Tagged DeMar DeRozan

Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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Spurs are on Most Critical ‘Rodeo Road Trip’ in Years

It has become the stuff of local legend: a glorious annual stretch in the San Antonio Spurs’ season, during which the team will learn a lot about itself, catch its rhythm and build momentum for yet another successful playoff run. Ever since the Spurs went 8-1 during their first Rodeo Road Trip in 2003 (and…

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How San Antonio Spurs Can Keep 22-Year Playoff Streak Alive

All good things eventually must come to an end. Yes, even the San Antonio Spurs’ 22-year playoff streak. Prior to Tuesday’s double-overtime win against the Houston Rockets—the results of which are now under protest after referees incorrectly failed to count a James Harden made dunk in the fourth quarter—the Spurs were 7-14 and had lost…

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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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