A closer look at some possible game 5 adjustments

I didn’t think Hawks/Wizards would be close. Yeah it’s a 4/5 matchup but the Wizards won 49 games and the 43-win Hawks looked like the worst team in the playoffs—at least by point differential.  But here we are, 2-2.  The Wizards won the first two games in Washington by exerting their will in the fourth quarters. The Hawks controlled games three and four in Atlanta. … Continue reading A closer look at some possible game 5 adjustments

What’s at stake in the final 12 games?

The Wizards picked a bad time to lose four of their last five games—only one of which was against an above .500 team. A week ago it seemed like a given that they would win 50 games for the first time since 1979. They now have to go 8-4 the rest of the way to reach that arbitrary (but oh so important) milestone. 8-4 is … Continue reading What’s at stake in the final 12 games?

48 Minutes will Decide Best Player in the World

For the first time in recent NBA history the title of Best Player in the World will be riding on one single game. Stephen Curry has won the last two MVP awards, is the reigning champion, and will be playing the last game of a historic 88-win (so far) season. LeBron James is a 4-time MVP (in ’09, ’10, ’12, & ’13), a 2-time champ … Continue reading 48 Minutes will Decide Best Player in the World

D’Angelo Russell vs Jabari Parker

D’Angelo Russell and Jabari Parker are making the number two pick cool again. The number two picks from 2008-2013 were Michael Beasley, Hasheem Thabeet, Evan Turner, Derrick Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Victor Oladipo–hardly a murderer’s row.  LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Durant, the #2 picks in 2006 and 2007, changed the teams that drafted them, but other than that it has become clear that the only … Continue reading D’Angelo Russell vs Jabari Parker

Thunder Making Moves

By Charlie Gibson On Thursday night the Thunder beat the Spurs in the biggest game of this NBA season so far. The OKC crowd smelled blood in the water and had an Oracle-level impact on the game. Kevin Durant had the quietest 37 points of the playoffs while Westbrook dropped 28 with 12 assists. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points on 23 shots and LaMarcus Aldridge had … Continue reading Thunder Making Moves

Can Wall’s 41 points create positive momentum?

By Charlie Gibson 2/4/16 Follow me on twitter @cgibson1619 Feature Image from degreedeodorant.com   Last night was fun. John Wall had his second career 40-point game, Verizon Center was full for once, and Steph Curry had to play the 4th quarter. Basketball fans around the country tuned in to see Steph score 51 (11 made threes, 25 points in the first quarter), and they stayed to … Continue reading Can Wall’s 41 points create positive momentum?

All-Star Picks 2015-16

By Charlie Gibson 1/26/16 Follow me on twitter @cgibson1619 Cover photo from warriorsworld.net All stats thanks to basketball-reference, nbawowy, and nba.com   Starters were picked by the fans, the reserves were picked by me. Actual reserves announced 1/27 on TNT.  #RespectTheFans East Starters Kyle Lowry, G: Canada again flexes its (understated) muscles as Kyle Lowry was voted a starter for the second consecutive year. With the game being played in … Continue reading All-Star Picks 2015-16

Wizards set to enter New Era with Higher Stakes

By Charlie Gibson 1/23/16 Follow me on twitter @cgibson1619 Cover photo from misterirrelevant.com   When Washington acquired Jared Dudley over the summer to be a Paul Pierce pseudo-replacement they did not know just how large a role he was going to be asked to play. They got him for a phantom second-round pick (top-55 protected) from a Milwaukee front office that needed to open up front-court … Continue reading Wizards set to enter New Era with Higher Stakes