Michael Collins

Warriors Rode Small-Ball Adjustment to NBA Title

Warriors Rode Small-Ball Adjustment to NBA Title

Nostalgia be damned. The Finals flushed out big men with the same velocity that Game of Thrones handles well-read, good-natured people. As Steve Kerr denoted after game five, “It’s just not a series for bigs right now.” Andrew Bogut’s role was reduced to setting screens between Draymond Green and the referees in timeouts. Even David Lee’s mini-revival proved to be… Read more →

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

The enduring image of the 2007 NBA Finals is Tim Duncan placing his right hand on LeBron James’ shoulder and telling him, “This is gonna be your league in a little while. I appreciate you giving us this year.” Timmaay was right, of course. This has been LeBron’s league for quite some time now, and in the East, he has… Read more →

Matthew Dellavedova: Against All Odds

Matthew Dellavedova: Against All Odds

There’s not much to see on the drives through Maryborough or Cleveland, where the excitement peaks at either the Gold Panning Championships or the National Sports Collectors Convention. But drive slowly… if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of the best underdog stories of the NBA playoffs. You might’ve heard about him. His name is Matthew Dellavedova… Read more →

How the Point Guard Battle Will Decide the Hawks-Wizards Series

How the Point Guard Battle Will Decide the Hawks-Wizards Series

Just six weeks ago, Randy Wittman seemed to have lost the Wizards’ fan base and its locker room, while the Hawks were the deadly darlings of the NBA. But something strange happened over the last few weeks, where plights have reversed and fortunes shifted. Wittman slid Paul Pierce to the four, was introduced to the whiteboard and Bradley Beal remembered… Read more →

Aron Baynes, Blake Griffin and the Legacy of the AND1 Mixtapes

Aron Baynes, Blake Griffin and the Legacy of the AND1 Mixtapes

The San Antonio Spurs are defined by their diamonds in the rough. Guys like Danny Green and Patty Mills have extracted NBA careers in Texas. But something struck me just before I watched Blake Griffin and Chris Paul disembowel the Spurs in Game One: Aron Baynes was this year’s 2013-14 Regular Season Patty Mills. The defending champs survived Tiago Splitter’s… Read more →

15 Things the 2014/15 NBA Regular Season Taught Us

15 Things the 2014/15 NBA Regular Season Taught Us

Oi! Chris Paul is really freaking good The 2014-15 regular season was arguably the most enjoyable season we’ve ever had. LeBron came home. More teams moved the ball. Detroit cut Josh Smith and formed a F****** Wall. Hassanity happened. Klay Thompson dropped 37 in a freaking quarter.  Kyrie Irving slaughtered the Spurs in the most outrageously competitive regular season game… Read more →

The Quick and the Dead: Best Case Scenarios for the Western Conference Playoff Teams

The Quick and the Dead: Best Case Scenarios for the Western Conference Playoff Teams

It was just one game on a road back-to-back for the Warriors, but their destruction at the hands of the Spurs last Sunday was a reminder that nobody is safe in the Western Conference. Before the defending champs awoke and Kawhi Leonard decided to devour any dribble in his proximity, multiple analysts were suggesting that the Warriors could run the… Read more →