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PODCAST: What’s Next for Warriors, Raptors?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss whether the Raptors just ended the Warriors’ dynasty. Either way, what’s next for the Raptors, Warriors and the NBA at large after Toronto won the 2019 NBA title? With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both having suffered serious injuries, is…

A Bittersweet, Poetic End to the Warriors’ Run

Through two-and-a-half quarters, basketball nirvana is happening. The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors are duking it out in a game for the ages. The Dubs are down 3-2 in a series defined by their carnage, playing in Oracle Arena for the last time; playing for Kevin Durant who sacrificed his Achilles tendon, free agency…

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Warriors’ Dynasty is About to Come Full Circle

No more Kevin Durant. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney are both question marks as they battle through injuries. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala have been playing hurt, too. This team looks less like the Golden State Warriors and more like a sick game of “last one standing.” Nonetheless, the Warriors stole Game 5 on the…

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PODCAST: The Domino Effect of Kevin Durant’s Injury

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss how Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury will impact the NBA Finals and free agency moving forward. Can the Golden State Warriors win Games 6 and 7 without Durant? Is anyone to blame for his injury? Should he consider picking up his…

No, Raptors Don’t Deserve Asterisk if They Win NBA Title

The Toronto Raptors are one game away from toppling the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors and winning their first NBA championship in franchise history. But regardless of whether Warriors star forward Kevin Durant returns at some point—he’s questionable ahead of Monday’s Game 5—no one should suggest the Raptors deserve an asterisk if they do win this…

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Fred VanVleet Embodies Everything Raptors’ Run Has Been

Three things are true about NBA title teams: They’re defined by their (super)stars, resiliency is key, and some luck is required. It’s technically too early to declare a champion right now but, in the event that this current trend holds, the Toronto Raptors (3-1) are on their way. That’s because they easily meet all three…

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Warriors’ Depth Issues Expose Big Four Model Flaws

The #StrengthInNumbers Golden State Warriors, these are not. The Dubs did everything in their power during Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals to stifle Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard. They sent frequent double-teams at him and blitzed on pick-and-rolls, daring the Raptors’ supporting cast to beat them. Pascal Siakam (32 points on 14-of-17 shooting),…

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What to Expect from Toronto, Golden State’s NBA Finals Rotations

The balance a coach must maintain between flexibility and rigidity is forever the most difficult part of the job. In a playoff series, it’s important for a team to adjust to an opponent’s particular strengths and weaknesses, but too many adjustments and said team loses the identity that brought it this far. This dance will…

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TBW Expert 2019 NBA Finals Preview Roundtable

It’s finally here. The Toronto Raptors arrive to their first-ever NBA Finals riding an all-time great postseason showing by Kawhi Leonard. Their reward is facing a Golden State Warriors team that is the most dominant of the era, if not the best ever. Postseason demons finally vanquished and the basketball hopes of an entire nation meet…

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