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The Portland Trail Blazers are Still Closer Than You Thought

I’ll be the first to admit it: I was dead wrong about the Portland Trail Blazers. After their embarrassing showing against the New Orleans Pelicans last postseason, I thought it was time for them to blow things up. Damian Lillard was obviously a top-five guy at his position, but I had questions about his ability…

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Pay Seth Curry This Offseason

Free agency has loomed large over the 2019 NBA playoffs, and rightfully so. With Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and other All-Stars heading into free agency this summer, the postseason could go a long way toward reshaping the league’s future. Of course, while guys like that will command the early attention in free agency,…

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Blazers, Warriors Game 2 Must be Defined by Coverages

What makes Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard so special? Their ability to carve up defenses off the dribble. With the NBA emphasizing space more than ever, these two put tangible fear into the hearts of defenses every time they touch the rock. Neither guard needs more than a sliver of space to make teams pay,…

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Let’s Squash the Mid-Range Jumpers Debate, Shall We?

All the Denver Nuggets need is one stop to have a chance. The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, need one more score to give themselves some breathing room. It’s amazing the Blazers are even in this game, much less leading. Damian Lillard has been flinging bricks all day, and his Blazers trailed by nearly…

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Playing 2019 NBA Draft Matchmaker, Part 4

As we’re nearing the Conference Finals, it’s time to reveal the final eight selections of the NBA Match-Making Mock Draft. Remember: This is an exercise that solely focuses on team need, as opposed to normal BPA (Best Player Available) mentality. You can read Part 1 here on the high lottery, Part 2 on the low-lottery teams…

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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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