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How Portland Trail Blazers Take the Next Step

The Golden State Warriors have been the class of the conference for half a decade, but that could change next season. They’re guaranteed to be without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for most, if not all of the 2019-20 campaign. Barring a near-miraculous recovery, Durant (torn achilles) probably won’t return until 2020-21. Thompson (torn ACL)…

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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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The Risk and Reward of 1-Year NBA Rentals

The Toronto Raptors just won their first championship in franchise history because general manager Masai Ujiri made a bold gamble this past offseason. However, that shouldn’t necessarily inspire imitators to do the same by trading for Anthony Davis in the coming days. While the Raptors’ acquisition of Kawhi Leonard paid off regardless of whether he…

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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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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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