1. Imagining an Injury-Free NBA Playoff Bracket

    Somewhere, there's an alternate NBA universe in which the 2014-15 regular season played out without pain. Injuries didn't crop up to hobble contenders, dash playoff dreams or, more positively, allow unsung heroes to rise in relief...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 3,249 reads 29 comments

  2. 6 Newcomers to the 2015 NBA Playoff Field That Everyone Should Be Watching

    The NBA playoffs aren't often a showcase for first-timers, but a handful of talents embarking on their maiden postseason voyages this year could provide just as much excitement as the more seasoned regulars...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 12,040 reads 33 comments

  3. How to Pick Your Adopted 2015 NBA Playoff Team

    Even in an era when fans are forgiving of loss-fueled long-term rebuilding plans, it still stings a little when your favorite NBA squad officially falls short of the postseason...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 65,397 reads 235 comments

  4. Russell Westbrook's Heroics Not Enough to Save OKC's Season

    Yet again, Russell Westbrook was heroic. And yet again, his heroism wasn't enough to save the Oklahoma City Thunder ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 3 days ago 14,326 reads 63 comments

  5. NBA Regular-Season Stats 2014-15: Tracking Scoring Leaders and More

    The 2014-15 NBA season is over and each team's achievements—playoff spots being chief among them—are already decided. So too are the individual honors. Here, we've kept tabs on key statistical races as the campaign came to an end...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 days ago 31,213 reads 95 comments

  6. Hater's Guide to the 2014-15 NBA MVP Race: Why Your Favorite Candidate Won't Win

    We don't know who it'll be yet, but one of six viable candidates is going to wrestle the 2014-15 NBA MVP award away from a crowded field of contenders...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 days ago 100,508 reads 380 comments

  7. Russell Westbrook's Ferocity Carries, Buries Thunder and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    In the end, the same unbridled intensity that Russell Westbrook used to drag the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder to the brink of the postseason may very well have ended their playoff hopes...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 days ago 64,965 reads 396 comments

  8. 10 Unsung Heroes Who Will Shape the 2015 NBA Playoffs

    We all know LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard are the keys to the NBA 's true title contenders, but a handful of less-celebrated talents will also have major impacts on the 2015 playoffs...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 66,954 reads 163 comments

  9. Kawhi Leonard Has Finally, Officially Joined the NBA's Superstar Ranks

    Kawhi Leonard 's ascent to superstardom happened quietly. Of course it did. Perhaps sensing the need to explain how one of the league's most notoriously taciturn talents ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 10 days ago 22,002 reads 135 comments

  10. Feel-Good Warriors Now Under Enormous Pressure to Win NBA Title

    At the close of a regular season in which the Golden State Warriors have made basketball mastery look like a whole lot of fun, the real work of delivering on their NBA championship promise begins...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 days ago 7,699 reads 40 comments

  11. Draymond Green Rips Los Angeles Clippers: 'They Ain't Proved Nothing'

    Lest there be any concern the typically red-hot rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers might be cooling ahead of the postseason, Draymond Green made sure to stoke the fires...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 11 days ago 16,445 reads 31 comments

  12. What Chicago Bulls Need from Derrick Rose for a Deep Playoff Run

    In order to make postseason noise, the Chicago Bulls need more than just Derrick Rose . They need the version of him that hasn't existed for nearly three years, and that's a problem...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 days ago 21,056 reads 114 comments

  13. Brandon Knight Is Latest Cautionary Tale for Late-Season NBA Rentals

    The Phoenix Suns will face a daunting leap of faith with point guard Brandon Knight this offseason, and they only have themselves to blame...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 days ago 25,698 reads 32 comments

  14. Byron Scott Distrusts Players, Says They 'Would End Up Shooting Me in the Back'

    At the merciful close of a 2014-15 season that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers put up as little competitive fight as any team in the NBA , head coach Byron Scott isn't holding back on the war metaphors...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 12 days ago 73,460 reads 228 comments

  15. Predicting Who's In and Who's Out of 2015 NBA Playoff Picture

    No fewer than seven NBA teams are fighting for their playoff lives with about a week remaining until the 2015 postseason kicks off...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 13 days ago 35,491 reads 200 comments

  16. Sunday NBA Roundup: Chaotic Eastern Conference Race Tightening by the Second

    The last time Paul George played in a regular-season NBA game, his Indiana Pacers were the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, a full 19 games clear of the ninth spot. He returned on Sunday to a far more complicated scenario...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 13 days ago 90,215 reads 285 comments

  17. Is Sim Bhullar a Legitimate NBA Talent or Marketing Stunt for Sacramento Kings?

    Sim Bhullar is a big dude, and he could wind up being an even bigger deal. But only if he proves to be more than an opportunistic late-season ploy by the Sacramento Kings ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 60,508 reads 150 comments

  18. Dirk Nowitzki Is Far More Than Just the Best European NBA Player Ever

    Kareem. The Mailman. Kobe. MJ . Wilt. Shaq . Dirk. Maybe that's not the most thorough way to make the case that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be regarded ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 17 days ago 21,261 reads 36 comments

  19. LeBron James Will Never Have Easier Path to NBA Title

    Maybe it sounds a little nuts to say this about a season in which the Golden State Warriors and the Western Conference at large have been historically beastly, but it's starting ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 18 days ago 103,969 reads 491 comments

  20. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: ROY Race Heating Up as Season Winds Down

    The NBA 's top first-year talents are playing as if they appreciate how little time is left to make a run at the Rookie of the Year award. Whatever the limitations of inexperience are, it seems these rooks have a veteran's understanding of urgency...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 19 days ago 39,398 reads 226 comments

  21. Raptors Must Ride DeMar DeRozan Back to Respectability and Monday NBA Takeaways

    After going more than a month without a win against a team over .500, the Toronto Raptors desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could still compete with the league's best...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 20 days ago 51,244 reads 139 comments

  22. Appreciating Warriors' Ascent Requires Memory of Franchise's Dark Days

    The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 NBA season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context. It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 20 days ago 30,760 reads 88 comments

  23. Miami Heat Clawing Toward Playoff Berth and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Dwyane Wade was talking about how the Miami Heat managed to beat the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 109-102 Sunday when he offered reporters a two-word explanation for the ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 20 days ago 30,973 reads 179 comments

  24. Who Has Had the Better 2014-15 Season: NBA Rookies or Sophomores?

    As the 2014-15 NBA season winds to a close, we've seen enough of the league's two youngest classes to determine which group, rookies or sophomores, has performed better. The 2013 draft class was widely (and justifiably) maligned...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 21 days ago 66,064 reads 211 comments

  25. Cleveland Cavaliers Surging from Good to Great in Time for the 2015 Playoffs

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers smashed the Memphis Grizzlies on March 25, it was more than just a final missive to the Western Conference that not everyone in the East is a total pushover...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 24 days ago 33,377 reads 127 comments