Just about halfway into a wildly unpredictable NBA season, the question of title contenders has become one of uncertainty and hesitation. While most of the East’s teams are struggling to stay above water, the West is again proving a devastating gauntlet of dangerous teams; any of whom could emerge on top.
This week at BallOverAll, we’re going to attempt to dissect the razor-thin margins between these elite teams, and count down the NBA’s Top 10 Title Contenders as we near the season’s midway point.
A head-butt to the chin of Dwight Howard has earned Kevin Garnett a one-game suspension. In case you missed it, Garnett was ejected from last night's game against the Houston Rockets after a brief altercation with Dwight, which resulted in this head-butt and a whole lot of 'Hold Me Back!' tough guy stuff;
Each February, the NBA gathers together to celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president George Washington with a highlight reel of dunks, trick shots, three-pointers and ankle-breaking handles better known as the All-Star Game. Fans and coaches alike vote for the players they believe best represent their team, conference and league, putting together rosters that seem only imaginable in 2K.
Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Drake's move to put a legit basketball hoop in his room isn't awesome.
The Toronto Raptors' global ambassador, like anyone knows what that is, took to instagram to show off his new digs which is straight out of a teenager's dream, complete with a 'Supreme' rug. It's only a matter of time until somebody drops a tomahawk dunk and tears down the sheetrock but for now at least, this is the ultimate YOLO sanctuary.
There was a full slate of NBA games last night but the highlight of the night came from the Staples Center and it wasn't due to a Blake Griffin alley-oop or a vintage Kobe performance. Los Angeles Clippers' owner, Steve Ballmer went off last night during a Fergie performance, the likes of which we've never seen, not even from Mark Cuban.
As for Ballmer's squad, the Clips (24-12) routed their roommates by the final of 114-89. The win marked the fifth straight time that the Clips have defeated the Lake Show, and nine of the last 10.
At 5-31 on the season, it was only a matter of time until the Knicks started making some roster moves. Tonight they were key players in a three-team deal that sends JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Cavs ship Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shumpert, who has been sidelined since December 12th is averaging 9.3 points per game, though it's his ability to defend the perimeter which will be vital to the Cavs. Smith was averaging just a shade under 11 points per game and will likely take on Waiters' role in the offense.
The Toronto Raptors recently hosted Drake night and fans in attendance received a limited edition Raptors x OVO t-shirt. That might be cool if you're into played-out gimmicks, but if you're into watching hoops and possibly getting laid afterward, or perhaps during a tv timeout... Atlanta is the place to be.
The Hawks, who have skyrocketed to the top of the Eastern Conference, have teamed up with the dating app Tinder for the first ever 'Swipe Right Night' which will take place this Wednesday at the Philips Arena.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away after a battle with cancer- he was 49 years old. Scott, who has two daughters, was the recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY's in July where he delivered a most memorable speech highlighting his courageous battle with cancer.
Stuart Scott was one of ESPN's most signature personalities in the business, having worked with ESPN and ABC Sports for the past 21 years most notably on Sports Center before recently taking over duties as host of Monday Night Football.
Today, December 30th, marks the 30th birthday of one LeBron James. LBJ will be in action tonight as his Cavs attempt to shake off rumors of a divide between the players and coach David Blatt. They'll face a tough test in the Atlanta Hawks, but we expect to see an inspired LeBron take the floor tonight as he celebrates the big 3-0.
In celebration of King James' b-day, we take a look back at his top-30 moments since entering the league at the ripe age of 19, including the time he almost ended Jason Terry's life and his ridiculous game winner against the Magic in the 2009 playoffs.
John Wall ran circles around the Knicks at Madison Square Garden yesterday afternoon and it wasn't until late in the fourth that New York's Quincy Acy was finally able to corral the explosive point guard. Although, his actions will cost him a one game suspension.
Nick 'Swaggy P' Young is going to be on the road this Holiday season, as he and the Los Angeles Lakers will be playing the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Christmas Day and the Mavericks in Dallas the following night. Since he won't be around to enjoy Christmas with his girl, Iggy Azalea, she blessed him with an early Christmas gift- a blue 1962 Chevy Impala.
No word on what Nick Young got Iggy for Christmas, but he's certainly got his work cut out for him this year.