Warriors Beat Rockets As James Harden Can't Get Final Shot Off

James Harden was brilliant all game, putting up a ridiculous 38/10/9 line without a ton of help from his non-Dwight Howard teammates. But on the final play of the game, down 99-98 with seven seconds to attack a scrambling Warriors defense, Harden inexplicably passed the ball to Howard, and when he got it back he… » 5/21/15 11:44pm Thursday 11:44pm

Tonight Was The Good Kind Of J.R. Smith Game

Tonight was a J.R. Smith Game. That is a terrifying sentence to read for anybody who has ever been a fan of a team that J.R. Smith played for. A J.R. Smith Game is one in which he does something inexplicably stupid, like elbowing somebody in the head. A J.R. Smith Game is one in which he plays terribly because he was… » 5/21/15 1:28am Thursday 1:28am

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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 12:18pm

We Have Another Addition To The Stephen Curry Highlight Reel

Not that anyone was really questioning whether Stephen Curry deserved to be the NBA MVP this season, but if you are still somehow a skeptic, he’s been showing some of the flash that earned him the league’s top honors—and one of those great moments happened in the first quarter tonight in Memphis. » 5/15/15 10:23pm 5/15/15 10:23pm

Grizzlies Hold Pregame "Moment Of Song" In Memory Of B.B. King

Memphis legend B.B. King died last night, and given his importance as a cultural icon to the Blues capital, it was a given the Grizzlies would do some sort of tribute before tonight’s Game 6 against the Warriors. But the occasion didn’t call for the standard moment of silence; instead, the Grizzlies produced a “moment… » 5/15/15 10:07pm 5/15/15 10:07pm

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 Union Will Force Five NBA Teams To Open Their Books

Yesterday we published a deep dive on the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the expiration of which is almost certainly going to lead to labor war. (The union has been forwarding it to player agents.) Beginning this year, the NBPA will exercise its option to independently audit the finances of five teams. » 5/14/15 1:32pm 5/14/15 1:32pm

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