Tagged Golden State Warriors

Turns Out Warriors Are Elite With or Without Kevin Durant

During the pregame conversation of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN’s crew discussed whether the Warriors were “better” without injured superstar Kevin Durant. The discussion was kind of moot as it missed the most salient point: The Warriors are better than the Blazers with or without Durant. After falling…

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Blazers, Warriors Game 2 Must be Defined by Coverages

What makes Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard so special? Their ability to carve up defenses off the dribble. With the NBA emphasizing space more than ever, these two put tangible fear into the hearts of defenses every time they touch the rock. Neither guard needs more than a sliver of space to make teams pay,…

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Playing 2019 NBA Draft Matchmaker, Part 4

As we’re nearing the Conference Finals, it’s time to reveal the final eight selections of the NBA Match-Making Mock Draft. Remember: This is an exercise that solely focuses on team need, as opposed to normal BPA (Best Player Available) mentality. You can read Part 1 here on the high lottery, Part 2 on the low-lottery teams…

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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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PODCAST: Game 5 Previews for All NBA Second-Round Series

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview all four Game 5s for the second round of the 2019 NBA playoffs. Are the Boston Celtics drawing dead against the Milwaukee Bucks? Do the Houston Rockets have a real shot to topple the Golden State Warriors? How can the…

LeBron-less NBA Playoffs Giving Stars Room To Shine

As fun as it is to slander the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter (and everywhere, really), their failure to make the NBA Playoffs appeared to be problematic. It wasn’t a big deal in years past while the once-iconic franchise muddles through its darkest days. But this year is different. It marks the first time since…

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Despite Win, Houston Rockets Are at History’s Mercy

The Houston Rockets aren’t dead yet. Yet. They won their second-round Game 3 tilt against the Golden State Warriors, but barely. They plunged early to a nine-point deficit, but then crawled back and then over, gradually building a double-digit lead. They stayed out in front for most of the second and third quarters. In the…

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Target Stephen Curry at Your Own Peril

If Stephen Curry is on the floor, Stephen Curry is being hunted. The Houston Rockets have been relentless in their Curry pursuit, using his man to screen for James Harden in their halfcourt offense as consistently as possible. Golden State is no stranger to this strategy—when the other four players on the floor are as…

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