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Well, all the underdogs we’d been pulling for (Grizzlies! Warriors! Pacers!) have officially fallen, and the perhaps-inevitable grudge match between the high-flying, reigning-champ Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs’ methodical phalanx of wily veterans is set to tip off tonight.

We have a general idea of whom Rihanna (above) will be rooting for. What about you?

For our part, after the cringe-worthy tantrum 2013 MVP LeBron James exhibited below—upon being called for an offensive foul during Miami’s failed comeback against Indiana in that series’ recent Game 6—we’re not sure we can feel good about having his back at the moment. (Pat Riley’s face at 0:15 says it all.)

Whichever bandwagon you’re ready to jump on, we have the appropriate gear to show your team spirit:


Strideline ‘Texas’ Socks | Banner 47 ‘Miami Heat’ T-shirt

 

Tune in to ABC tonight at 6:00pm Pacific
to see how Game 1 shakes out.

 
 

[Photo via Rihanna's official Instagram; video © TNT and the NBA. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

What happens when you lock buyers, stylists, tailors, models, video crew, and a rack full of dress shirts in a room for three days straight? For one thing, they churn out 30+ dress-shirt fit videos (more on those later). Secondly, they lose their minds a little. We showed you Cara Delevingne and fellow bored British models do the ‘Harlem Shake’ a few weeks ago—now it’s our dress-shirt video team’s turn.

Watch for detailed fit videos on more than 30 of our most popular dress shirts coming soon—they’ll show up on the product detail pages, along with all the other vital stats you need to know before pulling the trigger. We’ll also debut a video outlining our three dress-shirt fit categories (regular, trim, extra-trim), featuring tips from Jaime Fernandez (above), shirt and tie buyer for Nordstrom.com. From the look of that spread-collar and top-notch four-in-hand knot, dude knows his stuff.

SHOP: DRESS SHIRTS | TIES & POCKET SQUARES

 

In other important ‘Harlem Shake’ news, none other than LeBron James and the Miami Heat put their own spin on the internet fad recently. With the best record in the league, we’d say they earned the right to drop their game faces and have fun for 56 seconds.

Did you realize the NBA Playoffs start this weekend? Time flies. The Heat start the road to defending their title on Sunday—but tune in to ABC and ESPN all day Saturday, 4/20, for killer Round 1 match-ups like Celtics v. Knicks, Warriors v. Nuggets, Bulls v. Brooklyn (is Derek Rose back yet?) and Grizzlies v. Clippers in a rematch of last year’s brutally physical 7-game series. And clear your schedule for the next month or so, while you’re at it.

This video surfaced following last month’s NBA Finals, in which oft-maligned LeBron James played arguably the best ball of his life—and finally saw his hard work pay off with a long-sought-after championship title (as well as MVP honors for the third time in four years).

Turns out, LeBron isn’t the only one who deserves a bit more respect. After viewing hour upon hour of game footage, we made a startling discovery: Sportscasters get a bad rap. You know the stereotypes: Gaudy shirt-and-tie combos. Quadruple-Windsor knots as big as your fist. And a lot of it’s true, as you can see below. But a select few know how to shoot the lights out, sartorially, night after night. So quit being ‘so disrespectful.’

 

A Bit Rusty
These three are legendary players (and often hilarious during halftime), but could benefit from brushing up on some style fundamentals.


Shaq’s sloppy shirt collar.


Barkley’s bad plaid


…and un-subtle stripes.


Magic’s abuse of bold colors.

 

The Wild Card
We took a peek into Craig Sager’s ungodly closet a few weeks ago. The truth is we don’t want him to stop. We just don’t recommend emulating him.

 

Hall of Fame
These last two don’t just avoid sportscaster clichés—they’re some of the best-dressed men you’ll see anytime, anywhere. Not bad, considering the challenges of fitting an NBA-sized frame.


1. Chris Webber. This five-time All-Star power forward kills it consistently with immaculate-fitting jackets, narrower shirt collars and the perfect, understated four-in-hand knot. Here, he nails a peak-lapel three-piece like it’s a free throw.


2. Reggie Miller. He’s clearly as meticulous with his sartorial choices as he was in perfecting his long-distance shot. Just compare this subtle windowpane plaid and deep-burgundy tie to Charles Barkley’s version of plaid + red, above.

 

Check back later this week for a full analysis of Webber’s and Miller’s sideline style techniques.
For now, shop: Suits | Dress Shirts | Ties | Big & Tall

 

[Video stills courtesy of ABC, ESPN, TNT. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Not gonna lie. Pushing play on DVR’d playoff games is not quite as enticing, knowing that this guy is no longer lurking in the paint, threatening to detonate your flat screen at any given moment:

But, as long as heroic blocks:

and cold-hearted fakes:

…are still occuring, it’s well worth tuning in.

This man, however, must be stopped:

More on that later. In the meantime, shop team apparel, catch up on the playoffs at GQ’s impeccable sports blog…and if you dare, peer further into Craig Sager’s closet.

Editor’s Note: This blogger’s favorite teams are on their heels the past couple games. Tune in starting tonight, to see if the Heat and Spurs can avoid elimination.

 

[Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. Videos and image courtesy of the NBA, ESPN, and TNT.]