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The Numbers: Michael Jordan & Charles Barkley Drop 40s

Today marks the 27th anniversary of one of the greatest mano-a-mano Finals games in history, including the only one where opponents both topped 40. Charles Barkley was the MVP in 1993 and believe himself to be better than Michael Jordan at the time. But he had a poor shooting performance in Game 1 (9-25) and…

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The Numbers: Larry Bird’s 31.6 Game Score

Despite being during the range of NBA Finals dates, June 10th hasn’t been the kind of landmark historic day in the history of basketball that we’ve previously featured in this series. But that doesn’t mean it’s completely shabby. The best game any player had on this day was Larry Bird, who had a Game Score…

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Stop Under-Appreciating the Milwaukee Bucks

Does anybody realize that the Milwaukee Bucks are on pace to be the third team in NBA history to win 70 games? With the way our national sports coverage landscape is these days, it’s safe to assume no. The Los Angeles Lakers grab most of the daytime spotlight with LeBron James in the league’s second-largest…

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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…

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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…

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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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