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Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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Which New NBA Duos Will Have Greatest Impact?

The biggest theme of the 2019 offseason was an unprecedented deluge of blockbuster trades and monstrous free agency moves. Unlike some recent offseasons, this year’s shuffling produced a slew of new dynamic duos rather than trios or superteams. Now that the dust is starting to settle, it’s time to examine exactly how impactful these new…

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Is Al Horford a Better Sixers Fit Than Jimmy Butler?

Jimmy Butler and Al Horford both made big impressions at their former stops, and now the latter is replacing the former in Philly. Even though his one-season entrance-exit dance numbers have run their course for many, there were plenty for 76ers fans who can look back fondly on in the short-but-eventful Jimmy Butler era in…

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Philadelphia 76ers Made Right Choice on Brett Brown

The Philadelphia 76ers spared head coach Brett Brown from purgatory Monday, as managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Brown would return to the team in 2019-20. In doing so, they took the first step toward maintaining the continuity and cohesion they’ll need to accomplish their goal of completing the Process and winning…

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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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The Sixers Need More from Ben Simmons

Joel Embiid woke up Sunday morning feeling like death. The Philadelphia 76ers star center texted head coach Brett Brown after a sleepless night and said he was unsure whether he’d be able to suit up for Game 4 in his team’s second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Although he gutted it out and finished a…

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What to do About Philadelphia 76ers’ Brett Brown Debate

Brett Brown kept Philadelphia 76ers players’ and fans’ spirits aloft through the worst dog days of The Process. He led the early development of budding stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He remained upbeat through 253 losses in four years. Now that the squad is a legitimate contender in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, however, the…

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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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Ignited by Jared Dudley Feud, Ben Simmons Finds New Level

After a Game 1 no-show, Ben Simmons was the best player on the court in Games 2 and 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. With All-Star center Joel Embiid hobbled by ongoing knee tendinitis, Simmons dropped an 18-point, 12-assist, 10-rebound triple-double in Game 2 and erupted for 31 points,…

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NBA Chalk Talk: Early 2019 Playoff Adjustments

Coaching is a lot like chess. You have to think several moves ahead, see the entire board and understand the value of each piece at your disposal. Anticipating your opponent’s moves and trapping them in their own style is considered masterful. Postseason basketball is beautiful for that reason. The players are the ones executing and…

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