By Nekias Duncan

Nekias Duncan is an avid NBA watcher with an appreciation for angled screens, Spain pick-and-rolls, and anything Khris Middleton does on the court. When he isn't writing about or watching basketball, he's dropping the best puns the east coast has to offer. Follow him on Twitter at @NekiasNBA.

Give Gary Harris the Credit

The Denver Nuggets snagged a much needed 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. An 0-2 hole heading into San Antonio wouldn’t technically be a death sentence, but it’d be pretty close for a young team that consistently struggled on the road this season. The story of the night was Jamal Murray’s…

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How Denver Nuggets Can Bounce Back in Game 2

Among the top two seeds in each conference, none entered with more question marks than the Denver Nuggets. Just by virtue of their inexperience, there was reason to doubt. But there were also questions about their star, Nikola Jokic. Would he be aggressive? How would he look defensively? (And of course, nobody wants to see the…

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Anthony Davis is Finally Getting the Attention He Ordered

This NBA season has been defined by endings. Its community has celebrated the end of Dwyane Wade’s career all season long. The same can be said for Dirk Nowitzki, though an official announcement about his future didn’t come until Tuesday. We’ve been treated to and unified by vintage shots, heart-warming tributes and Paul Pierce slander.…

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Al Horford, Gordon Hayward Are Ready (So are the Celtics)

After coming a game (and several missed threes) shy of a Finals appearance last season, expectations for the Boston Celtics were sky high this past summer. On paper, the Celtics had a star-studded roster with a deep bench and elite coach. Continuity was on their side. Aside from the Golden State Warriors, it was hard…

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Denver Nuggets’ Flaws Are Now Front and Center

Tuesday night was an opportunity for the Denver Nuggets to make yet another statement. They had already eclipsed 50 wins this season and still have a shot at the West’s top seed. A marquee match-up with the Golden State Warriors was the chance to quiet some doubters, as well as make up ground in the…

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NBA Players Who Remade Themselves This Season

Progress isn’t always linear. Some players opt for refinement, turning their good skills into great ones. For example, Dwyane Wade never bothered to develop a three-ball. Instead, he focused on becoming an elite 20-feet-and-in scorer. He seemingly added something new to that bag of tricks each season. His craft in the mid-range area is a…

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Clues on How to Guard James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to complete the season sweep of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, defeating them 108-94. The Bucks’ defense threw the Rockets out of sync (more on that shortly). That, combined with an ice-cold shooting performance (16-of-52 from three) led to a low scoring affair. It was just the 12th time…

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Even Without Playoff Berth, Sacramento Kings Succeeded

The Phoenix Suns find themselves down seven with 32 seconds to go on an electric Saturday night. Their chances are slim, but a quick bucket would tilt the scales more in their favor. Suns guard Devin Booker sprints up the court, then retreats left with Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on his hip. A pair…

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Maybe We Were Too Hard On DeAndre Ayton

Course correction can be a tough thing to manage. Everyone’s had a staunch opinion on something or someone, doubled down on it, then grudgingly changed their minds when presented with new evidence. It happens in all facets of life, but it’s especially true in NBA Twitter. Sometimes you can get so caught up in a take,…

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Collin Sexton Makes Strides, Gets Buckets

Everyone’s already forgotten Collin Sexton’s great game before it’s even over. The speedy Cleveland Cavaliers guard finishes with a game-high 28 points on March 11 while also dropping five dimes and grabbing four boards in a wild 126-101 win over conference power Toronto. All anyone remembers (by the end of the game) is when the…

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