This year’s NBA Playoffs have been absolutely bananas so far. We have seen ejections. We have seen buzzer-beaters. And most importantly, we have seen some amazing competition. We have even seen rappers go at it, and even players go at rappers. In typical fashion, the Los Angeles Clippers blew a 19-point lead to help the Rockets stay alive in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinal series. Meanwhile, LeBron James and his vocal chords are cruising their way to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the upstart Hawks, a team that earned a No. 1 seed and yet still can’t get any love from the public. In the end, I think it is going to be extremely difficult for anyone to stop this year’s MVP and his Golden State Warriors. (Wouldn’t that be a perfect ending?)
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Al Horford is out here hitting game-winners. The world got a taste of Kevin Durant‘s latest sneaker in his signature Nike line. Drake and his OVO team are helping influence uniforms. Scroll down the page to see who made headlines and who is pushing style in the right direction.
In this week’s Style Points: Atlanta Is Ready to Invade the Eastern Conference Finals; Houston Pulls Off a Miracle.
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Al Horford is having a pretty good week. In a crucial Game 5 against the Washington Wizards, Horford scored on a game-winning put-back to take a commanding 3-2 series lead. He put the Hawks on his back with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. The next highest scoring Hawks player had 14 points. Then the Hawks went into the nation’s capital and closed out the series, moving on to face LeBron James and the Cavs. Keep stretching that back, Al–you have a lot of work ahead of you.
Gotta stay relevant somehow, right? After getting swept by the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors were quick to announce next season’s uniforms. The strangest part of the entire announcement, which is not 100 percent confirmed, is the Drake and OVO-inspired alternate jerseys. The Raptors created an alternate away “Drake” jersey that is inspired by his imprint, October’s Very Own. This would be the first time a rapper, let alone an entertainer, has been the sole inspiration behind the creation of a jersey.
So KD took to the social atmosphere to announce his new signature sneaker, the KD8. He released two images. The first was of a saber-toothed tiger, the number “8,” and the classic Nike Swoosh. This image represents KD’s animalistic game on the court. The second image was a sketch of the actually sneaker in all red (hi, Yeezy). Nike and designer Leo Chang have already stated that this shoe is the most technically advanced Durant sneaker ever. Get ready for that launch this summer.
You could argue that, despite an epic collapse from the Clippers, Blake Griffin had the best playoffs of any player in the NBA. LeBron, James Harden, and Stephen Curry are certainly in that argument as well. But Blake was a highlight real throughout the entire playoff run, averaging an absurd 25.5 points, 12.7 boards, and 6.1 assists over 14 games, throwing down dunk after dunk. His game has improved dramatically and he even got the co-sign from Kobe on the Twitters.
This play is just ridiculous. (And it also functions as the moment when everything went to s*** for the Clippers.) I’m not even sure how to describe it. Maybe a no-look, 360 layup? Either way it should be watched over and over. Let’s not talk about the Clippers disastrous meltdown in the second half of Game 6, though.
If you weren’t living under a rock this weekend, you know that the Houston Rockets have miraculously moved forward in this year’s playoffs. Down 3-1, the Rockets became the ninth team in NBA history to win the next three and advance to the next round. They even overcame a 19-point third quarter deficit in Game 6 while their team MVP James Harden was on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. It pains me to even write that–it is already being called one of the worst collapses in league history.
What happens next for the Clippers? Moves must be made. They’ve had too much talent to continuously fall short in the playoffs. As for Houston, I know Harden and those boys think they are the most fashionable team in the NBA. Let’s see if their fashion success caries over onto the court. Should be a fun series.