Tagged James Harden

5 NBA Questions: Can Miami Heat Cool the Playoffs with Frigid Defense?

The past couple of weeks have seen some contenders unravel themselves (looking at you, Houston Rockets, losers of 3 straight) while others have seemingly bolstered themselves with key late-season pickups. The Los Angeles Lakers—with their additions of Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters—and L.A. Clippers (via Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson and Joakim Noah) all certainly qualify. …

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NBA PODCAST: The Biggest Remaining Storylines for 2019-20

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their predictions for the biggest remaining questions in the 2019-20 NBA season. Can LeBron James overtake Giannis Antetokounmpo to win MVP? Who should be the front-runners for Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sixth Man of the…

6 NBA Questions: What Will it Take to Stop Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Hey all, back again this week with another check-in on the evolving stories from around the NBA.  This week kicked off with an amusing comment from Houston Rockets guard, James Harden, who essentially labeled leading (and rival) MVP candidate Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo ‘a seven-foot-run-and-dunk-guy’.   What Harden is defining as “skill” in regards to…

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Meet the New Chris Paul, Same as the Old Chris Paul

There is a new Chris Paul, but it’s not Alfonso Ribeiro. It’s the old Chris Paul. The one who has rejuvenated his career while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to an unexpectedly good season. After a notable decline in his numbers last year (his final with the Houston Rockets), Paul has returned to form, somehow…

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Joel Embiid’s Post-Ups are Cause of, Solution to, Sixers’ Offensive Challenges

In early January, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry tag-teamed a fantastic article about the death of the post-up in the NBA’s new pace-and-space era. Perhaps unsurprisingly, back-to-the-basket greats like Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O’Neal were on hand to perform the eulogies. “Get in, get your butt on the block and dominate,” Ewing said of…

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Will Going All-Small Ball be Houston Rockets’ Downfall?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Houston Rockets are trading Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday as part of a massive four-team trade which brings back Robert Covington and Jordan Bell to the Rockets. They also send out their 2020 first-round pick and get back the Golden State Warriors’ 2024 second-round pick.…

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PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

Dwight Howard’s Superman Returns

Dwight Howard’s career was crashing more dramatically to Earth than a victim of his facial dunks. Ever since abruptly leaving the Orlando Magic in 2012, injuries, team in-fighting and the modern game passing him by systematically sapped powers from the wunderkind once known as Superman. No longer more powerful than a locomotive and leaping over…

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