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BbA 16: Weighing Each Conference Ahead of NBA’s Return

What matters in an NBA Playoff series when momentum and homecourt advantage no longer hold as much weight? Which teams in the Eastern Conference want to avoid matching up against one another? Which Western Conference squads have a chance of forcing a play-in series between the No. 8 and 9 seeds, and who could be…

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BbA: Are Little Point Guards Endangered Today?; Meet Dan O’Brien

In this fifth episode of the Basketball by Association podcast, Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes are joined by TBW’s Dan O’Brien to discuss their favorite “short” point guards from the past and present. Framed around Dan’s entertaining article “The NBA I Grew Up Watching: The Undersized Underdogs”, the guys reminisce about luminaries like Kevin…

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Are LA Clippers Really the NBA’s Next Superteam?

The Golden State Warriors no longer appear be an unstoppable force, but a new superteam might have just sprung up down the coast of California. And, no, it’s not the L.A. Lakers like everyone thought. As Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports first reported late Friday night, Kawhi Leonard is leaving the Toronto Raptors to sign…

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L.A. Lakers Have Anthony Davis. So Now What?

It took a public negotiation, a failed Magic Johnson pep talk and a regime change. Months passed, countless Twitter jokes were made and a LeBron-less postseason ensued. It was easy to be down on the Los Angeles Lakers in the midst of their turmoil. But of course, that’s before you remember they’re the Los Angeles…

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NBA Chalk Talk: Early 2019 Playoff Adjustments

Coaching is a lot like chess. You have to think several moves ahead, see the entire board and understand the value of each piece at your disposal. Anticipating your opponent’s moves and trapping them in their own style is considered masterful. Postseason basketball is beautiful for that reason. The players are the ones executing and…

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The Defensive Prowess of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture is a cluster. Four teams separated by a half-game are all competing to avoid the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets in the first round. Scheduling, health and streakiness will play a large role in the final three weeks of the season in determining where teams…

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