An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Russell Westbrook's running "lay-up" from the free throw line topped the NBA's list of the best circus shots from the 2011-12 season.
With the Thunder and Lakers tied at 70 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Westbrook took off on a breakaway. He was fouled just inside the free throw line, and heaved up a finger roll from the elbow that dropped.
Oklahoma City went on...Read more »
It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.
Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.
Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched...Read more »
Day 21 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the New Jersey Nets. The Nets franchise has two ABA titles but has never won an NBA title, and has 10 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.
Date: May 25, 2002
Situation: The No. 1 New Jersey Nets and the No. 3 Boston Celtics are tied, 1-1, heading to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals
Context: In a remarkable turnaround,...Read more »
Paul Pierce can still ball.
The Celtics veteran was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month after leading Boston to a 12-5 March record and the top of the Atlantic Division.
Kevin Durant got the nod in the Western Conference.
Pierce averaged 22.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in March. Now in his 14th season, all with the Celtics, Pierce is again putting up solid numbers, averaging...Read more »