Brooklyn's Brook Lopez Problem

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Brooklyn's Brook Lopez Problem
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Since the start of Michael Jordan's first title run, only two teams have won the championship while ranking outside the top 10 in points allowed per possession: the 2000-01 Lakers and the 1994-95 Rockets. Those Lakers famously relaxed for much of the regular season before flipping the switch during a devastating playoff run, while the repeat Rockets changed the entire complexion of their team at the trade deadline in the Clyde Drexler–Otis Thorpe deal. They are each anomalies in their own way.

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