The Warriors meet their greatest challenge in Game 6

So what’s the problem? Why do I feel that the Warriors are fighting an uphill battle tonight in Oklahoma City? Home court. I’ve seen a lot of teams lose on their home floor, so I don’t look at home-court advantage as the determining factor when analyzing a matchup. Usually. This year is strange, folks. Look […]


LeBron the leader: We’re not in 2010 anymore

LeBron James is a terrible leader. You might be surprised to think this opinion can possess such a shelf life, given that LeBron has reached a sixth straight NBA Finals, the best display of uninterrupted annual consistency in this league since Bill Russell. However, the constant media circus surrounding No. 23, fed by national carnival […]


The Cavs, the worst-covered team in the NBA, make history for Cleveland

Cleveland is starving for a world championship in professional sports, but on Friday night in Toronto, its Cavaliers once again found a place at the table in the NBA Finals. In an unprecedented basketball moment, a turn of events not seen in northeastern Ohio in over 50 years, a team from “Believeland” earned the right […]


The Raptors defied easy categorization, but they won respect

The Toronto Raptors became, in the end, the NBA’s most inconvenient team of 2016. Dwane Casey’s ballclub embodied numerous contradictions and tension points. The Raptors carried sharp contrasts into the playoffs. They developed more contrasts during the playoffs. They leave the postseason as a team whose future can easily be spun in a positive or […]


Game 5 was a treat, and the Warriors hope they can build on it

The Golden State Warriors can’t dwell on Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Their attention must turn to Game 6 on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If they don’t win Game 6, the value of Game 5 will vanish. The memory of Thursday night’s win will recede into the mists of history. I’m […]


Five Restricted Free Agents Worth Pursuing (for various reasons)

Restricted free agency in the NBA is a chess game. It’s not all about signing a player you really want and crossing your fingers. If could be, “signing a player you want but can live without, understanding that at worst, a rival is going to hemorrhage their finances to keep him.” See: Roy Hibbert, Eric […]


The Warriors need emotional and tactical solutions

The Golden State Warriors have a challenge in their Game 5 showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder that is unique in scope. They have two huge problems that need to be solved independently of each other, meaning that solving just one won’t be enough. The Warriors, as it turns out, had an Achilles Heel. For […]


The Cavs don’t have to win Game 6… or do they?

The Cavs of Cleveland do not have to win in Toronto on Friday night in Game 6 — not in a narrow, immediate, technical sense. The Cavs could lose. Heck, they could even get drubbed by the Raptors. It wouldn’t matter in the Eastern Conference Finals — not in all likelihood. LeBron James and head […]


Raptors-Cavs is the 5-minute series which asks us many questions

The Eastern Conference Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is the five-minute series. No, this isn’t a reference to the length of time in which these games cease to be competitive; it’s a reference to an old saying about climate change (in the older and less political sense of the term): Don’t […]


Crossover Chronicles Podcast: Brent Barry

Former NBA star and current TNT/NBA TV analyst Brent Barry talks about the remarkable rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder; the equally remarkable struggles of the Golden State Warriors; the coaches for whom he played; and growing up the son of an absentee NBA dad.  

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors covers his face in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Warriors need a Steph Curry flurry to stave off elimination by Thunder

This column is mostly about Stephen Curry, but before discussing the NBA MVP, one of his teammmates illustrates why No. 30 must lead the Golden State Warriors out of a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals. An element of karma sometimes becomes a part of sports. A guy gets a foul call he doesn’t […]

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 22: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to their 133 to 105 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 22, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Basketball opinions exist on a foundation of quicksand

Professional basketball possesses the most intense spotlight in North American team sports — perhaps not in terms of the amount of media coverage devoted to the endeavor (the NFL wins that distinction), but in terms of the extent to which one or two players get a disproportionate share of credit or blame for their team’s […]


The NBA playoffs have uprooted what we thought we knew

It’s not an original observation, but it’s the main observation which should be advanced at this point in the NBA playoffs: The 2016 postseason is shattering our perceptions of the league and its balance of power. The power of the statement lies not in any relevatory quality — the revelations taking place on the court […]


Solving the mystery of the rolling Thunder

How great Thou art — no, the “Thou” is not a deity, if you believe in one, but the Oklahoma City Thunder. The beloved old-time hymn, as many of you will recall, includes these lyrics: I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Oklahoma City is the home […]