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Harden Vs. Curry: An Unlikely Playoff Duel For The Ages

by Christopher Reina

May 22, 2015 2:40 PM

Championships and deep playoff runs are the domain of big men or transcendent top-10 all-time talents like LeBron and Jordan, so these two offensive savants who are 6-5 and under MVP candidates are in truly rarefied territory as the unquestioned best players on Conference Finalists. Read more »

Tags: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA

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The Long Minnesota Rebuild Gets Better Fast

by Christopher Reina

May 20, 2015 2:13 PM

It has been just over 4,000 days since the Wolves last had a playoff game. With Andrew Wiggins and presumably Karl-Anthony Towns, the only limit now is the imagination of Flip Saunders. Read more »

Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA

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2015 NBA Conference Finals Preview

by Christopher Reina

May 18, 2015 12:55 AM

These infographics show the percentile rankings for each team in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point and foul rate during the regular season. Read more »

Tags: NBA

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Reviewing The Lottery Teams In Infographics

by Christopher Reina

The Thunder, Suns, Jazz, Pacers, Heat, Hornets, Pistons, Nuggets, Kings, Magic, Lakers, 76ers, Knicks and Wolves missed the playoffs. Here's where they struggled and where there's hope. Read more »
A Playoff Preview In Team Infographics

by Christopher Reina

Looking at the percentile rankings for every team in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate. Read more »
Notes From The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

The depth of future lottery talent in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit wasn't as strong as past seasons, including last year's edition that comprises a good percentage of the draft crop, but there are three potential franchise-changing talents in Skal Labissiere, Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown. Read more »
Phil Jackson's New York Burden

by Christopher Reina

The players inherited by Phil Jackson with the Knicks were awful and their location makes properly engaging in a full rebuild of a roster focused on the draft a near impossibility. Read more »
The Human Vine Loop

by Christopher Reina

Russell Westbrook belongs to the cadre of lead guard superstars that play under the ethos of “live fast, die young and have a good-looking corpse.” Their runs are short-lived and aren’t judged in rings as much as how they play as an artifact of the zeitgeist. Read more »
The Inadvertent Contenders

by Christopher Reina

The Raptors have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but would be in the middle of a rebuild if not for the Knicks having too much respect for Masai Ujiri's GM jumper. Read more »
The Basketball Treasure That Nearly Never Was

by Christopher Reina

Anthony Davis is the NBA’s most incredible prodigy (possibly ever) despite a late development in which he almost left the game. Read more »
Cheat Codes

by Christopher Reina

Just as Chip Kelly is rethinking the quarterback position, Erik Spoelstra has kept enough components of his system on offense to withstand losing LeBron James. Read more »
The Most Mutually Beneficial Loan Of All-Time

by Christopher Reina

LeBron James needed to leave to win a title and the Cavaliers needed that departure for him to return to win one for Cleveland. Nothing is mapped out for LeBron right now as it was when he joined the Heat, but he returns unburdened with two rings and with youth around him. Read more »
Only The Elite Survive To Late May

by Christopher Reina

While the apparently parity of the first round was a refreshing and encouraging development for the NBA, we saw the teams ranked first, third, fourth and sixth in net efficiency during the regular season advance to the Conference Finals. Read more »
The NBA's First Round As Prestige Television

by Christopher Reina

With 72 percent of games decided by nine or fewer points, the first round has had a level of competitive balance that is an encouraging and overlooked consequence of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement. Read more »
10-Year NBA Win Rank Snapshot

by Christopher Reina

A 10-year season-by-season Win Rank snapshot for an NBA franchise creates an insightful visual narrative. Read more »
Expectations & Timelines: The Curry Warriors

by Christopher Reina

The addition of Andre Iguodala looked a lot like Chicago's move for Ben Wallace on the surface, but the Warriors' timeline will remain dependent on how they remain in the 'deal flow' in constantly tinkering around Stephen Curry. Read more »
Notes From The 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

Five bigs with radically divergent styles could conceivably become the top-five picks of the 2015 NBA Draft, though it was a big point guard that had the best individual performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »
On Sloan: GM's Tell Riveting Tales Of Front-Office Dynamics; Will Silver Take The Wheel?

by Christopher Reina

At Sloan, two of the most interesting panels dealt with the machinations of high-level negotiations between teams, and the problem of teams tanking which can be defined in two degrees of severity. Read more »
Notes From 2013 Adidas Nations

by Christopher Reina

Jahlil Okafor, Kevon Looney and Stanley Johnson were the most impressive prospects of adidas Nations, but Theo Pinson, D'Angelo Russell, Myles Turner and Reid Travis were the ones to grind their way to the championship. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pistons Sign Josh Smith

by Christopher Reina

The NBA is clearly going more and more in the direction of smallball, but without the pieces to do it as effectively as teams like the Heat and Golden State Warriors, the Pistons will have more success in building a counter to the trend around Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Read more »
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