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What Kobe got for Christmas VI: A little help from his friends

Usually the Christmas Day game featuring the Lakers is a battle of two contenders trying to prove their championship mettle. A preview of things possibly to come in June. At least that’s the way it’s been the last few years watching LA against the Bulls, Heat, Cavs and Celtics. But this year was very different. […]

Thoughts on the Knicks, Heat and Lakers

Yes it’s me. I’m still posting, albeit it not as much as I used to. I told JT you can count me in for maybe one post per month, and of course the Playoff Diary. But this season is so damn intriguing I don’t know if I can wait a month between posts. So much […]

Things I Learned on Day 1

Boston giving up 120 points. The Lakers losing to a Dirk-less Mavs. Andrew Varejao hauling in 23 rebounds and 9 assists?! Yeah, you could say there were a few surprises on Day 1 of the 2012-13 season. Here’s what I learned. The Heat picked up where they left off.  The ring ceremony game is always […]

The 2012-13 Season Preview Round Table

It’s that time of year again folks. The 2012-13 NBA season is upon us, and although it feels like we say this every year, this could be the greatest NBA season ever. So many intriguing story lines. So many fascinating sub-plots. So many stacked teams and potential champions. We put the NBAMate brains trust together to make […]

Game 5 and the newly crowned King

It’s only a matter of time. Since the most eventful NBA off-season (2010) that I’ve ever witnessed in my life, every NBA fan looked at the newly formed Miami Heat, either with wide-eyed amazement or with pure disgust, and uttered those words at some point along the journey. You couldn’t assemble three Franchise players, including […]

Day 38 – We’ve seen this before

A quick 3-2-1 to cover this stunning Celtics victory… 3 votes – Kevin Garnett. What more can Boston ask of KG? Not only did he deliver another 20-10 and set the tone defensively, but he also knocked down two clutch free-throws that iced the game. If the Celtics go on to win this series, we’ll […]

Day 34 – The Old Brigade

Despite Rondo’s Game 2 explosion and the Celtics offensive efficiency (they shot nearly 50% from the field), it was clear that coming back home they needed to get back to their roots. Defense. Game 3 was a different Celtics team thanks to a surge in defensive intensity, better bench contribution, and the way they controlled […]

Day 31 – Spurs streak still alive

So the incredible regular season / post season streak continues for the Spurs (now at 20 wins), and the Thunder are in a 0-2 hole needing to win four of the next five. Doesn’t sound very likely does it? While there’s no moral victories in the playoffs, the Thunder can take something away from this game. The fact the […]

Thunders vs Spurs WCF Preview

JT: Get ready to see the best basketball of the year. This series could be one for the ages, with arguably the two best teams in the league, both with vastly different identities, going at it. I’m giddy at the prospect. And I love the fact that both sides will get a week to prepare and get right. On […]

Day 25 – Heat Check

Hey, Indiana, thanks for making this series a little more exciting than we thought it’d be. But you can now pack your bags. In the space of two games, Dwyane Wade found his shot and LeBron James found his testicles, and Miami have looked like the threatening  juggernaut we witnessed all season, even without Chris Bosh. […]