D&B Radio Talk Dak Prescott Autograph Machine Controversy, Who won NBA Offseason, and Whether the Rangers Should Trade Yu Darvish

Back again after a short hiatus, Darreck and Brennan browse the sports landscape for news, as well as a friendly debate/gentlemen’s’ bet. This should be fun!

 

Sports Enyi Time: Talking NBA Draft, Free Agency & Blockbuster Trades

Back again after a short break, Sports Enyi Time is here to talk NBA Draft, free agency, and to discuss a few blockbuster trades that have already gone down. Check it out!

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BREAKING: Paul George Traded to Thunder

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

In a stunning move just hours before the opening of NBA free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder made waves in acquiring the 27-year-old superstar. As with any trade, there are at least two outlooks moving forward. So let’s break down this blockbuster piece by piece, shall we?

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Podcast Shanks – Mavs and Thunder Free Agency

NBA free agency is always one of the more excitement and in many cases, tense times of year. Contenders can be reduced to bottom feeders with the devastating loss of a superstar while other teams who may be on the bubble could surge ahead thanks to a key acquisition. Or, you could just be the damn Warriors and Spurs and sign everybody…

For teams who don’t have that luxury, however, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala of Podcast Shanks take a look at the prospects for the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder and discuss how they can try to get back in the thick of contention.

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Dallas Mavs Buckle Down, Upset Pacers in Indiana

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Coming off an ugly game in Charlotte that saw their 5 game winning streak come to an end, the Dallas Mavericks journeyed to the home of the East’s No. 1 seed. Many assumed the Pacers would hold down their home court, having only lost twice there all season, but going into the All Star break the Dallas Mavericks came out with more than a little bit of a chip on their shoulders. Led by Monta Ellis, who by the way as questionable coming into this three-game road trip, Dallas buckled down their defensive hatches and held Paul George’s Pacers to just 73 points in an 81-73 win. [Read more…]

Is Resiliency Enough for the Indiana Pacers?

By Michael Conway
PSDC Contributor

For the Indiana Pacers, the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals was nothing short of heartbreak. It took a miracle shot from Paul George to even send the game into overtime. David West uncharacteristically missed two free throws in a key early possession in overtime, and George Hill continued to struggle running the point against the Heat’s ball pressure. Not once but twice, coach Frank Vogel opted to sub out his 7-foot defensive anchor, Roy Hibbert, and not once but twice, the decision backfired—the second time culminating with LeBron James’ game-winning layup at the buzzer. In classical seven games series parlance, this was a road game the Pacers could have stolen. Despite 20 turnovers, the struggles with late game execution, and LeBron, the Pacers had multiple chances to win the game and were poised to win for much of the game until LeBron took one powerful dribble to his left and laid the ball against the glass.

Needing four wins against a more talented opponent, the Pacers can ill afford to give away games. Yet, the next day following his mea culpa in Game 1’s post-game press conference, Vogel radiated positivity. He claimed to be “encouraged” by the game. “Our belief in our ability to beat [the Heat] has strengthened after Game 1.” [Read more…]

LeBron Dominates in a Thrilling Game 1

By James McKinnie
PSDC Contributor

30 points. 10 rebounds. 10 assists.

It was just another day at the office for the four-time MVP LeBron James. However, when LeBron puts up those kind of numbers, the score of the game is usually much different. Tonight the result was only a one-point win. A last-second win at that, but a win nonetheless.

With 2.2 seconds left in overtime, LeBron got the ball at the top of the key, and drove it to the hoop for an easy layup that no one could defend. Perhaps Roy Hibbert could have defended it, but Pacers head coach, Frank Vogel, thought it would be better to have Tyler Hansbrough on the court to defend the jump-shooting big man, Chris Bosh, if Bosh found himself open for the shot. Hibbert finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

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Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Game 2 Twitter Recap

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On the anniversary of Reggie Miller scoring eight points in nine seconds against the New York Knicks, TNT decides to put him on the call. This is fabulous on every level. Especially since we all know that Spike Lee would be in the crowd. Let’s go to Twitter for the recap of this one.

Indiana Pacers vs New York Knicks Game 1 Twitter Recap

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

Pacers vs. Knicks isn’t quit the same without Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing, but at least we still get to see Spike Lee in ridiculous outfits. Let’s take a look at what Twitter has to say about this game.

Boston Celtics Blowing It Up and Other NBA Trades

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Celtics announced that their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, would miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. This is a huge blow to a team that had high hopes for the playoffs.

Now, it remains to be seen why the Celtics had high hopes. Boston is holding onto the eighth spot in the East, and will probably continue to be eighth unless Andrew Bynum comes back and lights a fire in Philadelphia, in which case Boston would miss the playoffs. With the Celtics being three games behind Milwaukee for the seventh spot, chances of them getting higher than eight are pretty slim. So, if you are resigned to the fact that you are going to be the eighth best team in the East, you have to realize your first-round opponent will be Miami. The Celtics played an inspired game without their best player and beat Miami on Sunday, but Miami is floating through the regular season and waiting for the playoffs start to turn up the heat. (See what I did there?) There is no way that Boston would beat Miami in the playoffs, with or without Rondo. [Read more…]