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Aaron Gordon’s game has continued to improve since the All-Star break

Aaron Gordon has sustained the positive momentum he gained from his dazzling performance in the All-Star dunk contest.

In fact, he produced one of the Orlando Magic’s most important plays since the break.

The sequence occurred on Feb. 19, with the Magic and Dallas Mavericks tied 98-98 with 12.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Everyone inside Amway Center knew the Mavericks wanted to deliver the ball to Dirk Nowitzki, including the player guarding him, Gordon. Read the rest of this entry »

Goran Dragic Is Feeling The Need For Speed

Can you imagine Al Pacino clutching the hood ornament of a cargo truck as it hurtles down a desert highway at high speed?

It’s tough to picture, isn’t it? Just as it isn’t easy seeing Harrison Ford lord steely-eyed over his nephew’s baptism as his enemies are systematically wiped out, the idea of Pacino donning a fedora and stepping into Raiders of the Lost Ark requires more than a little suspension of disbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

Rondo Having NBA’s Best Passing Season In Decades

At 11.9 assists per game, Rajon Rondo is quietly putting together the most impressive passing season since Hall of Famer John Stockton’s 12.3 assists per game average in the 1994-1995 season according to StatMuse.

Among Kings players that take at least one shot attempt per game, all but one shoot better than their season average on passes received from No. 9. Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Wiggins teams up with Adidas to renovate community center

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins didn’t just make an impact on the court during All-Star Weekend by scoring 29 points in the Rising Stars Challenge, he also made a difference off the court by giving back to the Dufferin Clark Community Centre. Read the rest of this entry »

Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine raise the bar for the dunk contest

Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon taught us that the solution to the NBA’s slam dunk contest was simply staging a true slam dunk contest, a spirited competition that highlights the sport’s ultimate expression of athleticism.

By testing their limits and pushing each other, drawing perfect score after perfect score from the judges, LaVine and Gordon took the dunk contest to unprecedented heights. This was better than Vince Carter’s virtuoso performance in 2000; that was more exhibition than competition. And yes, this was better than the revered duel between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in 1988 because LaVine and Gordon produced better dunks. Much better. Read the rest of this entry »

Pistons’ Johnson Doesn’t Back Down On Defense

In Friday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace, Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson found himself in a familiar spot — guarding LeBron James.

It’s not that he’s had a lot of experience doing it, but he has spent a significant amount of time studying and preparing for the challenge. So when it came time to perform, he felt like he was ready. Read the rest of this entry »

Danny Green Q&A: Pet snakes, NBA downtime and D-League struggles

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green is more than just a three-point marksman. The former North Carolina star has more interests than tight perimeter defense and back-breaking threes to halt your favorite team’s comeback attempt. Green is also a fan of snakes and Scandal.

Green spoke to SI.com to discuss these interests and more, including how he manages to look after his two pet snakes despite playing 41 road games every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Wiggins, Okafor & LaVine selected to the 2016 Rising Stars Challenge

The NBA announced that Minnesota Timberwolves sophomores Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, along with rookie Jahlil Okafor will participate in the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. LaVine and Okafor will team up on the U.S. Team and Wiggins will suit up for the World Team. Read the rest of this entry »

Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova-inspired ‘G’Day Mate’ launches at Cleveland Coffee Co.

Coffee-loving Clevelanders and Cavaliers fans can now fuel up with the same coffee that Cavaliers shooting guard Matthew “Delly” Dellavedova gulps before big games.

The Australian-born basketball phenom and java junkie just launched his own cheery “G’Day Mate” coffee blend with Brendan Walton, owner of the Cleveland Coffee Company in Cleveland’s Midtown district.  Read the rest of this entry »

No rookie wall for Stanley Johnson – and also no limit on the 19-year-old’s ceiling

The initial reaction from opposing coaches, media, broadcasters and fans as Stanley Johnson makes the NBA rounds for the first time is almost always along these lines: “Wow, I didn’t realize he was that big.”

A Pelicans staffer said exactly that when Johnson peeled off his warmups to make his New Orleans debut last week. Denver coach Mike Malone – who has a pretty good source inside the Pistons organization in his father, Brendan Malone, Stan Van Gundy’s assistant – said pretty much the same thing before Saturday’s game there. Read the rest of this entry »

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