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Key Takeaways from 2019 NBA Draft

The 2019 NBA Draft was a marathon with four lottery picks traded, a green room invitee falling to the 40’s and several executives turning heads with their choices. Some guy named Zion Williamson from Duke went first overall and will garner most of the headlines, but there were many more layers to the evening’s festivities.…

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TBW’s Official 2019 NBA Mock Draft

Let’s not waste time or precious cliches by reminding you what time of year it is, what’s at stake Thursday, how one life and/or NBA franchise can be changed in an instant. Blah, blah, blah. You’re here for a Mock Draft, so here’s how you read the positions on this one: PG = Point Guard…

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2019 NBA Mock Draft, Part 2: Picks for Playoff Teams

NBA teams are in the process of identifying which now-former college players they want to invest in, as well as drawing pathways towards them. You can never quite plan ahead for the craziness that is draft night. Teams will leak false reports, create smokescreens and do whatever it takes to make the draft fall in…

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PODCAST: What’s Next for Thunder, Jazz, Nets and Magic

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) bid farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic. How can the Thunder build a contender around Russell Westbrook? Should the Jazz be looking to move on from Ricky Rubio? Should the Nets match a max…

Playing 2019 NBA Draft Matchmaker, Part 3

Another eight teams are out of the running for the Larry O’Brien championship trophy. Most of those first-round losers from the 2019 NBA Playoffs also have draft picks in the coming draft, which means they too deserve a match-making draft selection. The following are the next mid-round mock selections in the 2019 NBA Draft. Remember:…

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Be Careful About Your Favorite NBA Playoffs Argument

We’re in the playoffs, and that isn’t just the highlight of the NBA season, it’s peak fallacy season as well. The heightened meaning of each game’s outcome means more attention is put on every play, with results-driven narratives dominating the conversation. Context matters even more in the playoffs, however. Yet, nuance, rather than being the…

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Do OKC Thunder Have a ‘Russell Westbrook Problem?’

The most memorable moment from the Portland Trail Blazers’ series-sealing win came at the buzzer. Damian Lillard concluded his eff-you performance with a step-back triple over the outstretched arms of Paul George. The shot was equal parts impressive, absurd and hilarious. Nobody will forget Lillard waving “goodbye” to the Thunder after the near-40 foot bomb.…

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PODCAST: Deep Dives on Blazers-Thunder, Sixers-Nets, Nuggets-Spurs

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) do deep dives into the three most competitive first-round series so far before touching on the remaining five matchups. Which version of Russell Westbrook should the Oklahoma City Thunder expect moving forward? Should Jared Dudley or Jimmy Butler face additional discipline…

OKC Thunder Need ‘Good Russ’ to Show Up

Damian Lillard had a postseason to forget in 2018. With Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo and E’Twaun Moore smothering him, Lillard shot a horrendous 35.2 percent overall as the New Orleans Pelicans swept his Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. He’s avenging himself this year against the Oklahoma City Thunder,…

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PODCAST: Early Takeaways from the 2019 NBA Playoffs

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Mort Stig Jensen and Bryan Toporek discuss their biggest takeaways from the first few games of the 2019 NBA playoffs. Did Jamal Murray save the Denver Nuggets’ season in Game 2? Are the Golden State Warriors at risk of an upset? How confident should the Philadelphia 76ers and…