1. Washington Wizards Use Defense as Calling Card to Rip Through Eastern Conference

    It's no surprise that the Washington Wizards are currently creeping toward pole position in the East. They won 44 games in 2013-14, but they looked like a far better team than that while nearly sneaking their way into the conference finals...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 11,061 reads 56 comments

  2. 2014-2015 NBA Power Rankings at the Quarter Mark of the Season

    Can you believe it? A quarter of the 2014-15 NBA season has already come and gone. It seems like only yesterday basketball fans were wondering when Kevin Durant would be back, ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 487,404 reads 703 comments

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers Riding Improved Defense Toward Top of Eastern Conference

    Everyone and their mother could've predicted that these Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't have any problems scoring points...

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  4. No. 2 Best City to Be a Sports Fan: Los Angeles/Anaheim

    How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends. If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 9,212 reads 34 comments

  5. Flip Saunders' Message to Rookie Studs: 'You Get What You Earn'

    LOS ANGELES — There's something tantalizing about teenagers in the NBA . Something about the innate talent that brought them to basketball's biggest stage at such a young age, and the prodigious potential that could keep them there...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 8,497 reads 14 comments

  6. The Business of Being a Bench 'Superman' in the NBA

    Playing in the NBA is a privilege earned by and reserved for only the world's most elite basketball players. Starting is a privilege among the privileged. But coming off the bench has its perks...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 49,496 reads 45 comments

  7. Cleveland Cavaliers' 6th Straight Win Is Most Convincing Performance Yet

    It's still way too early to crown the Cleveland Cavaliers as anything close to NBA title favorites, but if their latest trip across the 49th parallel was any indication, they're at least inching closer to contention...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 56,238 reads 288 comments

  8. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up in Early December

    The theme of injuries is a tired, boring but nonetheless unavoidable one in the world of sports, including the NBA ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 381,676 reads 477 comments

  9. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings at the End of November

    We all have something to be thankful for: friends, family, good fortune, the basic fact of drawing breath and being alive. The NBA , too, has plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 251,663 reads 632 comments

  10. Ranking the 10 Most Surprising Hot Starts in the NBA

    Can you believe that the 2014-15 NBA season is already nearly month old? It seems like only yesterday that the San Antonio Spurs were collecting rings and eking out a home win over the Dallas Mavericks...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 41,237 reads 77 comments

  11. Can the Dallas Mavericks' Record-Setting Offense Last All Season?

    Ever wonder what happens when the NBA 's most unstoppable force meets its most moveable object? Well, wonder no more...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 23,221 reads 79 comments

  12. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 3 Weeks of Action

    If the NBA were Hogwarts—and with all the witchcraft and wizardry its players are able to pull off from night to night, it just might be—we'd still be waiting for the Sorting Hat to split all 30 teams into their respective houses...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 293,556 reads 417 comments

  13. Lakers Showing Signs of Life After Terrible Start to 2014-15 Season

    Don't plan to attend a parade down Figueroa Street just yet, Los Angeles Lakers fans. Don't even sit on StubHub for seats at Staples Center beyond mid-April, unless you're eager to support the Los Angeles Clippers ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 42,096 reads 104 comments

  14. New Orleans Pelicans' Roster Must Keep Pace with Anthony Davis' Ascent

    In case you've taken up residence under a rock since the 2014-15 NBA season began, here's a quick update: Anthony Davis is really, really, really, really good...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 1,756 reads 0 comments

  15. Charlotte Hornets Falling Short of Amplified Expectations in Early Stages

    There was something decidedly kitschy about last season's Charlotte Bobcats . They were a squad that was simultaneously on the rise and facing a clear expiration date...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 2,465 reads 9 comments

  16. Los Angeles Clippers Looking to Build Trust, Identity to Get Back on Track

    LOS ANGELES — Trust was the word of the evening at the Los Angeles Clippers ' postgame press conference on Monday night. Trust in their defensive effort. Trust in each other to make shots...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 10,600 reads 38 comments

  17. Doc Rivers: Chicago Bulls 'May Have 2 or 3 All-Stars' Minus Derrick Rose

    LOS ANGELES — Just because Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol were in street clothes at Staples Center on Monday night doesn't mean the Los Angeles Clippers were about to take the Chicago Bulls lightly...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 20,295 reads 59 comments

  18. Los Angeles Clippers Seeking Key Ingredient to Championship Recipe

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Defense wins championships. No rebounds, no rings. Add another championship cliche for today's NBA : The wing is the thing if you want to win a ring ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 4,318 reads 16 comments

  19. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Mid-November Edition

    Welcome back to Small Sample Theatre, known to most as the NBA Power Rankings. Last week , yours truly took a stab at sorting out the league after about a week and a half of meaningful games...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 454,691 reads 451 comments

  20. Kawhi Leonard Showing Flashes of Value to Spurs, but Gregg Popovich Needs More

    LOS ANGELES — Great performances are nothing new for Kawhi Leonard . He wouldn't have a Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy on his mantel otherwise...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 6,729 reads 11 comments

  21. Los Angeles Clippers Search for Solution to Mystery of Early-Season Malaise

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif.—It's one thing for a presumptive NBA title contender like the Cleveland Cavaliers to struggle from the opening tip...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 2,331 reads 21 comments

  22. NBA Power Rankings: How Each Team Stacks Up in the Early Going

    Don't be alarmed: This week's NBA power rankings look nothing like the previous edition, at least as far as team placement is concerned, but that's to be expected...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 296,761 reads 466 comments

  23. Gordon Hayward's Big Night Against LeBron James Again Shows He's Worth the Money

    It's not at all uncommon for max contracts for young NBA players to draw considerable criticism. Gordon Hayward should know...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 85,618 reads 143 comments

  24. Who's Going to Help Kobe Bryant with Los Angeles Lakers Offense?

    Here's what we (think we) know about the Los Angeles Lakers just over a week into the 2014-15 NBA season: Kobe Bryant 's still really good, the defense is really bad, Steve ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 15,287 reads 115 comments

  25. Could Los Angeles Lakers Rival Philadelphia 76ers for NBA Futility?

    The Los Angeles Lakers aren't the Philadelphia 76ers , nor are they trying to be. Unlike the Sixers, the Lakers didn't spend their summer hoarding cap space, scrounging for ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 1,605 reads 4 comments