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Oklahoma City Effectively Made Adjustments Yet No Lead On Houston Is Safe

by Matthew Tynan

Apr 21, 2017 3:57 PM

The Thunder came in doing things a bit differently and it worked for most of Game 2, until it didn't. The scariest aspect of the Rockets was put on display: if you're going to throw your best punch at them, you'd better get way out in front because they can catch up in a hurry. Read more »

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Milwaukee And Watching What Speed The Future Of The Game Moves At

by John Wilmes

Apr 21, 2017 2:47 PM

The Bucks' new arena beside their current one summons easy metaphors for the endless skinny limbs of its starting lineup, which with its average age of 23.2 years also barely yet exists in the NBA. Read more »

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2017 NBA Offseason Preview: New York Knicks

by Keith P Smith

Apr 20, 2017 4:36 PM

No matter what the Knicks do, the plan has to be to put pieces around Kristaps Porzingis. With Carmelo Anthony likely on his way out, nothing matters more than the development of their new franchise centerpiece. Read more »

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Jimmy Butler's Supporting Cast Isn't Auditioning For Him

by Jonny Auping

With Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade playing like a version of their prior selves, the Bulls all of a sudden have the familiar formula of playmakers and formidable role players around their superstar in Jimmy Butler. Read more »
Celtics Fail To Rebound Both Literally And Figuratively

by Andrew Perna

As fallible as they looked in Game 1, the optics were even worse for the Celtics in Game 2 with time to adjust to the advantages the Bulls exploited in the series opener. Read more »
The Big Problems For Oklahoma City Against The Rockets

by Matthew Tynan

The best success for the Thunder have come when they've played big but how can you do that when the offense you're defending is so far from the basket? More specifically, where does Kanter fit in? Read more »
Cavs As Doomed-Seeming Favorites Of The East

by Colin McGowan

We have always known the Cavs are sort of screwed up- or, put another way, that they're more excellent than optimized. Predicting their path is folly; they're defined by their inability to hew to any set course for long. Read more »
Westbrook's MVP Waterloo And The Death Of The NBA Individualist

by John Wilmes

Russell Westbrook's first season without Kevin Durant is positively MVP worthy. Does it run the risk of becoming Sisyphean if he wants to continue playing this way and the Thunder can't improve his supporting cast? Read more »
2017 NBA Offseason Preview: Orlando Magic

by Keith P Smith

The Magic have a mismatched roster low on high end talent and are undergoing a regime change in the front office. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Rockets Vs. Thunder Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Oklahoma City defending the Ryan Anderson pass and follow, while the Rockets will try to make Russell Westbrook on defense. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Celtics Vs. Bulls Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

How the Celtics can combat Rajon Rondo's length versus Isaiah Thomas in the pick-and-roll and the Bulls finding good post ups for Jimmy Butler. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Wizards Vs. Hawks Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

How the Hawks will counter Washington going under on Dennis Schroder pick-and-rolls, and whether the playoffs will bring a rise of Iso-Markieff Morris. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Clippers Vs. Jazz Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

How Utah can produce offense whenever Jamal Crawford is on the floor and how the Clippers will keep track of the way the Jazz use misdirections. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Spurs Vs. Grizzlies Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On the Spurs adjusting for Marc Gasol trailing the offense in transition and Memphis cutting off San Antonio's long cherished corner three-pointers. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Cavaliers Vs. Pacers Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On the Cleveland's ability to take away the Pacers' transition game and how Indiana will attack Kevin Love in pick-and-rolls. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Raptors Vs. Bucks Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Looking at the best way for the Bucks to use Giannis Antetokounmpo against a Toronto defense bolstered at the deadline to stop a player like him (i.e. LeBron) and how much should Jonas Valanciunas be featured on offense. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Warriors Vs. Blazers Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

Examining how the Warriors can limit the effectiveness of Damian Lillard in the pick-and-roll, while the Blazers face their own quandary in preventing Draymond Green from being a playmaker on offense. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
John Wall's Straight-Line Speed Could Drive Washington To The Finals

by Jonny Auping

The Wizards use the speed of John Wall to create space. This is a version of the Russell Westbrook formula except more refined and with Plan B'c and C'. Read more »
A Simple Defense Of The Triple-Double

by Colin McGowan

The points-rebounds-assists construction lacks many descriptive elements, but what it lacks in nuance it makes up for with a kind of beautifully crude legibility. Besides, Westbrook's six-month immolation of the NBA has primarily been about the joy and terror it has produced. Read more »