The Hack-A-Bad FT shooter issue overblown

The Hack-A-BFTS (Bad Free Throw Shooter) isn’t going anywhere yet, not with Houston and the Clippers facing off in the Western Conference Semifinals. Many want to call it Hack-A-Shaq but Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t like it. Takes it personal so Charles Barkley calls it Hack-A-Dummy. But it’s not about smarts just free-throw mechanics and concentration. Deandre…

Spoelstra not into comparisons

It was Don Nelson’s best team in Dallas, 60 wins and 22 losses, at least until young star Dirk Nowitzki went down. But the Mavericks moved on like the little engine that could and I was ready to hit the road and cover a game in San Antonio for the first time. I’ve been there…

Where to go for OKC?

The Spurs look like a machine. The Thunder look overwhelmed. Next, the network guys are going to tell us, yeah, but this happened back in 2012. The Spurs won 100 straight games, well actually 20 but it seemed like 100, only to then lose four straight after taking a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference…

Not great, but Heat good enough

Dwyane Wade isn’t the 2006 Wade that earned the nickname D-Whistle as he used his skill and athleticism to baffle the Mavericks and earn free throws at a dizzying pace. But with enough rest he can go through stretches where he makes a lot of tough 2-pointers. Minus the explosive, throw his body into a…

Who can blow the biggest lead?

The Thunder thought they’d accomplished something Sunday by blowing a big lead in the final nine minutes, allowing the Clippers to score on 18 of 19 possessions in the process. But the Clippers topped that their with their meltdown Tuesday night in OKC. The Clippers were the better team for most of all four of the…

Dirk Nowitzki

Hope restored for Mavs

As a lifelong Dallas Mavericks fan, any fear of dying without witnessing “the one” was dismissed after Dirk and company were able to upset The Big Three in 2011. Life since that miracle season has not been easy. 2012 ended with a first-round sweeping by the Thunder, and the team failed to make the playoffs…

Still in shock, but what a great year

I made a reservation for Lubbock for this weekend a long time ago. I thought Hirschi would be there. I thought Burkburnett would be there. Not that they were perfect teams, but they were really good teams with a chance to win the region. Or so I thought. I expect both teams to give it…

NFL Wild Card playoffs

Two teams without a lot of recent sucess kicked off the 2011-12 NFL playoffs. The pick-6 at the end of the first half of Andy Dalton may not have been the deciding points, but it turned everything the Texans’ way for the second half.  I liked the Bengals by a hair coming in, but didn’t…

Just as I was buying the Bears

I was beginning to buy the Chicago Bears as one of the best five teams in the NFL. Good defense, great special teams and enough offense with Matt Forte having a great year and yes, Jay Cutler, making some big throws. I, like most, had underestimated the Bears coming into the year. I looked right…