1. Los Angeles Clippers Take Next Step Toward "Gold Standard" with Win over Spurs

    LOS ANGELES — "The gold standard." That's how Doc Rivers referred to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday evening, even before his Los Angeles Clippers took care of the defending Western Conference champions at Staples Center in a 115-92 romp...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 4,188 reads 23 comments

  2. Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard Headed in Very Different Directions

    Let's delve for a moment into the murky world of NBA hypotheticals , highlighting Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 109,316 reads 343 comments

  3. Why Kyle Lowry Is Fool's Gold on NBA Trade Market

    Are we sure that Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri isn't the NBA 's Keyser Soze ? First, he tricked the New York Knicks into surrendering three draft picks, including ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 40,462 reads 149 comments

  4. Buying or Selling Brooklyn Nets' Three-Game Win Streak as Reason for Real Hope

    What a difference a week has made for the Brooklyn Nets . Since suffering through the humiliation of a 30-point loss on their home floor to the crosstown rival (and similarly stink-tastic) ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 1,400 reads 3 comments

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Who's Climbing, Who's Falling at Quarter-Season Mark?

    In putting together this week's edition of my NBA power rankings, I couldn't help but be reminded of Shel Silverstein's " Falling Up ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 232,679 reads 170 comments

  6. DUMMYBALL: How the NBA's Rich Teams Fell Behind the Future

    This past Dec. 8 marked the two-year anniversary of the end of the NBA 's last lockout. This date in 2011 marked the night that the owners and the players ratified the framework ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 46,095 reads 76 comments

  7. Donald Sterling, Not Superstar Egos, Doc Rivers' Biggest Hurdle with Clippers

    Doc Rivers has plenty on his proverbial plate with which to deal at the moment and not just because he's set to face the Boston Celtics , the team he coached for nine years, for the first time since bolting Beantown in June...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 4,482 reads 5 comments

  8. Even Totally Healthy Kobe Bryant Won't Cure All That Ails Los Angeles Lakers

    Better Kobe Bryant , same result for the Los Angeles Lakers . On Tuesday, the Black Mamba became the 10th different Laker to lead the team in scoring, with 20 points on just ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 15,810 reads 102 comments

  9. What's Driving Los Angeles Clippers' Fascination with Headcases?

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Los Angeles Clippers can hardly be considered one of the NBA 's more desperate teams—not yet, anyway. They currently sport a 14-8 record, good enough to lead the Pacific Division by two games...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 2,161 reads 9 comments

  10. Definitive Guide to Pacers vs. Spurs and Saturday's NBA Action

    If you've got NBA League Pass at your disposal, you may want to reconsider your weekend plans. For Saturday evening, at least...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 9,564 reads 31 comments

  11. Will the Real Monta Ellis Please Stand Up?

    Will the real Monta Ellis please stand up? (he's playing incredibly efficient basketball right now and is making smart decisions when selecting shots; the last few years, not so much...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 12,675 reads 36 comments

  12. How the Short-Handed Los Angeles Lakers Survived Without Kobe Bryant

    A 106-100 road win against the now-4-13 Sacramento Kings may not seem like anything worth highlighting, but for these Los Angeles Lakers , this victory might as well be a clarion call for optimism in the City of Angels...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 23,275 reads 64 comments

  13. NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up in Early December

    You know how I can tell the 2013-14 NBA season has just about reached the quarter mark? It's not the date on the calendar, though this milestone of the annual campaign usually falls right around early December...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 207,595 reads 366 comments

  14. NBA Awards Odds 2013-14: Predicting Winners at Season's Quarter Mark

    Last time we took a look at the races for the NBA 's six major awards, we were but a week into the 2013-14 season. Surely, it was too early to make any meaningful projections, regardless of the equestrian terms in which we couched them...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 39,471 reads 213 comments

  15. Which Team Is Worse, New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets?

    Jason Kidd has already played a pivotal role in a handful of controversies during his first few months as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 16,079 reads 83 comments

  16. Definitive Plan for Expanding the NBA Abroad

    The NBA is once again set to extend its reach beyond the U.S. and Canada. On Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs and the Minnesota Timberwolves will go toe-to-toe at Mexico City Arena as part of the NBA Global Games Mexico City 2013...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 13,052 reads 25 comments

  17. The NBA Coach's Guide to Getting Fired

    Frank Vogel and Terry Stotts can rest easy. For a moment, anyway. On Monday, the NBA announced that the head coaches of the Indiana Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 11,522 reads 20 comments

  18. Are the New York Knicks the NBA's Most Dysfunctional Franchise?

    Nine. That's how many games the New York Knicks have now lost...consecutively. Only the Milwaukee Bucks , who quashed an 11-game skid this past weekend, have been victims of a more disspiriting slide so far through the 2013-14 NBA season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 23,560 reads 100 comments

  19. Dunk of the Night from Friday's NBA Action

    Usually, you'd think the Dunk of the Night should actually count. But for this beautiful finish of a Greivis Vasquez lob by Derrick Williams —which was ultimately disallowed ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 5,752 reads 3 comments

  20. NBA's Best and Worst Individual Performances of November

    Can you believe it? The first month of the 2013-14 NBA season has already come and gone. Seems like only yesterday that we were all yapping about who would unseat the Miami Heat, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 33,302 reads 72 comments

  21. 7 Takeaways from Friday Night's Dramatic NBA Action

    Don't let all the blowouts fool you; the final Friday of November was, indeed, a thrilling one in the NBA . Of the 13 games on the schedule, six came down to the wire, with two requiring overtime to sort out winners and losers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 29,854 reads 105 comments

  22. Russell Westbrook Exacts Cold-Blooded Revenge on Golden State Warriors

    Two games. Two thrilling finishes between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder . Two great shots by Russell Westbrook . Last time, Westbrook splashed through a deep three-pointer to put the Thunder ahead, 115-114, with just 2.

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 22,840 reads 80 comments

  23. NBA Power Rankings: How Will Derrick Rose Injury Reshape the Landscape?

    Injuries are as much a fact of life in the NBA as death and taxes are for the general population. Us hoops heads were reminded of this cruel reality in a big way during the week around the Association...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 282,691 reads 369 comments

  24. The Argument for LeBron James Returning to Cleveland Cavs in 2014 Free Agency

    Let me be clear: I don't think LeBron James will leave the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014, when he'll be eligible to opt out of his current contract...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 27,132 reads 91 comments

  25. Jason Kidd Has No Clue How to React to Brooklyn Nets Winning

    Forgive Jason Kidd for not knowing what to make of the Brooklyn Nets ' too-close-for-comfort 102-100 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 year ago 62,269 reads 63 comments