1. Thunder Must Be More Than Just Big 3 to Play Ultimate Spoiler to Spurs

    To beat the San Antonio Spurs , reach the Western Conference Finals and genuinely contend for an NBA title during a season in which the championship chase has been diluted down ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 112,378 reads 190 comments

  2. 2016 NBA Free Agents Who Missed the Playoffs, Not the Payday

    Watching the playoffs unfold from home or in the stands as an NBA player is the worst. There are no exceptions. Unless you're about to enter free agency...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 84,817 reads 76 comments

  3. Toronto Raptors Are Running Out of Time to Be Taken Seriously

    The Toronto Raptors entered the NBA playoffs seeking validation. What they have found is more cause for concern and confusion. Two consecutive first-round exits were supposedly behind them...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 22,369 reads 107 comments

  4. Best-Case Scenarios for the Most Needy NBA Teams of the 2016 Offseason

    Some NBA teams need to absolutely, positively, non-negotiably win the 2016 offseason. These squads are not limited only to those that missed the playoffs...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 1,734 reads 0 comments

  5. NBA All-Injury Team, Playoff Edition: How Teams Can Survive Their Fallen Stars

    If you're a fan of healthy impact players, the 2016 NBA playoffs are not for you. Injuries are part of the game, and there are always absences we're left to lament during high-stakes postseason pushes...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 17,665 reads 28 comments

  6. Thunder Enter Series vs. Spurs with Pressure to Win NBA Title at All-Time High

    It is a good thing the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled out a 118-104 Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to put a bow on their first-round series. Losing wouldn't have pinned them against the ropes...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 65,738 reads 165 comments

  7. Isaiah Thomas, Celtics Keeping NBA Playoff Hopes Alive Amid Adversity

    Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics needed their 111-103 Game 3 victory over the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. Quite obviously, they needed it to avoid the 3-0 grave from which no NBA team has ever escaped...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 13,857 reads 77 comments

  8. Top Offseason Priority for Each NBA Team That Missed 2016 Playoffs

    Has the first round of the NBA playoffs, in all its predictable glory, got you down? Then take a break by living it up with the Association's postseason couch potatoes (aka playoff exclusions)...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 46,840 reads 149 comments

  9. 2016 Free Agents with Best Chance to Drum Up Value During NBA Playoffs

    Every NBA player participating in the 2016 playoff bracket is chasing a championship, but others are also chasing dollar signs. Some soon-to-be free agents don't need the postseason to beef up their resumes...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 1,920 reads 2 comments

  10. Blueprint for Upsets in 1st Round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs

    Most NBA playoff brackets are not made to be busted. Superior teams usually prevail over the course of a seven-game series. Exhibit A: this year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 16,927 reads 52 comments

  11. Monday NBA Roundup: Resilient Mavs Showing Thunder They Won't Go Down Quietly

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's blowout victory in Game 1 was supposed to serve as the Dallas Mavericks' playoff obituary. Here's the problem: No one told the Mavericks. Dallas limped into Monday night's Game 2 matchup against Oklahoma City: J...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 3 months ago 30,618 reads 112 comments

  12. A Primer on the Best Beefs and Rivalries Heading into 2015-16 NBA Playoffs

    The NBA playoffs come with serious baggage. Sift through the league's 16 participants and you'll find un-chewable beef everywhere. Teams hating teams, players hating players, executives hating execu tives—you na me it...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 75,095 reads 145 comments

  13. NBA Meme Mania: End-of-Season Troll So Hard Edition

    Say goodbye to the NBA 's 2015-16 regular season. And then say hello to the ultimate pre-playoff troll job. In this latest edition of Meme Mania, we'll be making shirts for each team...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 19,709 reads 50 comments

  14. The Ultimate 1996 Bulls-2016 Warriors Comparison (Minus the Basketball Part)

    There is a time and a place to dissect the on-court performances of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 2015-16 Golden State Warriors . But now is neither that time nor that place...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 49,331 reads 127 comments

  15. 2016 NBA Free Agents: List of Top Available Players This Offseason

    One minute you're watching the Golden State Warriors chase the NBA 's regular-season wins record as they try to successfully defend their 2015 title. Then, quite suddenly, it's the start of free agency...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 82,460 reads 219 comments

  16. A Star Is Born: NBA Players Who Broke Out in 2015-16

    New stars are born in the NBA every year, and the 2015-16 crusade has proved to be no exception. Since the "star" designation is bandied about haphazardly around the Association, we'll seek out only those players who have made measurable leaps...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 147,056 reads 274 comments

  17. San Antonio Spurs Fighting the Small-Ball Craze Better Than Anyone

    There is no escaping the NBA 's small-ball craze. There is only accepting it, dealing with it, surviving it. And, if you're lucky, beating it...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 30,526 reads 46 comments

  18. With History on the Line, Is It Time for Warriors to Unleash the 'Death Squad'?

    Last June, facing a 2-1 series deficit against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors did the unthinkable, even by today's standards: They unleashed their aptly named small-ball "Death Squad...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 72,347 reads 140 comments

  19. Who Your NBA Team Should Be Starting in the Playoffs

    What would happen if your favorite playoff-bound NBA team had a suggestion box for its postseason starting lineup? This slideshow...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 55,253 reads 167 comments

  20. B/R's 2015-16 NBA Above the Rim Awards

    Recognition for the NBA 's highest fliers shouldn't stop at February's Slam Dunk Contest. There are awards for the Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 43,939 reads 77 comments

  21. Friday NBA Roundup: Golden State Warriors Learning Wins Record Isn't a Formality

    That just happened. The Boston Celtics ended the Golden State Warriors ' 54-game home winning streak Friday night, emerging from Oracle Arena with a gutsy, if wholly unpredictable, 109-106 victory...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 166,579 reads 348 comments

  22. 10 NBA Predictions We All Got Totally Wrong This Season

    Certain assumptions were made ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season. Many of them panned out. Others? Not so much. There's only one thing to do now: Relive these mistakes...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 109,381 reads 168 comments

  23. Rating the Best Highlights from 2015-16 NBA Season: March Edition

    Let's usher out the NBA 's 2015-16 regular season with a bang. All of the typical guidelines apply as we recognize the best plays from the fifth month of the Association's latest campaign...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 4,635 reads 15 comments

  24. The NBA's Best Small-Ball Lineups This Season

    NBA small-ball concepts are being taken to a new extreme. Any team that tossed out a power forward who chucked threes was once considered a proponent of this movement. But sweet-shooting 4s have since become standard...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 34,779 reads 64 comments

  25. NBA Awards Odds 2015-16: Predicting the Favorites for League's Prized Hardware

    Get your piping-hot NBA awards predictions here. Does Stephen Curry still have a chokehold on MVP honors? Has Karl-Anthony Towns met anyone who can challenge him for a Rookie ...

    Dan Favale Written by Dan Favale about 4 months ago 81,825 reads 220 comments