Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

The NBA Playoffs are five days in and have provided plenty of highlights to dissect. From Utah splitting the series with Oklahoma City to Karl-Anthony Towns’ offensive woes, here are some takeaways from the playoffs’ fifth night. Bully Ball Returns On April 9, Utah Jazz Forward Derrick Favors had a tough question to answer. Speaking with The Salt Lake Tribune, Favors commented on his future … Continue reading Derrick Favors lifts Utah While Minnesota searches for KAT – NBA Playoffs Recap 4/18

Quinn Cook, then and now

Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

This was originally published at Shaw Sports. Read the original here. Quinn Cook’s life changed in eight days. Four days before he scored his first bucket in a Golden State Warriors jersey on October 21, Quinn Cook’s name was making headlines. As part of the NBA’s new two-way contract system, Cook joined the Warriors, alongside fellow two-way-er Chris Boucher. Four days before his signing with … Continue reading Quinn Cook’s rise to Golden State Warriors fame

Lebron James and Ben Simmons Cavs at Sixers

Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Don’t let the Philadelphia endgame score fool you – the Cleveland Cavaliers defense is atrocious. Yes, the 76ers victory came down to LeBron drawing a 3-point foul and missing 1-of-3 shots, but the journey to that clutch ending is riddled with open lanes and mouths ajar. The mythos of playoff LeBron is real. If not for his 44-point triple double, the Cavs may as well … Continue reading Almost-playoff LeBron masks Cleveland’s missing defense against Philadelphia

Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

If you have even a halfway developed perspective on NBA basketball you already know Ben Simmons is something special. It’s like that time McDonald’s debuted the Reese’s McFlurry; no matter how skeptical you were, every time you pulled up to the drive-thru and saw the orange and brown mix-ins on the menu, you smiled, and your heart was at ease. You already know Simmons has … Continue reading Ben Simmons’ infectious play is the guiding light for the Philadelphia 76ers

Three outstanding outcomes from DeRozan, Ibaka and Casey’s ejections

The best thing to happen to the Toronto Raptors this season are their 52 wins. But not for the reason you’d think. Sure, 52 wins have clinched the Raptors a playoff spot. It’s even the second-highest mark in team history, and there are still 12 games left. The real reason winning in Toronto is great however, is it lets you fly off the handle when … Continue reading Three outstanding outcomes from DeRozan, Ibaka and Casey’s ejections

Chris Paul has legendarily sticky fingers and no one seems to care

The NBA is a brotherhood. Players are quick to shout-out others successes, as evidenced by Josh Richardson’s levitating after a Rodney McGruder three.    Levitate levitate levitate… A post shared by Brandon Johnson (@bjtripleot) on Mar 15, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT Surprisingly, that same brotherhood has seemed to ignore a career milestone for one of the league’s most vocal players: Chris Paul. During Thursday’s game … Continue reading Chris Paul has legendarily sticky fingers and no one seems to care

Jamal Murray reinsipres Lakers' bloodlust

Jamal Murray re-inspired bloodlust in 20,000 Los Angelenos

Visitors to the Staples Center haven’t had much to cheer for since April 13, 2016. Kobe Bryant’s final game set in motion a new era in Los Angeles, one guided by youth and rebuilding that is taking years to manifest into a winning product. Little did they know, Jamal Murray was to become a local fan favorite. Three months ago in Denver, Murray nonchalantly dribbled … Continue reading Jamal Murray re-inspired bloodlust in 20,000 Los Angelenos

The Raptors devour Rockets’ win streak and 3-ball en route to victory

How do you challenge the NBA-best Houston Rockets? You beat them at their own game. In a night that celebrated Toronto Raptors’ representative Drake and his OVO brand, the Raptors paced the night’s shooting efforts while quelling those of the Rockets. The three ball is the Rockets’ most heralded offensive threat. More than Clint Capella’s thunderous jams, or Chris Paul and James Harden’s ankle-slashing crossovers, … Continue reading The Raptors devour Rockets’ win streak and 3-ball en route to victory

LaMelo Ball, Marvin Bagley, Zion WIlliamson

NBA’s one-and-done rule could be coming to an end

The NBA announced Monday that it is entertaining a revision to the one-and-done rule that relegates draft prospects to a one-year break between high school and the NBA. Following a massive FBI investigation of the NCAA regarding player eligibility and funding, commissioner Adam Silver took a proactive stance in addressing the prep to pro path. LaVar Ball and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo also pushed … Continue reading NBA’s one-and-done rule could be coming to an end

NBA announced confidential hotline for team, league employees

Less than a week after the NBA announced plans for a player-referee “communication channel” the league is continuing to address tension. Reported by ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, Adam Silver announced a hotline to serve both NBA and team employees regarding workplace occurrences. Seemingly motivated by the recent Sports Illustrated story on sexual harassment in the Dallas Maverick’s front office, the hotline is a confidential service set … Continue reading NBA announced confidential hotline for team, league employees