1. Up Against Ropes in NBA Finals, How Will LeBron James Respond?

    Do or die. We've seen LeBron James in situations like the one he'll face on Sunday, when the Miami Heat return to the Alamo City in search of a season-saving victory. Thirteen times in his career has James faced imminent elimination...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 49,861 reads 537 comments

  2. San Antonio Spurs' Defensive Adjustments Force Miami Heat's Weaker Hands

    Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals will be remembered chiefly for the San Antonio Spurs' evisceration of the Miami Heat's defense, and rightfully so. The Spurs' first half, in which they scored 71 points on a Finals-record 75...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 13,395 reads 48 comments

  3. Bradley Beal Talks Video Games, Wizards' Future and Relationship with John Wall

    Bradley Beal isn't just a great shooter, though he's certainly that. He's also a burgeoning playmaker, a fierce competitor and, at the tender age of 20, one of the NBA 's brightest young stars...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 2,607 reads 4 comments

  4. LeBron James Joins Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird in Elite Stat Area

    Another day, another statistical milestone for LeBron James . In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, James became just the third player ever —after Michael Jordan and Kobe ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 23,298 reads 104 comments

  5. LA Lakers Can Scratch Derek Fisher Off Head Coach Wish List Without Regret

    The list of names in line to replace Mike D'Antoni as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers shortened a bit on Monday, and not because the Purple and Gold found their man...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 6,107 reads 30 comments

  6. Can Heat Move Past 4th-Quarter Meltdown and Recover in NBA Finals Game 2?

    There was much more to the Miami Heat 's 110-95 defeat in Game 1 than just the malfunctioning of the air conditioning at the San Antonio Spurs ' home arena...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 12,990 reads 129 comments

  7. Team USA Coach Takes Pot Shot at Kobe Bryant with Landon Donovan Analogy

    Jurgen Klinsmann is making more enemies than friends in America these days. First, the German manager came under fire for leaving Landon Donovan, a red-white-and-blue ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 54,326 reads 214 comments

  8. San Antonio Spurs Were Largely Unfazed by Heat, Cited 'Worse Conditions'

    LeBron James wasn't the only player affected by the absence of air conditioning in the AT&T Center on Thursday, though he appears to have been in the minority among his peers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 9,566 reads 31 comments

  9. Remember the Time Michael Jordan Left an NBA Finals Game Due to Cramps?

    To all the Twitter trolls and erstwhile Internet antagonists out there who ragged on LeBron James for succumbing to severe cramps in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, I offer the curious case of one Michael Jordan...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 397,975 reads 556 comments

  10. Jamal Crawford Talks NBA Playoffs, Los Angeles Clippers Future and More

    Jamal Crawford 's had an eventful spring, to say the least. On the court, he took home his second Sixth Man of the Year Award—the first player to do so with two different teams—and ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 5,109 reads 9 comments

  11. Danny Green Seizing NBA's Biggest Stage for Second Straight Year

    It was deja vu all over again for Danny Green . Last year, Green tipped off his first appearance in the NBA Finals by hitting 4-of-9 from three for 12 points in a four-point victory for the San Antonio Spurs ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 19,179 reads 105 comments

  12. LeBron James Joins Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in Elite Playoff Stat Category

    What does LeBron James have in common with Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan? A lot, really. Like His Airness and the Black Mamba, James is (arguably) the defining player ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 16,021 reads 44 comments

  13. LeBron James' Son Wasn't Impressed with His Game 5 Stats in Conference Finals

    "Seven points and five fouls?" That's how nearly every one of LeBron James ' critics reacted to his paltry, foul-plagued performance in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals—his son included...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 63,637 reads 47 comments

  14. If Not Kevin Love, Who Can Save the Los Angeles Lakers?

    Sorry to break it to you, Los Angeles Lakers fans, but if Kevin Love's desire to ditch the Minnesota Timberwolves lands him on the trading block this summer, he's not going to be wearing purple and gold any time soon...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 30,220 reads 102 comments

  15. Which Free Agents Have Helped Themselves Most in 2014 NBA Playoffs?

    In the NBA , as in The Highlander , there can be only one ... Champion, that is. In two-and-a-half weeks' time, we'll know who, between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 14,631 reads 25 comments

  16. Would 3rd Ring Put LeBron James Above Kobe Bryant Among NBA's All-Time Greats?

    You'd have to ride Doc Brown's DeLorean all the way back to 2006 to find an NBA Finals that didn't feature either LeBron James or Kobe Bryant gunning for a ring...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 71,291 reads 1675 comments

  17. Gregg Popovich in Elite Company on NBA's Head-Coaching Mount Rushmore

    With a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals for the sixth time in franchise history—all under the watchful eye of Gregg Popovich ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 168,556 reads 430 comments

  18. Dunk of the Night: Friday, May 30

    The Miami Heat already had the game (and the series) in hand by the time Mario Chalmers hit Chris Bosh with a bounce pass for an easy flush. Which is kind of crazy, since there were still two-and-a-half minutes left...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 646 reads 1 comments

  19. LeBron James' 5th Finals Appearance Shines Spotlight on His Epic Transformation

    LeBron James has come a loooooooong way in the last four years. His performance in the Miami Heat 's 117-92 thrashing of the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the 2014 Eastern ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 39,401 reads 433 comments

  20. Boris Diaw's Brilliance off Bench Bodes Well for San Antonio Spurs' Finals Bid

    When word first trickled out that Tiago Splitter wouldn't be starting for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the assumption was that Boris Diaw would get the nod from Gregg Popovich: And rightfully so...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 16,179 reads 32 comments

  21. Ranking Best Potential Los Angeles Lakers Coaches by Fit

    While Phil Jackson is busy rebuilding the New York Knicks on the East Coast, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, his former bosses, are busy with the same task in L.A...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 21,023 reads 93 comments

  22. Ranking Best Potential New York Knicks Coaches by Fit

    It's been two weeks since Steve Kerr spurned Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks to take up the Golden State Warriors on their offer to replace Mark Jackson in the Bay Area...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 13,620 reads 28 comments

  23. Indiana Pacers Have Only Themselves to Blame for Series Deficit vs. Miami Heat

    The Indiana Pacers were quick to point fingers after their 102-90 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 1,000 reads 29 comments

  24. Why Aren't There More Head Coach/GM Hybrids in the NBA?

    There's a new trend that seems to be seeping (not sweeping) its way through the NBA . No, not four-point plays, "small ball" or Tom Thibodeau -style overloading defense, though those are all intriguing developments in the basketball world...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 11,381 reads 10 comments

  25. Pros and Cons of Lionel Hollins as Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

    The Los Angeles Lakers' latest spin on the NBA 's coaching carousel has taken yet another noteworthy turn...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 3,890 reads 1 comments