Basketball Analysis

Dejounte Murray Puts On The Black Hat

by John Wilmes

Aug 15, 2022 10:57 AM

Overnight, Dejounte Murray has branded himself as one of the most savage showmen within recent memory, necessarily changing the forecast for the vibes, if nothing else, of the 22-23 Hawks campaign. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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The Return Of The West's Sleeping Giants

by John Wilmes

Aug 8, 2022 10:15 AM

Forever linked by their bubble series in 2020, the Nuggets and Clippers endured major injuries in 2021, and are now poised to return to contention status in 2023. Read more »

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Kevin Durant Will Never Resolve All The Contradictions He's Accrued

by Colin McGowan

Jul 28, 2022 1:37 PM

Kevin Durant is fickle and shortsighted and a little bit tragic, the second-best player of his generation searching in vain for a single achievement that will certify him, in some cosmic sense. Maybe fleeing to Boston is the least imperfect solution. Read more »

Tags: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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The Nets And The Ambiguity Of Desire

by Micah Wimmer

The issue of whether the Nets made a mistake in giving too much control to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would almost certainly be a non-issue had they simply won more games. Read more »
What Malcolm Brogdon Fixes For The Celtics, And What They Have To Fix Themselves

by Kevin Yeung

Malcolm Brogdon gives the Celtics a marginal gain, which certainly could matter, but they will continue to be in a place where they will only go as far as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown can take them. Read more »
Kevin Durant's Last Chance

by John Wilmes

Kevin Durant's narrative is messy because he is so aware of the tales and incentives around him, often uncanny in calling them out, but at the same time clearly stressed by the prospect of not telling the same quality of story that his peers have told. Read more »
Bradley Beal Has Become The Anomaly Of The Player Empowerment Era

by Colin McGowan

Bradley Beal might be happier, or at least less dogged by criticism, in the league Kevin Garnett was drafted into, where it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for him to cash gigantic checks from a middling-to-awful franchise in perpetuity. Read more »
Stephen Curry Is The Cosmos

by Micah Wimmer

How do you become more immortal than you already were? This title for Stephen Curry and the Warriors was both validation and valediction, a chance to postpone chatter, to stop debating about legacies, and simply savor something special. Read more »
'Hustle' Is A Great Basketball Movie

by John Wilmes

As a collision between a movie production and the roving entertainment complex that is the contemporary NBA, Hustle is a decidedly post-modern product, existing somewhere between advertisement for the league and true cinema. Read more »
Draymond Green Is Brilliant, And A Disaster

by John Wilmes

The line between brilliance and disaster is one Draymond Green moves back and forth over more than maybe than anyone ever has, and whoever wins these Finals just might be determined by how many games he can spend on the right side of it. Read more »
How Do You Guard The Impossible?

by Micah Wimmer

While Golden State may have the higher ceiling than Boston, one never knows whether it will continue to rise or come crashing down. It comes down to what you value most: would you rather have reliable greatness or the ability to occasionally, and unpredictably, conjure magic? Read more »
Jimmy Butler, Pat Riley, And The Truest Heat Team Yet

by John Wilmes

Over what is nearly three decades with the Heat, Pat Riley has turned his overbearing vision for basketball into a company-wide edict, rich with cultish lore and numerous back-texts. Read more »
When Miami's Dream Flickered Into Delusion And Went Dark

by Colin McGowan

When Jimmy Butler heaved that doomed, cannoning jumper he saw six or seven games into the future, kissing the trophy and cussing out doubters imagined and real. He lives in that dream perpetually, but it never felt closer at hand. Read more »
The Warriors' Dynastic Ethos Is Back In Place

by John Wilmes

The reason the Warriors collect into a boulder capable of knocking all else over is because they have what other teams do not, to house all these wonders: a concept. An idea, a philosophy, an ethos. Read more »
What Chris Paul Can't Do

by John Wilmes

Whether you're one of Chris Paul's eager critics, or someone with enough of a tolerance for sorrow to keep riding the roller coaster with him more hopefully, there's no questioning that, even if this sadly mythical loss isn't a proper send-off, it could act as a fitting, sourly poetic bookend to his career. Read more »
Luka Doncic And His Indistinct Supporting Cast

by Micah Wimmer

Watching the Mavericks, everything seems to come down to one question: Will their role players make enough 3's to make up for the fact that they are a top heavy team lacking in stylistic diversity or flexibility? Read more »
James Harden Can No Longer Build His Own World

by Micah Wimmer

James Harden has long been the cosmos itself; what will it look like for him to be just another individual residing in a world he cannot fully shape? Read more »
James Harden's Battle Between Experience And Decay

by John Wilmes

James Harden finally looked like a man whose experience has enriched him, rather than ran him ragged, and gave everyone with the fear of being too washed up something to model themselves after. Read more »
The Warriors And Grizzlies Fight For The Future

by John Wilmes

Memphis seems destined to figure heavily in the future either way, but the grizzled three-time champions are not prepared to concede the present after spending the past couple of seasons licking wounds and rebuilding around their core. Read more »
Brooklyn's Crisis Of Definition

by Colin McGowan

Be careful of easy diagnoses, especially applied to teams that nobody likes, but: the Nets seem as if they were swept due to a bone-deep or perhaps cosmic apathy. Read more »