A quick round of NBA Rebus

, on November 14, 2014 , 11:17AM

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A rebus puzzle is a combination of letters and pictures to form a word (some great examples right here), which therefore makes an NBA Rebus puzzle a combination of letters and pictures to form a player’s name. So take a gander at these rebuses, find out how the guys did with these, then check the answers down below.


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The Drop — Friday, Nov. 14

, on November 14, 2014 , 10:36AM


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On today’s episode of The Drop, The Starters discuss Derrick Rose’s comments about his long-term health and whether we have a right to question his commitment; Dirk’s status as the greatest international player of all-time; Roberts vs. Silver; and the new All-Star ballot wrinkles. All that, plus eating mascots, flared jeans, passports, and a musical Pun-Gun.




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Thu. Nov. 13: Denver Disaster

, on November 13, 2014 , 5:29PM


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On Wednesday’s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Dirk Nowitzki passing Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and whether The German is the greatest international player of all-time. That, plus Kobe’s new record, must-watch League Pass teams, Kawhi Leonard’s future, wedgie love, and what in the world happened to Eric Gordon’s game.




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Wed. Nov. 12: Makes and Misses

, on November 12, 2014 , 5:31PM


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On Wednesday’s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Dirk Nowitzki passing Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and whether The German is the greatest international player of all-time. That, plus Kobe’s new record, must-watch League Pass teams, Kawhi Leonard’s future, wedgie love, and what in the world happened to Eric Gordon’s game.




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NBA Happenings: Nov. 12, 2014

, on November 12, 2014 , 12:01PM

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Shoutout: Quite the night for the Trill Blazers, who got 29 points and seven assists from Damian Lillard and 25 points and 14 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge in a come from behind victory over the Hornets who rely on a little too much Gary Neal for my liking. Nice win for Portland.


Not so much: 78 points on 33 percent shooting for the Thunder, who went in to Milwaukee and caught an L because the Bucks aren’t a pushover this year. OKC is now 2-6 on the year and head to Boston tonight to play another team that isn’t an easy win for a team on the second half of a road back-to-back that really struggles to generate offense. Still pretty concernicus about OKC, you guys.


Legend: Dirk Nowitzki, now the 9th leading NBA scorer of all-time.



You’ll see a lot of stuff today about Dirk being the leading foreign-born scorer in league history now that he’s passed Hakeem Olajuwon, which is true but has also been true for a while since the guys he’s been passing have all played for Team USA in international competitions. He’s been the best non-American player for a long, long time and it’s going to be nice to get to see him honored time and time again while he keeps creeping up the scoring list.


Tue. Nov. 11: High Voices

, on November 11, 2014 , 5:58PM


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On Tuesday’s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Cavs finally starting to click, what’s wrong with the Clippers, and whether the Raps or Bulls are the best team in the East. All that, plus TSFL standings, Coach Garnett, Andre “Drummund,” Sharon Stone, and whole lot of helium. Happy Veterans Day.




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Video: Win free Mavs tickets by calling the law firm of Chandler & Chandler

, on November 11, 2014 , 2:34PM


No surprise, the Mavericks’ latest in-arena video is excellent. That’s just how they do. The surprise, however, is when you call the law firm of Chandler and Chandler. I’ve done it myself, and if you’re in the Dallas area, it might be worth ringing them up to discuss their services. Just a suggestion.

NBA Happenings: Nov. 11, 2014

, on November 11, 2014 , 11:55AM

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Shoutout: Gordon Hayward did it up again, going for 30 points, eight rebounds, five assists and one smothering chasedown block in Utah’s loss to the Pacers, all while rocking a trendy new haircut. I’ve been saying this for years, but when it comes to chasedowns, with Paul George out and LeBron James slack-a-lacking, Gordon Hayward might be the best in the league at knocking a shot away from behind. I’ll hear your nominations in the comments, but you can’t deny he’s great at it.


Not so much: The Clippers took a six-point lead in to the fourth quarter, only to be let down by BGCP3TV in HD in their loss to the Spurs. Chris Paul went 1-3 in the quarter, had one assist and turned the ball over twice, including getting ripped by Kawhi Leonard for a game-clinching steal. For his part, Blake Griffin went 1-4 with two turnovers (one of which sent Doc Rivers in to a conniption fit) and saw the man he was guarding score or assist on four of the Spurs’ last five baskets, with the fifth coming off of his turnover. He was also getting rid of the ball as soon as he caught it before even looking at the rim for a big portion of crunch time. Weird, weird night for the Clips.


They’re alive: Last night’s second half showed us the the Cavs team everyone should be scared of, with Kyrie Irving taking over in the third quarter.



Kyrie was Wilmer Valderrama caaash maaaney in the third quarter, going for 13 points on 6-9 shooting while adding three assists, but you could tell the Cavs were making a concerted effort all night to move the ball. That’s how LeBron notched another (ill-gotten) triple-double and Kevin Love knocked in six threes, which is kind of how things should go for this team. Perhaps not coincidentally, Dion Waiters didn’t play.


Mon. Nov. 10: Raps, Rubio, Bones

, on November 10, 2014 , 4:06PM


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On Monday’s episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the East-leading Raptors, an increase in five-second calls, Chuck’s short-lived Lakers fast, Ricky Rubio’s injury, and Carmelo Anthony’s hat. All that, plus Bones joins to weigh in on Steve Nash’s Facebook post, whether Chris Bosh is under-appreciated, and hilarious half-court shots.




