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Eastern Playoff Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

April 19, 2013 Leave a comment

One of the most compelling match-ups, and (hopefully) the East’s answer to Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers, this is one series that with a little luck could go the distance. Read more…

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Eastern Playoff Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks

April 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Looking at the least compelling series an otherwise entertaining postseason has to offer. It’s Pacers vs. Hawks! Read more…

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Eastern Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

April 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Continuing on our journey through a massive playoffs preview, next up is New York vs. Boston. (Spoiler: These two teams don’t like each other.) Read more…

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Eastern Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks

April 17, 2013 1 comment

Our first preview in a series by series breakdown of every first round match-up as we head into the playoffs, ShakyAnkles’ writers Aaron Weiss, Spencer Lund, and Michael Pina begin with the Miami Heat taking on the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks fans: you know what you’re getting into. Tread carefully. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: Metta World Peace Has Fallen

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Metta World Peace made headlines last week when he injected himself with steroids made a miraculous recovery from knee surgery, not even missing two weeks’ worth of games after tearing his meniscus. Here, Jarrett Jack makes World Peace wish he stayed with his original timetable.

Essay: How Carmelo and the Knicks Stopped Making Sense

As the value of “superstars” in this league continues to rise, a separate stock has emerged as equally valuable: the Hercules. The players who are so good, they can win games on their own. Their will-to-win terminates any sort of advantage opponents had over them.

This isn’t referring to players who can have really, really good games on occasion, like Kobe Bryant when his shots actually go in, or Rudy Gay when the Raptors face the Bobcats. It refers to players who every night have the aura of greatness, as if angels should blow horns, heralding their arrival to decimate your pathetic team. LeBron James is the obvious prime example of this, effortlessly putting up 26 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists every night. While many choose to focus on Kevin Durant’s scoring, he has an exceptionally well-rounded game as well, notching 28 points a night, eight rebounds, and four-and-a-half assists.

Credit can be given to the maturity of these two guys, as well as their ability to lead their teams and command respect. Throw in their unique physical figures (LeBron’s super ripped, tight end body, Kevin’s bizarre lanky-yet-muscular stature) and they’re two unbeatable players. They are Gods amongst men. Read more…

Categories: Essays

Essay: Back-and-Forth With Chris Paul And Tony Parker

The best point guard’s in the game today played against one another this past weekend. Lost amid other games of note—particularly the Spurs-Heat matchup on Sunday night, which ceded most of its luster after the Bulls ended the Heat’s winning streak last week—the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs went at each other on Friday night at the AT&T Center, and it was everything you’d want in a late-season game between two of the best teams in the superior Western Conference. Read more…

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