In the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs, the 51-31 Portland Trail Blazers were the 4th seed, while the the 55-27 Memphis Grizzlies were the 5th seed. Yet, despite being the higher seed, Portland started the playoffs on the road. It was the result of the NBA’s awkward playoff seeding rules,…
Oakland native and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is on the premises for today’s Warriors NBA title celebration, and somehow ended up live on CSN with Dramond Green’s mother. Lynch was so moved by Ms. Babers-Green that he risked his own mother’s disapproval and hugged the Warriors forward’s mom, lauding…
“Cavaliers? Nope. We won? Yupp. They suck? Yupp. We here? Yupp. They not? Nooope.” Draymond Green is in an especially, uh, blithe mood at today’s Golden State Warriors victory rally. Then he did this:
Stephen Curry brought some of the swagger back during last night’s Game 5 win against the Cavaliers, at one point delivering the stinkface following a fourth-quarter contested three-pointer—a shot that responded to LeBron’s long-range bomb seconds before, and one that gave the Warriors the lead for good.
We have no idea what’s going on here, but viewers across the country heard it: porno groove music from the band Voodoo Village playing over the top of Cavaliers head coach David Blatt’s presser following his team’s Game 5 loss.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals tips off shortly after 8 p.m. ET tonight. The Cavaliers and Warriors are knotted up at 2-2, and it’s been a much more fascinating series than most imagined. In case you want a refresher on all the intrigue, here’s how the series has shaken down so far:
Even before Kyrie Irving was injured, the Cavaliers bench more closely resembled a basketball old folks home than something that could actually help a team in 2015. Kendrick Perkins? Brendan Haywood? Shawn Marion? Mike Miller? I’m not even sure who Joe Harris is.
Fresh off his bizarre antics a few days ago, WEWS chief meteorologist Mark Johnson turned his Cavaliers fandom up another notch on tonight’s late local news, as the ABC station’s weatherman brought a weed-whacker and a concrete block onto the set with him in reaction to tonight’s Cleveland loss.
On a day when we mourn the death of one of Ric Flair’s biggest rivals, the “Nature Boy” himself took the court during a first-half time out to try and pump up the crowd at Cleveland’s arena. He still has it... some of it. “WOOO!”
Despite falling into a camera and busting his head open, LeBron James managed to stay in tonight’s game. James’s head clearly sported some lacerations, but apparently owing to NBA rules he had no choice but to remain in the game and shoot his free throws.
It sure appears ABC caught LeBron James making an adjustment just before tipoff of tonight’s Game 4:
There’s a way to look at Steph Curry’s stat line as an artifact of not just box score accounting, but his style. If you look closely, there are traces of the visceral experience of watching Steph double axel around a screen and fire up a three from the hip in arcane statistical whimsy, like fast break points outside…
Alleged worst player in the finals to get major minutes Matthew Dellavedova had a huge night in helping the Cavaliers take a 2-1 NBA Finals series lead over the Warriors. Here’s his highlight reel.
This is the NBA Finals, and the Cavaliers are committing goaltending against themselves.
ESPN’s Baxter Holmes has a long, thoroughly entertaining piece about the lifecycle of an NBA basketball, pegged to the Finals. I’d urge you to go check it out, but it’s almost unreadable on the Worldwide Leader’s overbusy nightmare of a website; it’s like they printed it in 11-point font on the surface of a freeway…
If you had traveled back in time to Sunday morning and shown me a snapshot of the Game 2 box score as it stood with three minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, I would have assumed that something cataclysmic was in store—that Steph Curry was going to lose his right hand right before tip-off, or that Steve Kerr…
The end of regulation looked familiar. Once again the Cavs found themselves with a potential game-winning shot, having once again blown a late-game lead, and once again LeBron missed, sending Cleveland into overtime looking old and broken and just short. This time, though, the Cavs absorbed the Warriors’ best shot—and…