1. Are San Antonio Spurs a Step Behind NBA Elite?

    One can no longer blame the San Antonio Spurs ' barely adequate 34-22 record on a flurry of key injuries and an uncharacteristically awful 8-10 December. That much has become clear on account of a long-held No...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 7 days ago 7,691 reads 46 comments

  2. Can San Antonio Spurs Turn Corner Post-All-Star Break?

    Back-to-back contests against the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are about to cut short whatever respite the San Antonio Spurs enjoyed during this year's All-Star break...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 14 days ago 8,192 reads 12 comments

  3. Why We Can Forgive Tim Duncan for All-Star Game Indifference

    There's still no better spokesman for a franchise that famously eschews pomp and circumstance. At least Tim Duncan is polite about it...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 21 days ago 6,473 reads 21 comments

  4. Which 2014 NBA Finalist Will Have Deeper Playoff Run, Heat or Spurs?

    As the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat prepare to do battle for the first time this season on Friday, one can't help but infer that the mighty have fallen quite a ways since their Finals meetings in 2013 and 2014...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 26 days ago 6,941 reads 79 comments

  5. The Case for Kawhi Leonard's All-Star Credentials

    Through his first three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs , reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard hasn't left the playoffs as anything less than a conference finalist. All-Star accolades have been harder to come by, however—so far, anyway...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 6,888 reads 25 comments

  6. Can Doc Rivers Save His Son Austin Rivers' Career with the Los Angeles Clippers?

    It's far too soon for any "like father, like son" comparisons, but there's still plenty of time for Austin Rivers' career to pan out a little more like Doc's. The former is in his third season of a career in which he's averaged just 6...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 9,249 reads 24 comments

  7. What's Taking Oklahoma City Thunder so Long to Turn Things Around?

    After a November in which reigning MVP Kevin Durant and star sidekick Russell Westbrook were sidelined by injuries, the once-dominant Oklahoma City Thunder are 18-19 and—like the New Orleans Pelicans —still 2...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 5,359 reads 8 comments

  8. Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside's NBA Story Only Beginning to Be Told

    Twelve appearances into his first stint with the Miami Heat , center Hassan Whiteside has begun looking like a serviceable rotation player for the first time in his still-brief career...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 29,225 reads 90 comments

  9. How Many NBA Playoff Spots Are Still Up for Grabs?

    The cream of the crop has begun rising to the top of both conferences, but a lot can change between now and April. The lower seeds aren't sleeping easily at times like these, and two of those seeds were in last season's NBA Finals...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 29,460 reads 81 comments

  10. San Antonio Spurs Threatening to Emerge from December Downturn

    Head coach Gregg Popovich's playbook hasn't produced much silver lining lately, but that doesn't mean the San Antonio Spurs ' 10-11 record in December and January has been all for naught...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 53,469 reads 73 comments

  11. Rajon Rondo's Homecoming Eruption Bodes Well for Mavs and Other Friday Takeaways

    Rajon Rondo went from a green jersey to some much greener grass when the Dallas Mavericks acquired him from the Boston Celtics earlier in December...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 1 month ago 64,594 reads 159 comments

  12. Sacramento Kings Have More to Figure out Than Just Their Coaching Situation

    New coaches don't guarantee new horizons — not when it's the team itself that needs fixing. Now on their third skipper since 2012, the Sacramento Kings are hoping Ty ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 4,113 reads 15 comments

  13. Portland Trail Blazers Demanding to Be Recognized Among Elite NBA Teams

    A snapshot of today's Western Conference standings might have caught many by surprise just months ago. Tuesday night's 102-97 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors makes the Portland Trail Blazers 26-7 and puts them within 0...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 6,276 reads 12 comments

  14. Phoenix Suns Finally Figuring out How 3 Point Guard Attack Can Work

    It doesn't get much more baffling than the Phoenix Suns ' dichotomous December. Just when things were summed up by a six-game losing streak, head coach Jeff Hornacek's ever-overachieving ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 2,979 reads 3 comments

  15. The San Antonio System Looks Vulnerable and Other NBA Tuesday Takeaways

    Even with Wednesday night's contest against the New Orleans Pelicans still to be determined, the San Antonio Spurs have already produced a December that no one really wants to remember...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 28,660 reads 135 comments

  16. San Antonio Spurs Using Familiar Formula to Survive Turbulent Stretch

    SAN ANTONIO — Even when the San Antonio Spurs aren't quite themselves, some things just refuse to change...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 20,060 reads 41 comments

  17. Monthly NBA Awards: Selecting the December Winner in Every Category

    According to the individual numbers, it's been the season of Anthony Davis, a case study in multifaceted dominance that could well snag him Defensive Player of the Year honors, a Most ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 74,683 reads 273 comments

  18. Rockets' Josh Smith Experiment Starts Out Right and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

    Josh Smith 's debut with the Houston Rockets was an unequivocal success, and he actually had a lot to do with it...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 132,288 reads 367 comments

  19. San Antonio Spurs' Title Defense Rests in Kawhi Leonard's Injured Hand

    The San Antonio Spurs have always been more than the sum of their parts, but some parts seem to be proving more essential than others. Reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard's 9...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 22,038 reads 61 comments

  20. Los Angeles Clippers Have Leg Up for Now in Rivalry with Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors still lead the league with a 23-5 record, but Christmas Day's 100-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers served as a sobering reminder that they're hardly alone atop the Western Conference...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 7,287 reads 49 comments

  21. The Most Impressive Individual Performances from NBA Christmas Day Games 2014

    Unlike Santa, we were only keeping track of the particularly nice performers on Christmas Day. Naughty players like New York Knicks forward Quincy Acy—who was in the punch-giving spirit —didn't wind up on a list at all...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 28,876 reads 58 comments

  22. NBA Legend Vlade Divac Hits Half-Court Shot to Win $90,000 for Charity

    Vlade Divac hasn't taken the court in any professional capacity since 2005, but it turns out he still has some of the range that made him such a versatile big man...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 115,382 reads 90 comments

  23. Hawks Becoming Spurs of Eastern Conference and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    Once the Atlanta Hawks brought head coach Mike Budenholzer over from the San Antonio Spurs in 2013, one suspected it was only a matter of time before this team began resembling the reigning champions—or at least some nascent version thereof...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 36,665 reads 141 comments

  24. 7 Early Dark-Horse Candidates to Make the 2015 NBA All-Star Game

    It hasn't gotten any easier to make the All-Star Game, particularly for guys like Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley . He's still looking to make his first appearance, and he isn't the only one...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 22,045 reads 74 comments

  25. San Antonio Spurs' Tough Road Back to Top of Western Conference Just Beginning

    SAN ANTONIO — Perhaps the San Antonio Spurs decided they had made enough history for one month. After becoming the first team since 1951 to play in consecutive triple-double ...

    Stephen Babb Written by Stephen Babb about 2 months ago 10,952 reads 30 comments