1. NBA Finals, Heat vs. Thunder: Breaking Down How Much Money the Players Make

    First off, any player of major impact in these finals is underpaid. The NBA makes sure of this with the "max salary" provision...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 5,274 reads 9 comments

  2. Original Dream Team Fact: Isiah Thomas Did Not Belong

    NBA TV premiered the long-anticipated Dream Team documentary on Wednesday night, and it was fantastic. If you like never-before-seen footage of Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in their prime, well, then it's the movie for you...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 17,149 reads 152 comments

  3. Steve Nash's Top 3 Best-Case Scenarios

    For all the focus on how Steve Nash can help the Knicks , they most likely can't afford him. Portland is actually the team best positioned to sign the two-time MVP. I know, it doesn't sound sexy, and owner Paul Allen can run a messy operation...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 20,425 reads 62 comments

  4. Who Cares About Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James in the 4th Quarter?

    Kevin Durant had a brilliant fourth quarter in Game 1, scoring 17 points. LeBron James had a merely OK fourth quarter in Game 1, scoring seven points, and lending himself to some mathematically questionable scrutiny ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 3,431 reads 37 comments

  5. Jim Rome-David Stern Interview: Stupid Questions Deserve Stupid Answers

    First, let's set the stage. It was a mostly friendly interview between radio host Jim Rome and the NBA commissioner. Then, towards the end, Rome asked Stern, "Was the fix in for the lottery?" To this, Stern replied: "No...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 308 reads 85 comments

  6. Will Kevin Durant Ever Be as Marketable as LeBron James?

    Kevin Durant clearly receives less negative coverage than LeBron James , and he is often held up as an example of what James isn't...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 6,193 reads 42 comments

  7. Who's to Blame for Miami Heat's Game 1 Loss?

    The Miami Heat led for much of the game and certainly had their chances. They shot a healthy 42 percent from three-point land (8-of-19), and Shane Battier poured in a surprising 17 points...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 34,205 reads 205 comments

  8. Heat-Thunder: Ibaka vs. Bosh in the Battle of Block vs. Fake

    Chris Bosh and Serge Ibaka are well-matched opponents. The former is a wise veteran, with possibly the league's best shot-fake for a big man. The latter is an athletically gifted shot-swatter, possibly the best in the league...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 2,553 reads 3 comments

  9. Heat-Thunder: The Real Scoring Difference Between LeBron and Durant

    It's often said, " LeBron James is the best player and Kevin Durant is the best scorer." This is a valid way to think, but it's an opinion without nuance. It's correct that Durant scores more efficiently than LBJ—just barely...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 3,114 reads 6 comments

  10. How to Fix the Lakers in a Hurry

    For the Los Angeles Lakers , a quick fix ironically means a longer view. That view has to see beyond what Kobe Bryant means to Laker fans today...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 19,018 reads 150 comments

  11. Bold Game 1 NBA Finals Predictions for Heat vs. Thunder

    Game 1 will be an adjustment for both Finals teams. The Heat are fresh off facing the No. 1 defense, and occasionally present offense, in the Boston Celtics ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 33,423 reads 132 comments

  12. LeBron James' Game 6 Performance Was His Greatest Game Ever

    This was LeBron James ' best game, which is no small thing. "When are we going to get another Detroit Game 5?" has almost haunted his career, as past success can be a subtle condemnation of what you've done since...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 34,650 reads 289 comments

  13. Why OKC Thunder Should Be Heavy Title Favorites

    A common joke after the Chris Bosh injury was that the "real" NBA Finals were happening out West. That might be an exaggeration, as probability isn't inevitability, but OKC has to come in as the finals favorites...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 18,220 reads 75 comments

  14. The NBA Is Too Defensive, so Eliminate Charge Calls

    David Thorpe and Henry Abbott (both of ESPN.com) took some time today to discuss how NBA defenses might be better than they've ever been before. Bill Simmons of Grantland recently noted a general decline in points over the decade ...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 4,100 reads 39 comments

  15. Ramon Sessions vs. Deron Williams: Who Makes More Sense as Lakers PG?

    The Lakers are in transition with an aging roster, little cap room and many needs to address. One option that fans pine for is "Get Deron Williams by any means possible...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 8,504 reads 46 comments

  16. Why the Emerging Oklahoma City Thunder Dynasty Is Precarious

    Whether the Thunder beat the Spurs seems almost ancillary to what we're witnessing. This is the future interrupting the present. We got so used to the "OKC Plan" that its inevitable conclusion feels almost like a surprise...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 4,540 reads 17 comments

  17. Miami Heat: How To Fix Them in a Hurry

    What we often frame as "killer instinct" can sometimes more prosaically be understood as "doing your job." Despite the geyser-lift blocks and slithering layups, Dwyane Wade is hurting the Miami Heat by simply not getting back on defense...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 27,392 reads 181 comments

  18. James Harden Throws a Dagger Through the San Antonio Spurs

    For a moment there, it looked as though the San Antonio Spurs would wrest victory from the jaws of defeat...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 3,198 reads 6 comments

  19. Who Is To Blame for San Antonio Spurs' Collapse?

    Oklahoma City is in control of this series, quite unexpectedly. While I hate to scapegoat anyone within a fantastic, over-performing organization like San Antonio , a disappointment has its attributions...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 19,481 reads 71 comments

  20. Neil Olshey Ditches LA Clippers, Leaves for the Portland Trail Blazers

    ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz has many stories related to the Clippers and all their bizarre palace intrigue, and now reports the following : Just filed to ESPN.com : Neil Olshey will not be returning to Clippers...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 2,085 reads 6 comments

  21. Dwyane Wade's Big Boston Miss: Is Hero Ball the New Choking?

    Dwyane Wade was a 27 percent 3-pointer shooter this season. He hunted for that shot out of pure theatrics. — Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 4, 2012 This was a bad, broken play, mostly thanks to Dwyane Wade...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 1,508 reads 6 comments

  22. Who Has the Advantage in Spurs-Thunder?

    The historical odds favor the San Antonio Spurs , as home-court teams tend to win in a 2-2 series. Still, I believe that the Oklahoma City Thunder have an edge because they've made a proper strategic adjustment...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 14,934 reads 95 comments

  23. OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs: Is Kevin Durant Unguardable?

    After this season, off the heels of a second playoff victory over the San Antonio Spurs , it looks to be that way. Of course, Kevin Durant can have the occasional off shooting night...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 22,150 reads 244 comments

  24. The Kevin Garnett Trade Was More Lopsided Than the Pau Gasol Trade

    Hey, remember the Pau Gasol trade? If you thought it was lopsided, perhaps you recall it as the "Kwame Brown trade...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 14,854 reads 44 comments

  25. Debate: Pros and Cons of Trading Pau Gasol

    The trade winds are swirling around Pau Gasol , though you could argue that the last two Lakers titles were as much his as Kobe Bryant 's. But Pau lacks Kobe's Los Angeles cachet and therefore is more likely to be traded in the offseason...

    Ethan Sherwood Strauss Written by Ethan Sherwood Strauss about over 2 years ago 13,391 reads 59 comments