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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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Devonte’ Graham Emerging as NBA’s Newest ‘3-and-P’ Threat

When the Boston Celtics traded for Kemba Walker, it opened up a chance for young Devonte’ Graham to prove himself, even as the Charlotte Hornets bet far bigger money on free agent scoring guard Terry Rozier. Graham has not only seized the opportunity, he’s one of this year’s most improved players and possibly the league’s…

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Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets Have Figured Each Other Out

Russell Westbrook’s immersion into the Houston Rockets hasn’t been seamless, but it’s beginning to take hold as the season progresses. His early-season inefficiency is getting better, and wins are coming as a result. Come postseason, that could mean all the difference. Westbrook isn’t the first great point guard that James Harden has played with. His…

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Should We Be That Impressed by the NBA’s Latest Monster Statlines?

In every NBA season, the league’s deep stable of stars find new ways to entertain and amaze us. They deliver unprecedented performances, display unforeseen athletic feats and reach new statistical milestones. Today’s sports media climate is ultra-competitive, so it’s driven by clickable highlights, headlines and eye-popping stat lines. The NBA and its media mouthpieces don’t…

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Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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James Harden is King of the Monster Game

James Harden was lighting it up again. November 30 was to the tune of 60 points in a shade over 30 minutes. Then he watched the entire fourth quarter. He was surreal, going 8-of-10 from 2, 8-of-14 from 3 and 20-of-23 from the charity stripe. His 87.9 true shooting percentage was the highest in NBA…

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PODCAST: NBA Opening Week Takeaways

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) of FiveThirtyEight discuss their biggest takeaways from the first few days of the 2019-20 NBA season. Can anyone stop the Los Angeles Clippers? How did James Harden and Russell Westbrook look in their first game together?…

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Welcome to the NBA’s Overreaction Olympics

The NBA season tips off Tuesday, and that means we’re already in prime ‘Overreaction Olympics’ time—that early-season period where fans across the land see great or poor performances, isolated incidents and scoring runs only to blow them completely out of proportion, extrapolating an entire season out of them. That’s gonna happen in spades during the…

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Why Are NBA Analytics and Mid-Range Jumpers Fighting Each Other?

Twitter is an interesting world. The long-time debate regarding analytics informing shot selection jumped to the forefront once again on Tuesday, as two drastically different worlds chimed in from their respective camps. Matt Moore, (also known as Hardwood Paroxysm and a writer for the Action News Network), responded to a video debate about Zach LaVine…