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James Harden Hits the Club & Strip Club(VIDEO)

According to TMZ Sports, James Harden and some Rockets players hit the club after a 39 point loss against the Spurs. You can’t blame a man for trying to blow off steam after the biggest disappointment game of his career. Kylie Jenner was also clubbing with some Houston Texans players.




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Schedule/TV info for Game 1s of NBA playoffs

Finally, the NBA playoffs are among us and we have interested match-ups. Below is the set matchup for Game 1 of the Eastern and Western Playoffs.

Saturday

  • Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m. ABC
  • Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Memphis at San Antonio 8 p.m., ESPN
  • Utah vs. LA Clippers TBD 10:30, p.m., ESPN

Sunday

  • Atlanta at Washington, 1 p.m., TNT
  • Portland at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • Chicago at Boston, 6:30 p.m. TNT
  • Oklahoma City at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT

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If Harden Wins….We Riot

 


If you know me at all then you know I’m very passionate about the things I believe in. Even if it’s the smallest thing in the world. For instance, I once almost ruined a friendship debating whether or not Eminem really went to high school. So, I’m not going to change my ways now.

Let me just come out and say it: RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS MVP. I repeat, RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS MVP. And If Steph Curry can be a unanimous MVP for last year’s season than Russ deserves a unanimous MVP too. You can take all your turnover stats and your free rebounds stat and whatever excuse you want and you can shove it up your ass quite frankly because this shouldn’t even be a debate anymore. The man has 41 triple-doubles currently (ties regular season record) and he’ll probably compile a few more if we’re being honest. He averages a triple-double. He holds the most points scored with a triple-double with 57. He even has “triple-double” tattooed on his right butt cheek! Okay, that’s not true but if I was him I would get that, just saying. Anyway, when we take a look at the MVP race there’s something that people seem to always forget: what “MVP” stands for. Most VALUABLE Player. I can’t think of anyone that currently fits this description more than Russ. If you take Russ off the Thunder then they may actually be worse than The Lakers. Do you take Kawhi off the Spurs? They still make the playoffs. Do you take Harden off The Rockets? They may not make the playoffs but they’d still rank higher than a Thunder team without Russ. You take Lebron off the Cavs? They would still make the playoffs! Russ got a bummy team to a 6TH SEED! I’d like to credit Billy Donovan a bit here too, but honestly, I think Russ is uncoachable. He’s just doing what he wants out there and it’s working. We are living in Westbrook’s world. Another factor to consider is how much Russ actually improved in Durant’s departure. I used to shit on Russ all the time for how he threw up bricks at the end of close games (i.e. Thunder against The Warriors – game 7 last year). He did not have a “clutch factor” as you Kobetards say. Now, how many clutch shots have we seen him hit this year? Too many to count (may not be true but I suck at math).

The point of this article is that if Russell Westbrook does not win the MVP award then I will literally start a riot outside Adam Silver’s house (even though it wouldn’t be his fault). Am I really going to do this? No, but I will construct many angry tweets and write an article on how the NBA is worse than the Third Reich. Oh, and to all of you that think Harden deserves it more….440 turnovers this year….just saying.

 

@charliepelk

Players Reaction to Tracy McGrady Being Inducted to The HOF

Players Reaction to Tracy McGrady Being Inducted to The HOF


The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has himself a ticket to Springfield, Massachuttes.

The Ceremony will take place on September 8th, 2017.

“I couldn’t believe it,” McGrady said upon receiving the news, per the Basketball Hall of Fame on Twitter. “I had him repeat it again.”

“I didn’t win a championship,” McGrady said, per Mark Berman of Fox 26. “I didn’t have much playoff success, but this is my championship and it’ll be forever”

 

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Check Out The Best Houston Rockets Threes from this season(VIDEO)

 The Houston Rockets have made the most three-pointers than any other team this season. They have made 1,083 threes so far.

The record was held by the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors, but how the game is being played. Do not be surprised if next season a different team brakes the Houston Rockets three-pointer record.

