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Essay: The Close Calls During Miami’s Winning Streak

March 27, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Miami Heat’s 27 game–and counting–win streak is the talk of the NBA, as it should be. It’s one of the most difficult things to do in a team sport, and it should be cherished like it rightfully has been. They’re beating everyone, and even when it seems like they’ve let down their intensity–ahem, Cleveland–they still find a to right the ship and get the victory.

But they’re still six games away from tying the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33-straight before falling to a Bucks team led by Lew Alcinder and Oscar Robertson (coincidentally, the Heat’s 34th game would also come against Milwaukee, but Larry Sanders is no Kareem and Brandon Jennings only wishes he was as good as late-career “Big O”).

The Heat are currently in the midst of a 4-game road swing that has them in Chicago Wednesday night, in New Orleans (a team, it should be noted, who ended Denver’s winning streak last night) on Friday and in San Antonio Sunday night. That tough road stretch could spell the end of their historical run. Read more…

Essay: Thomas Robinson Finds A New Home

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment

The NBA trade deadline is usually much more livelier, but this season has seen a less exciting process. With the large amount of activity in the offseason, and most teams waiting for Josh Smith to be moved, Rudy Gay heading to Toronto was the largest move we have seen thus far. But Sacramento decided to make things a bit more interesting by trading former top-5 pick Thomas Robinson to Houston for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich, and $1 million in cash. Houston also received Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt, along with a second-round pick from Phoenix. In return for the pick they sent Marcus Morris to Phoenix. This trade was mostly a platter of prospects and mediocre role players being moved, but it is not entirely devoid of intrigue. Read more…

Essay: Chuck Hayes Is Still A Hero

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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Chuck Hayes is the same height as Michael Jordan. Yet he’s routinely matched up against centers and power forwards as he begins his eighth season in the NBA. It begs the question: how does a guy that stands only* 6’6″ hold his own with the big boys of the league? With thighs that could crush a piece of steel, that’s how; with a 250 pound torso that’s as immovable as Stonehenge; and with great defensive footwork and an ability to crowd opponents who are silly enough to pick up their dribble.

Primarily though, it’s those thighs and big butt that serve as the foundation for Hayes’ ability to defend so well on the low block.  David West found out the hard way a couple nights ago, even though his Pacers ended up winning the game in double overtime.

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Essay: Second Annual Shaky Ankles NBA Preview!

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Predicting the results for an upcoming NBA season, and then blogging about them, can be both pointless and embarrassing. Despite it also being super fun, I’m switching up the normal “Shaky Ankles NBA Preview” style by leaning less on fortune telling and more towards things I’m expecting to excite/intrigue/depress me throughout the next eight months of watching basketball.

Over the past couple weeks I’ve subliminally let my thoughts on MVP and Rookie of the Year known, and since the other major awards that matter are boring and predictable (Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard/Sixth Man of the Year: James Harden/Most Improved Player: Darko Milicic) I’ve decided to go a different route. Read more…

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