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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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PODCAST: NBA Finals Game 3 Preview & Offseason Chatter

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals, preview Game 3 and walk through the latest offseason chatter. Should the Golden State Warriors hold Klay Thompson out of Game 3 to avoid any setbacks with his hamstring injury? Who will take…

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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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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The X’s and O’s That Will Define 2019 NBA Finals

On Thursday night, the 2019 NBA Finals (finally) commence between two teams who took very opposite paths to arrive. The Golden State Warriors are looking for their third consecutive championship and fourth of the last five years. The favorites, Golden State enters the series with questions surrounding the health and availability of superstars Kevin Durant…

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The Milwaukee Bucks Must Make These Adjustments

The Milwaukee Bucks were strolling to a series victory over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. Upon the NBA’s best regular season team taking a 2-0 series lead, ESPN wrote about how “strong” the Bucks were and previewed the type of challenge they’d present to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.…

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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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Don’t Judge Marc Gasol’s Toronto Raptors Fit Until NBA Playoffs

The acquisition of Marc Gasol at the trade deadline gave the Toronto Raptors a key upgrade at a spot that could be pivotal in their postseason run. While the Raptors have mostly started Serge Ibaka at center this year, there are specific matchups in which a larger, more traditionally-sized big man is necessary. Unfortunately, Jonas…

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