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Who has the best case for NBA MVP?

As the end of the regular season approaches, this season’s NBA MVP race is the closest one we’ve seen in years. Just in the past 3 years we’ve had Kevin Durant win it after his former teammate Russell Westbrook was injured and he had to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder on his back as the lone superstar in 2014, in 2015 Steph Curry wins the award after he leads his team to a 67-15 record and in 2016 becomes the first player in NBA history to ever win it unanimously when his Golden State Warriors broke the all-time NBA regular season record and went 73-9.

Unlike the recent past NBA seasons, this year’s race has been a toss up all season long and there’s a great case for all 4 of the players it’s been narrowed down to for this discussion, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Lebron James. An honorable mention is Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics who is averaging 29 pts, 2.6 rebounds, and 6 assists per game, as well as completely blowing by what was expected of the team this season and as of now are the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference.

Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard are the 2 least likely to win the award out of the four considering how little the media is covering them as MVP candidates compared to Westbrook and Harden and the great talent they have around them. However, they are both having spectacular seasons and are fully qualified and worthy of the discussion. Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and reigning NBA Champion is considered by many the best basketball player in the world and is currently holding the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference and averaging 26 ppg, 8.4 rpg, and 8.8 apg which is an improvement from his last 2 seasons and considering he is now 32 years of age, it’s simply incredible. Lebron is also shooting an extremely efficient 54% from the field,  the factors holding him back from winning is that his team’s record of 45-22 this far into the season with so much talent on the roster is not impressive, he’s not been a closer in the 4th quarter, as well as the fact he’s won the award 4 times and voters seem to take his stats for granted since it’s a standard they already hold him to and expect.

The San Antonio Spurs, on the other hand, are having a spectacular season currently in the 2nd seed of the Western Conference and creeping up on Golden State as their star player Kawhi Leonard is having the best season of his career and showing glimpses of taking over game’s in the 4th quarter like an MVP should. With him taking control into his own hands when games are at stake, being the 2nd seed in the west, averaging  26.4 ppg, 6 rpg, and 3.5 apg, grabbing 2 steals a game and shooting 48% from the field it’s not hard to see why he’s one of the leaders in this race, he is also the best 3 point shooter statistically out of the 4 players.

As for James Harden and his Houston Rockets, they have by far exceeded expectations. After a Mediocre 41-41 record in the 15-16 season, and a season-long issue with Dwight Howard on the roster, the Rockets implemented changes that many were sceptacle about. Some of these changes include hiring Mike D’Antoni as their head coach after his infamous Laker’s run as coach, as well as moving Harden into the Point guard position, but they’ve made it work. The Rockets are currently the 3rd seed in the Western Conference and have already exceeded their wins from last season, considering they added no superstars during the off season and made bold changes, the season has overall been a success. James Harden has carried the Rockets and been the player they need him to be, this season he’s recorded 18 triple doubles and 2 of them with 50+ points which is nothing short of spectacular, as well as recording the most 40-point triple doubles in a season in NBA history. He is averaging 29.1 ppg, 8 rpg, 11.2 apg, and getting to the free throw line an average of 11 times a night. Any other season this might be no debate and Harden would run away with the award, his 3rd seed and the fact the Thunder were in the 7th seed for a long duration this season gave James Harden the edge over Westbrook in the MVP conversation for a long time.

