The NBA’s All-Star Weekend just concluded and we’ll soon be entering the point in the season where contests actually matter; teams are jockeying for that prime and elusive playoff position, hoping to earn a favorable matchup that can propel them to a solid playoff run. Within the entanglements of the playoff hopefuls, there will also be individuals and teams who know their seasons have a pretty firm expiration date on them.
Regardless of the scenario, there’s an underlying race for the statistical leaders in each category and below we’ve laid out the current leaders at the halfway point of the season. Usually, the only category that really gets talked about is the scoring champ, but we find the other categories just as interesting. Read more after the jump.
The Miami HEAT are streaking! A winning spree not many saw coming (or cared to predict), Erik Spoelstra’s savvy group of vets is finding a groove. One key reason: DION WAITERS. Another key reason, however? The emergence/steadiness of James Johnson. JJ, who’s normally difficult to find a role for, is thriving as a versatile defender & playmaker off Coach Spo’s bench. JJ’s varied skill set is utilized … Continue reading “Stock Up: James Johnson”
Much has been made of the recent LeBron James media tirade, in which he directly and indirectly berated his teammates, coach, and front office all in one jumbled post game speech. However, there’s multiple shots and subliminal to extract from his very calculated responses to media questions. Delay of Game Hoops will break it down for you… What LeBron said: “I just hope that we’re not satisfied … Continue reading LeBron’s Media Melee Dissected
One of the bigger regular season upsets took place last night – the victim: Cleveland. Coming off a rough loss to San Antonio over the weekend, Cleveland looked to rebound v. the Anthony Davis-less Pels in New Orleans. Instead, AD’s former UK running mate Terrence Jones stole the show w/ 36 points, 11 boards & 3 blocks. ‘Nawlins snuck away w/ a W & now sit … Continue reading Quick Notes: “Pels Upset Cavs”
Traditionally, ownership of NBA teams are treated as more of profitable business ventures than a passion project. Owners range anywhere from families to distant business partners who have more money than any one individual would ever know what to do with. The trend in these highly marketable, money-printing sports conglomerates is to seek wherever the dollar takes you. Even worse, the owners that tend to own these teams feed … Continue reading The Jazz’s Roots are Strong In Salt Lake
Joel “The Process” Embiid was forced by the lower half of his body to take in the “first two years” of his NBA career with a permanent seat on the bench. His real rookie season began on October 26th, 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The process has been a long one but they payout has been sweet; for Philly fans and for fans of … Continue reading Joel Embiid is Years Ahead of this Rookie Class…Literally
Steph Curry did one major thing last night but it was surrounded by a bunch of other smaller things wrapped into that one. The large thing you’ll hear about, and it certainly isn’t just a ‘thing’, is how Curry broke the single-game three point record last night against the Pelicans, splashing in 13 threes. But after assessing last night’s game, it makes a lot of sense. The Warriors … Continue reading Steph Makes 3 Point History at the Best Time
Paul George: “We’re all out of whack. There’s no trust, there’s no chemistry, there’s no belief. We’re kind of just lifeless right now.” Strong words for a team that received so much herald and praise this offseason for their ability to challenge the throne in the eastern conference. But Paul George hits the nail on the head, the Pacers just don’t look good right now. … Continue reading Paul George Sounds Off on Pacers
Yes you read that correctly. One of the league’s most prolific scorers known for his ball-dominant tendencies and 40+ point games can add another bullet-point to his resume; assist leader. Although the 2016-’17 season has only been underway for approximately 1 week, Harden is averaging 12.3 APG, sitting ahead of LeBron James (10.7 APG) and John Wall (10 APG). This uptick is largely in part … Continue reading James Harden Leads the League in Assists