The long-suffering rabid fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs finally see their team make the NHL playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Derrick Rose can help his team. He owes it to his teammates, and the organization, and the city of Chicago, and fans everywhere to get back on the floor and give it his all.
Robinson was truly phenomenal under the bright lights of TNT. He matched Carmelo Anthony shot for shot and in crunch time, he was the game's brightest star and was able to pull out the 118- 111 victory.
If Kobe fails to make it to the playoffs with this current roster, it will forever taint his legacy. Would Michael Jordan ever fail to make the playoffs with a former MVP and three time Defensive Player of the Year on his team? Enough said.
If James Harden can have a series for the ages and dethrone the reigning Western Conference champions, the NBA world will bow down to his greatness and the Rockets can look to build on a successful season with their new core of youngsters.
Kobe merely guaranteed a postseason appearance, but I'm willing to take it a step further. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to win the championship this season.
They've already been penciled in as the crotchety old men who will win 55 games and lose to LeBron and their new nemesis/former teammate Ray Allen in late May. Not so fast.
Everybody knew Dwight Howard was going to be traded; no one knew the Orlando Magic would receive so little in return.
Every good story needs a villain. And while heroes often come in the singular flavor of tall, dark and bland, an antihero can evoke deep, complex feelings. Having someone to root against is often more gratifying than having someone to root for.
In a new segment with Tara Petrolino of CineSport, I break down how and why Scott Brooks has been out-coached by Erik Spoelstra and, if it's too late for the Thunder to make another run in the Finals.
As has been the case through four games, though, OKC head coach Scott Brooks elected once again to let Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra dictate his lineup.
OKC has failed to eclipse the 100-point mark for the first time in back-to-back games since Games 2 and 3 of its conference semifinal series with the Lakers. Miami, in that span, has turned them over 25 times, scoring 29 transition points off of turnovers. But why and how?
One source close to the Heat informed me before the series that this is a much bigger problem than Wade has let on and that the pain is palpable. Even so, after Miami's 105-94 loss, the 2006 Finals MVP said: "I've still got something left in me."
After dismantling San Antonio and its 20-win streak in the West, Thunder coach Scott Brooks now faces the task of defending a super-confident LeBron James. The question becomes: Will he double-team him, or try and live with his scoring while attempting to shut down Wade?
A pick and roll is a strategy where one player moves toward a teammate's defender to set a "pick," obstructing the defender's ability to follow their original player leaving them free to move about the floor. This is akin to negotiating tensions between agency and structure.
Sports have created a worldwide community where almost anyone can feel connected with one person based solely on a love and passion for a game.