By Sara Peters

Sara Peters is a 17-year journalist who covers cybersecurity by day, basketball by night. She spent the past four seasons enduring a relentless barrage of losses as a featured New York Knicks columnist for Bleacher Report. She loves driving point guards, passing centers, scrambles for loose balls, buzzer-beating blocks, Allen Iverson, and tearful memories of Drazen Petrovic. Sara lives in Queens. Follow her on Twitter @3FromThe7.

Breaking Down the NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Bubble

It’s not yet time to brag about that blowout win (or feign a season-ending injury after a few demoralizing losses). That’s because six NBA Eastern Conference teams balance on the playoff bubble, but only three will see the postseason. With a few weeks left to go, who are the best bets to secure a playoff…

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The Psychology of NBA Tanking, Part 2: Lose Like a Champ

Is it possible to actually go through a “tank” with a winning record, high ROI, and no piles of corpses along the sidelines? Is that even a tank at all then? As you’ll see, defining a “tank done right” might preclude the word itself, though that’s part of the whole point versus the alternatives. DRAFT…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much losing can an athlete take? Can the experience of tanking turn winners into losers? This is a question rebuilding teams should be asking, because if…

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Detroit Pistons Let You Shoot 3’s While They Win

The league’s best perimeter defense was being wasted by the Detroit Pistons. Impressive as their three-ball-killing was, it couldn’t compensate for sluggish, inefficient offense. So, they made a change: scrap the defense. And it’s working. By shifting the defensive focus from the perimeter to the interior—and the offensive focus from the interior to the perimeter—Detroit…

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Milwaukee Bucks Defense Has Just One Tiny Weakness

Al Horford is wide open for the game-winning triple. Just moments after the Boston Celtics’ big man sinks a long ball to tie the score with under a minute to go, the Milwaukee Bucks, now up by one, leave Horford free behind the arc again during the final possession. Yet, instead of delivering the rock…

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Keep Watching Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins

Anyone who hasn’t been watching the Atlanta Hawks this season took notice of their sophomore power forward Friday night during the NBA Rising Stars Challenge when John Collins announced himself with a fast-break, self-assisted, one-handed alley-oop slam. It was merely a preview. Collins will compete tonight in the NBA Dunk Contest. Dominique Wilkins—Hawks legend, Hall…

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What the Heck is Wrong with the Boston Celtics?

The loose collection of men that gathers on the Boston Garden’s sidelines, carrying clipboards and wearing shamrock jerseys is not a team, just “a bunch of individuals.” What is wrong with the Boston Celtics? Finding that answer is an infuriating challenge. What’s missing? Everything should be feeling right for this roster. The team rolled into…

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What Do Falling TV Ratings Mean for the NBA?

NBA television ratings overall are down since last year but, according to commissioner Adam Silver, nobody at the league is concerned. It might just be big talk, but a closer look at viewers’ shifting consumption patterns shows that there may indeed be little cause for alarm. At least not for now. While media technology advances,…

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Kristaps Porzingis Trade is Predictable NY Knicks Non-Rebuild

The New York Knicks have found yet another way to fail at rebuilding: Slash-and-Burn. The Knicks traded injured star stretch-4 Kristaps Porzingis, point guard Trey Burke and veteran wings Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. In exchange? Sophomore point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and two veterans on expiring contracts,…

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Kemba Walker is (Finally) No Longer Forgotten

Feb. 17, a great wrong shall be righted: the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker—snubbed and diminished for years—will be a starter in the NBA All-Star Game. And it will be the only time during the 2018-19 regular season that Walker will ever appear on the TNT network. That’s right, neither a single Hornets game has aired…

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