The 2014 Heat Were Worse In The Finals Than LeBron's 2007 Cavs Team

At some point around the time Dwyane Wade was impaled, for the second time, on a doddering walkabout turnover in the paint, the wider basketball-viewing world realized that Dwyane Wade has been dead all this time, and was only now being told. But Wade was far from the only Heat carcass to wash up these Finals. » 6/16/14 12:51pm 6/16/14 12:51pm

Does It Make A Difference If NBA Players Miss Their First Shot?

During the playoffs, broadcasters love to pull out fact-like objects based on incredibly small samples. Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, for example, announcers pointed out that, in the playoffs, Roy Hibbert had shot significantly better after making his first field-goal attempt. The impression this… » 6/13/14 3:29pm 6/13/14 3:29pm

The Spurs Made The Mistake Of Thinking LeBron Had Something To Prove

LeBron James is, if nothing else, hyperaware of expectations. Some players use that for individual motivation, others fail under the pressure, but James, on occasion, twists it into a game plan. You saw that last night down the stretch, as the Spurs appeared convinced James would seek personal redemption in the… » 6/09/14 9:35am 6/09/14 9:35am

Why Do NBA Playoff Games Take So Long?

While it's common knowledge (and a common complaint) that the NBA playoffs as a whole take a long time to complete, it's often the case that the games themselves take a long time as well. Part of this is due to overtimes being (slightly) more frequent in the playoffs than in the regular season—6.0 percent of playoff… » 6/06/14 10:43am 6/06/14 10:43am

The Thunder Will Want To Forget That Overtime Ever Happened

The Thunder lost to the Spurs 112-107 in overtime and, good lord, was overtime a disaster for Oklahoma City. Look at the tidiness of San Antonio's overtime shot chart, compared to OKC's. Russell Westbrook—who had an otherwise great game, with 34 points, eight assists, seven rebound, and six steals—was all over the… » 6/01/14 10:15am 6/01/14 10:15am

Spurs And Thunder Head To Overtime Thanks To Blown Goaltending Call

The officials missed a goaltending call with 44 seconds left in the game and the score tied 97-97. Though clearly a goaltending, this was deemed a block and the Spurs were shorted two points. Whiled tied 101-101, Manu missed a jumper from the elbow at the buzzer, so now we get five extra minutes before finding out if… » 5/31/14 11:16pm 5/31/14 11:16pm

Paul George On Bringing Lance Back: [Longest Pause Ever] "I Don't Know"

Lance Stephenson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's going about it in just about the worst way possible. He has definitely been fun to watch, like a court jester, but he's probably cost himself some serious cash with all the extracurriculars. And, when he finally does get paid, it's hard… » 5/31/14 9:30am 5/31/14 9:30am

Boris Diaw Kicking Ass Is What The Playoffs Are All About

When Gregg Popovich shoved Matt Bonner into his starting lineup last night, it seemed clear he was making a decision in strategy and trying to shift the tenor of the series. But in perfect Popavellian fashion, Bonner turned out to be more decoy than secret weapon. The real genius of the lineup change materialized… » 5/30/14 11:08am 5/30/14 11:08am