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A Golden Parachute Of Epic Proportions

by Christopher Reina

Dec 19, 2014 7:40 PM

Danny Ainge and the Celtics have received more value in dismantling the Big 3 era than they sent out in putting the roster together. Read more »

Tags: Boston Celtics, NBA

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Previewing NBA Finals Game 3: Adjustments Over Time & On The Fly

by Christopher Reina

Jun 10, 2014 11:34 AM

Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich have made a series of adjustments over a period of several years to get to this point of sophistication in their offense and as this series advances into Game 3, their ability to find viable Plans B and C will be the difference with these two teams so evenly matched. Read more »

Tags: Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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The Jackson-Barnes Play: Deconstructing The Rule

by Christopher Reina

May 14, 2014 9:04 PM

In common conversational usage, Matt Barnes' contact did cause -- i.e., set in motion actions that led to -- the ball sailing out of bounds, but not before it touched Reggie Jackson's other hand. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Western Conference Twice As Good, Nine Degrees Warmer

by Christopher Reina

The Western Conference is nine degrees warmer on average than the Eastern Conference, which must be considered as a factor in why it has been a far deeper conference over the past two decades. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Clippers Trade In Bledsoe For Better Roster Balance

by Christopher Reina

The Clippers have long been waiting to trade in their biggest asset in Eric Bledsoe to improve the construction of their roster and found it in the form of J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Read more »
Team-By-Team Gold Medal Winners

by Christopher Reina

The Jazz and Thunder have had the most Gold Medalists since the USA began bringing NBA players in 1992, while Duke leads amongst colleges. How do the other 29 NBA teams rank? Read more »
USA 2016 Will Threaten 1992 For Best Team Ever Assembled

by Christopher Reina

LeBron James Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant will presumably be at their peaks in 2016 at the ages of 31, 30 and 27 respectively, and the depth of talent joining them will be remarkable and similarly in their prime. Read more »
The NBA's Clustering Of Stars

by Christopher Reina

When the All-NBA teams were expanded to include a third team in 1989, 52% of the league had a representative. In 2012, it was just 33% as the Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers and Clippers had multiple representatives. The Nets will likely join them in 2013 with Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. Read more »
The Center Depth Of The 2008 Draft Class

by Christopher Reina

The centers of the 2008 Draft class figure prominently in the 2012 free agency and comprise six of the 30 starters at the gameís most valuable position. Read more »
Previewing The 2012 McDonald's All-American Game

by Christopher Reina

Without the top-ranked recruit Nerlens Noel participating, the MVP of the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game could come down between Shabazz Muhammad and Gary Harris. Read more »
Lin's Influence On New York's Offense

by Christopher Reina

While the general consensus is that Jeremy Linís statistical output will inevitably begin to taper off, the brilliance of his play over the past six games reconfirms the brilliance of the NBAís superstars who consistently play at this type of level. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Rose Signs Max Extension With Bulls

by Christopher Reina

The big win for the Bulls is that Derrick Rose didnít insist on a player option that became vogue in 2006 with the extensions signed by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nuggets Keep Nene, Afflalo

by Christopher Reina

The Nuggets may have lost Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to China (temporarily or forever), but only Nene and Aaron Afflalo were irreplaceable. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Blazers Sign Jamal Crawford

by Christopher Reina

Longshots are longshots for a reason, but the Crawford signing does have the look and feel of something that will seem much more important in hindsight like Tyson Chandler, Trevor Ariza and James Posey. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Chris Paul To Turn L.A. Into Lob City

by Christopher Reina

Chris Paul will now join Blake Griffin to form a super-tandem of their own that will be the most purely electric brand of basketball the city of Los Angeles has seen since the Showtime Lakers. Read more »
The NBA's Final Seven-Year Man

by Christopher Reina

Jamal Crawford, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin and Erick Dampier were the last players to sign seven-year contracts. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Clippers Match On Jordan, Bid On Billups

by Christopher Reina

For a stretch of time on Monday, the Clippers were at the nexus of the NBA universe by matching DeAndre Jordan's $43 million contract, bidding on Chauncey Billups and trying to trade for Chris Paul. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Sixers Keep Thaddeus Young

by Christopher Reina

Thaddeus Young is a very good off the bench scorer at either forward position, but his ability to improve his jumper will determine if he makes the lead to full-time lead weapon. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Clippers Sign Caron Butler

by Christopher Reina

The Clippers had cap space and a need at small forward, so they filled it with a former All-Star coming off a knee injury. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Knicks Improve Interior Defense, Rebounding With Chandler

by Christopher Reina

Swerving from their strategy of preserving cap space for a 2012, the Knicks signed Tyson Chandler and improved their biggest weaknesses. Read more »
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