Chris Thompson's posts - Italian uPOST

The Time A Guy Punctuated The Worst Shooting Performance Of All Time By Declaring War On Bill Laimbeer The Time A Guy Punctuated The Worst Shooting Performance Of All Time By Declaring War On Bill Laimbeer

Russell Westbrook scored 26 points in Oklahoma City’s loss to the Lakers on Thursday night, including the three clutch free throws that sent the game to overtime. Start there and work backwards across the box score, and you will go from feeling pretty good about Russ’s contributions—hey, 26 points, 13 assists, only 3…

Rolling Pelicans Roasted By Steph Curry's Spontaneous Combustion

The Pelicans came into the second half Wednesday night up five over the Warriors, and quickly added to the lead until it got as big as 16 points. The Pelicans are a fun and surprisingly tough matchup for the Warriors, and they appeared to have the game firmly in their grasp with 4:49 left in the third quarter and the…

JaMychal Green Wrecks Ersan Ilyasova And His Wasted Theatrics With A Thunderous Dunk JaMychal Green Wrecks Ersan Ilyasova And His Wasted Theatrics With A Thunderous Dunk

The Memphis Grizzlies were never really in their Wednesday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, falling behind by double digits in the first quarter, later trailing by 31 points, and eventually yanking their starters at around the 25-minute threshold. The only positives to take away from the game, for Memphis, were…

Teams Are Getting More And More Shameless About Defending The Rockets

The fun and frisky Brooklyn Nets deserve enormous credit for their overtime road win in Houston Wednesday night. Even with almost every useful non-Harden Rockets player either on the shelf or suddenly a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, that’s still an impressive outcome, especially on a night when Harden went…

James Harden's Freakishness Calls To Mind Some Guys James Harden's Freakishness Calls To Mind Some Guys

James Harden right now is like no one else in basketball history in at least this one way: he is taking more combined free throws and three pointers than anyone ever. But don’t take my word for it—here are some cool graphs:

“I remember colliding into Andy with all of my might, and then bouncing off him like a cartoon,” Stewart says. “I was lying on the ground and Andy picked me up like, ‘Hey, you O.K. buddy?’” Tim Rohan of Sports Illustrated tracked down a treasure trove of stories about the young, humongous Andy Reid.

Damn, Now The Rockets Are Even Losing Their Replacement Dudes Damn, Now The Rockets Are Even Losing Their Replacement Dudes

The Rockets are currently missing all of Chris Paul, Clint Capela, and Eric Gordon, three players who together make up roughly 99.9 percent of all the difference-making talent Houston has around James Harden. By rights the Rockets should be dead. That they are not is mostly a testament to Harden’s insane, …

Master Shit-Talker Joel Embiid Rubs Salt In The Timberwolves' Fresh Wounds Master Shit-Talker Joel Embiid Rubs Salt In The Timberwolves' Fresh Wounds

The 76ers beat the absolute hell out of the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night, by the score of 149–107. This was supposed to be the heated and fiercely contested first meeting between Jimmy Butler and his former Timberwolves teammates, but instead it was a savage massacre. Butler was only needed for 28 minutes of…

Bucks Owner Marc Lasry Breathes Fresh Life Into The Steph-For-Bogut What-If Scenario Bucks Owner Marc Lasry Breathes Fresh Life Into The Steph-For-Bogut What-If Scenario

Back in 2016, then-San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami debunked a persistent rumor that the Warriors were once set to trade 23-year-old Stephen Curry for Bucks center Andrew Bogut, before the Bucks pulled the plug over concerns about Curry’s balky ankle. As Kawakami laid out at the time, the eventual…

Bruce Arians Breaks Out The Dreaded "Diva" Label To Describe Antonio Brown Bruce Arians Breaks Out The Dreaded "Diva" Label To Describe Antonio Brown

Bruce Arians was on the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff back when the team selected Antonio Brown with the 195th pick of the 2010 draft, and Arians worked with Brown for two seasons before he was fired following the team’s Wild Card exit at the conclusion of the 2011 season. That connection was enough for Adam…

The Curse Of The 2017 Point Guard Class Is Coming For Dennis Smith Jr. The Curse Of The 2017 Point Guard Class Is Coming For Dennis Smith Jr.

Among the reasons the Mavericks deserve credit for jumping up and grabbing Luka Dončić in the 2018 NBA Draft—beyond the most obvious one, which is that he kicks mondo ass—is the display of confidence and guts to draft a guy who at least superficially overlaps with a guy they drafted with the ninth pick just one year…

Syracuse's Concussion Protocol Seems, Uhh, Inadequate? Syracuse's Concussion Protocol Seems, Uhh, Inadequate?

Late in the first half of Syracuse’s big road win over Duke Monday night, junior forward Elijah Hughes drove left against Marques Bolden and threw up a no-hope layup over a soaring Zion Williamson contest. His own momentum plus the combined push of Bolden and Williamson threw Hughes off balance, and he came down hard…

Robin Lopez Is Trapped In Basketball Hell Robin Lopez Is Trapped In Basketball Hell

Robin Lopez is having a bad time. The Bulls are awful, and are presently mired in a seven-game losing streak, with two games left on their current Western Conference road trip. To add insult to injury, this week head coach Jim Boylen told Lopez he’d be seeing fewer minutes of court time as the team tries different…

Vikings Run Out Of Excuses To Keep Mike "Nuke The Gays" Priefer Employed [Update] Vikings Run Out Of Excuses To Keep Mike "Nuke The Gays" Priefer Employed [Update]

It’s been five years since Chris Kluwe described in detail Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer’s outspoken bigotry and homophobia, including when Priefer said, in a team meeting, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” Priefer has been employed by the Vikings…

The Thunder And Spurs Preview What The Second Half Has In Store For The Western Conference The Thunder And Spurs Preview What The Second Half Has In Store For The Western Conference

If you missed Thursday night’s Thunder-Spurs game, you missed a doozy. It went to double overtime, and the teams combined for 301 total points, which made this the first 300-point NBA game since 2006. The superstar players were mostly fantastic, but there was enough time and room in the game for guys like Derrick…

Truly Mike Malone Has A Bright Offensive Mind And Must Be Considered For All NFL Head Coaching Vacancies

All I’m saying is, if Kliff Kingsbury and Matt LeFleur* can be hired as NFL head coaches because they once worked with preternaturally gifted football passers, surely Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone at least deserves an interview. Let’s see Ryan Tannehill or Jared Goff top this one!

High School Player Coolly Nails The Game-Winning Interception-Into-Buzzer-Beater

You will have to forgive this high school buzzer-beater for having taken place in the least dramatic setting, a dreary, overlit, too-large gym with clusters of fans spread over mostly empty bleachers. The play itself is very, very cool.

“Most people coming to a sporting event know [the kiss cam is] a thing and hopefully they’re coming to have fun and not take life too seriously.” Britni de la Cretaz’s examination of the Kiss Cam for The Ringer is surprisingly interesting and thorough.

More Chris Thompson's posts »

Language