Damian Lillard Going To The Rim Makes No Damn Sense

Kevin Harlan has the best jump-stop in the NBA. The timing is generally easier; spend enough years talking through NBA games and you'll get a feel for the cadence of a pick-and-roll, or how to ride out the crowd noise after a big play. But Harlan is great because when that timing gets thrown off and he's caught… » 5/13/14 10:17am 5/13/14 10:17am

Rockets Fans Go Through Emotional Wringer Of Parsons And Lillard Shots

This is heartbreaking and absolutely hilarious. These guys are so fired up for the Chandler Parsons shot that gave Houston the momentary lead in last night's game that it makes the reference-room silence after the Lillard buzzer-beater devastatingly funny. Unless you're a Rockets fan, obviously. » 5/03/14 6:13pm 5/03/14 6:13pm

Front-Row View Of Damian Lillard's Buzzer-Beater Is Awesome

This Vine is awesome. It's a court-level view of Damian Lillard curling around a screen, clapping for the ball, and sinking the game-winning buzzer-beater from behind the arc against Houston last night. Everything about it is perfect. The angle, the clapping, the shot, the buzzer and mostly, the crowd reaction. Be… » 5/03/14 10:17am 5/03/14 10:17am

For Real Though, We Need To Talk About Thomas Robinson's Block

I, like most basketball fans, have been thinking about last night's game between the Rockets and Blazers pretty much all day. But out of all the amazing shit that happened in that game—Wes Matthews torpedoing the ball and the win out of Patrick Beverley's hands; that brief stretch when Nic Batum, Damian Lillard, and… » 4/28/14 4:51pm 4/28/14 4:51pm

Terry Stotts, Reinvented: How A Retread NBA Coach Became Cutting Edge

Players get better, and players get worse. This is a fundamental truth, and an arc we've always understood, analytics or not, as part of the fabric of not just sports, but performance and ability in general. Sometimes you get better at your job, sometimes you fall off. But we don't really look at coaches in this way;… » 4/23/14 2:25pm 4/23/14 2:25pm

How The Hell Do You Beat The Blazers?

The highlight from last night was Batum hitting a three to send the game to overtime (on a nice little double-screen play drawn up by Terry Stotts), but the memorable thing about the Blazers' 116-112 overtime win against the Clippers last night was how much stuff went wrong for them, and how little it seemed to matter. » 12/27/13 12:29pm 12/27/13 12:29pm