1. Strangest Stats from the Young 2014-15 NBA Season

    Let's get weird...with NBA numbers. Small samples beget statistical oddities, and the 2014-15 campaign, not yet at the quarter pole, is rife with surprising and downright unusual digits...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 70,313 reads 67 comments

  2. Los Angeles Clippers Looking Like Title Pretenders and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    The focus of the Memphis Grizzlies' 107-91 mauling of the visiting Los Angeles Clippers would normally be on the victor...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 26,916 reads 200 comments

  3. NBA Haircut Power Rankings

    It's easy to get caught up in the typical early-season NBA storylines. Can Kobe Bryant lead the league in scoring for a team that might struggle to win 20 games? Is Derrick Rose healthy? Sure, that stuff matters...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 33,494 reads 70 comments

  4. David Lee's Reserve Role Could Put Golden State Warriors over the Top

    David Lee 's impending return could be complicated, and maybe even a little messy, if the Golden State Warriors don't play things right...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 12,233 reads 21 comments

  5. Raptors Proving They're for Real and Other Takeaways from Wednesday's NBA Action

    Forget " We the North ." In notching a thrilling 96-92 win over the West-leading Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors improved to 9-2, legitimized their status as contenders and struck a blow for their much-derided conference...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 23,069 reads 119 comments

  6. Properly Balanced Chicago Bulls More Dangerous Than Ever

    The days of the one-dimensional Chicago Bulls are over. With the annual November circus road trip underway, Tom Thibodeau 's club looks nothing like the thin, offensively punchless crew it was at the end of last season...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 14,587 reads 44 comments

  7. Bad Blood, Unfinished Business Abound in Wednesday's NBA Reunions

    Sometimes, November NBA basketball has the feel of an extended preseason, complete with the same inattention to detail, feeling-out process and general lack of urgency that characterizes the exhibition slate...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 21,689 reads 42 comments

  8. Rules No Longer Apply to Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers

    Down by 30 points late in the third quarter of an eventual 136-115 loss to the Golden State Warriors , it hits you: Kobe Bryant has no business being in the game...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 23,211 reads 34 comments

  9. LeBron James Says He Doesn't Have Rivalry with San Antonio Spurs

    Like anyone who values basketball played the right way, LeBron James appreciates how much he's learned from the San Antonio Spurs ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 9,871 reads 71 comments

  10. Memphis Grizzlies Deliver Statement Win and Monday NBA Takeaways

    Monday's marquee matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets was over long before Jarnell Stokes checked into the game with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter, but ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 21,712 reads 120 comments

  11. Houston Rockets' Suddenly Stout Defense Is Very Much for Real

    It's OK to be skeptical about the Houston Rockets ' abrupt leap from good to great on defense, especially after watching them take a beating at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 4,043 reads 33 comments

  12. Kobe Bryant Hero Ball All Los Angeles Lakers Have, and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    In a manner of speaking, Kobe Bryant bounced back. The Los Angeles Lakers, though, fell woefully flat. After slogging through an illness-induced 1-of-14 shooting night against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 64,183 reads 221 comments

  13. Why 2014-15 Needs to Be a Banner Year for the Memphis Grizzlies

    The Memphis Grizzlies sit atop the perennially potent Western Conference these days. And they'd better make the most of it because from that considerable height, they can probably see the change coming on the horizon...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 2,605 reads 5 comments

  14. Why We Should All Relish the Kobe Bryant Show

    Basketball is entertainment, and Kobe Bryant is the best show in town. That has to be the starting point, or we'll get nowhere...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 21,747 reads 147 comments

  15. 5 Young NBA Players Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014-15

    Promise and potential don't always amount to production in the NBA . Young players like Harrison Barnes, who come into the league with a perfect pedigree and quickly find themselves locked in a struggle they never expected, know that better than most.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 21,851 reads 42 comments

  16. Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott Rips Team's Defensive Effort

    The Los Angeles Lakers haven't stopped anyone this season, and head coach Byron Scott has seen enough. Per Baxter Holmes of ESPNLosAngeles.com , Scott unloaded on his team after an ugly 109-102 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,259 reads 41 comments

  17. Houston Rockets' Backup Plan Working Out Just Fine

    The Houston Rockets just keep on rolling, solidifying their contender cred and vindicating the value of a sound contingency plan all at once. The young Minnesota Timberwolves were Houston's latest victim...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 26,013 reads 105 comments

  18. Clock Is Ticking for LA Lakers to Find Kobe Bryant's Superstar Successor

    Kobe Bryant 's competitive fire will never burn out, but we're nearing the day when he'll have to pass the torch to the next keeper of the flame for the Los Angeles Lakers . It may not seem like Bryant is approaching the end of his career...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 16,438 reads 89 comments

  19. Dwight Howard Was 'Hurt and Disappointed' by Kobe Bryant in LA

    The past few years have, perhaps unfairly, conditioned us not to sympathize with Dwight Howard . We think of him as the malcontent who sloppily forced his way off of the Orlando ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 30,746 reads 137 comments

  20. Examining Oklahoma City Thunder's 2014-15 Dilemma

    Injuries to Kevin Durant , Russell Westbrook and so, so many more have the Oklahoma City Thunder facing questions they couldn't have seen coming just a few weeks ago...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 1,433 reads 15 comments

  21. Reward in Sight for Greg Monroe's Big Free-Agent Gamble

    Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe is gambling this season—on himself and against long odds. And so far, it's paying off...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 2,986 reads 6 comments

  22. LeBron James' Leadership Must Start on Defensive End

    LeBron James ' Cleveland Cavaliers hammered out their early-season offensive imperfections in short order, just as we knew they would. The real work of fashioning a championship-caliber defense remains...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 9,229 reads 84 comments

  23. Phil Jackson Thinks Too Many People Are Focusing on NY Knicks' Triangle Offense

    Phil Jackson might want to ask J.R. Smith how he feels about untying another opponent's shoe, because the New York Knicks need to create a diversion—and quick...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 77,713 reads 74 comments

  24. Turnover Woes Could Derail Golden State Warriors' Big Plans

    The Golden State Warriors can't stop coughing up the rock, and continued carelessness could cost them a shot at serious success...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 19,058 reads 52 comments

  25. Stephen Curry Continues to Redefine His Ceiling as an NBA Superstar

    We thought we knew how good Stephen Curry could be. It turns out we had no idea. The Golden State Warriors guard's growth features a mix of the old and new...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 7 months ago 65,708 reads 125 comments