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Raptors Usher in New Parity Era by Dethroning Warriors Dynasty

For the first time in their 24-year history, the Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. By dethroning the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Raptors likely ushered in a new era of NBA parity with their series-clinching 114-110 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night. When the Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins with their taxpayer mid-level…

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Where Does Free Agent D’Angelo Russell Fit?

The Brooklyn Nets have positioned themselves for a big summer. They were a League Pass darling last season, dazzling fans with an aesthetically pleasing style that led to a load of close games. Their slight playoff drought ended thanks to a 42-40 record, though their actual run was short-lived. Even after a five-game series loss…

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No, Raptors Don’t Deserve Asterisk if They Win NBA Title

The Toronto Raptors are one game away from toppling the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors and winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. But regardless of whether Warriors star forward Kevin Durant returns at some point—he’s questionable ahead of Monday’s Game 5—no one should suggest the Raptors deserve an asterisk if they do win this…

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Just What Are the Brooklyn Nets Up to?

We all knew Sean Marks was moving the Brooklyn Nets in the right direction. From the resurgence of the organization during the 2019 NBA Playoffs to the sudden rise of their free agent candidacy, the Nets have been considered a threat to turn the corner from rebuild to contender. When news broke on Thursday of…

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Atlanta Hawks Are Sleeping Giant in the East

Armed with an impressive young core, multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, gobs of salary-cap space and no onerous long-term contracts, the Atlanta Hawks have the ingredients to become an Eastern Conference powerhouse in the coming years. Likely Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young started his NBA career off slowly, but he finished…

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Houston Rockets’ Frugality Endangers Title Window

One year removed from a 65-win season and an appearance in the Western Conference Finals, the Houston Rockets appear to be on the brink of an implosion. On Wednesday, ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Rockets general manager Daryl Morey “has made his entire roster and future draft picks available in trade talks, a dramatic initiative with…

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What We’re Doing at The Basketball Writers

Dating back to my days at Bleacher Report’s NBA Department—can’t believe it was 10 years ago I started at B/R already—I’ve been near constantly asked by students, family, friends, etc.: “How do I get involved in sports media? How do I break through? How do I have a career?” I almost grimace when it’s time…

Warriors’ Depth Issues Expose Big Four Model Flaws

The #StrengthInNumbers Golden State Warriors, these are not. The Dubs did everything in their power during Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals to stifle Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard. They sent frequent double-teams at him and blitzed on pick-and-rolls, daring the Raptors’ supporting cast to beat them. Pascal Siakam (32 points on 14-of-17 shooting),…

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Houston Rockets Are Due for Changes

The Houston Rockets have missed out on NBA Finals opportunities in each of the last two seasons, with both playoff runs being derailed by the Golden State Warriors. That isn’t anything to be ashamed of. The Warriors are in the midst of one of the most successful four-year runs in NBA history. Taking a loss…

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How to Fix NBA All-Defensive Team Voting

Every year, a select group of media members, broadcasters, and analysts are handed the responsibility of voting for individual and team awards. It’s no small thing. These votes can enhance or limit earning potential, affect Hall-of-Fame resumes, and rob players of bragging rights. (Okay, maybe the last one isn’t super important, but you get my…

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