Last but definitely not least, Russell Westbrook by far is having the most historic season out of any candidate. After his ex co-star Kevin Durant left him and the Oklahoma City Thunder high and dry for the Golden State Warriors. All eyes were on Westbrook to see how he’d respond on the court, and what we’ve gotten is nothing short of legendary. Up until the trade deadline Russell Westbrook had the least talent around him out of the other candidates and had the biggest load of carrying the team on his back. During the offseason Thunder fans had new hope as Russell signed an extension with the team, in return Thunder GM Sam Presti acquired the talents of Taj Gibson and young prospect Doug McDermott to help out before the deadline in February. The Majority of the season has been an up-hill battle as they were stuck in the 7th seed for quite some time and injuries to key players on the roster like Enes Kanter and Victor Oladipo occurred. As of now Russell Westbrook and his Thunder have found themselves out of the 7th seed and climbing up the Western Conference and every spot they go up only increases his chances to be voted for. Russ has been averaging a Triple Double season-long and is the only player to do so since Oscar Robinson in 1962. Recently passing Wilt Chamberlain, for the 2nd most triple doubles in a season currently at 34. In this day and age the fact he’s averaging a triple double this far into the season and is projected to finish the season doing so, is simply unheard of and beyond incredible. The amount of rebounds he is averaging at 6’3 having 10.5 rpg is one of the feats that stick out the most, along with 10.4 apg, it’s no question why he’s Allen Iverson’s pick to win MVP. Westbrook is also leading the league in scoring with 31.7 ppg and having the 2nd highest scoring game so far this season with 58 points. Despite many claiming the season had become predictable because of Golden State’s acquisition of Kevin Durant and the finals being written on the wall, the MVP race has been the most intriguing and close one we’ve had in years. All of these players mentioned have a strong case going for them and at the end of the day voters will have to take into account history being made as well as team successes and decide just who exactly is the most valuable player to their team.

 

The Race For 6th Man of the Year

The Race For 6th Man of the Year


Before we get started let me take this time to introduce myself. My name is Charlie Pelkey, I grew up in a small town in upstate New York and I’ve loved the game of basketball since kindergarten. I was thrilled to get this opportunity to write for Sports Leakers because I love talking about basketball, I love stats and I love seeing different opinions and voicing my own. Be warned though I like to have fun and I may joke around in my articles so I hope you readers like to laugh. Also, I think it’s a good idea to put it out there that my favorite players are J.R. Smith and Nick Young just to give you a sense of where my basketball loyalty lies. Now then, let’s get into some basketball!

The NBA season is drawing closer and closer to the end and one thing that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough is the sixth man of the year. As we look forward I’ve narrowed it down to 5 players that I believe will deserve this honor and 2 of them are on the same team…

 

1. ERIC GORDON

Eric Gordon has been a beautiful addition to the surprising Rockets team. Led by MVP candidate James Harden, this team was predicted to not even make the playoffs at the beginning of the season after barely making the 8th seed last year and losing Dwight Howard but after a head coach switch up and a few off season pick ups, they’ve surprised everyone and currently sit at 3rd seed in the west. A major reason for this is the offense that head coach Mike D’antoni brings. Just look at a number of threes this team hits so how couldn’t Gordon thrive here? He won the three-point contest this year and he currently averages 16.7 PPG with a 41% FG efficiency including 37.9% from 3 point range. He also averages 2.6 RPG which is a nice bonus from a shooting guard. These are the exact kind of efficient numbers you want from a player sitting behind James Harden. Unlike teams such as the Cavaliers, these numbers show depth in their line up and allow the tempo to be kept up even when the starters are sitting. One thing that goes overlooked with Gordon is that his defense is much better than his superior’s. Harden is an elite scorer but he is not a great defender so it’s good to have a versatile SG come in to relieve him.

 

2. LOU WILLIAMS

“6th Man like Lou Will!” The Rockets’ depth doesn’t stop at Gordon. Williams is another great scorer coming off the bench that fits well in the D’Antoni offense. Just look at a number of threes Williams drained in his debut with the team a few weeks ago. He’s a late addition to the team but a beautiful one and provides more for the team than the man he was traded for, Corey Brewer. Averaging 15. 1 PPG on a 40% FG efficiency and 35.7% from three point land. Lou was averaging about the same numbers on The Lakers where he was already a candidate for 6th man of the year but you can tell he feels much more comfortable in this Rockets offense. Having him and Gordon come off the bench and being able to swap them in and out of different line ups provides a lot of options for D’Antoni and although I miss seeing Lou and Swaggy light it up, at least he got away from D’Angelo’s tattling.

