Blogtable: Three Words, Whole Story

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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Give us three words to describe the NBA season so far.

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comHobbled, for all the injuries to notable players. Warped, for the East-least, West-best tilt. And Reaped, for Kevin (the Slim Reaper) Durant’s rather large and cold-blooded step up to MVP favorite.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comIt’s Durant’s world.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.comInjuries really suck (stink).

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comWhere’s the doctor?

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: “Threes and D.” The league is shooting more 3-pointers than ever and floor spacing is so critical to any offense. But the Indiana Pacers have the best record in the league because they’re so much better defensively than any other team.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: New World Order … from Kevin Durant’s MVP takeover to the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns all challenging the power structure in their respective conferences, these upstarts made the first half of the season enjoyable. Even Adam Silver taking over the big chair from David Stern speaks to a certain changing of the guard that is going on right now and perhaps this season, if those teams can carry what they’ve done thus into the postseason. I’ll say this, without them the first half of the season would have been miserable to digest. Our entire focus would have been on overanalyzing the Miami Heat, all of the injuries to star players and the dysfunction run amok in New York (both the Knicks and Nets early on, even though the Nets have regained their composure here the last month or so). But instead, we’ve had some fresh faces and new storylines to keep us busy. And that’s always a good thing.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com All Ball blogPass to Durant! There have been surprises in Portland and from several players, but as great as Kevin Durant has been in the past, I don’t think anyone suspected the sustained level of production we’ve seen from him this season. He alone has made every Thunder game must-see TV.

Stefanos Triantafyllos, NBA GreeceTwo words: Antetokoumpo-mania!  Or does that count as one?

Adriano Albuquerque, NBA BrasilSlim Reaper Cometh“, or something like that. This “first half” of the NBA season had a lot of surprises – from Indiana and Portland running away with the conference leads in the first couple of months to Phoenix playing like a true playoff contender, to New York, Cleveland and Minnesota playing way below expectations and Brooklyn taking so long to work things out. But the story of 2013-14 for now is how Kevin Durant rose to the next level. Hitting 50-40-90 last season was amazing, but now KD has shown improvement in all areas, especially in leadership, and has taken the Oklahoma City Thunder to new heights. Now, there is an argument on who the best player in the world is, and right now at this moment, the answer is Kevin Durant.

Simon Legg, NBA AustraliaReally open season!‘ For the first time in a few years, we have a number of contenders, so the league is in a good space right now.

14 Comments

  1. Bball7 says:

    The east stinks

  2. LiLi says:

    or, this comment is about Kevin Durant: FAKE HUMBLE GUY

  3. LiLi says:

    Heat Wins Again

  4. MEHRA says:

    Durant versus LeBron

  5. wew says:

    injury plagued season

  6. jake s. says:

    gotta be kd

  7. dustydreamnz says:

    or….Heat going down.

    • B-Ball4Life says:

      Really? You must be dusty dreaming.
      The third best record in the NBA and they are going down (mostly without Wade by the way)???
      LeBron is having a monster season but he’s the King so it might not count as a great season right…
      “Lakers going down” might be a good one even though I like Kobe

  8. dustydreamnz says:

    Kyle Lowry snubbed.

  9. TTKIN says:

    NBA Greece should not have been invited to post on this blog.

    • Why not?

      Because you do not agree with Antetokoumpo-mania?

      Or because it’s a comment from Greece?

      I do agree with Jeff Caplan. Some injuries do really s*ck (DRose, Kobe, RussellW, BrookeL, EBledsoe)
      On the other hand, really open season does fit too!

      Great blog guys

  10. sirsparhawk says:

    Durantula Strikes Again!!!

  11. TROYBOY says:

    “LIFE AFTER STERN “