The Price of Success: The Greatness of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies

The Price of Success: The Greatness of the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies

Let’s say Memphis makes dramatic changes, let’s say they reload around Gasol and Conley, demote or trade Randolph and Allen, and become a homogenous, pace-and-space think tank — What will that prove? That the Grit-N-Grind-era was unsuccessful? That Memphis shouldn’t be proud of what they’ve accomplished the past five years…

Trail Blazers in search of silver linings

Trail Blazers in search of silver linings

Stotts can reload around Lillard, McCollum and Meyers Leonard. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope Matthews and Portland come to acceptable terms, and that by 2016 Matthews is back to full strength. Portland is out of the West playoffs without Aldridge, that’s without question…

Road Less Traveled: Sacramento survives West-heavy opening schedule

Road Less Traveled: Sacramento survives West-heavy opening schedule

In 2014, DeMarcus Cousins very neatly fits into this desirable narrative: an ultra-talented lottery pick with obvious question marks (namely: his overall attitude) is drafted to a perennial loser that has longed for a player of his abilities; after several disappointing seasons stuck in the lottery, Cousins (and teammate Rudy Gay) are selected to Team USA to “learn how to win” from Coach K; and Boogie and Rudy bring the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey back with them to Sacramento, and the team is suddenly a force to be reckoned with in the grueling Western Conference.

Enter at your own risk: NBA stats this early can be dangerous

Enter at your own risk: NBA stats this early can be dangerous

Look, San Antonio played three good teams (Mavs, Suns, Hawks) in single digit games, winning two of them, before resting significant players against the Rockets and being blown to smithereens. It’s been a tough four games, their pacing is off (just 95.68) and shooting has been below-average…

Cleveland sneaks out a victory in first battle against Chicago

Cleveland sneaks out a victory in first battle against Chicago

Friday night actually felt like the first battle, however small, of a bloody war between superpowers. These teams channeled the best (and worst) of themselves and delivered an OT romp that, eventually, netted Cleveland its first win of the redux-LeBron era. The game also delivered a controversial call that Chicago fans will hang onto for weeks. Let’s make sense of this late-October game, which included vintage LeBron James, Hinrich playing superhero ball (!) and Rose not playing the full game because of a (non-knee) injury…

A Year in the Life of Marc Gasol

A Year in the Life of Marc Gasol

While Randolph, Allen and Conley are known commodities, and their numbers after each season are honest reflections of their level of production, Gasol’s counting stats mostly lie about him as a player…

Dirk, Dallas back in NBA Finals discussion

Dirk, Dallas back in NBA Finals discussion

Dallas, meanwhile, started Jason “Only Two Years Away From Soda-Gate” Kidd and DeShawn “Only Two Years Left In The League” Stevenson in their backcourt. Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler, at the height of their powers, were a formidable defensive presence…

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