Author: Brett Pollakoff

Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

Derrick Rose banks home three at the buzzer to give Bulls Game 3 win over Cavaliers


The Cavaliers and the Bulls seem to be as evenly-matched as possible in their playoff matchup, and it’s going to take incredible, somewhat miraculous shots like these to propel one team to get past the other as we get deeper into this second-round series.

Derrick Rose found a way to bank home a three-point shot at the Game 3 buzzer, and lifted his Bulls to a 99-96 victory which gave Chicago a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

James Harden says Matt Barnes’ trash talk towards his mom was ‘disrespectful’


Matt Barnes of the Clippers was fined $50,000 for “directing inappropriate language at a fan,” and that fan just happened to be the mother of James Harden.

Barnes apologized, and all seems to be well in the wake of this somewhat unpleasant incident.

But Harden called it what it was in advance of Houston’s Game 3 matchup in Los Angeles on Friday.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

“In any situation you talk about somebody’s parents that’s just disrespectful,”Harden said. “But I’m focused on Game 3. We’re very focused. We’re locked in. There’s going to be some great intensity.

“I’m not really focused on that. I’m focused on Game 3. Hopefully, we go out and compete and get a victory on the road.”

Harden’s not wrong, and as voraciously as Barnes tends to go after his detractors, even he seemed to realize that a line was crossed.

Mark Jackson says ‘easy route’ was picking Stephen Curry for MVP

Stephen Curry, Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson chose James Harden over Stephen Curry as the MVP this season, and that’s only remotely interesting because of Jackson’s former position as Curry’s head coach.

Harden was every bit as deserving as Curry was of winning the award, and choosing between the two was essentially impossible.

Jackson, now an analyst for ESPN, didn’t need to double down on his remarks. But he chose to anyway during a recent radio appearance.

From Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

“The easy route was to go and say Steph. That’s easy,” Jackson said on Dan Le Batard’s ESPN Radio Show. “I’m not saying he wasn’t worthy. I’m not even saying he didn’t deserve it. I just had to make a pick.

“I love him. I’m happy for him. I’m proud of him. Tremendous speech. Tremendous accomplishment. I wish him nothing but the very best and we move on.”

Again, this is only relevant because of the prior relationship that exists.

But regardless of Jackson’s intentions, or whether or not he truly believes Harden over Curry is the better MVP choice (as I do), the comments will be viewed as sour grapes by plenty of outside observers.