Tagged chris paul

Let’s Squash the Mid-Range Jumpers Debate, Shall We?

All the Denver Nuggets need is one stop to have a chance. The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, need one more score to give themselves some breathing room. It’s amazing the Blazers are even in this game, much less leading. Damian Lillard has been flinging bricks all day, and his Blazers trailed by nearly…

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The Truth About NBA Playoff Lineups

The Hamptons Five—Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green—is the most prominently named lineup in NBA history, if not the only one that really deserved a name. Most five-man lineup combinations live anonymously and then die the same way, their fate sealed because there really was nothing special about the combination.…

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How to Win Each Western Conference Series

For those who enjoy watching the chess match between one coach and another, a playoff series provides the opportunity to see it unfold in a way no other league can offer. Coaches have time to adjust, with multiple games in a series and days off to build their scheme. After 82 games, few set plays,…

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Clues on How to Guard James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to complete the season sweep of the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, defeating them 108-94. The Bucks’ defense threw the Rockets out of sync (more on that shortly). That, combined with an ice-cold shooting performance (16-of-52 from three) led to a low scoring affair. It was just the 12th time…

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Are Houston Rockets Still a Western Conference Threat?

Last season, the Houston Rockets came within a game of defeating the defending champion Golden State Warriors and going to the NBA Finals. But after key departures from Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute last summer, their improved defense took a hit, and the chances of getting back to the Western Conference Finals—much…

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Week 16 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: How Can Victor Oladipo Owners Stay Afloat?

Fantasy owners, Indiana Pacers followers and NBA fans alike suffered a gut-punch Wednesday, as All-Star 2-guard Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending knee injury against the Toronto Raptors. If you had Oladipo on your roster prior to his injury, all hope is not lost. While neither you nor the Pacers will be able to…

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‘NBA 2K19’ MyTEAM Has Immortalized Too Many Players

I am enjoying MyTeam in NBA 2K19 even more than prior releases in the series. That said, there is a fundamental issue with the structure and content that should be addressed: Too many Galaxy Opal and Pink Diamond cards. Saturated and De-valued Gemstones For those who are unaware, PD and GO are the highest gemstones available…

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