1. 10 Unsung Heroes Who Will Shape the 2015 NBA Playoffs

    We all know LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard are the keys to the NBA 's true title contenders, but a handful of less-celebrated talents will also have major impacts on the 2015 playoffs...

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  2. Kawhi Leonard Has Finally, Officially Joined the NBA's Superstar Ranks

    Kawhi Leonard 's ascent to superstardom happened quietly. Of course it did. Perhaps sensing the need to explain how one of the league's most notoriously taciturn talents ...

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  3. Feel-Good Warriors Now Under Enormous Pressure to Win NBA Title

    At the close of a regular season in which the Golden State Warriors have made basketball mastery look like a whole lot of fun, the real work of delivering on their NBA championship promise begins...

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  4. Draymond Green Rips Los Angeles Clippers: 'They Ain't Proved Nothing'

    Lest there be any concern the typically red-hot rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers might be cooling ahead of the postseason, Draymond Green made sure to stoke the fires...

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  5. What Chicago Bulls Need from Derrick Rose for a Deep Playoff Run

    In order to make postseason noise, the Chicago Bulls need more than just Derrick Rose . They need the version of him that hasn't existed for nearly three years, and that's a problem...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 21,122 reads 114 comments

  6. Brandon Knight Is Latest Cautionary Tale for Late-Season NBA Rentals

    The Phoenix Suns will face a daunting leap of faith with point guard Brandon Knight this offseason, and they only have themselves to blame...

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  7. Byron Scott Distrusts Players, Says They 'Would End Up Shooting Me in the Back'

    At the merciful close of a 2014-15 season that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers put up as little competitive fight as any team in the NBA , head coach Byron Scott isn't holding back on the war metaphors...

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  8. Predicting Who's In and Who's Out of 2015 NBA Playoff Picture

    No fewer than seven NBA teams are fighting for their playoff lives with about a week remaining until the 2015 postseason kicks off...

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  9. Sunday NBA Roundup: Chaotic Eastern Conference Race Tightening by the Second

    The last time Paul George played in a regular-season NBA game, his Indiana Pacers were the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed, a full 19 games clear of the ninth spot. He returned on Sunday to a far more complicated scenario...

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  10. Is Sim Bhullar a Legitimate NBA Talent or Marketing Stunt for Sacramento Kings?

    Sim Bhullar is a big dude, and he could wind up being an even bigger deal. But only if he proves to be more than an opportunistic late-season ploy by the Sacramento Kings ...

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  11. Dirk Nowitzki Is Far More Than Just the Best European NBA Player Ever

    Kareem. The Mailman. Kobe. MJ . Wilt. Shaq . Dirk. Maybe that's not the most thorough way to make the case that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki should be regarded ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 22,155 reads 36 comments

  12. LeBron James Will Never Have Easier Path to NBA Title

    Maybe it sounds a little nuts to say this about a season in which the Golden State Warriors and the Western Conference at large have been historically beastly, but it's starting ...

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  13. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: ROY Race Heating Up as Season Winds Down

    The NBA 's top first-year talents are playing as if they appreciate how little time is left to make a run at the Rookie of the Year award. Whatever the limitations of inexperience are, it seems these rooks have a veteran's understanding of urgency...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 41,907 reads 226 comments

  14. Raptors Must Ride DeMar DeRozan Back to Respectability and Monday NBA Takeaways

    After going more than a month without a win against a team over .500, the Toronto Raptors desperately needed to prove to themselves that they could still compete with the league's best...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 51,332 reads 139 comments

  15. Appreciating Warriors' Ascent Requires Memory of Franchise's Dark Days

    The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 NBA season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context. It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 30,837 reads 88 comments

  16. Miami Heat Clawing Toward Playoff Berth and Sunday NBA Takeaways

    Dwyane Wade was talking about how the Miami Heat managed to beat the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 109-102 Sunday when he offered reporters a two-word explanation for the ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 30,998 reads 179 comments

  17. Who Has Had the Better 2014-15 Season: NBA Rookies or Sophomores?

    As the 2014-15 NBA season winds to a close, we've seen enough of the league's two youngest classes to determine which group, rookies or sophomores, has performed better. The 2013 draft class was widely (and justifiably) maligned...

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  18. Cleveland Cavaliers Surging from Good to Great in Time for the 2015 Playoffs

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers smashed the Memphis Grizzlies on March 25, it was more than just a final missive to the Western Conference that not everyone in the East is a total pushover...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 33,504 reads 127 comments

  19. Steve Kerr's Undeniable Case for 2015 NBA Coach of the Year

    Stephen Curry might win the MVP, Draymond Green has a strong case for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and either Andre Iguodala or Marreese Speights could take home some sixth-man hardware without surprising anyone...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 17,699 reads 153 comments

  20. Ranking the NBA's Divisions for the 2014-15 Season

    The chatter about the NBA 's conference imbalance has been a fine distraction this season, turning critical eyes away from the even more ridiculous (and similarly unfair) construct of divisions...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 4 months ago 12,370 reads 103 comments

  21. Robin Lopez Can't Stop Terrorizing NBA Mascots

    A very brave, very blue bear named Grizz decided he'd had enough of Robin Lopez 's serial NBA mascot abuse, and he fought back the best way he knew how on March 21...

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  22. 2015 NBA Playoff Odds: Latest Team Predictions for Season's Stretch Run

    If it seems like the NBA playoff picture is only getting murkier as we press toward the finish of the 2014-15 season, there's a reason for that. It's true...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 21,332 reads 50 comments

  23. Wednesday NBA Roundup: Warriors Even Score with Hawks in Possible Finals Preview

    If history is any guide, the Golden State Warriors did more than avenge their Feb. 6 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. They also assured themselves a Larry O'Brien Trophy in June...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,730 reads 198 comments

  24. Definitive MVP Breakdown: Which 2015 Superstar Has Edge with 1 Month Remaining?

    Usually, the race for NBA MVP sorts itself out as the season drags on. The field narrows, and the candidates drop off, get hurt or eventually regress. Usually, we don't make it to March with more than two or three viable options...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 31,839 reads 182 comments

  25. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: Nerlens Noel Does the Impossible

    Andrew Wiggins' uninterrupted reign atop the rookie rankings is over. Despite sustaining a steady upward trajectory for most of the season, Wiggins' chief competitor has engineered a productivity spike at just the right time...

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