 

3. Patty Mills

If you saw the Spurs-Warriors game last night then you see how important Patty is to The Spurs. Just look at what he’s done in Parker’s absence. Although he only averages about 10 PPG he is a great leader and can run an offense. He’s also bound to give you a 20+ point game here and there and he’s efficient. He’s shooting 45% from the field and 42.3% from three while also giving Pop 3.3 APG which passing, as you all know, is a cherished tool in The Spurs offense.

 

4. Greg Monroe

Greg has actually sort of fallen off in a way. He used to be the number 1 option for the young Bucks team but after some off season pick ups, trades and the rise of The Greek Freak, he’s become more of a role player but a useful one. Averaging 11.8 PPG along with 6.7 RPG, he provides depth at the center position. The Bucks currently sit at the 8th seed and if they hope to have any chance in the playoffs then they need players to step up and that includes the bench. Greg is a good second option at center and not many teams have those options.

 

5. Jamal Crawford

There’s a case for Jamal Crawford literally every single year. He’s one of the most efficient 6th men ever and he really takes pride in his role. He currently averages 12.2 PPG with 40.6% FG efficiency and was one of the main reasons The Clipper stayed in the top 5 in the west during Chris Paul’s absence. He’s shooting 34.9% from three and also averages almost 3 APG (2.7). A veteran of the game he also provides leadership and advice to a lot of young guys on the Clippers most of whom come off the bench. It remains to be seen how much longer Crawford will be around but seeing him win another 6th man award would do my heart good.

 

And those are my candidates for 6th Man of the Year! Let me know what you think and who you think should win it especially if you disagree with my top 5! Chat with me on twitter: @charlie_pelkey

2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers

2017 NBA TRADE DEADLINE: Winners and Losers


This year NBA trade deadline was not as big as others in the past year. The only big name star that was traded was DaMarcus Cousins. Other than him, regular role players were traded before Thursday 12 pm pacific time. Other super star names that we were expecting to hear was Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo, and even Blake griffin.  None of these teams did much to make them better for the 2nd half of the season. The Clippers are still stuck in the same place, just like the Bulls, Pacers, and Knicks.
Below, are all the trades that happen during the past few days.

nba trade deadline

Sacramento Kings
Traded DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi
Received: A BAG OF CHIPS JK, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
New Orleans Pelicans
Traded: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick
Received: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi (Was waive Friday afternoon)
Dallas Mavericks
Received: Nerlens Noel
Traded: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick

Philadelphia 76ers
Received: Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a top 18 protected first round pick (Sixers might negotiate a buyout from Bogut)
Traded: Nerlens Noel, Ersan Ilyasova

Atlanta Hawks
Received: Ersan Ilyasova
Traded: Tiago Splitter, Mike Scott

Phoenix Suns
Received: CASH, 2017 & 2018 second-round picks in the Tucker trade
Traded: Mike Scott, PJ Tucker

Toronto Raptors
Received: Serge Ibaka, Jared Sullinger, and two future 2nd round picks from Suns
Traded: PJ Tucker

Orlando Magic
Received: Terrence Ross and a 2017 1st pick
Traded: Serge Ibaka

Oklahoma City Thunder
Received: Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson
Traded: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pick

Chicago Bulls
Received: Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow, and a 2018 second round pickTraded: McDermott and Gibson

Houston Rockets:
Received: Lou Williams, Huertas (MOST LIKELYWOULD BE WAIVE)
Traded: K.J. Mc Daniels, Tyler Ennis

Los Angeles Lakers:
Received: Corey Brewer, Tyler Ennis
Traded: Lou Williams, Huertas

Denver Nuggets:
Received: Roy Hibbert
Traded: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH

Milwaukee Bucks
Received: 2nd round pick to Milwaukee and CASH
Traded: Roy Hibbert

Overall, this year trade deadline was a disappointment like last years. No super star was traded to a team that would have potential to knock off the Cavaliers or the warriors. There was no huge block trade that could potentially shake up the NBA.

