Tagged Jimmy Butler

How Philadelphia 76ers Move Past Game 1 Debacle

The Philadelphia 76ers opened the 2019 NBA playoffs with a thud, losing 111-102 at home to the Brooklyn Nets in a game that wasn’t as close as the final margin might indicate. Heading into Monday’s Game 2, they’re teetering on the brink of full-scale disaster if they can’t adjust and even the series at one…

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The Ultimate 2019 NBA Playoffs Preview

The NBA Playoffs are sans LeBron James but flush with storylines amid a seemingly wide-open Eastern Conference and a West wondering whether the Warriors will ever wane. Alliteration aside, we asked our crack team of staff writers, contributors and editors about the myriad angles this postseason presents. the west What’s the Golden State Warriors’ weak link…

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Even Without Playoff Berth, Sacramento Kings Succeeded

The Phoenix Suns find themselves down seven with 32 seconds to go on an electric Saturday night. Their chances are slim, but a quick bucket would tilt the scales more in their favor. Suns guard Devin Booker sprints up the court, then retreats left with Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes on his hip. A pair…

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This is it for the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers’ long-term future—and everything The Process ever led up to—likely comes down to the next few months. With Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick and others all heading into unrestricted free agency this summer, an early playoff exit could result in yet another drastic shakeup. “A lot’s gonna depend on how this team…

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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 Psychology of Tanking, Part 1: Can Winners Survive That Much Losing?

Editor’s Note: This piece originally ran March 5, 2019, but is so awesome we wanted to give more people a chance to read it. It’s a simple equation: tanking = top draft pick = NBA championship. The math satisfies the sensibilities of franchise owners, fans and Spike Lee alike… But what about the players? How much…

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Karl-Anthony Towns Can’t Be Stopped

“He can’t do s–t against me!” That emotionally-charged outburst felt like the defining moment of Karl-Anthony Towns’ season. It could’ve been, considering his God-given talents. Towns is an elite shooter and post player. It would surprise no one that a fellow giant struggled to contain the former Kentucky big man. It should’ve been, had the phrase…

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Who Can Stop the Milwaukee Bucks?

The Milwaukee Bucks entered this season as a trendy pick to make a jump. Giannis Antetokounmpo and The Others—headlined by perennially underrated Khris Middleton and new signee Brook Lopez—were natural complements. It was up to new head coach, Mike Budenholzer, to bring order to a talented-but-underwhelming roster. That bet seemed safe enough. I’m just not…

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We May Need to Rethink Sixers’ NBA Trade Deadline Splash

Leading up to the 2019 NBA trade deadline, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown wasn’t shy about pleading for more help. “I think we all understand that we’re here to try to make a deep run in the playoffs,” Brown told reporters prior to the shorthanded Sixers’ 119-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.…

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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and NBA GMs

If you ever want to talk to the perfect NBA General Manager—the one who knows everything and has yet to ever make a mistake—just ask Twitter. It’s filled with them. It’s an easy job to do when it’s not yours, it seems. As Anthony Davis news swirls, and trades happen faster than we can keep…

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