Tagged Myles Turner

Building Team USA’s FIBA World Cup Roster

Team USA has been the single most dominant team in all of basketball over the last decade. In 2008, the “Redeem Team” won Olympic gold. They dominated the FIBA World Championship during 2010. 2012’s team was arguably more talented than the original 1992 Dream Team. By 2014, they claimed back-to-back FIBA World Championship victories. They…

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Let’s Squash the Mid-Range Jumpers Debate, Shall We?

All the Denver Nuggets need is one stop to have a chance. The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, need one more score to give themselves some breathing room. It’s amazing the Blazers are even in this game, much less leading. Damian Lillard has been flinging bricks all day, and his Blazers trailed by nearly…

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No Offense: Indiana Pacers Are Killing It

The Indiana Pacers have struggled mightily to break down a stout Boston Celtics defense through three games of their first-round series. Victor Oladipo’s injury long ago removed the Pacers’ best creator from the lineup, forcing them to rely on a team-based approach that can have issues in the postseason. Especially when defenses are generally more…

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The Boston Celtics May Have Finally Figured Themselves Out

Postseason basketball is insanely physical. While the referees swallow their whistles and allow more contact, aggressors become rewarded and the weak fade away. Nowhere was that more evident than the second half of Game 1 between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. A brutish and low-scoring contest, the game was decided in the third quarter,…

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Who Should Win 2019 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

He should cause the best players to question themselves, force coaches to adjust their offense, then adjust it again. He should give teammates and his fans a general sense of calm as soon as he steps onto the court. Maybe he can guard any position to always stay on “Your Team’s Best Player”. Maybe he…

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What Should the NBA’s Top Seeds Worry About?

We’ve officially reached the semi-dead zone of the schedule for the league’s top teams. The NBA hierarchy (in terms of record) is mostly set. At this point, teams want to make sure they’re healthy and firing at a high level before postseason play begins. Barring a collapse or major injury, the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee…

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Detroit Pistons Let You Shoot 3’s While They Win

The league’s best perimeter defense was being wasted by the Detroit Pistons. Impressive as their three-ball-killing was, it couldn’t compensate for sluggish, inefficient offense. So, they made a change: scrap the defense. And it’s working. By shifting the defensive focus from the perimeter to the interior—and the offensive focus from the interior to the perimeter—Detroit…

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How Indiana’s Keeping Pace Without Victor Oladipo

Just like that, Pascal Siakam is off to the races. Following a miss, Siakam turns on the burners down the middle of the floor. Victor Oladipo flips his switch and retreats, trying to prevent the inevitable. The pass lingers a bit. Siakam high-points the ball like a wide receiver; Oladipo does not. He couldn’t. Just…

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The NBA’s Pick-and-Pop Poison

The NBA has been a ball screen league for over a decade. Great guards score with advantages created by hard-set picks. Big men roll to the rim and put pressure on help defenders with their size and finishing prowess. The action is difficult to stop when run at such an elite level. As the league…

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