1. 2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 7 Weeks of Action

    That rumbling you're feeling beneath your feet? That's just the NBA landscape shifting during the heart of the holiday season...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 483,295 reads 676 comments

  2. Stock Up, Stock Down for the Maligned 2013 NBA Draft Class

    The 2013 NBA draft got a bad rap coming out of the gate, albeit one that was somewhat deserved. Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick, struggled mightily in his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 66,315 reads 152 comments

  3. Greg Monroe Heard About Trade Rumors from 'Little Kid' on Instagram

    LOS ANGELES — In today's social media-crazed sports world, news can and often does come from anywhere. Greg Monroe knows a thing or two about that...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 14,875 reads 21 comments

  4. Early Starting Lineup Predictions for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is still more than two months away, but the process of choosing which 10 players will start between the East and West in New York has already begun. In truth, the voting, which opened on Dec...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 8 months ago 67,620 reads 261 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 11,070 reads 56 comments

  6. 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 8 months ago 487,535 reads 703 comments

  7. 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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  8. 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 8 months ago 9,329 reads 34 comments

  9. 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 8 months ago 8,573 reads 14 comments

  10. 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 8 months ago 49,519 reads 45 comments

  11. 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 8 months ago 56,262 reads 288 comments

  12. 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 8 months ago 381,737 reads 477 comments

  13. 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 8 months ago 251,711 reads 632 comments

  14. 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 8 months ago 41,280 reads 77 comments

  15. 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 8 months ago 23,407 reads 79 comments

  16. 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 8 months ago 293,630 reads 417 comments

  17. 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 8 months ago 42,236 reads 104 comments

  18. 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 8 months ago 1,778 reads 0 comments

  19. 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 8 months ago 2,468 reads 9 comments

  20. 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 9 months ago 10,602 reads 38 comments

  21. 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 9 months ago 20,307 reads 59 comments

  22. 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 9 months ago 4,320 reads 16 comments

  23. 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 9 months ago 454,768 reads 451 comments

  24. 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 9 months ago 6,781 reads 11 comments

  25. 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 9 months ago 2,332 reads 21 comments