1. 15 Storylines That Will Define the Rest of the 2016-17 NBA Season

    Try as many might to leave 2016 in the rearview, the NBA doesn't wipe its slate completely clean. The nearly half-season that came and went before the calendar flipped set the stage for what's to come in 2017...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 24,132 reads 37 comments

  2. NBA 2016 Review: Looking Back at the Best and Worst of the Year in the NBA

    You thought you were all done with 2016, didn't you? The good, the bad, the ugly, the worse-than-bad, the worse-than-worse-than-bad...that was supposed to go the way of the dinosaurs once the clock struck midnight on Jan...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 39,174 reads 84 comments

  3. Saturday NBA Roundup: There Is No Doubting Giannis Antetokounmpo as a Superstar

    Giannis Antetokounmpo has long been a nuisance as far as the Chicago Bulls are concerned. A year-and-a-half ago, he was ejected from the Milwaukee Bucks' Game 6 blowout playoff loss for tackling Mike Dunleavy into the courtside seats...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 55,179 reads 74 comments

  4. Friday NBA Roundup: Isaiah Thomas Making Case as the Only Superstar Celtics Need

    It was the Boston Celtics' biggest game of the 2016-17 NBA season to date, and Isaiah Thomas was nowhere to be found down the stretch—and not because he was the shortest player out there...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 26,871 reads 69 comments

  5. LA Clippers' Depth Getting First Real Test Amid Injuries to Stars

    LOS ANGELES — If you took last spring's six-game playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and stretched it out over approximately 30 games, it would look a lot like the Los Angeles Clippers ' 2016-17 season so far...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 11,084 reads 12 comments

  6. What a Time to Be a 5: Why NBA Bigs Are Launching More Threes Than Ever

    Joel Embiid entered the NBA with the tools to rule the paint. The arachnoid frame, with room to pack on mass. The footwork of a ballet dancer. The gliding strides of a gazelle...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 25,831 reads 39 comments

  7. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Rolling Ahead of Finals Rematch with Cavaliers

    To paraphrase the late, great Dennis Green , the Golden State Warriors are who we thought they were: the NBA 's leanest, meanest winning machine...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 52,598 reads 55 comments

  8. NBA Rookie Ladder: How the Top 10 Stack Up Entering 2017

    2016 can't come to an end soon enough f or most of the NBA 's current rookies . Sure, there was plenty of excitement on draft day...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 86,948 reads 61 comments

  9. Where Do Los Angeles Clippers Go from Here After Latest Blake Griffin Injury?

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Through all their years together, and all the twists and turns therein, the Los Angeles Clippers have, like Liam Neeson in Taken , acquired a particular set of skills, for better or worse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 17,697 reads 40 comments

  10. Friday NBA Roundup: Are Lakers or Sixers Better Off in Rebuilding Process?

    The last time D'Angelo Russell and Joel Embiid were spotted on the same court, they were buried on the depth chart together at Montverde Academy in Florida. "Our coach had guys in front of us," Russell told CSNPhilly...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 79,061 reads 189 comments

  11. Why Haven't the Portland Trail Blazers Taken That Next Step?

    LOS ANGELES — There's no place like home, especially after a long road trip. So many of the problems that plagued the Portland Trail Blazers through four straight losses ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 10,804 reads 26 comments

  12. LA Clippers Still Trying to Rediscover Early-Season Swagger

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers scratched and clawed their way to a 121-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night—and broke Lawler's Law along the way—but it was Blake Griffin who bore the brunt of the abuse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 5,368 reads 11 comments

  13. 2016-17 NBA Superstar Rankings: The Top 25 Players in the Association Right Now

    The NBA is flooded with talent like never before, and the circumstances of the 2016-17 season have put so much of it on brilliant display...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 6 months ago 93,696 reads 176 comments

  14. Slumping Los Angeles Clippers Have Many Complaints, Few Answers

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Marreese Speights ambled into the Clippers ' training facility, decked out in sweatpants and a self-referential "I Got 5 On It" shirt, looking every ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 9,426 reads 11 comments

  15. NBA Rookie Report Cards: How the Top 10 Shake out at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    What have the NBA 's rookies been up to since we last checked in before Thanksgiving ? Joel Embiid's still balling out for the Philadelphia 76ers, as is fellow 2014 draftee Dario Saric...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 36,324 reads 54 comments

  16. NBA Teams Entering Make-or-Break Stretches at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    There's no real pressure during the NBA regular season, right? Certainly not before Christmas Day, with the playoffs still four months away...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 23,044 reads 44 comments

  17. Friday NBA Roundup: Is Cavaliers' Coasting Cause for Concern?

    To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, what a difference a year makes. In a vacuum, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 111-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls looks bad. That it extends the team's losing streak to three games only worsens the optics for LeBron James and Co...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 20,649 reads 58 comments

  18. Clippers and Cavaliers Wouldn't Have Today's Stars Without Long-Forgotten Trade

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers —who face off at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night—can each trace their rise into the NBA 's elite to a single twist of fate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 13,038 reads 7 comments

  19. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Can't Slow Down Now That They Finally Own 1st Place

    The Golden State Warriors were practically anointed NBA champions back in July, but it took them a month of the 2016-17 season to scale the standings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 63,967 reads 146 comments

  20. NBA Rookie Report Cards: Grading the Class' Top 10 So Far

    It would be easy to spend the next 10 slides ragging on the NBA 's current rookie class. So far, the 2016 draft crew has looked as weak as advertised, especially with Ben Simmons still sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 129,646 reads 179 comments

  21. Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have Chicago Bulls Blowing Away Expectations

    LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Butler knew what he had to do. He usually does these days. "Coach," he told Fred Hoiberg before the Chicago Bulls faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, "I'm going for 40 tonight...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 54,428 reads 62 comments

  22. Biggest Red Flags of the 2016-17 NBA Season So Far

    Have you seen the "Panic Button" recently? Perhaps it's somewhere near Kevin Garnett 's " Cuss Button ." Wherever it is, we would all do well to let it be for a bit—at least as far as the NBA is concerned...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 41,407 reads 49 comments

  23. It's Only November, but LA Clippers Look Like NBA's Best Team out of the Gate

    LOS ANGELES — "I'm going to tell you straight up: It means absolutely nothing," Chris Paul said. Doc Rivers would've preferred that nobody brought it up. "I hate stats," he said...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 23,581 reads 129 comments

  24. Friday NBA Roundup: DeMar DeRozan Has Raptors Looking Like Cavs' Biggest Threat

    DeMar DeRozan is playing like a man on a mission. That mission? To cement the Toronto Raptors as a serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 42,308 reads 103 comments

  25. 2016-17 NBA Rookie Ladder: Early Progress Reports and Rankings

    In a year of the unpredictable becoming commonplace, at least one prognostication has held true: The 2016 NBA draft was lamented for a lack of top-tier talent and depth...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 7 months ago 6,726 reads 2 comments