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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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Despite Win, Houston Rockets Are at History’s Mercy

The Houston Rockets aren’t dead yet. Yet. They won their second-round Game 3 tilt against the Golden State Warriors, but barely. They plunged early to a nine-point deficit, but then crawled back and then over, gradually building a double-digit lead. They stayed out in front for most of the second and third quarters. In the…

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PODCAST: What’s Next for Thunder, Jazz, Nets and Magic

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) bid farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic. How can the Thunder build a contender around Russell Westbrook? Should the Jazz be looking to move on from Ricky Rubio? Should the Nets match a max…

Be Careful About Your Favorite NBA Playoffs Argument

We’re in the playoffs, and that isn’t just the highlight of the NBA season, it’s peak fallacy season as well. The heightened meaning of each game’s outcome means more attention is put on every play, with results-driven narratives dominating the conversation. Context matters even more in the playoffs, however. Yet, nuance, rather than being the…

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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 Ultimate 2019 NBA Playoffs Preview

The NBA Playoffs are sans LeBron James but flush with storylines amid a seemingly wide-open Eastern Conference and a West wondering whether the Warriors will ever wane. Alliteration aside, we asked our crack team of staff writers, contributors and editors about the myriad angles this postseason presents. the west What’s the Golden State Warriors’ weak link…

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How to Win Each Western Conference Series

For those who enjoy watching the chess match between one coach and another, a playoff series provides the opportunity to see it unfold in a way no other league can offer. Coaches have time to adjust, with multiple games in a series and days off to build their scheme. After 82 games, few set plays,…

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Who Deserves All-NBA: Karl-Anthony Towns or Rudy Gobert?

Karl-Anthony Towns has nearly 32 million reasons to hope All-NBA voters prioritize him over Rudy Gobert in the coming days. Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic figure to have the top two All-NBA center spots locked down in some order, which would leave only the third-team opening up for grabs. Anthony Davis likely nuked his chances…

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Everything to Know About NBA’s Final Race for Playoff Seeding

By late March and the final ten games of the season, many NBA franchises already have their seasons decided. Many are eliminated from playoff contention, shutting down their top stars to rack up losses and increase their draft odds. Others have clinched playoff berths as well as their seeding, now focusing on getting healthy and…

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Who Should Win 2019 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

He should cause the best players to question themselves, force coaches to adjust their offense, then adjust it again. He should give teammates and his fans a general sense of calm as soon as he steps onto the court. Maybe he can guard any position to always stay on “Your Team’s Best Player”. Maybe he…

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