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Why Milwaukee Bucks Can’t Slow Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is going to get to his spots. His handle is too good and he’s too confident in his ability to retain possession in traffic to be scared of multiple defenders. There are only two things that have hampered Leonard offensively during the Toronto Raptors’ Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks: that…

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What Would an NBA All-Rookie Third Team Look Like?

This may come as a shock, but the NBA is on a different tier (or seven) from college hoops. Games are longer with less time to make decisions thanks to the shorter shot clock shorter. The court is bigger, giving defenders even more ground to cover. Players are bigger, faster, stronger and (mostly) smarter. There’s…

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The Milwaukee Bucks Must Make These Adjustments

The Milwaukee Bucks were strolling to a series victory over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. Upon the NBA’s best regular season team taking a 2-0 series lead, ESPN wrote about how “strong” the Bucks were and previewed the type of challenge they’d present to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.…

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The Portland Trail Blazers are Still Closer Than You Thought

I’ll be the first to admit it: I was dead wrong about the Portland Trail Blazers. After their embarrassing showing against the New Orleans Pelicans last postseason, I thought it was time for them to blow things up. Damian Lillard was obviously a top-five guy at his position, but I had questions about his ability…

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Turns Out Warriors Are Elite With or Without Kevin Durant

During the pregame conversation of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN’s crew discussed whether the Warriors were “better” without injured superstar Kevin Durant. The discussion was kind of moot as it missed the most salient point: The Warriors are better than the Blazers with or without Durant. After falling…

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Blazers, Warriors Game 2 Must be Defined by Coverages

What makes Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard so special? Their ability to carve up defenses off the dribble. With the NBA emphasizing space more than ever, these two put tangible fear into the hearts of defenses every time they touch the rock. Neither guard needs more than a sliver of space to make teams pay,…

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What to Expect from John Beilein’s NBA Arrival

The spring’s first major Woj Bomb was dropped Monday: The Cleveland Cavaliers hired University of Michigan’s John Beilein to be the organization’s head coach. Beilein signed a five-year deal with the Cavs and broke the news officially before the West Coast was even awake. The announcement came out of left field after the Cavaliers reportedly…

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Only Joel Embiid Can Save the Sixers Now

The second-round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors has been a chess match between the two coaching staffs. Lineups and rotations have evolved over the course of the first five games, as have the strategies and tactics from both sides. As the series shifts back to Philadelphia for Game 6, the Sixers…

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When Will Denver Nuggets or Portland Trail Blazers Go Small?

Over the course of recent history, the general theme of many NBA playoff series has been to go smaller and smaller. In this offense-first, perimeter-oriented game of the modern NBA, smaller lineups have thrived during both the regular season and playoffs. Coaches are quicker to pull the plug on big men who can’t slide on…

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Late-Added Role Players Paying Dividends in NBA Playoffs

Sometimes the roster additions roster that go unheralded during the winter months end up reaping the sweetest rewards. Forget the major trade overhauls and seismic shifts. There are also some legitimately important pieces that come off the bench for the NBA’s final eight teams who did not break camp with their current group. In fact,…

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