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Why the Joel Embiid, Al Horford Duo Isn’t Working (Sort of)

Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers won 51 games and were a Kawhi Leonard miracle away from going to the Eastern Conference Finals. General manager Elton Brand and his staff made two essential deals over the summer to give the Sixers a changed look. One of those moves was the highly publicized Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade to…

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New Orleans Pelicans Right to Be Overly Cautious with Zion Williamson

It’s now been nearly eight weeks since 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson underwent surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee, which puts him toward the end of his estimated 6-8 week timetable to return. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are playing it safe with their star rookie, according to Kristen Ledlow…

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How San Antonio Spurs Can Keep 22-Year Playoff Streak Alive

All good things eventually must come to an end. Yes, even the San Antonio Spurs’ 22-year playoff streak. Prior to Tuesday’s double-overtime win against the Houston Rockets—the results of which are now under protest after referees incorrectly failed to count a James Harden made dunk in the fourth quarter—the Spurs were 7-14 and had lost…

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Portland Trail Blazers Might be Cooked Without a Jusuf Nurkic Return

The Portland Trail Blazers’ season changed last year during a double-overtime game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 25. Starting center, Jusuf Nurkic suffered a compound fracture in his left leg with a little over two minutes left in the game. Nurkic watched the rest of the way as Portland made a valiant effort all…

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NBA Film Study: The Sabonis Black Hole, Darius Garland Fun, Where Knicks’ Offense Works

Another week of NBA action, another set of tidbits in the film room. As we think about what we’re thankful for this holiday season, I’m very thankful for Synergy, the video and statistical service that allows us to quickly and neatly dive into these tidbits. While this week has a heavy emphasis on offensive sets…

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Early Returns From Kawhi, PG13 Era Should Have NBA Fearing L.A. Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers finally got to see their offseason dreams fully realized. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George suited up alongside one another for the first time in a 107-104 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 20. They followed that up with a close win against the Houston Rockets and a blowout of…

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Dallas Mavericks Proving to be More Than Just Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a hot start, thanks largely to young star Luka Doncic. 8-5 through 13 games, the Mavs are the second highest-scoring team in the NBA with an offensive rating of 112.6, and Doncic is averaging a spectacular 29.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game. Not bad at all…

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The LeBron James, Anthony Davis Pairing Must Get Even Better

Early out of the gates, there isn’t much question that the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is clicking every bit as well as Los Angeles Lakers fans could have hoped. The Purple and Gold are off to a 10-2 start, perched merrily atop the Western Conference standings. They have the league’s second-best “Simple…

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NBA Film Study: Scouting for Opponents’ Tendencies

Scouting reports are especially vital at the highest levels of basketball. They prepare players for personnel tidbits, identify an opponent’s best or most frequent sets, and unify the team in a direction for how to attack both. Those reports will have a video and written component most times, so different learners can digest the information…

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The Zone Masters and Busters of Today’s NBA

When you think of zone defense, the first thing that comes to mind might be high school or college basketball. The NBA has always been a predominantly man-to-man league, as it’s a more effective long-term antidote to the most prolific offenses on the planet. However, zone defense has crept into many coaches’ game plans during…

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