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Apr 24 / King Kaufman

Shoutouts: The NBA 200 and early-round playoff coverage

The NBA playoffs are underway. Or, as I like to put it: The NBA regular season has started. To celebrate, today’s Shoutouts focus on the Association.

You know about the NFL 1000, Bleacher Report’s series ranking the NFL’s top 1,000 players position by position. For the first time this year, we’re bringing the same concept to basketball with the NBA 200. Adam Fromal is on the job ranking the NBA’s players by role. The first two appeared this week:

Top Point Guards in 2013-14

Ranking the Top Combo Guards of 2013-14 Season

Next up, on Monday: Swingmen.

Let’s go back to the end of the “regular” season for Jim Cavan having a little fun with Blake Griffin Suspended 1 Game for 16th Technical Foul of Season. A highlight of Cavan’s analysis of Griffin’s offense, which was taking a swipe at Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets:

I can’t even begin to fathom what Timo—a 7-foot teddy bear in basketball shoes—could’ve possibly done to incite this kind of regular rage in Blake. Here are my three most sensible guesses:

  1. Borrowed Blake’s Slap Chop and never returned it.
  2. Borrowed Blake’s Expandable Hose and never returned it.
  3. Burned Blake’s house down.

The first two I can see getting upset about. The last one? You’re a multimillionaire. Buy a new one!

Anyway, that was dumb, Blake.

Two more winners from the first few days of the playoffs:

2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: Complete Predictions Through the Finals by Bryan Toporek

Can Jeff Teague Make NBA Playoffs His Coming out Party? by Grant Hughes