1. Can John Wall and Bradley Beal Become the NBA's Best Backcourt?

    At any given time, the NBA ’s ideal “best backcourt” typically consists of one top-15 player and his All-Star caliber sidekick. The Washington Wizards don’t have either yet, but in due time they should...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 4,420 reads 8 comments

  2. Could Chris Johnson Win a Boston Celtics Starting Spot Next Season?

    Chris Johnson played 789 minutes in 40 games for the Boston Celtics last season. He finished with zero starts and made fewer than 40 percent of his shots...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 2,881 reads 4 comments

  3. Jason Kidd Must Remain Master of Creative Adjustments for Brooklyn Nets

    Being an NBA head coach is one of the sport’s most difficult and thankless jobs. Each season, 30 people overwork themselves into dust, and only one enters the summer with a smile...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 2,172 reads 15 comments

  4. Toronto Raptors' Next Step Will Start with Jonas Valanciunas

    Despite ending their season with an agonizing first-round loss at home in Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets , the Toronto Raptors have a lot to look forward to...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 2,860 reads 2 comments

  5. 5 Surprising Takeaways from Boston Celtics' Season

    The Boston Celtics were very bad this year. They lost 57 games, struggled to score on a nightly basis and regularly rolled out lineups that belong in the NBA D-League. We knew this would happen; the Celtics were who we thought they would be...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 3,469 reads 1 comments

  6. Toronto Raptors Are Just Getting Started as Credible Eastern Conference Threat

    The Toronto Raptors entered the postseason as a 48-win team, boasting the league’s ninth-best offense, ninth-best defense and ninth-highest net rating (per possession point differential)...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 806 reads 1 comments

  7. Brooklyn Nets Putting New Spin on Small-Ball Mismatches During NBA Playoffs

    The Brooklyn Nets impose themselves on opponents with one of the least traditional big-minute lineups found in these playoffs...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 539 reads 0 comments

  8. 3 Areas Boston Celtics Must Upgrade This Offseason

    The Boston Celtics won just 25 games this season, and like most 25-win teams, they head into the offseason with serious improvements needed in a variety of different areas...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 9,081 reads 31 comments

  9. How Mike Miller Can Be Critical Cog in Memphis Grizzlies' Playoff Run

    This year's Memphis Grizzlies are filled with pleasant surprises (James Johnson, Courtney Lee, pre-illegal-substance-suspension Nick Calathes, 15 minutes of Beno Udrih), but Mike Miller is the most important...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 1,036 reads 0 comments

  10. Predicting Breakout Offensive Weapons in the 2014 NBA Playoffs

    Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson is in the NBA for quick-strike offensive explosions at a moment’s notice...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 1,088 reads 1 comments

  11. What Washington Wizards Need from John Wall During Playoffs

    Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is a 23-year-old blossoming superstar. These playoffs are his first opportunity to show a national audience just how great he can be in games that matter...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 880 reads 0 comments

  12. 4 Toronto Raptors Weaknesses to Exploit in the NBA Playoffs

    The Toronto Raptors are one of the 2013-14 regular season's most surprising playoff teams. In early December, they traded their best player, Rudy Gay, and almost immediately turned around five straight years of losing...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 1,446 reads 12 comments

  13. Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Western Conference Round 1 Preview

    The Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers will be a battle of similarities. Which high-powered, three-point gunning, run-and-fun offense will wear the other one out first? During the regular season, the answer to this question was Houston...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 15,673 reads 177 comments

  14. Final Verdict on the Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo Backcourt Pairing

    In a rebuilding down year that’s had its fair share of various injuries, Boston Celtics guards Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley have barely played together...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 11,503 reads 62 comments

  15. Could Pace Have Solved Many of New York Knicks' Problems?

    The New York Knicks are terrible and on their way to missing the playoffs despite having the NBA ’s second-highest team salary. They’re also one of the slowest teams in basketball...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 4,596 reads 5 comments

  16. NBA Free-Agency Wish List for Boston Celtics This Summer

    Currently, the Boston Celtics are under the cap for this summer. But their wiggle room should be all but nonexistent by July 1. If Joel Anthony opts into his $3...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 10,712 reads 60 comments

  17. Kris Humphries or Brandon Bass: Who Should Boston Celtics Keep?

    The Boston Celtics have a few dozen important decisions to make this summer. Who they want as their long-term backup power forward isn’t the most important, but it’s one that needs to be made nonetheless...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 6,244 reads 34 comments

  18. Does Dwight Howard Still Have a Spot in the Defensive Player of the Year Race?

    How is it people forget about Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard when listing candidates for Defensive Player of the Year? Did last year’s mess in Los Angeles stain ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 4,011 reads 23 comments

  19. Deron Williams Will Make or Break Brooklyn Nets' Playoff Ceiling

    Believe it or not: Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is still relevant. "How relevant" pertaining to his team's playoff hopes is the question in need of answering...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 1,204 reads 4 comments

  20. Hidden Keys to Toronto Raptors' Successful Season

    It began with a trade: The Toronto Raptors shipped their leading scorer and highest-paid player, Rudy Gay, to the Sacramento Kings for overpaid, mostly expiring contracts. Gay's departure allowed things to fall into place...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 14,349 reads 73 comments

  21. 6 Reasons You Can and Can't Believe in Washington Wizards' Playoff Success

    The Washington Wizards are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The last series they won was three years before that...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 2,688 reads 16 comments

  22. Dark-Horse Draft Studs the Boston Celtics Should Target This Offseason

    We already know about Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid, the shiniest jewels who may be available in this summer's NBA draft...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 13,973 reads 64 comments

  23. Are Boston Celtics Bucking NBA's New Offensive Trends?

    Data is influencing the NBA , resulting in slow but noticeable changes to playing style, the never-ending hunt for value and various other aspects related to how the league operates...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 6,703 reads 8 comments

  24. Can Toronto Raptors Finally Make Some Real NBA Playoff Noise?

    The 2013-14 Toronto Raptors are nothing less than a pleasant surprise. The question of whether a playoff berth is possible has already been answered, but can they further shatter ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 3,184 reads 8 comments

  25. Why the Indiana Pacers Have Hit a Slump at the Wrong Time

    No matter how you spin it, the Indiana Pacers are still title contenders on a collision course with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 537 reads 0 comments