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NBA Draft Sleepers to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

For most diehard NBA fans, the NCAA Tournament is the last look at some of the biggest names discussed on draft boards. The narrative follows the top players on the top teams, like the quartet of stud freshmen at Duke, the constant parade of prospects at the Kentucky and Kansas factories, and upstart mid-majors receiving…

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Are Houston Rockets Still a Western Conference Threat?

Last season, the Houston Rockets came within a game of defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors and going to the NBA Finals. But after key departures from Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute last summer, their improved defense took a hit, and the chances of getting back to the Western Conference Finals—much…

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Players With Most to Prove in NBA’s Final Month

We are trained to love and support a team, a brand, a culture. NBA players are seemingly cogs in the wheel that come and go, ever-replaceable so long as the brand is in good health. During the stretch run of the season, fans of teams outside playoff contention shift their focus from this year to…

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What Should the NBA’s Top Seeds Worry About?

We’ve officially reached the semi-dead zone of the schedule for the league’s top teams. The NBA hierarchy (in terms of record) is mostly set. At this point, teams want to make sure they’re healthy and firing at a high level before postseason play begins. Barring a collapse or major injury, the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee…

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Here’s How the Denver Nuggets Will Beat You

Nikola Jokic has emerged as one of the league’s top offensive big men. His rise has helped the Denver Nuggets become one of the top two Western Conference teams all season despite numerous injuries and changes to their rotation. Jokic special is as unorthodox as they come, combining fancy and unique passing with a soft…

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NBA Chalk Talk: Secrets of a Favorite Boston Celtics Set

The origins of the Princeton offense predate the NBA itself, first popping up at, you guessed it, Princeton University in the late 1930s. 80 years later, it’s alive and well in the best basketball league in the world, with variations and updates made to the core principles along the way. While it’s rare to see…

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The Lessons Every NBA Volume Scorer Must Learn

Last week, a few games I watched left me simultaneously impressed by young talent and worried about their development. I shouldn’t be surprised. Teenagers with immense skill don’t get enough credit for their maturity, growth and the difficulty of their tasks. These are guys a few years removed from high school social studies that are already…

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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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Is Orlando Magic’s Rebuild Finally Over?

Ever since trading away Dwight Howard in August 2012, the Orlando Magic have been stuck in rebuilding purgatory. A series of boneheaded free-agent signings and trades rendered them too good to tank but not good enough for the playoffs, leaving them mired in the NBA’s worst kind of no-man’s land. Oddly enough, Los Angeles Lakers…

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