— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard and an Upside Down Year

The Trail Blazers are in the midst of an unusual season, winning with defense and floundering on offense. How has Damian Lillard fared? By Paul Headley In many ways, 2017-18 has been Damian Lillard’s finest season to date. Though his counting stats and percentages are down,  “Big Game Dame” is 4th among point guards in […]

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— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

How Post Count Is Replacing Post Play

The introduction of social media has created an incredibly interesting, complex high school basketball climate that’s not changing anytime soon. By Noah Schulte If you spend time in any high school gym in America, you’re bound to experience an interesting phenomenon. Instead of the iso-dominated hero ball that was popularized by the Bulls and Lakers […]

– David Brandon
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

Bulls in a China Shop: A Franchise Looking for Direction

The Chicago Bulls are a team in disarray, from Mirotic to Portis to Hoiberg. By Connor Ulrey What do the Bulls do right now? There are some positives for them, to be sure. They’re an organization destined for top-five-pick glory this year with the injured centerpiece of the Butler trade getting ready for a return […]

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— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

Kris Dunn is Bouncing Back with the Chicago Bulls

The young defense-minded point guard is showing some signs of life. By Noah Shatzer From the very moment the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth pick of the 2016 NBA draft, the point guard was destined to fail. Before the 2016-17 season had even started, fellow rookies and general managers around the league […]

– David Brandon
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

Thunder Big 3: Thunderstruck

The Thunder look snakebit, and it’s not getting any better. By David Brandon Whose fault is it? The Thunder looked like they had turned a corner when they waxed Golden State in OKC just a week ago (yes, only a week ago!). Westbrook had a little extra pep in his step. The defense was clicking. […]

– David Brandon
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers Win Streak Matters Less Than it Seems

LeBron James’s excellence combined with an easy schedule usually spells good things for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This win streak, however, doesn’t change the fact that the Cavs are majorly hurting. By Dylan Hughes It was a tad worrisome to see the Cleveland Cavaliers off to a 5-7 start in the 2017-18 season. Not just because […]

– Dylan Hughes
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

James Harden is the Early Season MVP

The offensive juggernaut that is James Harden currently leads the way in the MVP race. By Preston Dubey James Harden has been the best player in the NBA through the first quarter of the season. While everyone was focusing on the Celtics’ winning streak out East, the Rockets have quietly raced out to a great […]

– Dylan Hughes
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

The Baseline Podcast: Grizzlies Fire David Fizdale

In an emergency edition of The Baseline we bring in Joe Mullinax from Grizzly Bear Blues to discuss the sudden firing of David Fizdale. What happened between Fizdale and Marc Gasol? Why is the administration being absolved of fault for a shaky roster? Is Gasol jealous of the relationship Mike Conley had with Fizdale? What […]

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— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

It’s Complicated

Ben and Trevor are back with another Pod. With things getting murky and weird across the league, this Pod takes a hard look at: -Doc Rivers and his sinking ship -Memphis parting ways with a Coach that has more more grit than his team – The complicated puzzle that is the legacy of Derrick Rose […]

– Dylan Hughes
— 31st of July 2018 — NBA

Jayson Tatum’s Defensive Revelation

The biggest revelation for Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum has come on the defensive end. By Danny Emerman So far, Jayson Tatum is an outlier in many ways. Particularly, rookies are very rarely expected to defend at a high level, but Tatum is already playing smart team defense and staying in front of attackers. Although he […]

– Dylan Hughes