Tagged DeMar DeRozan

PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Southwest Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) of Mavs.com preview the Southwest Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. What should we expect from Kristaps Porzingis this year? How will Russell Westbrook and James Harden fit together? How will the Memphis Grizzlies move on from…

How Jayson Tatum Can Reach His Star Potential

As soon as Twitter knew Jayson Tatum was training with Kobe Bryant, alarm bells went off. It was the 2018 offseason, months after the youngster had helped the Boston Celtics to within one game of the NBA Finals during his rookie season. Celtics fans already didn’t like Kobe. But the idea of the Black Mamba…

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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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Give Gary Harris the Credit

The Denver Nuggets snagged a much needed 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. An 0-2 hole heading into San Antonio wouldn’t technically be a death sentence, but it’d be pretty close for a young team that consistently struggled on the road this season. The story of the night was Jamal Murray’s…

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How Denver Nuggets Can Bounce Back in Game 2

Among the top two seeds in each conference, none entered with more question marks than the Denver Nuggets. Just by virtue of their inexperience, there was reason to doubt. But there were also questions about their star, Nikola Jokic. Would he be aggressive? How would he look defensively? (And of course, nobody wants to see the…

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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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Veteran Options if L.A. Lakers Never Get Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2018-19 season is effectively over. If their loss to the then-12-win Phoenix Suns on Saturday night wasn’t the final nail in the coffin, their ensuing two losses to the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets were. Facing a 6.5–game deficit in the Western Conference standings with 17 games to play, the…

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The ‘Gremlin’ Spurs Don’t Die, They Multiply

This was supposed to be the year the San Antonio Spurs (finally) fell off.  We (read: I) have been waiting for the shoe to drop for years. This summer seemed to lay the framework of the inevitable slip. The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a pick.…

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Put Luka Doncic in the All-Star Game, You Cowards

The last rookie to make it to the NBA All-Star Game was Blake Griffin in 2010-11. But if going by Donovan Mitchell’s definition of a rookie, Griffin wouldn’t qualify since he missed his first NBA season after fracturing his kneecap. That would mean Yao Ming was actually the last rookie to earn an All-Star berth back…

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