KAWHI LEONARD

Kawhi Leonard Drives Baseline And Cocks Back For Nasty Two-Handed Jam Over Jonas Valanciunas

The San Antonio Spurs are back, and Kawhi Leonard's re-emergence as his team's most important two-way force is the biggest reason why. This is the remarkably fluid athlete with limbs for days that won Finals MVP last June.

#LeBron James

LeBron James Following Another Dirty Foul: ‘Maybe I’ve Got To Protect Myself A Little More’

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After James led his team to a 120-112 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday with a flurry of late-game heroics, he and the Cavaliers touched on Valanciunas' flagrant foul and so many others like it. And going forward, don't be surprised if Cleveland's enforcers respond to a questionable foul against James with one of their own to the offender shortly thereafter.

NERLENS NOEL

Watch Nerlens Noel Absolutely Devour Jonas Valanciunas’ Brave Dunk Attempt

Nerlens Noel isn't exactly a behemoth – the lithe rookie is listed at a perhaps generous 228 pounds. And considering his well-established shot-blocking prowess, the best way to challenge him mano-a-mano really might be trying to power right through him. But Valanciunas doesn't have the length or explosive athletic ability to take a hit from Noel and stay elevated, let alone rise above him.

TORONTO RAPTORS

Video: Archie Goodwin Goes Through Jonas Valanciunas For Facial Jam

We've been looking for an obvious chance to touch on the Toronto Raptors' defensive woes.

#DWIGHT HOWARD

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

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The true center is a dying position, but big men haven't been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA.

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Watch DeMarcus Cousins Scare Jonas Valanciunas

The USA cruised past Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup semifinals yesterday, 96-68, and it got a little feisty after the game concluded.

TEAM USA

Coach K Breaks Up On-Court Tussle After Team USA Beats Lithuania

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We thought the potential for on-court drama involving Team USA in the FIBA World Cup mostly died after France stunned the basketball world by beating host nation and American rival Spain in the quarterfinals yesterday.

TEAM USA

Faried: Notion That USA Will Struggle Versus Size Is “Massively Disrespectful”

After intended frontcourt stalwarts Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge opted against playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, the Americans' biggest strength became its litany of super-talented guards.

Victor Rudd Jr.

James Harden Lights Up Drew League In Week 11

After 11 weeks of stellar basketball at the Drew League, 28 teams have been narrowed down to 16 who have earned their place in the knockout format of the playoffs.

#Drake

Video: Jonas Valanciunas Tries Teaching Raptors Dancers Lithuanian Moves

Raptors 6-11 big man Jonas Valanciunas finished his second year in the NBA when Toronto was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs after a brutal Game 7 home loss to the Nets.

#BLAKE GRIFFIN

The 100 Best Dunks Of The NBA Season

For only a half season's worth of basketball, the NBA's top athletes have put together a strong resume and large volume of impressive slams, so much so that we had to list 100 of them.

#BOSTON CELTICS

6 Rebuilding NBA Teams That Could Takeover In The Future

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This NBA season, it seems some teams are in full tank mode.

#gifs

GIFs: Raptors Feed Big Man Jonas Valanciunas For A Pair Of Slams

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These two buckets by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas might say more about the defense of the Wizards than it does about the cutting ability of the second-year Lithuanian, but he finished a pair of zapped entry passes with two-handed dunks that almost ripped the rim off the glass.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

5 Teams That Will Resurrect The Eastern Conference Next Year

The NBA's Eastern Conference is in need of immediate assistance because outside of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, there are 13 other teams that are on life support.

#LeBron James

Iman Shumpert & The NBA’s 10 Best Dunks From Last Week

Counting down from 10 to one, it's the NBA's best dunks of the week, plus another day or two, since November 29.


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