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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 29, 2019. 3 comments

Ja Morant Scores 30, Stuffs Kyrie Irving, Will Be A Lot Of Fun On The Grizzlies

Ja Morant Scores 30, Stuffs Kyrie Irving, Will Be A Lot Of Fun On The Grizzlies

Big fat dunks, pinpoint dimes, and the gumption to go at Kyrie Irving in a scoring duel and win? Ja Morant delivered on all those fronts Sunday as the Memphis Grizzlies took out the Brooklyn Nets, 134-133. Based on Morant’s 30-point, nine-assist explosion, the No. 2 pick out of Murray State intends to remain one of the most telegenic players at this next level of basketball.

Given the...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 25, 2019. 4 comments

Tacko Fall Is In Concussion Protocol Because He Bonked His Head On The Ceiling

Tacko Fall Is In Concussion Protocol Because He Bonked His Head On The Ceiling

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-5 Celtics rookie and current tallest NBA player, is a delight . Unfortunately, Fall was not healthy for Wednesday’s season opener due to a low ceiling he encountered on Oct. 18.

Here’s how the big man described his run-in to MassLive:

Before the Boston Celtics shoot around at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Fall explained to MassLive that he was trying to wash...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 24, 2019. 5 comments

Nikola Jokic Lulled Hassan Whiteside To Sleep

Nikola Jokic Lulled Hassan Whiteside To Sleep

New Blazers addition Hassan Whiteside was very, very excited to see Nikola Jokic in early foul trouble on Tuesday night. After racking up three fouls in four minutes of play, the Nuggets big man hibernated for the rest of the first half. He then returned in the second half to cook the opposition. Deadspin’s Being Tall correspondent Patrick Redford reports that this is what he used to do in...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 24, 2019. 1 comments

Patrick Beverley Has Somehow Reached A Higher Plane Of Intensity On The New-Look Clippers

Patrick Beverley Has Somehow Reached A Higher Plane Of Intensity On The New-Look Clippers

Becoming a title favorite over the summer and opening the season against the hometown rival would all be hugely motivational for the Clippers. But Patrick Beverley has never required that extra fuel. By tipoff of any given game he has already showered in kerosene and used a lit match as a Q-tip. That’s his whole purpose.

“When he run up on me like a pitbull, grab me, hold me, I don’t mind ...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 23, 2019. 7 comments

The Brain-Poisoned Knicks Fan's Case For Frank Ntilikina

The Brain-Poisoned Knicks Fan's Case For Frank Ntilikina

Knicks fandom is an identity unto itself—big dummy who likes pain—but it is not one big undifferentiated blob of big dummy. These fans hold a diversity of strong opinions, on players that no healthy person should have to think about any longer than a commercial break. Heading into the new season, there is perhaps no topic that polarizes fan opinion like the past, present, and future of Frank...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 17, 2019. 9 comments

Jimmy Butler Compares Himself To A Work Of Art, Specifically A Banksy

Jimmy Butler Compares Himself To A Work Of Art, Specifically A Banksy

No forecast of Jimmy Butler’s surging cheese levels , no matter how thorough, could have anticipated the day he compared himself to a Banksy artwork. It’s too on the nose, but that’s exactly what the Heat forward told Haute Living in last week’s profile. (Also revealed: Butler has taken on a bit of a British accent. “The honeys love it!”)

Here’s the Banksy reference with full context, in all...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 16, 2019. 17 comments

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

On the most generous possible read, the NBA-China news cycle has revealed just how little players and coaches have ever considered the ethical stakes of doing business with an authoritarian state. The more cynical read is that they understand these stakes well enough but have decided there’s way too much money on the table to describe them out loud. (On Monday, LeBron James, with his oblique...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 15, 2019. 4 comments

Now 15-Year-Old Coco Gauff Has Won Her First Title

Now 15-Year-Old Coco Gauff Has Won Her First Title

Even as Coco Gauff made her runs at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open runs this summer, the prodigy did not actually beat any player ranked higher than No. 44 in the world. (Venus Williams just so happened to be No. 44 at the time.) What the 15-year-old Gauff accomplished by winning a title Sunday at the Linz Open is, in its own way, more impressive than those earlier feats.

Gauff’s runs at...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 09, 2019.

Andy Murray Is Back To Beefing

Andy Murray Is Back To Beefing

Andy Murray’s happy return to tennis wouldn’t have been complete without some trademark stink-faced kvetching—mostly at himself, but occasionally at his opponent when the situation warrants. Few opponents deserve a good kvetch in the face like Fabio Fognini, Murray’s matchup in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Fognini, a racket genius with a dumpster mouth and enigmatic brain , is...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 05, 2019.