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The Up/Down Report: Week 3

, on November 10, 2014 , 12:45PM

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UP: Houston Rockets

We’ve talked a lot recently about the Houston Rockets, and while my reservations about their depth were proven to be valid by their loss to the Warriors this past weekend when Dwight Howard was out with an illness, this is still a very good team. So I’m up on the Rockets.


James Harden has been incredible — he’s been scoring like crazy (and actually trying to score, rather than just trying to get to the line, which is still happening anyways), running the offense while throwing some sexy diagonal passes that the defense doesn’t expect, and even playing enough defense that the internet has yet to make a mixtape of his botched assignments. For his part, Dwight looks both athletic and happy again, which are maybe the two biggest keys to his success as an NBA player. If he’s smiling, he’s probably balling.


In the NBA, it kind of only takes two players to be a good-to-great team, but their supporting crew has been great so far too. Trevor Ariza has been better than Chandler Parsons, getting his three-point game and his defense game on to start the season. You can tell Isaiah Canaan learned a lot from a year of playing with Harden, as he’s picked up both his Eurostep and his penchant for pull-up threes. Kostas Papanikolaou — harder to spell than to pronounce — really looks like a find, serving as a kind of Boris Diaw, Jr. ball-mover who drives to pass and is second in assists among all rookies who have played more than one game. Even Jason Terry is alive again, banking in threes and just generally doing all the annoying stuff that makes him such a pain to play against. Things will get harder once the scouting reports come around on these guys, but the Rockets will also be getting Terrence Jones and Patrick Beverley soon, and Donatas Motiejunas might figure out how to contribute on both ends, so I am cautiously optimistic things can go well for Houston this season.


DOWN: Whining teams

Doc Rivers is on record as saying he wishes the Clippers would stop complaining to the refs so often. I agree, and so does every basketball fan that’s watched the Clippers the past three seasons. They might be the complainingest team in the league, but it’s not just them who’ve been extra whiny this year.


Pau Gasol joining the Bulls has really upped their complaining quotient, while seemingly bringing out the eye rolls from Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers’ early season struggles have been exacerbated by them thinking they should be getting every foul call at all times. And of course the Spurs are still a dynasty in the complain game.


I’m sure part of it is getting used to being reffed again, especially while the refs are figuring out the way things are supposed to be called this season, but we seem to be in a golden age of whining. And that’s without Paul George playing. It’ll clean up eventually, but it’s bad so far.


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UP: Carmelo Anthony’s hats

I know Carmelo’s homemade icy top hat was a hilarious joke all weekend, but I am loving this dude’s commitment to hats this season. Grantland took a look at all the chapeaus he’d been donning over the summer, but he hasn’t stopped now that the season has started. He has worn an absurd number of different hat styles already and it’s only the third week of the season.


And I’m all for it, for one big reason — Melo plays in New York City. That’s the home of Walt “Hats” Frazier, the style capitol of the United States. Of course he’s going to take fashion risks, that’s kind of the point of living in the Big Apple. Sure, sometimes he’s going to look ridiculous, but that’s better than looking boring. If you’re going to be the most famous in New York City, you better be a little bit stylish. More hats for Melo, as far as I’m concerned.


DOWN: LeBron James just chillin’

Anyone who has thought about the NBA for six seconds this season knows the Cavaliers aren’t passing the ball enough. We covered it on a show last week, but I really think this falls on LeBron James to figure everything out. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters have never played in offenses that were based around moving the ball, and David Blatt has never built a system around NBA superstars. LeBron has experience in a ball movement system, experience that led to two titles and two MVPs, which is pretty much the textbook definition of “NBA superstar.”


So to me, he needs to take the reigns and let the offense originate from him. There’s no doubt in my mind that LeBron’s laid-back approach this season comes from him wanting to fit in, to make sure the Cavs play as a team and to encourage ball movement. And that’s great, but there’s a halfway point between all LeBron all the time and everyone taking turns going one-on-one. The Heat really took off once they realized that everyone could get their touches with LeBron running things. The Cavs will figure that out soon enough, and that’s when the rest of the league needs to be scared.


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UP: Ball movement for everyone

Probably the best thing about the Spurs winning last year’s title is that now everyone wants to pass the ball. John Schuhmann noticed it in the preseason, and things haven’t really changed now that we’re seeing games that matter. It’s kind of like when Steve Nash hooked up with the Suns for a second time, then everyone started shooting threes — once teams saw that you could win a title by sharing the ball and encouraging everyone on your team to be a part of the offense, everyone wanted to do it. Kind of a no duh moment, but still, it’s been great for the league.


DOWN: Ankle injuries

Ricky Rubio’s ankle exploded, Marcus Smart’s did too and both of Derrick Rose’s cannot heal because they are attached to Derrick Rose — ankle injuries are the worst. As a bro who’s blown up his ankle too many times to count, I’ll always hate ankle injuries the most. Yeah, a really nasty knee blowout can be stomach-churning, but on the whole ankle injuries always look bad. Even the ones where a guy misses five minutes to get retaped look horrible. If there were a way to make ankles never bend the right way, that would be the scientific discovery of a lifetime.


Watchlist: Zach LaVine getting minutes, the Phoenix Suns bench, a Yao Ming AMA, Ed Davis becoming the second best player on the Lakers, the 76ers getting a win, the Raptors as legit Eastern Conference contender