Author: Kurt Helin

Stephen Curry with emphatic dunk, Draymond Green triple-double as Warriors beat Raptors (VIDEO)


That would be MVP candidate Stephen Curry showing second tier MVP candidate Kyle Lowry how they do things in Cali.

The Raptors have lost three of five on a rough road trip, the latest coming to the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors. Golden State went on a 20-3 run starting early in the third quarter, led by as many as 23 and cruised in for the 125-105 win. There are moments when Toronto’s defense looks pretty good (although it is 21st in NBA) but Golden State’s passing was at it’s peak and they just torched the Toronto defense.

Another reason for the win? Draymond Green’s triple double of 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. When the Raptors were pushing to make a fourth quarter comeback Green was grabbing all the boards and setting up teammates to keep Toronto at bay.

Top 10 circus shots of 2014 (VIDEO)

Oklahoma City Thunder v Sacramento Kings

It may be 2015 now, but our head is still in 2014. Heck, we’ll probably write that date on some checks for the first three months of this year.

Since our head is still there let’s go back and relive the best circus shots of 2014. Of course there’s some Lance Stephenson and Jeff Green, but personally I would have had Kevin Durant’s shot in the playoffs as he is fouled by Marc Gasol at the top of the list.

Thanks to the people at for compiling this.


Derek Fisher says time may come Carmelo Anthony shuts it down for season

New York Knicks v Los Angeles Clippers

They are not there yet. Specifically Carmelo Anthony is not there.

“I’m playing because I love to play and I want to play. I know what I can tolerate and what I can’t tolerate,” Anthony said recently when saying he had no plans to shut it down for the season, and that he hopes to avoid the “last option” of surgery.

But the day he shuts it down may be coming sooner than he wants — none other than coach Derek Fisher is saying that, as reported by Ian Begley of

“From the conversations I’ve been a part of, I think everybody is smart enough to realize, calendar wise, timing wise, that there may come a point that that’s the decision that needs to be made,” Fisher said Friday. “But [we realize] that we can’t force Carmelo to that point just yet….

“We can’t unilaterally just say, ‘Hey, you know, you can’t play for the rest of the season because of A, B and C,'” Fisher said. “I think our medical staff, our training staff, continue to have conversations with him about where he is. He’s conversing with us about how he’s feeling, what the symptoms are. And so as each day kind of unfolds, decisions are being made. It’s not something that we’re just kind of stepping back and saying, ‘Carmelo, you kind of tell us when you don’t feel like playing anymore.'”

There are a couple issues in play for Anthony. First, he just inked a five-year, $124 million deal to stay in New York and he wants to show he is working for that money, that he is worthy of that money. Second, the All-Star Game comes to the Knicks home court of Madison Square Garden in six weeks and Anthony is likely to be one of the starting forwards in the East voted in by the fans. He doesn’t want to miss that.

But will his body let him play that long? Fisher seems to be hinting no.

Also, with a 5-30 team, the Knicks are terrible and going nowhere. Certainly not the playoffs. What’s the point of pushing through the pain when the best you can do is make your team’s season mildly less of a disaster.