NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Semifinal preview….¬†

James Harden is having an MVP-level season leading the his team to the third best record (55-27) in the NBA. But, his biggest test is yet to come. The Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs Western Conference Semifinal has a chance to be a fantastic series. One for the ages. Is The Beard ready to prove he belongs in the elite group of players with LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard? Speaking of Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs’ superstar is playing MVP-level hoops in his own right. Widely looked at now as…

NBA Power Rankings – 1/3/17

  Happy New Year! It’s time to bring in 2017 with the first NBA Power Rankings of the New Year here on SportsandSwag.com. The top teams in the league have really begun to separate themselves in recent weeks. That’s especially so out west where injuries have plagued teams like the L.A. Clippers (23-14). So much so, that the Clippers have fallen from 3rd to 5th in the conference standings. Another team that’s been plagued by injuries are the Utah Jazz. George Hill is averaging 18.8 points and 4.2 assists per…

Harden, D’Antoni, proving critics wrong with Rockets great start

When, news spread that Mike D’Antoni would be hired as the next head coach of the Houston Rockets at the end of last season, people around the NBA thought it was a foolish move. The Rockets are an organization that isn’t known for their defense, so why would they hire a coach who’s clear focus is on the offensive side of the ball? Although, D’Antoni has proven to be a very successful coach at times in the NBA, that sentiment was fair. But, there’s one thing that media members and…

NBA 2016 Western Conference Preview 

With what looked to be several championship level teams before the season started, a season ago, the phrase ‘Wild Wild West’ was used prominently to describe how crazy the NBA’s Western Conference race could be. That phrase couldn’t have been more untrue, as the ‘Wild Wild West’ quickly turned into a ‘Warriors Runaway’. The Warriors got out to the best start to a season in NBA history by winning their first 24 games. They, went on to win 73 games for the season, surpassing the NBA-record 72 wins set by…

The Houston Rockets may need to shave off ‘The Beard’

The Houston Rockets aren’t the best at taking punches. Good thing they’re not boxers. Because once that punch is landed, much like it was in the second half of Sunday’s playoff game by the Steph Curry-less Golden State Warriors, the Rockets usually fold up and take punch after punch after punch without even any thought of trying to punch back. They had their chance to ‘shut up’ critics like Charles Barkley but they’re now down 3-1 and they’re season will likely be over after Game 5 on Wednesday night in…

2016 NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Preview and Predictions

While, the Eastern Conference matchups look like they could be long and thrilling series, the Western Conference may be the exact opposite. The defending champion Golden State Warriors have only lost a record-breaking nine times this season and the 2nd-seeded San Antonio Spurs were dreadful in comparison with their 15 losses. So, can anyone derail the Warriors on their way to repeating and completing the most incredible season by an individual team in sports history? Absolutely. But could the Warriors also steamroll through the west and only lose a game…