Lou Williams Traded to Houston

Lou Williams traded to the Huston Rockets


Magic Johnson first day on the job traded Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick in the upcoming season. Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Houston Rockets wanted another 3 point scorer who can get his own shot when James Harden was on the bench.

lou williams traded
The only reason why this trade makes sense for the Lakers is because now they are able to have a first round pick, where they can use it as a trading asset. As for the Rockets, trading for Lou Williams does not help your defensive woes you have, but it will definitely help the weakness Corey Brewer had. Core Brewer was unable to keep with the system of Mike D’Antoni. He is a streaky shooter, but do get me wrong. Brewer is a better defender than Williams but in this case. You cannot trust Corey Brewer, at times he would get hot and cold, never really was consisted on the offensive end.

Overall, the Lou Williams traded benefited both parties, the Houston Rockets add an additional scoring player who can come off the bench and for the Lakers, they can focus on tanking for the rest of the season.

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NBA’s Most Valuable Teams 2017

Forbes List of The NBA Most Valuable Teams 2017


You may ask, How much are each team worth?

Well recently, Forbes release their annual list of the most valuable teams in the NBA. It might be surprising how teams who are doing so bad in the NBA, still be so valuable even with a awful winning record.

  1. New York Knicks
    • Current Value: $3.3 Billion
    • Revenue: $376 Million new york knicks
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
    • Current Value: $3.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $330 million
  3. Golden State Warriors
    • Current Value: $2.6 Billion
    • Revenue: $305 Million
  4. Chicago Bulls
    • Current Value: $2.5 Billion
    • Revenue: $232 Million
  5. Boston Celtics
    • Current Value: $2.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $200 Million
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
    • Current Value: $2.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $185 Millionclippers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
    • Current Value: $1.8 Billion
    • Revenue: $223 Million
  8. Houston Rockets
    • Current Value: $1.65 Billion
    • Revenue: $244 Million
  9. Dallas Mavericks
    • Current Value: $1.45 Billion
    • Revenue: $194 Million
  10. Miami Heat
    • Current Value: $1.35 Billion
    • Revenue: $210 Million
  11. Cleveland Cavalierscavaliers
    • Current Value: $1.2 Billion
    • Revenue: $233 Million
  12. San Antonio Spurs
    • Current Value: $1.175 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  13. Toronto Raptors
    • Current Value: $1.123 Billion
    • Revenue: $193 Million
  14. Phoenix Suns
    • Current Value: $1.1 Billion
    • Revenue: $173 Million
  15. Sacramento Kings
    • Current Value: $1.075 Billion
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  16. Portland Trail Blazers
    • Current Value: $1.05 Billion
    • Revenue: $178 Million
  17. Oklahoma City Thunder
    • Current Value: $1.025 Billion
    • Revenue: $187 Million
  18. Washington Wizardswashington wizards
    • Current Value: $1.0 Billion
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  19. Orlando Magic
    • Current Value: $920 Million
    • Revenue: $166 Million
  20. Utah Jazz
    • Current Value: $910 Million
    • Revenue: $164 Million
  21. Detroit Pistons
    • Current Value: $900 Million
    • Revenue: $172 Million
  22. Denver Nuggets
    • Current Value: $890 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million
  23. Atlanta Hawks
    • Current Value: $885 Million
    • Revenue: $169 Million
  24. Indiana Pacers
    • Current Value: $880 Million
    • Revenue: $157 Million76ers
  25. Philadelphia 76ers
    • Current Value: $800 Million
    • Revenue: $140 Million
  26. Memphis Grizzlies
    • Current Value: $790 Million
    • Revenue: $155 Million
  27. Milwaukee Bucks
    • Current Value: $785 Million
    • Revenue: $146 Million
  28. Charlotte Hornets
    • Current Value: $780 Million
    • Revenue: $158 Million
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Current Value: $770 Million
    • Revenue: $154 Million
  30. New Orleans Pelicans
    • Current Value: $750 Million
    • Revenue: $156 Million

 

These are the NBA most valuable teams list from Forbes 2017.

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