1. Blazers Will Need More Than Home-Court Magic to Make Spurs Series Competitive

    After two games and two blowouts, the Portland Trail Blazers head back to Rip City in search of answers. The sort of answers the San Antonio Spurs seem to have in spades in this series...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 8,491 reads 28 comments

  2. Gregg Popovich Has 'Always Felt Guilty' About Moving Manu Ginobili to Sub Role

    Coaching in the NBA is a tough business. Every decision—right or wrong, success or failure—is attended by its own set of concerns and emotions. Just ask Gregg Popovich...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 9,163 reads 10 comments

  3. Tony Parker Is Biggest X-Factor in San Antonio Spurs' 2nd-Round Series

    It's strange to think of Tony Parker as an "X-factor." In the NBA playoffs, that term is usually reserved for a lesser-known quantity, someone whose impact might fly below the ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 1,073 reads 4 comments

  4. Why Miami Heat's Path to Three-Peat Is Clearer Than Ever

    This was supposed to be the toughest year yet for the Miami Heat . The fatigue of pushing their way to consecutive NBA titles in three trips to the Finals was supposed to drag down them down this time around...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 5,265 reads 26 comments

  5. Why It's More Important Than Ever for the Los Angeles Clippers to Succeed

    Prior to Game 7 of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors , Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher pondered the potential repercussions ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 2,971 reads 12 comments

  6. Nets Can't Afford Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Disappearing Act Against Heat

    The Brooklyn Nets must've known that their second-round series against the Miami Heat would be an uphill battle...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 7,256 reads 27 comments

  7. Will 2013-14 Trail Blazers Be a One-Shot Wonder or an All-Time Portland Great?

    It's no matter of hyperbole to suggest—if not scream from the rooftops—that Damian Lillard 's shot to beat the Houston Rockets in Game 6 and end the Portland Trail Blazers ' first-round series was the greatest in franchise history...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 2,842 reads 7 comments

  8. Friday Preps Us for Best NBA Playoffs Weekend Ever

    The NBA seemed headed for the most epic of playoff weekends. Five of the league's first-round series were already ticketed for Game 7s. The Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers seemed set to make it an even six...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 32,945 reads 78 comments

  9. Former Clipper Stephen Jackson Releases Rap Song Slamming Donald Sterling

    "Is this a court or is this a cotton field?" That question has, in essence, been posed by a number of NBA luminaries in the days since Donald Sterling's racially charged remarks ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 36,937 reads 64 comments

  10. Los Angeles Clippers Blow Golden Opportunity to Close out Warriors

    The basketball gods practically gift-wrapped Game 6 for the Los Angeles Clippers . And yet, this series, like the other two contested Thursday, will be decided by a seventh game ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 18,108 reads 46 comments

  11. Ranking Every 2014 NBA Playoff Team Still Alive

    I'm not the first one to say it and I won't be the last: the 2014 NBA playoffs have been frickin' awesome! Better yet, we're just a week-and-a-half into them, with another month-and-a-half or so still to go...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 15,515 reads 51 comments

  12. Doc Rivers Proving Value to Los Angeles Clippers on and off the Court

    Moments of crisis tend to reveal the true colors of those involved. In the case of Doc Rivers, the chaos surrounding Donald Sterling's racist remarks and subsequent banishment from ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 2,502 reads 8 comments

  13. LA Clippers Turn in Inspired Performance After Grueling, Emotional Weekend

    LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers had already absorbed the worst of what was to come from Donald Sterling's latest debacle...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 49,179 reads 67 comments

  14. Clippers Fans React to Donald Sterling's Lifetime Ban Before Game 5 at Staples

    LOS ANGELES—Being a Los Angeles Clippers fan has never been a simple or easy proposition. Tuesday was certainly no exception...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 44,304 reads 99 comments

  15. Which Players Could Take Their Final Bow in 2014 NBA Playoffs?

    The 2014 NBA playoffs aren't even a week old, and they've already occasioned coming-out parties for some of the game's brightest young stars...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 860 reads 2 comments

  16. Golden State Warriors Need Mark Jackson to Outcoach Doc Rivers in Game 3

    Mark Jackson and Doc Rivers aren't so different, you know. They both hail from American metropolises—Jackson from New York , Rivers from Chicago . Both were prolific, hard-nosed All-Stars at the point guard position as pros...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 5,526 reads 15 comments

  17. More Minutes for Kevin Garnett a Must for Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

    Could Kevin Garnett be the key to the Brooklyn Nets ' push through the NBA playoffs? It seems a strange question to ask, on more counts than one...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 1,038 reads 5 comments

  18. Bulls' Advertised Shortcomings on Full Display vs. Surprising Washington Wizards

    We knew who these Chicago Bulls were coming into their first-round NBA playoff series against the Washington Wizards long before the former's 101-99 loss at the United Center on Tuesday...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 24,274 reads 189 comments

  19. J.J. Redick Holds Key to Offensive Dominance for Western Contender L.A. Clippers

    LOS ANGELES—On paper, the Los Angeles Clippers have all the ingredients a team needs to cook up a run to the NBA Finals. A top-notch, two-way playmaker in Chris Paul ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 2,312 reads 0 comments

  20. Philadelphia 76ers' Needs During 2014 Offseason

    You'd have a much easier time figuring out what the Philadelphia 76ers don't need than you would determining what they do...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 15,193 reads 84 comments

  21. NBA Power Rankings 2014: Who's on Top Heading into Playoffs?

    It's over, folks. The 2013-14 NBA regular season—in all of its tank-tastic, injury-riddled, surprisingly competitive glory—has come to a close. And what a close it was...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 431,041 reads 216 comments

  22. Clippers Shrug off Franchise Record 57th Win with Real Focus on Playoffs

    LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers made history on Tuesday night, but you'd hardly have known it if you'd asked the team itself...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 5,028 reads 7 comments

  23. Most Dangerous Underdogs Headed into the 2014 NBA Playoffs

    The NBA playoffs are, for better or worse, probably the most predictable of any postseason in sports. Year in and year out, the list of teams that can legitimately compete for a ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 114,170 reads 506 comments

  24. How Much Credit Does Jason Kidd Deserve for Brooklyn Nets' Turnaround?

    The line between "scapegoat" and "savior" can be and often is perilously thin in the NBA . One day, you're the reason the sky is falling. The next, you're Atlas, keeping the celestial sphere intact all by your lonesome...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 15,706 reads 35 comments

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Sizing Up the Association Ahead of Season's Final Week

    Can you believe it? The end of the 2013-14 NBA season is less than a week away. It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about Derrick Rose 's return, Russell Westbrook ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 5 months ago 287,852 reads 246 comments