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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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How Philadelphia 76ers Move Past Game 1 Debacle

The Philadelphia 76ers opened the 2019 NBA playoffs with a thud, losing 111-102 at home to the Brooklyn Nets in a game that wasn’t as close as the final margin might indicate. Heading into Monday’s Game 2, they’re teetering on the brink of full-scale disaster if they can’t adjust and even the series at one…

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This is it for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers’ long-term future—and everything The Process ever led up to—likely comes down to the next few months. With Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick and others all heading into unrestricted free agency this summer, an early playoff exit could result in yet another drastic shakeup. “A lot’s gonna depend on how this team…

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The Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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Who Can Stop the Milwaukee Bucks?

The Milwaukee Bucks entered this season as a trendy pick to make a jump. Giannis Antetokounmpo and The Others—headlined by perennially underrated Khris Middleton and new signee Brook Lopez—were natural complements. It was up to new head coach, Mike Budenholzer, to bring order to a talented-but-underwhelming roster. That bet seemed safe enough. I’m just not…

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The Next Frontier of NBA Stars Asserting Their Power

NBA stars are flexing their muscles more than ever. LeBron James popularized the 1+1 contract, in which a player signs a two-year deal with a second-year player option to exert maximal pressure on his current team. Kevin Durant has since followed suit three times with the Golden State Warriors, and Anthony Davis could take a…

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NBA Pick-and-Roll Combos That Defy Convention

Sometimes the most effective weapon is the one you least expect. In a league over-saturated with the pick-and-roll, how do NBA offenses still find wrinkles that make the action effective? It’s often via legitimate unguardability, like James Harden and the scorching hot streak he’s on for the Houston Rockets. Or, effectiveness can come from action…

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The Fate of Philadelphia 76ers’ Process Looms

Six years after embarking upon perhaps the most ambitious rebuild in NBA history, the Philadelphia 76ers are facing an inflection point. As currently constructed, the Sixers stand little chance of defeating the Toronto Raptors or Boston Celtics in a seven-game playoff series, despite the latter’s season-long inconsistency. Philly’s top-end talent could overwhelm the Milwaukee Bucks…

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