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Predicting NBA’s Defensive Hierarchy in 2019-20

Offense will always be king of the NBA. It creates superstars, packs arenas and boosts television ratings. There’s something captivating about how the sport’s top-scoring wizards make plays and create shots. Thus, it’s exceptionally difficult to play defense at a high-level thanks to the abundance of offensive talent and game rules that cater to scorers.…

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Is Al Horford a Better Sixers Fit Than Jimmy Butler?

Jimmy Butler and Al Horford both made big impressions at their former stops, and now the latter is replacing the former in Philly. Even though his one-season entrance-exit dance numbers have run their course for many, there were plenty for 76ers fans who can look back fondly on in the short-but-eventful Jimmy Butler era in…

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How to Fix NBA All-Defensive Team Voting

Every year, a select group of media members, broadcasters, and analysts are handed the responsibility of voting for individual and team awards. It’s no small thing. These votes can enhance or limit earning potential, affect Hall-of-Fame resumes, and rob players of bragging rights. (Okay, maybe the last one isn’t super important, but you get my…

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Philadelphia 76ers Made Right Choice on Brett Brown

The Philadelphia 76ers spared head coach Brett Brown from purgatory Monday, as managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Brown would return to the team in 2019-20. In doing so, they took the first step toward maintaining the continuity and cohesion they’ll need to accomplish their goal of completing the Process and winning…

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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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Only Joel Embiid Can Save the Sixers Now

The second-round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors has been a chess match between the two coaching staffs. Lineups and rotations have evolved over the course of the first five games, as have the strategies and tactics from both sides. As the series shifts back to Philadelphia for Game 6, the Sixers…

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The Sixers Need More from Ben Simmons

Joel Embiid woke up Sunday morning feeling like death. The Philadelphia 76ers star center texted head coach Brett Brown after a sleepless night and said he was unsure whether he’d be able to suit up for Game 4 in his team’s second-round series against the Toronto Raptors. Although he gutted it out and finished a…

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Your Move, Toronto Raptors

If coaching is a chess match, then Brett Brown just took the Toronto Raptors’ queen. From Game 1 to Game 2, the Philadelphia 76ers made some of the most meaningful and important tactical adjustments I’ve ever seen this quickly in a postseason series. The results were dazzling. Philadelphia shut down the Raptors offense, allowing a…

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What to do About Philadelphia 76ers’ Brett Brown Debate

Brett Brown kept Philadelphia 76ers players’ and fans’ spirits aloft through the worst dog days of The Process. He led the early development of budding stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He remained upbeat through 253 losses in four years. Now that the squad is a legitimate contender in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, however, the…

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Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors Face Mutual Matchup Nightmare

Regular-season matchups rarely predict how playoff series will unfold. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder, who swept the Portland Trail Blazers this year only to get buried in a barrage of Damian Lillard 3-pointers in their first-round series. But the regular-season results between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are especially meaningless heading into their…

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