, the Shabazz Assist remains a work in progress, and in hindsight its parameters were too… » 1/14/15 11:53pm 1/14/15 11:53pm