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FIBA World Cup 2019 Preview Group D: Angola, Italy, Philippines, Serbia

The rebranded 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins August 31, expanding from 24 nations to 32 and split into eight groups that feature four teams apiece. The group’s top two move on to the knockout round, while the other pair enter a loser’s bracket with fifth place on the line. The tournament is held in…

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PODCAST: Ranking the NBA’s Top-10 Duos

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) rank the top 10 duos in the NBA today. Where do Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank after joining forces this summer? How high are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the wake of the former’s Achilles injury? Which L.A. duo…

FIBA World Cup 2019: Ranking Team USA’s Biggest Threats

Formally known as the FIBA World Championship, the inaugural FIBA World Cup of Basketball begins on August 31 and has been rebranded in hopes of gaining more popularity—it was also moved from 2018 to 2019 so as not to conflict with the men’s FIFA World Cup. Since 2008, international basketball competitions have been dominated by…

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Toronto Raptors Showcase Importance of Late NBA Draft Picks

As the 2019 NBA Playoffs near its dramatic conclusion, most teams have already set their sights on improving for 2019-20. The NBA draft is coming quickly, and executives are scrambling to identify their top choices. The book on this year’s prospect haul is that it’s woefully uninspiring outside of Zion Williamson. It lacks the depth…

The Denver Nuggets Have Some Big Decisions to Make

Tim Connelly’s turning down an offer to rebuild his hometown Washington Wizards is a win for the Denver Nuggets. The president of basketball operations, Connelly has helped build something promising in Denver. But while he’s just made a decision on one career crossroads, another is coming up soon. “Loyalty and patience is such a rarity…

Paul Millsap is Quietly Killing the Blazers

The Denver Nuggets are one win away from shutting up some haters. It seems odd on the surface to argue the Nuggets are overachieving right now when they were the West’s second-best team with a 54-28 record. A Western Conference Finals berth should be the natural goal for any two-seed. But the Nuggets are a…

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When Will Denver Nuggets or Portland Trail Blazers Go Small?

Over the course of recent history, the general theme of many NBA playoff series has been to go smaller and smaller. In this offense-first, perimeter-oriented game of the modern NBA, smaller lineups have thrived during both the regular season and playoffs. Coaches are quicker to pull the plug on big men who can’t slide on…

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LeBron-less NBA Playoffs Giving Stars Room To Shine

As fun as it is to slander the Los Angeles Lakers on Twitter (and everywhere, really), their failure to make the NBA Playoffs appeared to be problematic. It wasn’t a big deal in years past while the once-iconic franchise muddles through its darkest days. But this year is different. It marks the first time since…

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Trail Blazers Better Know These Nikola Jokic Plays

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is undoubtedly one of the most unique NBA players to guard. He’s such a bully with his size, so crafty with his amazing passing and so unorthodox with his footwork and finishes. His brilliance is as subtle as it is jaw-dropping. We’ve never seen this combination of size and…

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