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Essay: Chris Paul Ruined My Story

At around 1:30 this morning I sat upright in bed, two knees tucked deep in my chest, far from exhaustion and completely enveloped in the most competitive/entertaining/violent series these playoffs have so far produced. It was then that an idea for a column appeared in front of my face; I’d name it, “The Call That Changed Everything”, and here’s how it would go. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: A Solemn Farewell To Baron Davis

 

The Knicks just announced Baron Davis tore his ACL and MCL, and partially tore his patella tendon in yesterday’s victory over the Heat. Truly sad news. In honor of one of the league’s most colorful players, here’s what’s probably the last nationally televised crossover of his memorable career.

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Essay: Ryan Anderson Murders The Most Improved Player Award

Due to an increase in playing time, which further led to an increase in opportunity, Ryan Anderson has been named the 2011-12 Most Improved Player. I won’t go into whether or not Anderson “deserved” to win the award, mostly because it’s conditions are unsystematic. But I will say this: Ryan Anderson is a quality scorer and has been his entire life (going back to his collegiate days when he led the Pac-10 in scoring as a sophomore—O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook all played in the Pac-10 that year). Behind Dirk Nowitzki, Anderson might be the league’s most dangerous three-point shooting stretch four—he stands at 6’10″ and led the NBA in three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted—which is wonderful news to the Magic. Ever since Howard was made the organization’s strategic focal point, Orlando’s main plan of attack was inside out, with the three-pointer creating almost as many nightmares for opposing coaches as the Howard, himself. In this way, a player like Anderson, someone who’s tall enough to comfortably get almost all of his shots off clean, is a perfect fit. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: Truly Embarrassing

 

Some things should never happen. In the clip above, Joakim Noah looks like he’s trying to execute a simple in and out move to attack the basket, but never has complete control of the ball. The result is a non-move and some quick head-jerking. Meanwhile, his defender’s left foot happens to slip on what MUST be an unfortunately placed wet spot. The result? A truly embarrassing moment in time.

Essay: Why Dallas Can Still Beat Oklahoma City

May 1, 2012 1 comment

Last night’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder had everything you’d want from a high profile playoff match-up: superstars, back and forth buckets, unpredictability, great defense, bad blood, and all out hustle. Despite it only being Game 2 in a first round slugfest, this game gave us several moments where we had to remind ourselves that breathing is necessary for survival. There were 16 lead changes, and it was tied on 16 separate occasions. Read more…

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