Naomi Osaka Ends Bianca Andreescu's Hot Streak, Opens Up What Should Be A Gnarly Rivalry

Naomi Osaka Ends Bianca Andreescu's Hot Streak, Opens Up What Should Be A Gnarly Rivalry

Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old apparently blessed with every tennis gift besides consistent health, has enjoyed one of the most surreal debuts in tennis history. Her season’s been so good that she can toss off a quote like “I kind of forgot how to lose” and no fair observer bats an eye.Consider a few gaudy measures of her success in her first full season on the WTA, as of this morning. She...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 03, 2019. 6 comments

Andy Murray Is Alive Again

Andy Murray Is Alive Again

Andy Murray has been to hell and back this year. At the Australian Open, the Scot tearfully announced his retirement at age 31 , due to hip pain so severe it interfered with his daily life. A rare hip resurfacing surgery left the rest of his career in question. At the time of that announcement, Murray’s modest target had been to eke out one last Wimbledon . That’s where his head was at in...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 03, 2019. 15 comments

Jimmy Butler Will Reach His Final Form In Miami

Jimmy Butler Will Reach His Final Form In Miami

It took zero days of Miami Heat training camp for cheese to continue cascading out of Jimmy Butler’s pores. In truth, the cheese began to flow T-minus 6.5 hours before camp even started: Butler got up at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday to squeeze in a morning workout, per the Miami Herald, and he made sure everyone knew how different he was from the rest.

“Just a little extra work while y’all in your...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 28, 2019. 16 comments

The Josh Jackson Saga Has Gotten Bleaker

The Josh Jackson Saga Has Gotten Bleaker

Josh Jackson, drafted by the Suns with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and hailed as a do-everything wing, has not demonstrated a clear ability to do much of anything. He’s struggled with shooting, decision-making, defense, and virtually every identifiable element of basketball. After his sophomore campaign in Phoenix, he came in 85th of 92 small forwards in real plus-minus,...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 27, 2019. 4 comments

Nick Kyrgios Will Face His Toughest Test Yet: Being A Good Lad For Six Months

Nick Kyrgios Will Face His Toughest Test Yet: Being A Good Lad For Six Months

Over a month ago, Nick Kyrgios vaporized two rackets during a “bathroom break,” berated an umpire for the better part of an hour, and allegedly spat at that umpire at match’s end in Cincinnati. The next day, the ATP announced $113,000 in fines for the Australian’s nine code violations. The rest of his punishment would come later.

Despite (or, if we’re being real, because of) his shittier...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 26, 2019. 13 comments

If The NBA's Itching To Investigate Something, It Should Look At The Orlando Magic

If The NBA's Itching To Investigate Something, It Should Look At The Orlando Magic

The NBA has promised to crack down on tampering and salary cap circumvention, rolling out new rules and talking a big game about ramped-up enforcement. So far the league has done really noble work , punishing the Milwaukee Bucks for noting that their own player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be offered a lot of money next summer. Maybe there are some heads worthier of sticking on a pike. Tom...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 25, 2019. 6 comments

Milwaukee Bucks Fined For Observing That Reigning MVP, Whom They Employ, Will Be Offered Lots Of Money Next Summer

Milwaukee Bucks Fined For Observing That Reigning MVP, Whom They Employ, Will Be Offered Lots Of Money Next Summer

The possibility that the NBA’s dumb new tampering rules would be enforced in the dumbest possible fashion has quickly come to fruition. Per a league press release today, the Milwaukee Bucks have been fined $50,000 for “violating league rules governing the timing of discussions regarding future player contracts and permissible commitments to players.”

The offending incident happened at a Bucks...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 25, 2019. 11 comments

Mike Francesa Stirred From Years-Long Nap To Appear In Feature Film

Mike Francesa Stirred From Years-Long Nap To Appear In Feature Film

Apologies to Kevin Garnett, but he’s been upstaged by Mike Francesa as the most intriguing sports-adjacent figure to appear in the upcoming movie Uncut Gems. In the anxiety-inducing trailer, radio’s drowsiest fella dons pinstripes, fits the film’s NYC milieu perfectly, and nails his line delivery: “Well I’ll tell you what I know, that’s the dumbest fuckin’ bet I ever heard of.”

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 24, 2019. 12 comments

Candace Parker Was Peeved After Derek Fisher Benched Her In An Elimination Game

Candace Parker Was Peeved After Derek Fisher Benched Her In An Elimination Game

Down 2-0 to the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Semifinals, the Los Angeles Sparks played out the last quarter and a half of their season Sunday night without Candace Parker, to the surprise of everyone involved, including Candace Parker.

The longtime Sparks forward put up four points on six shots, and with almost six minutes to go in the third, head coach Derek Fisher benched her for good. This...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 24, 2019. 13 comments

Roger Federer And Rafael Nadal Were Obscene And Hilarious As Coaches At The Laver Cup

Roger Federer And Rafael Nadal Were Obscene And Hilarious As Coaches At The Laver Cup

The Laver Cup, which took place this past weekend in Geneva, is the most entertaining exhibition format tennis has devised to date. The semi-scripted feel hits the spot, and by recasting the tour’s most famous rivals as allies, there’s an element of fan service. You get to watch 39 majors’ worth of talent shoot the shit, cheer each other on, and offer tactical advice.

Hearing Rafael Nadal...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 21, 2019. 4 comments

The NBA's Dumb New Tampering Rules Are Rolling Out

The NBA's Dumb New Tampering Rules Are Rolling Out

So, this is silly: The NBA Board of Governors unanimously passed a stricter package of anti-tampering rules. Small-market teams scared of voracious big-market rivals, teams recently burned in free agency, and teams who just want to vote in lockstep so as not to look suspicious—whatever their varying incentives, everyone fell in line to approve the new measures. Owners don’t like feeling that...

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