Fellow basketball snob Tim Adkins joined The Court to wax poetic about the 2014-15 NBA playoff picture. Have the Cleveland Cavaliers finally turned the corner? Who will win out in the 3 team race for the #8 seed in the Western Conference? Can the Los Angeles Clippers finally breakthrough this May and make it to the Finals? And finally, will the Chicago Bulls find some consistency down the stretch? We do our best to answer all of those questions. You’re welcome.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt thinks that championship expectations for his club are unfair, a notion that Adam calls “ridiculous.”
Find out who our panel thinks will miss the playoffs that made it last year, and which teams will replace them.
Every season, there are only a handful of teams that affect the championship landscape. Find out which teams matter for 2014-15.
Lamont and Chris react to the selections and format changes made for All-Star Saturday Night, discuss Adam’s post, “The Miami Heat Absolutely Suck at Tanking,” and how the Cavaliers are absolutely artful at it.
It’s painfully obvious to anyone with two eyes and a league pass subscription that the Miami Heat suck at tanking. Their big three are deeply committed to winning, fighting through injury and overcoming ennui to grit out one of the best records in the league after having won the last two NBA titles. Despite signing head cases and draft busts, and filling up his cap space with onerous contracts Pat Riley can’t seem to stop his team from winning. If Riley was half the GM that David Kahn was he’d have crippled his team with aging vets, disinterested journeyman and mediocre draft picks, and begun Riggin’ for Wiggins, but it appears that Riley just doesn’t have the competitive spirit necessary to truly bottom out a professional sports team in the name of improvement. Continue reading
After a surprising Friday night in the NBA, we went in deep on the Heat, Nets, and Lakers, lamented the increasing number of key injuries around the league, analyzed the Andrew Bynum/Luol Deng trade, and ripped into JR Smith.
- 01:45 – How worried should the Heat be about losing to bad teams?
- 10:20 – How excited should the Nets be about five game winning streak?
- 16:10 – Has Mike D’Antoni lost control of the Lakers?
- 24:35 – Injury update: Bledsoe, Holiday, Anderson, Splitter
- 29:10 – Bynum for Deng: how did the Bulls and Cavs make out in the trade?
- 38:00 – Where should Andrew Bynum end up?
- 44:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- 47:30 – JR Smith, from untying shoes to DNP
- NBA Nickname Night (ESPN)
- JR Smith fined $50k for untying shoe laces (CBS Sports)
- Andrew Bynum traded for Luol Deng, picks (ESPN)
Top Gun is one of my favorite movies, and I never miss an opportunity to drop a reference to Maverick, Goose, or the rest of the pilots at Fighter Weapons School. Kyrie Irving provided me two such moments last night.
“Where did he go?” “Where’d who go?”
The Top Gun pilots are comparing their first aerial forays with flight instructor Jester when this exchange takes place:
Hollywood: Hell no, man. We got our butts kicked.
Wolfman: Thirty seconds. We went like this, he went like that. I said to Hollywood, “Where’d he go?” Hollywood says, “Where’d who go?”
Hollywood: Yeah, and he’s laughing at us, right on the radio, he’s laughing at us.
After this move from Kyrie Irving, we’re all laughing at Pablo Prigioni.
“I’m gonna hit the brakes, he’ll fly right by!”
In the aforementioned instructional dogfight, Maverick and Goose are being tailed by Jester and can’t shake him, when Maverick has a brilliant idea: “I’m gonna hit the brakes, he’ll fly right by.” He executes the maneuver and finds himself in the perfect position to take a shot. Kind of like what Irving did to Prigioni here:
Is it just me, or has Prigioni lost that love and feeling for Kyrie?
And for some more great scenes from Top Gun, check out this video: