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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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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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PODCAST: East 2nd-round Preview; Worrying about Warriors?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and discuss whether it’s time to be worried about the Golden State Warriors. If Kawhi Leonard shuts down Ben Simmons, how can the Philadelphia 76ers get their offense going? Where will the…

Kawhi Leonard Reminds Us What Makes Him Great

Normally when an NBA superstar falls from public grace, it’s due to something out of his control. His play slips as he ages, or his body breaks down after thousands of wild forays to the basket. Or a younger player at his position reinvents what we accept as possible and said superstar loses relevancy. (Hello…

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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…

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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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…

Give Gary Harris the Credit

The Denver Nuggets snagged a much needed 114-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. An 0-2 hole heading into San Antonio wouldn’t technically be a death sentence, but it’d be pretty close for a young team that consistently struggled on the road this season. The story of the night was Jamal Murray’s…

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How Denver Nuggets Can Bounce Back in Game 2

Among the top two seeds in each conference, none entered with more question marks than the Denver Nuggets. Just by virtue of their inexperience, there was reason to doubt. But there were also questions about their star, Nikola Jokic. Would he be aggressive? How would he look defensively? (And of course, nobody wants to see the…

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