1. L.A. Clippers Finally Showing Signs of Expected Excellence After Slow Start

    It took six games to work out some kinks, but the Los Angeles Clippers (4-2) finally showed signs of the excellence we've become accustomed to in Saturday afternoon's 106-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers (3-3)...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 20 days ago 6,599 reads 25 comments

  2. San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets: Postgame Grades and Analysis

    On a night when the San Antonio Spurs were without the services of Tim Duncan (rest), Manu Ginobili (rest), Marco Belinelli (groin strain) and Tiago Splitter (calf tightness), the ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 22 days ago 6,208 reads 22 comments

  3. Pau Gasol Leads Bulls as Derrick Rose Adjusts and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    Derrick Rose 's return to form was supposed to be the narrative that defined the Chicago Bulls' forgiving early-season schedule...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 23 days ago 29,876 reads 82 comments

  4. Wesley Matthews Ready to Earn Big Payday with Strong 2014-15 Season

    Prior to the 2014-15 regular season, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews made a bold declaration, one that was dripping with confidence...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 23 days ago 3,474 reads 6 comments

  5. Nerlens Noel's Defensive Flashes Show Making of Bright NBA Future

    It took 16 months from the time he was acquired in a draft-day trade for Nerlens Noel to make his NBA debut, but he's wasted no time imposing his defensive will for the Philadelphia 76ers ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 24 days ago 3,389 reads 11 comments

  6. Oklahoma City Thunder's Problems Getting Much Worse Before Getting Better

    Possession by possession and game by game, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been dismantled by injuries. Before the season even started, it was announced that Kevin Durant would ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 24 days ago 29,211 reads 99 comments

  7. Dallas Mavericks Already Flashing Explosive Offensive Potential

    When the Dallas Mavericks scooped up Chandler Parsons with a massive three-year, $46 million offer (with a gaudy $16 million player option for year three, according to ShamSports...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 24 days ago 11,529 reads 17 comments

  8. The Numbers Behind James Harden's Hot Start and Other Takeaways from NBA Monday

    The Houston Rockets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-93, Monday night behind 35 points, nine rebounds and five assists from James Harden ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 25 days ago 41,185 reads 194 comments

  9. What's Next for 2015 NBA Restricted Free Agents Without Contract Extensions?

    Now that the NBA 's Oct. 31 deadline to extend fourth-year players has passed, the future of some of the league's most prized youngsters will be tied to next summer's restricted free-agent signing period...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 25 days ago 17,257 reads 34 comments

  10. DeMarcus Cousins Makes Superstar Statement and Other Takeaways from NBA Sunday

    DeMarcus Cousins sent the rest of the NBA a formal invitation to his coming-out party Sunday afternoon. In the Sacramento Kings' 98-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Cousins ravaged L...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 26 days ago 30,510 reads 81 comments

  11. Los Angeles Lakers Should Start Ed Davis over Carlos Boozer Now

    We're a mere four games into the 2014-15 season, but the Los Angeles Lakers need to make a switch at power forward...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 26 days ago 21,173 reads 80 comments

  12. 5 Silver Linings from Philadelphia 76ers' 1st Week of Another Bleak Season

    As expected, the Philadelphia 76ers opened the 2014-15 season with three straight losses against the Indiana Pacers , Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat . But focusing on the negatives with this team is way too easy...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 26 days ago 4,497 reads 23 comments

  13. Why Kobe Bryant's 19th NBA Season Will Be His Most Fascinating

    We're only four games into the Los Angeles Lakers ' 2014-15 campaign, but Kobe Bryant is quickly cementing his status as the league's most polarizing player once again...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 26 days ago 11,283 reads 68 comments

  14. The Most Impressive Week 1 Performances of 2014-15 NBA Season

    A thrilling first week of the 2014-15 NBA season is in the books, and it did not disappoint. From the moment the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks tipped things off on opening ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 27 days ago 67,461 reads 127 comments

  15. Chris Bosh Shines as Heat Leader and Other Takeaways from Saturday's NBA Action

    Any speculation regarding Chris Bosh 's inability to serve as the Miami Heat's offensive alpha dog in place of LeBron James can officially be put to rest...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 27 days ago 99,144 reads 245 comments

  16. Kobe Bryant Praises Jeremy Lin, Warns Lakers Not to Be 'Chumps and Pushovers'

    Kobe Bryant may be the most assertive scorer the NBA has to offer, but he's pleased with the aggression Jeremy Lin showed down the stretch of the Los Angeles Lakers ' 118-111 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 27 days ago 130,527 reads 98 comments

  17. Why the Cavaliers Gave Aging Anderson Varejao a $30 Million Contract Extension

    With LeBron James in tow, the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't going to be bashful when it comes to signing checks. Case in point: The Cavaliers officially inked center Anderson Varejao to a three-year extension worth $30 million on Friday...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 27 days ago 20,779 reads 48 comments

  18. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls: Postgame Grades and Analysis

    Behind 36 points from LeBron James , the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) defeated the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in an overtime thriller Friday night after Derrick Rose departed in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 28 days ago 15,246 reads 67 comments

  19. Kobe Bryant Searches for a 2nd Fiddle, and Other News from Wednesday's NBA Games

    Kobe Bryant scorched the Phoenix Suns to the tune of 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting Wednesday night, but the Los Angeles Lakers' lack of a reliable second fiddle is already taking a toll on the team's offensive productivity...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 30 days ago 49,148 reads 209 comments

  20. Ed Davis' Breakout Season More Important Than Ever for Los Angeles Lakers

    It's a good thing the Los Angeles Lakers invested in Ed Davis this summer because they're going to wring every last ounce of productivity out of him in the coming months...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 7,441 reads 21 comments

  21. Julius Randle Breaks Leg, Lakers Lose 1 of Few Reasons for Hope in 2014-15

    On a night that was supposed to be cause for celebration, the Los Angeles Lakers ' season took a disastrous detour...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 57,024 reads 79 comments

  22. Trends We'd Like Revived for the 2014-15 NBA Season

    Chris Douglas-Roberts is angling to lead the NBA 's next on-court revolution, but we aren't talking about the corner three or another advanced statistical practice...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 29,963 reads 39 comments

  23. Dwight Howard Says He Didn't Leave Lakers over Fear of Kobe Bryant

    Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant will forever be linked following the Los Angeles Lakers ' failed superteam experiment for the 2012-13 season, but it's the former's abrupt departure that continues to linger as a source of perceived tension...

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  24. Fantasy Basketball 2014: Deep Sleepers Who Could Be Hidden Keys to Success

    As the 2014-15 NBA season gets set to tip off, fantasy owners are rightfully brimming with optimism regarding their newly assembled teams...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 55,250 reads 24 comments

  25. Spurs vs. Rockets: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

    Behind 25 points from James Harden and 18 points from Isaiah Canaan, the Houston Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 96-87 in the teams' preseason finale Friday night...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 4,641 reads 5 comments