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LeBron-less NBA Playoffs Giving Stars Room To Shine

As fun as it is to slander the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter (and everywhere, really), their failure to make the NBA Playoffs appeared to be problematic. It wasn’t a big deal in years past while the once-iconic franchise muddles through its darkest days. But this year is different. It marks the first time since…

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Can Gersson Rosas Fix the Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves took the first step toward relevance Wednesday, hiring Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas as their new team president, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Timberwolves are coming off a turbulent 2018-19 campaign, highlighted by Jimmy Butler’s early-season trade demand and the midseason firing of team president/head coach…

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Target Stephen Curry at Your Own Peril

If Stephen Curry is on the floor, Stephen Curry is being hunted. The Houston Rockets have been relentless in their Curry pursuit, using his man to screen for James Harden in their halfcourt offense as consistently as possible. Golden State is no stranger to this strategy—when the other four players on the floor are as…

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Your Move, Toronto Raptors

If coaching is a chess match, then Brett Brown just took the Toronto Raptors’ queen. From Game 1 to Game 2, the Philadelphia 76ers made some of the most meaningful and important tactical adjustments I’ve ever seen this quickly in a postseason series. The results were dazzling. Philadelphia shut down the Raptors offense, allowing a…

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Game 2 Adjustments for Milwaukee Bucks

A Game 1 loss isn’t fatal by any means, but the Milwaukee Bucks have some things to think about. The Boston Celtics didn’t just steal home court on Sunday, they did so in convincing fashion. They slowed the Bucks down to a crawl and bludgeoned them in a half-court fest. High-level shotmaking from Kyrie Irving…

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Trail Blazers Better Know These Nikola Jokic Plays

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is undoubtedly one of the most unique NBA players to guard. He’s such a bully with his size, so crafty with his amazing passing and so unorthodox with his footwork and finishes. His brilliance is as subtle as it is jaw-dropping. We’ve never seen this combination of size and…

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How Golden State Warriors Will Defend James Harden

A lot has been made of how best to defend one of the league’s few truly unguardable players. Some teams like to play James Harden straight, others will shade him to his right hand, and the Milwaukee’s and Utah’s of the world will shade him so far right that the on-ball defender is essentially standing…

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Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors Face Mutual Matchup Nightmare

Regular-season matchups rarely predict how playoff series will unfold. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers this year only to get buried in a barrage of Damian Lillard 3-pointers in their first-round series. But the regular-season results between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are especially meaningless heading into their…

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Inside the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks Chess Match

Despite a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics weren’t firmly blowing their adversaries out of the water. Each game was decided in the final minutes. Yet, the prevailing “talking heads” takeaway is that the Celtics’ chemistry issues are now fixed and they look like themselves. Really? A four-game sweep of a banged-up,…

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How Bucks’ Frontcourt Shooting Unlocked Postseason Potential

From Splash Mountain to their prized trade deadline acquisition, the Milwaukee Bucks are an offensive dynamo because of their shooting frontcourt. Since joining the Bucks in February, Nikola Mirotic has taken 64.4 percent of his attempts from three, hitting 35.6 percent. Brook Lopez launches 65.1 percent of his shots from deep and gets 36.5 percent…

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