1. 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 1 month ago 21,694 reads 120 comments

  2. 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 1 month ago 4,002 reads 33 comments

  3. 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...

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  4. 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...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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 1 month ago 30,630 reads 137 comments

  11. 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...

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  12. 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...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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 1 month ago 77,669 reads 74 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 19,041 reads 52 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 65,294 reads 125 comments

  17. When Will Anthony Davis Legitimately Enter the NBA MVP Debate?

    It's not Anthony Davis' fault that, despite statistical dominance and highlights aplenty, an Most Valuable Player award still feels like it's a million miles away for him. It's ours...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 1 month ago 22,038 reads 94 comments

  18. Thunder Coach Scott Brooks Faces Biggest Challenge and Opportunity of Career

    Scott Brooks has had it easy for most of his career as the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder , but he'll be defined by the way he navigates the hard times ahead...

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  19. Can Steve Clifford Find Balance for Lance Stephenson with Charlotte Hornets?

    Lance Stephenson plays on the edge, and the tough task of keeping him from falling over it falls to Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. Descended from the Van Gundy coaching tree, Clifford is a good man for the gig...

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  20. Warriors Are Spurs' Biggest Threat in Western Conference

    Having buried their biggest rival and claimed California supremacy, it's time for the Golden State Warriors to set their sights a little higher...

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  21. 10 NBA Players Already Deserving of Larger Roles During 2014-15 Season

    NBA teams spend the entire offseason figuring out rotations and divvying up playing time, only to see those plans change when discarded or unsung reserves outplay their starting counterparts in the regular season...

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  22. Who Has Edge in 2014-15 Installment of Clippers-Warriors Rivalry?

    The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers square off Nov. 5 in the continuation of what has quietly become one of the NBA 's greatest ongoing rivalries...

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  23. Why Memphis Grizzlies Are NBA's Most Dangerous Dark Horse

    This is normally something we'd save for March or April, which is usually when the NBA falls asleep on Marc Gasol and Co. as sneaky title contenders. But the Memphis Grizzlies ' hot start has accelerated the sleeper-recognition timeline ...

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  24. Klay Thompson Extension Will Keep Stephen Curry with Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors ' max extension for Klay Thompson was a big move on its own, but its value as a message to franchise cornerstone Stephen Curry was even bigger...

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  25. Kobe Bryant Scoffs at Idea of Leaving Lakers: 'I Bleed Purple and Gold'

    Kobe Bryant shouldn't have ever needed to say so, but here it is in 10,000-watt, cornea-searing neon lights: No. 24 isn't leaving the Los Angeles Lakers . No way. No how...

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