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Summer Mailbag Part 1: NBA Finals & Free Agency

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


What changed the momentum of The Finals?
- Mohammed U.

Many would answer Draymond Green’s suspension, but it’s pretty clear that Andrew Bogut’s Game 5 injury was the turning point. Tristan Thompson shot 18/33 from the field in the Finals before Bogut’s injury, but he only missed one attempt after Bogut went down, shooting 10/11 (in addition to posting back-to-back 15-rebound games). Additionally, the Warriors badly missed Bogut’s jersey-t...

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Game 7 Preview: Can the Warriors Stop the Cavs' Onslaught?

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)


It’s hard to believe now that, only one month ago, the Warriors losing a single game was a once in a blue moon event. Then the Thunder made it commonplace. Golden State lost back-to-back games in Oklahoma City by an average of 26 points. The Thunder had “figured the Warriors out” and were “simply the better team” going into Game 5.


My brother, Tal, a big Warriors fan, was calm. He said something along the lines of, “Yes, the Warriors...

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2015 NBA Playoffs: First Round Report Card

Posted on May 5, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Spurs' Basketball: A


The era is coming to a close. Get me a box of tissues. I'm going to cry like I did at the end of Fast and Furious 7. 

 


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2015 Annual All-Star Diary

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)



For possibly the first time ever, the Three-Point Shootout was hyped up more than the Dunk Contest. In Sunday’s All-Star Game, threes were being thrown up left and right, whereas usually players start going in for dunks when the game descends into chaos. With teams attempting more threes year after ye...

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Top 10 Greatest NBA Statistics

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (1)



 

 


These statistics were not only judged on how impressive they sound, but also on how close they have come to being approached and the chances of them ever being achieved again.

 


Honorable Mention:


Wilt Chamberlain led the league in points, assists, rebounds, and field goal percentage in separate seaso...

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Why I Don't Watch the FIFA World Cup

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (3)

I’ll admit up front that I watched the Netherlands’ semi-final game (but only because I was in the Netherlands) and the US knockout round game (but only because I was born in the US), and that the last 30-or-so minutes of both games were exciting. The feeling that, at any given moment, the entire fate of those countries’ soccer programs could change dramatically was exhilarating. That being said, international soccer bugs me. Here are the five reasons why, in order of increa...

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The Pros and Cons Each Championship Contender (Plus Complete Playoff Picks)

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (4)

 

The Favorite:

 

San Antonio Spurs

 

Good: Everyone is well-rested and healthy (their starters missed 75 total games and still clinched the league's top record)… the bracket couldn’t have worked out better for them (avoid...

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Who Should Win the 2014 NBA Awards?

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (5)




I can probably rattle off the last ten Sixth Man of the Year winners but hesitate in recalling who won the NFL MVP just two months ago. Why do we care so much about individual awards in basketball? For one, there’s a lot less randomness than in football (fewer games) and baseball (one play can decide the outcome). Secon...

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The Team of Shame

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Have you noticed something a little funky with Los Angeles Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni's decision-making this season? Back in November, he started Jordan Hill for seven games, a stretch during which Hill averaged 15 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks on 56% shooting. For no apparent reason, Hill was relegated back to the 15-20 minute plan in favor of the immortal Shawne Williams (who eventually got waived by the front office, then signed again, then waived again). D'Antoni's been screwing ...

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2014 All-Star Extravaganza

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)






Shooting Heaving Stars (No, not the Shooting Stars, because Team Hardaway made all of their shots from inside half-court but didn’t even advance to the finals because they couldn’t knock down the half-court heave)...

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