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2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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Analytics Predict Positive Changes for These NBA Teams in 2019-20

Caution: The following includes overall plus-minus and lineup analytics to color optimism about the upcoming season. Put this power into the wrong hands and those conclusions can be drawn incorrectly. An over-emphasis on lineup statistics and metrics can lead to seeing players as the sole reason their lineups performed poorly, which is never the case.…

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What’s Next for Toronto Raptors Without Kawhi Leonard?

The news was devastating to the Toronto Raptors: Kawhi Leonard was heading home to Los Angeles. As their dreams of a repeat championship disappear, the focus must shift onto what the organization can do to replace its Finals MVP. The team’s salary situation dictates either a complete blowup of the roster or replacing Leonard with…

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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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Warriors’ Depth Issues Expose Big Four Model Flaws

The #StrengthInNumbers Golden State Warriors, these are not. The Dubs did everything in their power during Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals to stifle Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard. They sent frequent double-teams at him and blitzed on pick-and-rolls, daring the Raptors’ supporting cast to beat them. Pascal Siakam (32 points on 14-of-17 shooting),…

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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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