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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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Toronto’s Defense Proved Itself (Again) in Game 1

It was a true team effort for the Toronto Raptors during their Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors. On a night when Kawhi Leonard wasn’t quite himself—though he still had a very good showing with 23 points on 20 shooting possessions—the rest of the Raptors elevated their games and kept the Warriors at…

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Why Milwaukee Bucks Can’t Slow Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is going to get to his spots. His handle is too good and he’s too confident in his ability to retain possession in traffic to be scared of multiple defenders. There are only two things that have hampered Leonard offensively during the Toronto Raptors’ Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks: that…

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Turns Out Warriors Are Elite With or Without Kevin Durant

During the pregame conversation of Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, ESPN’s crew discussed whether the Warriors were “better” without injured superstar Kevin Durant. The discussion was kind of moot as it missed the most salient point: The Warriors are better than the Blazers with or without Durant. After falling…

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Brook Lopez Has Also Fit Perfectly for Bucks Defense

The theme of the NBA Playoffs over the last few years is that big men can get played off the court by more talented perimeter players and that the best teams end up with traditional guards and wings as their best guys, with traditional centers as supporting pieces. On the surface, the Milwaukee Bucks are…

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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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NBA’s Rules Are the Real Problem with ‘Ref-Gate’

The Houston Rockets feel they are being wronged by the NBA’s referees. They feel that way so much they commissioned a report of last season’s Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors so as to list out their grievances, according to Sam Amick of the Athletic. Game 1 of this year’s postseason battle between…

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PODCAST: East 2nd-round Preview; Worrying about Warriors?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and discuss whether it’s time to be worried about the Golden State Warriors. If Kawhi Leonard shuts down Ben Simmons, how can the Philadelphia 76ers get their offense going? Where will the…