0

Poking Through The Cracks: The D-League Is Rapidly Growing From The Ground Up

2349738560_7380c5d420_z

Since the D-League’s inception in 2001, it has been picked on, ridiculed, looked down on and tossed aside like old news. Only eight teams existed back; a sure fire difference from the 17 we see now. Players who competed night in, night out in the National Basketball Association’s minor league weren’t treated with respect; rather, the general consensus was that if you were in the D-League, you’re holding onto a childhood dream. Continue Reading

0

Nowhere to Hide: Damian Lillard Defending the San Antonio Spurs

May 6, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) moves the ball against the defense of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps more than anything, individual matchups are magnified in the playoffs. As rotations shorten, intensity heightens, and coaching looms more influential than ever, the exploitation of a certain player’s strengths and weaknesses can easily swing a game, and by proxy a series. Which teams win or lose a single mismatch can be the tipping point between advancing into June and being eliminated in April. Continue Reading