On June 4th, 2020, the NBA Board of Governors decided in a 29-1 vote that the NBA would resume play on July 31st, 2020. The decision was made to have the 22 teams with the best winning percentages finish the regular season by playing eight games at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in […]Read more "The NBA’s Peculiar Position"
Around the quarter-point of the 2018-19 NBA regular season is when I realized the Toronto Raptors would be the ones to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals. My pick to win it all remained the Golden State Warriors, as they had been since before the season started, and that belief did not […]Read more "Seismic Revisions"
Russell Westbrook has shot 43.3% from the field these previous three seasons, or 0.1% lower than his career shooting average if we want to really put things in context, and 38.4% in the playoffs during this same stretch of time. He’s averaged a triple-double in all three of those seasons, and yet, hasn’t played more […]Read more "Thunderous Dissent: A Fall from Stardom"
Being wrong is often a chastening experience, but a necessary one, as it keeps you humble. Oftentimes, it allows you to step back and look at the bigger picture; understand how something went wrong. My prediction of the conference standings1 was slightly off in some aspects, terribly in others, but I believe I captured the […]Read more "2018-19 NBA Regular Season Analysis"
Boston’s first championship in five seasons came in the form of a transitional Celtics squad led by sophomore Larry Bird, whose 1979-80 rookie season saw the largely similar 1978-79 team led by then sophomore Cedric Maxwell improve by 32 wins, while losing Dave Cowens to retirement; eventually losing to a Dr. J-led Sixers squad in […]Read more "Game Film: 1981 NBA Finals"
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics The opening game of the 2018-19 NBA season began with the two most storied franchises in the Eastern Conference facing off after the Celtics proved that the 76ers they were not ready to really compete for a title in last season’s playoffs. Both teams are young and looking to make […]Read more "2018-19 NBA Opening Night"
Game over man, game over. Warriors three-peat, the NBA is rigged, and parity is dead. Why watch when one team is certain to dominate the entire association? The other storylines mostly, and the possibility of an insane upset perhaps? After LeBron’s big move to Los Angeles, the Warriors upstaged everyone by signing arguably the most […]Read more "Ground Floor Zero: 2018-19 NBA Season Preview"
Mike Malone has been the head coach of the Denver Nuggets as long as Nikola Jokic has been on the franchise. Malone’s tenure with the Sacramento Kings was cut short after an 11-13 start to the 2014-15 season; 39-67 overall after a little over a season with the team. Malone was the only coach in […]Read more "Denver’s Specious Goldmine?"
Until the Blazers went on a month-long 13-game winning streak from Valentine’s Day 2018 until March 18th, they were sitting on the sixth seed at 31-26. Great teams don’t usually string together four losing streaks of at least three games, mostly coming against playoff teams; they did. One of those losing streaks was a five-game […]Read more "Derailed Blazers"
It’s easy to say, and is often repeated verbatim, that this Finals was the “passing of the torch” between the ’80s and the ’90s. It’s hard to disagree, even when this sentiment is used mostly to prop up the beginning of Michael Jordan’s current demigod status. Before this, the Bulls franchise had never even been […]Read more "Game Film: 1991 NBA Finals"