Power Ranking the 1st Round

by Justin Cherot It’s April, which means it must be time for the Dallas Mavericks to begin their quest for a championship… …just kidding. Rather than opine about how the Mavs would have made the playoffs had Dirk Nowitzki not missed 27 games, or how playing Brandan Wright more might have swung four or five more…

No Contest?

by Justin Cherot Whether or not I’m near a TV, trolling on Twitter is a nightly habit of mine.  Sometimes it’s kind of a #wasteoftime, especially when people on my timeline are re-tweeting complete #ratchetness.  But every now and then an event happens that, as tweeps like to say, “break Twitter.” Well, Los Angeles Clippers’…

Video: Warriors Bench Mocks Griffin’s Shooting Ability

from diehardsportdotcom We know Blake Griffin can soar over tall buildings and make insatiable Kia spots.  We also know that anything outside of ten feet is iffy, which was clearly on display during the Los Angeles Clippers blow-out loss against the suddenly surging Golden State Warriors, 115-92.  The following disgraceful shot was a microcosm of…

Video: Harrison Barnes. Nikola Pekovic. Yams.

We here at PnP are basketball purists, so let’s first point out that Harrison Barnes has definitely gotten better at moving without the basketball, making him a better fit than advertised for the Golden State Warriors. His beautiful backdoor cut is a great illustration of his improving basketball IQ. Apparently he’s also improved his ability…

Video: 138 Points!?

From scoutsfocus While most of us were busy watching nonsensical games like Indiana/Georgetown or Mike D’Antoni‘s coaching debut last night, a little known 5’10” Division III guard from Grinnell College named Jack Taylor went absolutely nuts to the tune of 138 points in his team’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible. Cool facts about the game:…

Link: Thunder Soften on Harden

From ESPN.com Late last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets pulled off the first blockbuster trade of the season.  Reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden is the principle player involved, moving from OKC to Houston in exchange for high-scoring guard Kevin Martin and promising youngster Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder will also…